Friday, 7 June 2019

Derek Jarman's Garden, Dungeness

Derek Jarman was an English film director, artist, author, and gardener.   He lived in a wood-clad cottage, Prospect Cottage, on the shingle shore at Dungeness.    In this unlikely environment, he made a world-famous garden.   The garden is not open to the public, nor is it private.  It is unenclosed and can be seen from the road.

On one side of the cottage is a poem - too dark to photograph, but is John Donne's poem The Sun Rising

Busy old fool, unruly Sun, 
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains, call on us ? 
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run ? 
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide 
Late school-boys and sour prentices, 
Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride, 
Call country ants to harvest offices ;
Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time. 
In that the world's contracted thus ; 
Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be 
To warm the world, that's done in warming us. 
Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere ; 
This bed thy center is, these walls thy sphere.  

The garden is made with wildflowers suited to the harsh environment of the shingle beach with items of stone, driftwood, rusty items, all found on the beach.   


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Some views of Dungeness, Kent

I have wanted to visit Dungeness for several years now, and as we were staying just along the coast I persuaded Brian to come along as well.  He was not so impressed, but I loved it!   I will definitely want to visit again.  There is an RSPB and a nature Reserve nearby, so that might be a good place to visit as well.

Enjoy the photo's but Warning - abandoned boat overload!

Here you can see the Nuclear Power Station in background.    I had my back to it most of the time so was not really aware of it.

I had thought I was the only person on the beach until I spotted this chap in the distance fishing

I have some more photo's of Dungeness which I will post soon.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Visit to Canterbury

We had a few days away last week to our usual hotel in Folkestone and decided to go by bus to Canterbury.  We did not go into the Cathedral - £12.50 Each (!) to go in was rather too steep an amount to pay.   We could not even get near the outside.  Besides, we have been in in the past, when it was free, but we would have liked to take a few photographs of the outside, although part of that was covered in scaffolding.

We were lucky the weather was warm and sunny.

Entrance to visit the Cathedral

This little church was just off the High Street.  There was an Orthodox service going on so we did not look around.

Just look at the size of this tree trunk!