LM to the rescue…..

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Having tried to find a cure for my malaise, we thought a day out would do the trick.  Initially we thought a quick flip along the coast to Eastbourne, via some beautiful country routes and back for lunch. As always, the best laid plans of Mice and Men.

So we happened upon Birling Gap.  We hadn’t been there since our last German group decided to take a walk in the winter.  Part of the cliff had just collapsed into the sea and the BBC were filming there.  Naturally, the kids were more interested in trying to get into the news interview than having a geography lesson on erosion.  Licking an ice cream we reminded ourselves how brutal the sea can be.  In fact out of the 4 coastal cottages, I believe, only two are still there, the others having been demolished before they fell into the sea.

If you are so inclined to follow this link, you can see the demolition of the coastguard cottages before they plopped into the edge.


Onwards to Beachy Head and a wonderful unfenced off cliff edge.


The Lighthouse had been moved back, via rollers, so that it, too, didn’t drop off into the sea.  Used for the making of The Life and Loves of a She Devil way back in the 1980’s it has lost a lot of its cache and now sells ice creams and tells you the nearest loo is xxxxx number of yards away .  If you walk there now, you would be between the lighthouse and the sea.  Previously, as in the link below, you would not have been between them.( ps please don’t notice my backside.  it isn’t really as big as it looks. the jumper around my waist made it look so)


A wonderful stretch along the Beachy Head, I am amazed that more people haven’t casually wandered off the edge.  Of course we know that many, sadly, do this intentionally but there may be an awful lot that are entranced with the view and just ” topple over!”


I have to say we do live in a stunning part of the country…..


Impressed with the weather and the roof on the car, now down, we thought we would saunter over to Rye.  An idyllic and beautiful town.


Ancient; unchanged and full of mystic.  Also, the home of Henry James, (famous Writer,) for a period of his life..  Its National Trust now ( and thank heavens for that) so its a quick tour around his garden. So many ideas for mine.  DSC_0504DSC_0502

As luck would have it, the Bell Tower was open and we charged to the top and admired the view.

Never one to be short of an idea,  I suggested another plan.


“Look”, I said, “there is Dungeness.  Home of Derek Jarman and his eclectic garden.  Lets go !” ( I have to say here and now, LM didnt know who the f**k Derek Jarman was, so he kept quiet and kept driving.

So we took ourselves off in another direction again.  Such larks….

Dungeness is a beautifully remote and barren piece of landscape.


(NB.  The lady in the picture is NOT me)  Made famous by both Derek Jarman and his now famous garden and of course the Power Station.  Nothing more than a spit of land where fisherman worked and lived, it has now ( sadly in my opinion) gained a sort of  Trendy Weekend Resort for People from London who have tried to reconstruct the old traditional timber bungalows by using eco friendly ” plastic” wood and triple glazed windows.  They want to believe they are fisherman living in a hostile environment but all the time hiding behind eco friendly homes and central heating.  Okay, so I am biased, but its an amazing and atmospheric place to visit.  Derek Jarman said best seen in high summer.  I disagree.  To get the real moodiness of the place, visit just as dusk is falling.  Mid winter!

Again, another tower was opened and we hauled ourselves up to the top of the Lighthouse….and finished it with a dubious cup of tea whilst watching the RHD steam railway shunt up and down the tracks

Derek Jarman’s house has become  a shrine for many gardeners; Film Buffs and fellow sufferers.  A notice on the window, asks you not to peer inside.  I have never seen anyone living there.  I am hopeful someone does…


Does anyone know the words written on the side of his home?  You can just make them out in the picture….

A journey back via Battle and Hailsham with a swift half in “Green Man” in Ringmer.


A wonderful day out with lots of new experiences, but best of all, a therapeutic one.  Let’s see how long it lasts…… 😦

LB – the Home of Ellipses





26 thoughts on “LM to the rescue…..

  1. I can’t make out the words! I can’t enlarge the picture, can you tell us what the words are? I’m quite interested in Jarman, enjoyed some of his films in the past, he did a bonkers version of The Tempest 🙂

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  2. 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.

    Thy beams, so reverend and strong
    Why shouldst thou think?
    I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
    But that I would not lose her sight so long;
    If her eyes have not blinded thine,
    Look, and tomorrow late, tell me,
    Whether both th’ Indias of spice and mine
    Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with me.
    Ask for those kings whom thou saw’st yesterday,
    And thou shalt hear, All here in one bed lay.

    She’s all states, and all princes, I,
    Nothing else is.
    Princes do but play us; compared to this,
    All honor’s mimic, all wealth alchemy.
    Thou, sun, art half as happy as we,
    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.

    – John Donne’s famous love poem, The Sun Rising.

    P.S. I’ve seen far bigger bums! *ouch*


    • I got confused and replied about my bum, above! However its a lovely poem and I thank you for sharing it. There are some wonderful ” words” in the Derek Jarman book. Superb photography also.
      I would love to visit Monets Garden…

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      • The real answer is absolutely no reason not to… I could go in September with less crowds
        Easier to just whine that I didn’t go really
        Went o Barry Mannilow last night. 🙂
        o2 – a sea of green lights in the dark


      • Its a little oblique, but he kindly enlightened peeps on what was written on the side. I am really into Derek Jarman’s poetry lately.

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    • Sorry H, meant to say earlier…. its all gridlocked around Glastonbury ( as you would know)
      are you renting out your garden for either camping or parking? LOL

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      • There’s orchards out the back here, but no. A local charity gets to use the yard for parking over the three days as they have a food franchise at the festival, but that’s it.


  3. Some of our favourite bits of the South East. We’ve walked that bit of the coast so many times – have you done the whole of the South Downs Way? It’s a fantastic walk. And Rye is a beautiful town.

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  4. Hello, Jackie, by the time I finished reading all that, I thought it had been a Week long trip! But it was all in a day, You say! You sure have Energy!

    Beautiful places, and the garden is Lovely. Just by looking at it, one wants to go and sit there and spend some time!

    The Account and the photographs on the Lighthouse were interesting, and the path leading to it, and the meadow, are all captivating.

    From the photograph where You are pointing out the Sky to Us, [ Ok, Ok, Dungeness! 🙂 ], glad that We could See YOU! Nice to see You.

    Nuf said! More later. Regards and Love, to You and the Family. 🙂


    • I am doing a lot of your ” peace and love” thinking. All good stuff for the office.
      Its not far… about 100 miles to Dungeness…maybe a little more as we went the circuitous route. A long day but a nice one. The link I sent of the other persons account is much more professional. Anyway thank you for your kind comments. Its like a light in my house

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      • Hello, Jackie! Thank You for Your own comments. And the last sentence is enough for me to keep going for at least a month! Very Sweet of You.

        Not Sure what exactly You meant by the ‘peace and love’ thinking. Do You mean my posts on Dhyaan?

        And Sigh. For You people, a 100 miles, 160 Km, is not far. For us, that much of a distance is a back breaker.

        As for the link, if You mean the bbc one, had not gone into it. Went to Your site just now again, though, and clicked on it. Msg: Page not found!

        Anyway, Liked Your account quite well. Who wants professional ones? Not I, anyway! I will take ‘Personal’ ones any day!

        Keep writing. Love and Regards. 🙂


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