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After our trip to the Battle of Britain memorial, we spent some time just sitting and watching the sea. And, of course, being me, taking photos. It was a glorious sunny clear September Day. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
The Hythe Venetian Fete, first established in the 1890s, takes place in August every two years. Various local organisations - commercial and not-for-profit - create floats on a theme and parade twice on a section of the Royal Military Canal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
First in an occasional series - time-limited by necessity - of matters to consider whilst deciding how to vote in the UK General Election expected in December 2019. Voting is not compulsory in the Uk. This means that you have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
We had to be out of one holiday let by ten in the morning but couldn't access our next one until 4pm. We didn't want to do anything too strenuous, because the packing and unpacking is quite strenuous - we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Another post with few words! Hover the mouse over for a caption Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
A gorgeous winter day seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a stroll in the countryside. Nothing too far away, nothing too strenuous; just enough to enjoy the bright sunshine and mild weather, three mile circular. We started off well... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Mainly photos, little commentary. Hopefully, I'll make this a regular feature, watching the months and weeks unfold. Not all photos were intended to be 'art' - this is documentary! We yearned for a swing and we're so happy now -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Stowting is from the Anglo-Saxon meaning 'place with a mound'. It lies close to the Roman Road, Stone Street and is traversed by the Pilgrim's Way and the North Downs Way footpath. It lies in the Kent Downs AONB (Area... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
A gloriously sunny winter's day strongly suggested a walk. Not too strenuous and not too far away. So, the Royal Military Canal it was. Semi-officially, the 3rd part of the RMC walking trail, or "Out On a Lympne" according to... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Drive randomly around Romney Marsh, and randomly pick a village. You can pretty much guarantee it has a church, and most also have a pub. The churches are mediaeval, and there's a lot of them. 14, plus 4 (or more)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
One should always start the New Year with a walk. Well, allowing for the weather, and other plans, or hangover. Or perhaps especially with a hangover, although, luckily, I didn't. Sound mirrors - tried in the 1920s and 1930s, to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Gotta confess, before I started house hunting in Dymchurch, I'd never heard of Dr Syn or the books about 18th century smuggling onto Romney Marsh. If we were still in London, we would have spent August Bank Holiday Monday moaning.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
The Project "Move House" involved selling my house in Brixton and finding temporary accommodation before buying another house. It turns out that renting a place to live is a lot more complicated than it was when I was young. Back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
When I decided to move to the coast, I knew I would take a lot of photos of the sea. I also vowed not to take endless photos of waves breaking on the beach. Okay, I have failed in that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
It was supposed to be a relaxing day. Just a walk down the seafront, turn left into town, do a couple of errands, and take it from there. Hmm. What, exactly, is a relaxing day? Even going into the Tourist... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Nearly two years have passed since I wrote this, and it's about time I started again. I'm not going to write a long essay explaining, filling in and catching up. The trick is to start in media res and take... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
After three awful terrorist attacks in three months, several people I know, from different parts of my life have expressed a reluctance to go into London (or Manchester). This is entirely understandable and I have no desire to knock people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
I'm writing this on here because it would be too long even for a multiple Tweet thread. I am an atheist. This means that, having thought about the matter for many years and weighed up the evidence, I find it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
It's funny how you come across people. I encountered Melissa Harrison on Twitter. She lives quite near me and we have a shared interest in Tooting Commons. Her first novel, Clay is set partly on the Commons, and in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
This almost exactly the sort of book I was looking for, especially, actually, after the same author's The Subterranean Railway. I wanted an insight into how railways created communities. I concluded that with the previous book, focusing on the London... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
When you finish a book and declare 'That is the best book I have ever read!'. Objectively, you know that isn't true, and, anyway, who wants to rank books in strict order of preference? One's reading experience can be altered... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
It's an absolute must if you are staying anywhere near Windermere. Boat trips. We went for a short cruise on the Sunday after we arrived, because, well, you just have to. Of course, I took a huge number of photos... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Nymans was already on 'the list' of places to visit, and when I saw my cousin's pictures on Facebook, I was spurred on further. It lies just off the A23 - we approached it from Pease Pottage Services, which are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk