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White squirrel seen and more of Eastbourne

In Animals,Pictures from England on February 14, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

I had heard of albino white squirrels but until yesterday had never seen one. This one was skittering about all over the place, but eventually remained still long enough for me to grab this picture.

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Several of its grey cousins were around. They are so used to humans that they approach visitors, holding out their paws. This one was soon devouring its reward.
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Pictures taken in Gildredge Park in Eastbourne, Sussex. It was a sunny February day, about 9ºC.
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After that, the Lamb Inn which dates from the year 1180 although obviously this is not the original building!

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Just along the road is the parish church of Eastbourne, St Mary the Virgin, parts of which date from the late 12th century.

Eastbourne-130219-010Some more Eastbourne. The area to the west of the town centre has the more agreeable suburbs that grew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of the town history says that during that time the townspeople lobbied the railway company not to have cheap fares to Eastbourne so as to deter the low classes from coming down.

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The seafront and pier were busy with people enjoying the very pleasant afternoon sunshine.

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Ramsgate September 21st 2018

In Pictures from England on September 26, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Spent the day in Ramsgate last Friday, met up with some old friends who now live there. Before we embarked on an epic beer session, I had time to take a walk around. Ramsgate has not had much luck in recent years, with the closure of the ferries and nearby airport, but my impression was that it is on the up. With London now only 1hr 15 minutes away  on the high speed trains, it’s easily possible to live here and travel to London for work purposes. Perhaps not every day, because of the cost, but it’s no longer the 2 hour slog it used to be . Certainly was busy enough on a Friday, fewer shops empty or boarded up than I remember from my previous visits. The harbour area has a lot of new places to go to, including the massive Royal Victoria Pavilion, restored at huge cost and now a very large pub / restaurant with a balcony overlooking the beach.

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Elegant houses sit above the harbour. Karl Marx lived in one of them for a short time. Bet you didn’t know that!

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If you are in Ramsgate, I can recommend the Hovelling Boat pub in York Street, near the harbour. It’s one of the new old breed of pub which has no bar. You go in, to what seems like someone’s house, study the ‘menu’ and ask for what you want. You may have to ask some questions as the beers and ciders may not be familiar! They don’t sell lager or spirits, just beer, cider and wine.

Check opening times on their website http://hovellingboatinn.co.uk/ as they don’t stay open late during the week and are closed on Sunday nights.

Some more photographs at https://1drv.ms/f/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqhKVPbdI8IzJwJG9KMw

 

 

 

 

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Canterbury – some random images

In Pictures from England on September 21, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , , , ,

A few pictures taken over the past two or three days. Most of Canterbury has been photographed a million times.

All that remains of the Worthgate. The inscription on the panel is dated 1833, shortly after the demolition of the gate.

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Probably because of the number of visitors, Canterbury still has more pubs than the average English city or town. These two are a little off the tourist trail, more authentic and worth a visit.

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St Mildred’s Church, parts of which pre date the Norman invasion of 1066 although it has been extensively changed in more recent times, but not much for the last 500 years or so!

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The river Stour flows through Canterbury in several channels. Until fairly recent times there were flour mills and tanneries within the city walls for which this was the water supply and power for the watermills.

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The Zoar Strict Baptist chapel dates from 1854 and is one of the few buildings in that area to have escaped the destruction of the 1942 air raid. It is built into one of the bastions of the city wall.

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Parts of the city wall and the bastions are restored and well preserved.

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Not so the skeletal remains of Canterbury Castle. Dating from the late 11th century it is now closed to visitors because its crumbling walls.

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One of the few streets in Canterbury that can be photographed without parked cars spoiling the view!

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A traditional and colourful greengrocer’s stall in the High Street.

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