Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Still in Blaker's Park

Brighton is blessed with an extraordinary number of clock towers. There is one (commonly known as "the" clock tower) in the centre of the city, one in Preston Park, one in Queen's Park, one in Blaker's Park and another one at Patcham. This, as the title says, the Blaker's Park clock tower.

(I should have straightened the picture with Photoshop! The tower is not really leaning.)

Monday, 30 January 2012

War damage

You will see from yesterday's picture that Blaker's Park has no sort of fence around it. There were at one time iron railings sunk into that low concrete wall but back in 1940/41 the country was suffering a desperate shortage or raw materials to build guns, tanks, ships and planes to replace those left at Dunkirk, sunk by U-boats or shot down in the Battle of Britain. Housewives gave their aluminium saucepans to make into Spitfires while park and other ornamental railings were cut down to make ships and tanks. Look closely and you will see where there are stubs of the old railings sunk into the wall.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Blaker's Park

The houses in yesterday's picture look out across this park.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Cleveland Road

I don't know but would guess that these houses were built in the latter years of the 19th century when Brighton was expanding fast up onto the Downs. They would certainly not have been for the working classes - possibly for senior clerks or people running their own businesses perhaps. There are plenty of similar streets of buildings in the town.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Church Hill cottages

I might describe these cottages as "typical" of the area given the flint. But every house is different on Church Hill, Patcham. These are at the bottom opposite the bus stop.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Meet the Tin family

I'm told there used to be a whole Tin family by the horse trough down in Patcham village centre but when the road layout was altered the rest ran away. No-one knows (or is admitting to knowing) how the family arrived or who changes the clothes according to the season.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Green travellers?

I am quite accustomed to seeing satellite dishes - large ones - outside the caravans of travellers, but solar panels? This is a first.

(I think these are the travellers who were at Waterhall, now moved to beside 39 Acres.)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Woolly thoughts

The sheep that have been grazing the rough parts of the Waterhall valley have been moved now but they have left behind a few mementos.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Looking south

Brighton as seen from the Roman Camp.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Beech avenue

This picture was actually taken a few weeks ago but there are still some leaves clinging stubbornly to this avenue of beech trees in the part of Stanmer woods know as the Pudding Bag.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Bond Street

Brightly painted shops and the Theatre Royal stage door.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Looking up

There must be thousands of people walking past this scene in North Street, Brighton, every day, but how many actually look up and see it?

Thursday, 19 January 2012


Looks like a west wing is being added to Stanmer House, and the building works must have been well under way even before the place was put on the market.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

A foggy day

There was very little of the Downs to be seen from the bedroom window this morning even after it got light.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Jack and Jill

From the ramparts of the Roman Camp we get a glimpse of Jack and Jill, the Clayton windmills, some four miles or more away across the Downs.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Frosty start

A bit chilly walking the dog in Withdean Park after breakfast but that frost is preferable to the snow we had last January!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Meet the locals

These are a common sight in Stanmer woods and Withdean Park - and, indeed, in our garden. This cheeky chap sat on the wall just outside the kitchen window to watch my wife and I do the washing up. He even waited while I went to fetch the camera.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Blurry runners

Sometimes when we go into Stanmer woods we find that large parts have been taken over without warning. Last Sunday, for example, we found the Sussex cross-country championships were being held.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Sign of spring

Bluebells are starting to show through the dead leaves in Stanmer Great Wood.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Grave with a view

That mound is, or was, a disc barrow, a burial mound dating from about 1,500BC. We are up on the Roman Camp (Hollingbury Hill Fort as it is officially known) looking over Brighton and the English Channel.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012


Perhaps not so much wrecked as abandoned and unloved. Not really what I would want to look out at from my houseboat, but this is the view for some.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

More houseboats

More of the Shoreham houseboats. Most of these don't look as smart as the one we saw a couple of days ago.

Monday, 9 January 2012

The footbridge

There is a footbridge spanning the River Adur and connecting Shoreham Beach to the High Street in Shoreham. At the High Street end it is right beside the Sussex Yacth Club boat yard.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Do they board two by two?

I've had occasion to visit Shoreham quite a lot over the last few weeks, hence all the pictures. This houseboat is on the River Adur on the Shoreham Beach bank. It puts me in mind of Noah's ark.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

After the rain 2

The fields look a more brilliant green, almost emerald, and there is still a little surface water in the dip.

Friday, 6 January 2012

After the rain

On Tuesday afternoon, after a morning of teeming rain and howling winds, I took Fern to the Clayton windmills and we walked up towards Ditchling Beacon. There was a stream I had never seen before running down one field.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

A better view to the east

Go a bit further north from the bench we saw a couple of days ago and the view to the east is improved enormously. As before, we are looking across the Stanmer valley and Mill Wood to a distant view of Firle Beacon but now Castle Hill is in view as well.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Look behind you

This is the view for which the bench in yesterday's photograph was sited. We are looking west across the road to Ditchling Beacon, over Tegdown Hill, the Chattri and on to Holt Hill. That copse on the horizon (right) is Pangdean Holt. To the left of Holt Hill the seemingly wooded area is by Devil's Dyke and further left you might just make out the radio masts on Truleigh Hill.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A bench with a view

It was originally put here just north of Stanmer woods because of the view in the opposite direction but now the hedge is no more people can admire the view in either direction. This is looking across Mill Wood to a distant view of Firle Beacon

Monday, 2 January 2012

On Balmer Down

This picture was actually taken a couple of years ago. The bush has been grubbed up since then and the barbed wire fence removed. The ploughed field is now sheep pasture.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Travelling folk

Travellers have taken over the car park at the Waterhall playing fields. According to our Council, they have come to visit relatives who live in the city. it doesn't help that our Council, on which the Green Party has a majority, seems to welcome these people despite the mess they always leave behind.