A Church by the sea.



Seeing a sign for a Church on a Headland and a dead-end sign caused a quick right hand turn towards the sea up a single file road near the pretty little harbour town of Cameas.


Stopping as the road ended at a small car park I spotted the Church. Nothing grand a typical low very plain and strong-looking building with a bell housing at one end. Locked up and closed. Built on a site on the edge of a cliff dedicated to St Patrick and dating back to 440AD. The legend is he was shipwrecked and he found refuge in a cave on the shore below where the church stands today. Saved he founded a church on the headland to thank god for his life.
The churchyard is right on the cliff top and the grave plots have views to die for  well almost. The church was so typical of a small Welsh Church I knew what the inside was like and how simple it would be.— How wrong I was as I was leaving the grounds and met a women coming up the path “Shame but it is locked up”. I said. “I know she said I have the key”.



St Patrick’s was restored by Stanley of Aiderly in 1884 he was a Muslim and he used rich blue glass tiles around the altar bringing colour’s of the East and his religion to this little Christian Church.


The Church was badly damaged by an  arson attack in 1985 but thankfully restored and is here for us to see today when open.

The War to End all Wars


Think of peace in this troubled world

on 14th April 2018.


After visiting the “poppies” at the Tower of London in 2014 along with some 5 million people it was on the top of my local visit list when some of them went on tour around the UK which included Fort Nelson. Only 15 miles or so from home makes a simple trip this time.

The Great War 1914 -1918 was said to be the

war to end all wars.



old blog of Poppies at the Tower of London link,



There is a ramp up the banks of the fort so that visitors walk up to the poppy wave and you pass under a sea of red then go down the other side this feels much more personal than the larger poppy display that was at the Tower of London.





More details  https://royalarmouries.org/


Fort Nelson 13th April – 24th June 2018.




Poppy’s coming to Fort Nelson 2018


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fort Nelson

A date for the diary next year, more info on link below.


Fort Nelson is part of the ring of forts built to defend the naval base of Portsmouth, and one of five forts built on Portsdown Hill in the 1860s.  Some of the Poppy’s that were at the Tower of London have been on Tour and will be displayed at Fort Nelson in 2018 well worth a visit if you are in the Portsmouth area.

see my Tower of London Poppy blog click on link below.



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pushing the depth of field.


I decided today I wanted to work  a little on my close up pictures. I found over the summer that some of the issues I have had in taking close ups was not having enough camera speed with the depth of field I need in a photograph. So I decided to have a go using a flash. Setting the flash on, the camera and speed ASA on auto. Setting the lens apature on f22 had a go and am fairly pleased with the results of my plastic crab.


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Angel on the skyline.



of the north.jpgA wet visit to The Angel of the North a return visit and just a few miles from where we are staying so hope to get back in the sunshine,

The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, it was designed by Antony Gormley, and is located in Gateshead,  Tyne and Wear, England. Completed in 1998, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across.

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Blyth  is a town and parish  in Southeast Northumberland England. It lies on the coast, to the South of the River Blyth  and is approximately 13 miles Northeast of Newcastle upon Tyne  The Quayside has seen much redevelopment in recent years and has been transformed to include public open spaces, the centre piece of which is a sculpture commemorating the industry which once thrived in the docks.

NOR ATLANTIS – Offshore Support Vessel built 2011 Her gross tonnage is 8691 tons, was alongside in Blyth and looked ready for action.