SUMMER SOLSTICE @ HERSTMONCEUX 2014
SUNRISE - June 21 2014, 5:00am on the morning of a fabulous summer dawn. All over this island Britons were witnessing the same sun reflecting off buildings an orange glow. Possibly, this is the last time anyone will see this view across the public footpaths to the AONB across the A271, because a planning application dated January 2015 is seeking permission to build across the vista.
OH MY! - Can this be real? I am seeing this with his own eyes, but still it seems surreal. To me the summer solstice is a time of mixed feelings, yes, a time for celebration - but also a time for reflection in the certain knowledge that the sun has reached its highest point this year and is set on a course downwards to the long, icy nights of winter. But there too are magical moments with the moon riding high above the horizon, sailing through the clouds and the dry air preparing for a crystal morning, as wondrous as the arctic snow. I live in paradise with every day bringing something new. How is the view for you? Happiness is a state of mind. Your state of mind depends on thy surroundings, so envelop yourself with the things you love.
WINTER SUNRISE - January 2009. The snow has settled overnight over the hamlet of Flowers Green. Lime Park is a private estate off Church Road, on the way to Herstmonceux Castle and Observatory. The generating buildings seen here centre stage are a familiar feature in the landscape and have been so for over 100 years, probably longer that the spreading oak tree that completes this picture. You cannot see my footprints because they are not yet there. Many is the time I have given away my passage in this way.
RECORDING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE - How long these timbers will survive before they wither and crumble is not for me to venture. They should by now be dust save for the obstinacy of a part time occupant who saw fit to challenge the local halls of power, who thought they could hide the truth and from the truth, but in doing so deceived themselves and made the village fools.
A BRIGHT FUTURE - The sun rises over the Park in January of 2017. Frost on the Jeep in the foreground is vaporized, causing the roof of the vehicle to steam.
LOCATION MAPS - (left) Lime Park, showing Herstmonceux Museum at the top, middle and The Old Rectory just below, and (right) a map of Herstmonceux village, showing that section on the left as a red square near the center of the map on the right.
WILTSHIRE - Druids corner, a mound of rustic rubble quizzically arranged draws revelers to the sun as witness to the very same happening as myself, though clearly not so content to see the rising in a local frame. The exercise no doubt did them good. I love a good party.
HERITAGE INDEX A - Z
AVIATION - EASTBOURNE
BARCLAYS BANKING LET DOWN - MISSING ACCOUNT MONEY
CAMPBELL HALL - BLUEBIRD ELECTRIC CARS
OBSERVATORY - HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE
SOLAR LADY - STATUE