Sunday, 4 December 2011

A blustery day on Hayling Island.

I prefer the beaches of Hampshire at this time of year, yes it's cold and windy, and you need a coat instead of suncream, but you get a lot more space to wander about and investigate the surroundings...

And at the end of a cobweb removing walk along the dunes, there is always the beach hut cafe to retreat to for hot chocolate and sticky buns.

Paul Martin
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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Winchester Cathedral.

Occasionally, my work takes me to some places that many people pay good money to experience. Today was one of those days when I had the great pleasure to be able to wander around Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire. Built nearly 1000 years ago, you cannot fail to be impressed with the vastness of the inside of the building. It makes you wonder where their inspiration and knowledge at that time came from.

Winchester Cathedral

Inside Winchester Cathedral

Wherever you stand there is a wealth of history from the very beginnings of the building to latter day inscriptions and statues dating to only a few hundred years ago. Even under your feet you will find stone slabs inscribed with Latin, covering the tombs of long dead generals, clergy, and other notable dignitaries worthy of burial within this holiest of holies.

Latin Inscriptions

It astounds me at every turn, just how much work went into the creation of not only the Cathedral itself, but the memorials and other beautiful surroundings within the building. Stonemasons, carpenters and artisans have spent many hundreds of years creating what can only be described as a stunning memorial to humanity in the county of Hampshire and beyond.

Elaborate Clergy Tomb

Stained Glass Window

Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to do a little bit more exploration, and maybe to speak to someone a little more knowledgeable on the history and people behind the Cathedrals creation. But I urge you to one day, set aside a little time to see it. You will be glad that you did.

Paul Martin

Monday, 14 February 2011

The Sun Sets In Hampshire....

As memories of the harsh Winter snow fades from this years memories, i thought i would share with you a scene from Hampshire that, if you know where to go, and the weather is on your side, you can go and see for yourself. From the Old Winchester Hill nature reserve, overlooking the Meon Valley and the low farmland towards Portsmouth, The ridge of the South Downs Way makes for a fantastic viewing point to watch the sun going down. My recommendation is to take a flask of coffee, and just sit in the peace and quiet. It makes for a relaxing half an hour to the end of a day.....




So if you like these pictures, go and witness it for yourself. Just make sure you check the weather forecast first before going... and don't forget your flask!

Friday, 11 February 2011

What A Shame...

Its not very often you get to see this sort of thing when wandering around the Hampshire countryside but when you do, your heart sinks and you feel the need to do something about it. But with a couple of tons of burnt out van sitting on a prime piece of Hampshire, you can't just pick it up and put it in the bin.

There be bandits around these parts....

I do hope that the local authorities are onto this, as it is not the sort of thing that needs to be sat around for a long time. Especially now that the walkers, visitors and tourists that visit this part of Hampshire will soon be making their way past this eyesore, and judging their experiences on what they find around them.