Winter sunshine lights up Patcham mill seen from the Waterhall valley.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Monday, 28 November 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
When I set off with the dog just before 9.00 we had thick fog. By the time I got home we could see the top of the Downs above the fog in the valley. A quarter of an hour later we could see the valley as well.
Actually, that was on Wednesday but I've only just got round to downloading the pics from the camera.
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Stiles have been made in this way all my life and probably for many years before. As a means of crossing a fence, they don't come much simpler. But they do present something of a challenge to the less agile and are impossible to pass with a wheelchair. Brighton & Hove City Council must have spent thousands of pounds replacing barbed-wire fences on land it owns with sheep-proof netting and, at the same time, installing gates. Many of those gates are in places where nobody would attempt to take a wheelchair, but I suppose some fit young mothers might take a pushchair or buggy.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Friday, 18 November 2011
Actually, it's only the fixtures and fittings that have been sold. The new "owners" have acquired the remainder of the lease without any premium. I wonder if the fixures and fittings include the millions that Mike Holland spent renovating the building? Anyway, the new owners intent to open Stanmer House as an up-market restaurant. I suspect that the prices will be too steep for my pocket so I will not be posting a restaurant review any time soon!
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Sunday - Remembrance Day - was bright and sunny. I decided that the afternoon was too good to be spent walking under the bare or nearly bare trees of Stanmer woods and I opted for the higher ground of the open Downs. My plan was to drive beyond Falmer and head out over the Downs towards Plumpton Plain. I had in mind the glorious solitude I had experienced here back in March, although I have never since recaptured that magical feeling. Nor was I about to do so on Sunday. For a start, the small layby where I park is big enough for three medium-large cars or four small ones. When I arrived it was already full with three largish or large cars. I managed to pull onto the verge 50 yards along the road. I think almost half the population of Brighton had decided to walk that footpath on Sunday afternoon. I have never seen so many people on it. I did enjoy the views - one at the top of this post showing Castle Hill across the valley - but there was little solitude to be had.
Monday, 14 November 2011
Yesterday afternoon I stopped off at B & Q looking for a replacement cylinder for the Old Bat's gas gun. The car park is elevated slightly from the road and offers a view of these small houses (Edwardian? Victorian?), most of which have been converted into shops with flats above and all of which are dwarfed by the old Allen west factory behind them.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
It seems scarcely possible that at the beginning of last week there were bright blue skies and we were walking around in shirt sleeves. Even Sunday was reasonably bright but the last couple of days have been damp and dank. This photo was taken last year but seems highly appropriate today.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011
"The small-leaved lime is found relatively rarely in Britain today but from peat-preserved pollen grains we know it to be one of our oldest native trees. Its high quality wood has been used for centuries for both intricate carvings and musical instruments alike." (Kew Gardens)
This specimen of the small-leafed lime (tilia cordata) is behind Stanmer House and was planted in 1975 by the Russian Ambassador and the Mayor of Brighton. Quite why His Excellency should have been planting a tree in Stanmer Park I really don't know.
Saturday, 5 November 2011
The other afternoon I set off on one of my favourite walks, a walk that has been off the agenda for quite a while as there were cows in the field, which takes me from the Upper Lodges of Stanmer Park parallel to the Ditchling Road. The views can be magnificent but that afternoon there was too much mist to see Firle Beacon which is beyond Castle Hill. Got caught by the rain, too - hence a couple of spots on this picture.
Friday, 4 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
November has started warmer than usual. Indeed, on Tuesday, when this picture was taken, I was happy to go out in shirtsleeves. Never before known in November, even if it was only just! This is the view from 39 Acres. From left to right we have University of Sussex buildings poking up over Stanmer Great Wood, then the American Express Community Stadium. Either side of that, in the distance, are the white marks of chalk pits just outside Lewes. Then we have the University of Brighton (Falmer campus). Behind that is the peak of Mount Caburn, part of an outrider of the South Downs. The blocks of flats further to the right are student accommodation for Brighton University. Nearer to us are the buildings of the Brighton Aldridge Academy - a highfalutin name for a secondary school. The South Downs proper are on the right and that is Castle Hill.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
While the West Hove golf course is not unattractive, to my mind it is considerably less attractive than other stretches of the South Downs. Of course, I realise it has only been laid down for 10 or 15 years or so and there is still some way to go before tees are fully mature, but all the same, it has a distinct "man-made" look to it. I'm not singling out this course in particular; all golf courses have that look. That said, the entire countryside of the Downs is man-made! Not the basic topography, naturally, but the hills were at one time covered by trees. These were cleared and sheep were grazed on the open grassland up until the Second World War. That was when fields were fenced and land put to the plough. Since then there has been a mix of arable farming along with dairy and beef cattle - and sheep.