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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Margate, the Harbour Arm and the Turner Contemporary


The Turner Contemporary as seen from the Harbour Arm. The gallery is built on the site of the guesthouse where Turner stayed when he visited Margate.

Last week my friend Sheila and I had a rare day out together, the weather forecast was not brilliant, so we decided to visit the Turner Contemporary, which neither of us had visited before.


The Shell Lady of Margate, a statue at the end of the Harbour Arm, made of bronze and named after Mrs. Booth who J.M.W Turner lodged with during his visits to Margate.



Part of Margate seafront, as seen from the Harbour Arm.

Sheila very bravely parked on the Harbour Arm, and as the weather was actually quite nice we had a stroll along the Arm, had a cup of coffee, then had a wander through the Old Town before going into the Turner Gallery.

The Turner contemporary -The Exhibits

The first exhibit in the foyer or Sunley Gallery is the magnificent Three Muses by Kashif Nadim Chaudry in conjunction with the gallery's Studio Group. 


The back view of the Serpent, the centrepiece of the Three Muses, the light was not good for getting a very good photo of the front, but below are a couple of photos of the amazing Serpents head.


The Serpent's Head


The head in close up, to show just how amazing it is :D


Above and below are photos of another part of the display, showing the gorgeous fretwork decorations, the scales of the Serpent are also made of these.



And below is part of the third section, this was taken from the gallery upstairs.


An amazing piece of Art!
This is the inside of the lift, a very colourful journey to the first floor. All the walls are painted!


A tapestry, I love the colours on this. 


Tenerife lace, held in place with pieces of quills.


A ceramic lizard covered with crochet work


Bobbins of all sizes


A beautiful piece of textured wood


I was pleased to see these penguins, and was going to send a photo to my daughter, until I noticed the children's shoes instead of feet. These figures do look as if the children are still in the costumes, which I was not keen on.


A forest of hats made with various materials.


And finally a ceramic crab, like the lizard this was covered with crochet work.

There were of course many other exhibits, I hope you enjoy the ones I have shared here. If you are in Margate, both the Harbour Arm and the gallery are well worth a visit, but check first to see what is showing as the exhibitions change regularly.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Sea 2007


The sea was not too rough on Walmer Beach, and the sun was shining :)

I realised recently that some of my blog posts were done before I started here on Blogger. For a few years I did my blogging on Windows Live, which was great fun. When Windows Live closed in 2010 I created this page, and I am still enjoying my blogging  here on Blogger.


I love seeing the sea like this, and hearing the noise of the surf as it moves over the shingle.


The South arm of the lower deck of the Pier, used a lot by fishermen in the summer.


I had to get closer to this!

I started looking through my old photos starting around 2007, which is when these photos were taken, and I have found quite a few that I will re-blog over the next few months.


Standing on the main part of the pier looking down, I am glad I was not down there...


Here comes the next big wave..


...whooshing up through the boards and grilles, I almost got wet at this stage!

We live about 2 minutes walk from the seafront, which is fantastic, and we can walk literally for miles in either direction without crossing a single road, to St. Margaret's Bay and on to Dover to the South, and to Sandwich Bay and beyond to the North.


Looking down on to the main part of the lower deck, you can see the holes where the sea has forced the planking up.

Of course we see the sea in all its moods from the quiet gently lapping waves in the Summer to scenes like these in the Winter. I can well remember the howling Easterly Gales hitting our town when I was a child, and on the day I took these photos I just had to walk along the pier braving the wind.


Spectacular sight as the waves push up through the planks and grilles again.

I remember thoroughly enjoying my very windy walk that day :)

These photos were taken on a simple 'point and shoot' camera so the quality may not be so good.I hope you enjoy the photos :)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Old Walmer Court


Last year we had the rare opportunity of having a look round the privately owned remains of Walmer Court, a Medieval Manor House, which was open as part of the Heritage Open Weekend.


Our first look at the ruins.


Looking through what could have have been a window.

The ruins of the house can be seen in part from the grounds of the neighbouring Church of St. Mary the Blessed Virgin, but it was a real treat to be able to have a proper look around the ruins.


This room would have been one of the Undercrofts.



The Old St. Mary's church can be seen behind the far wall.

The Court and the Church are believed to date from 1120, both buildings are thought to have been built by the d'Auberville family, with the church being the Chapel for the family, and both buildings were entirely surrounded by a dry moat, of which all that can be seen now is an indentation  in the grass as you approach the Court.


You might have noticed the mill wheel in the wall to the right of this photo, and in the photo below. It is believed that at one stage there was an opening knocked through which gave easy access to the Church next door, possibly for use during a visit to Walmer by the Duke of Wellington. When the opening was filled in, the builders obviously thought putting a mill wheel in the wall was a good idea :)




Looking through to the Undercroft, presumably the square holes in the wall were where the beams for the first floor were once situated.

It is believed that the Court was a square building with turrets at each corner, a two storey hall house with two undercrofts, and further rooms above the first floor hall. Entry to the building was by an exterior staircase on the West side of the building. Both the Court and the Church are built of flint, originally dressed with Caen stone. 



One of the corners of the building, probably where one of the turrets was situated.


The doorway in the photos above and below lead into the second Undercroft.


We really enjoyed our visit to this site, and congratulate the present owners for the work they have done to preserve the site :)  


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year 2017


End of the Year 2016 Part 1


Here I am again uploading photos for the last blogs of the year, a selection of photos taken by me, which have special meaning for me for various reasons. Every year I think I haven't done much during the year until I look through my photos, and, without fail I am reminded of the lovely times I have had during the previous twelve months. I love doing these two blogs for that reason. I hope you enjoy them :)

The photo above was taken in a friends garden, where a duck had decided to hatch hers eggs, even though the garden is quite a way from water. This little family gave my friend, her lovely Mum and me a lot of pleasure, and eventually they were moved to the river where they thrived :)

JANUARY


An amazing sunsets as seen from my front door. 


My two lovely little cats, Merlin on the left, Loki on the right. They are now 18 months old, adorable little rascals. We have had so much fun with them this year :)

FEBRUARY


Anyone who knows me will know that I love swans, this is one of the Kearsney Abbey swans, beautiful.


The Barbican or Toll Bridge in Sandwich, the lovely town where I work.

MARCH


Loki helping me to put my patchwork quilt together.


The always lovely view of Deal from the pier.



The amazing Tudor House in Margate, my friend and I had a lovely afternoon looking round this and the Shell Grotto, which is just down the road from here.

APRIL


Boats on the Stour at Sandwich.


Another lovely sunset as seen from my front door.

MAY


Bluebells in the wood at Walmer Castle, so lovely to see.


Who remembers Gypsy Tart? A recipe for you from the 'Life Tree' outside the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, where I was attending a course.


This was the most gorgeous poppy which grew in my garden this year, it grew to about 5 feet high, and flowered for a long time. I have saved the seeds, so hopefully I will get another plant next year.

JUNE


Beautiful Canterbury Cathedral, one of my favourite places to visit.


Wonderful display of candles, Canterbury Cathedral again.


Finally finished after about 30 years! All hand sewn, measuring 90x90 inches, this is now keeping us beautifully warm in bed :D

More photos to come in Part 2....