Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bexhill-on-Sea



Sea Kale (Crambe maritima). It is a good vegetable and  had become rather rare until harvesting the wild plants was banned, around 100 years ago.

Glaucium flavum (Yellow Horned Poppy)

Glaucium flavum (Yellow Horned Poppy)


Looking west. Eastbourne, with the headland of Beachy Head behind it, in the far distance.


These photos are from strolls on the beach at the eastern end of Bexhill-on-Sea.

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Ruth Gipps (1921 - 1999), composer, born in Bexhill. (The Radio 3 folk pronounce her surname with a hard G; both English and Swedish are deeply conflicted about pronouncing the letter G.)

A composer whose reputation is now steadily growing. Here's her Seascape, Op. 53, for double wind quintet.





Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion (1935), by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff,  is one of the most beloved of modernist buildings.

Very near to my sister Annika's house is the SSSI High Woods, containing the only Sessile Oak coppice in Sussex.

For fans of Keane (like Annika and me) the Sovereign Light Café, at the western end of Bexhill, amounts to a sort of shrine.

The oldest known spider's web,140 million years old, was found at Bexhill (preserved in amber).



Looking towards Galley Hill. Behind it is Glynde Gap, then Bulverhythe, then St Leonards-on-Sea, then Hastings.

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At 6:45 pm, Blogger Vincent said...

Thanks for this, Michael. My sister lives in Bexhill too, haven't had the chance to go there for months, so it's good to see the photos. We've seen lots of sea-kale while walking along the beach to West St Leonards

 
At 7:00 pm, Blogger Michael Peverett said...

Ah, that's a favourite walk of my mum and dad. How nice to think that you know those low cliffs with the kaffir figs... I expect we've passed each other!

 

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