Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair, an annual event. Let’s start with the basics: Wear sensible shoes. The ground has a tendency to undulate and it takes half an hour to get your “farmers legs”. It’s the sort of event where dogs and children are welcome and where you can’t help bumping into old friends and chatting to strangers. Hungry? Thirsty? No problem, there is beer, cider and wine for the grown ups and juice based drinks for the kids. Food ranged from Thai to Welsh (rarebit that is) with all the traditional English staples alongside. If tea and cake is your weakness, you can indulge. And don’t worry there are…
It was a hot August day as we trundled slowly off on foot into the countryside surrounding Tenterden. Water at the ready, hat on. The countryside quietness soon hit us, just the birds singing along for company. Over the fields, along the banks, over the railway line peering carefully along the track at Haystacks Crossing for any steam trains approaching, cows and sheep eyeing us up at every opportunity, stinging nettles galore. Is that a bull! I wont stop and take a photo! Moving swiftly on, passing the odd steam engine graveyard, and nearby the sewage works. It always amazes me how inquisitive cattle are and how easily they are spooked, so gently does it, creeping along gently with haste!…
Rye Harbour. An early morning walk in Rye Harbour. It’s all of these – peaceful, charming, quaint. It’s like going back in time! Try it you won’t be disappointed. What you will see: birds galore, strange plants, a few huts, a fabulous Nature Reserve, and lots of shingle! A word of warning, it’s not always as warm and still as it was when these photos were taken, the wind can be biting at times so wrap up warm! And don’t forget your camera.
It always amuses me to see one of our local car parks during/after a rain “session”, the drain designed quite cleverly to take the water away from the car park is higher than part of the car park. The result? Enormous puddles in the car park. Actually an upside down image of the car park is quite artistic
The Beast from the East came to Tenterden in February 2018. OK I know it’s just a light covering but it is the South East of England! As someone who grew up in the north east of England you knew all about snow and ice in the winter months. That’s real snow you know!
Valley of the Temples, Agrigento in Sicily. Agrigento was one of the most powerful cities of the ancient Greeks, and the Valley of the Temples is a vast complex of ancient Greek structures comprising mainly Doric temples, including the Temples of Herakles, Juno and the Olympian Zeus. The best preserved temple is the Temple of Concordia, with its perfect dimensions, which dates back to the 5th century BC.
The vast Archaeological Site located in the Neapolis quarter of Syracuse in Sicily where you will find a Greek theatre, the remains of a Roman amphitheatre and the spectacular altar of the tyrant, Hieron II, some large stone quarries called latomie which includes the “Ear of Dionysos” with its curious acoustics.
The 4th century Villa Roma del Casale believed to be the former villa of Maximianus Herculeus. Some of the most well preserved mosaics in the world. The floors are covered with delightful mosaics depicting mythological scenes and scenes from daily Roman life. Buried by a landslide in the 12th century and undisturbed for hundreds of years. Photos: September 2017