Oh My Eel Pie: Country Views:Off Cuts.

Hi All,
     
         Just got back from a couple of days on the Dorset and East Devon Coast, visiting Lyme Regis; Seaton and Beer.



Nothing beats a nice cup of tea on Beer beach and then a bit of sea-watching at Seaton.
The bottom left hand corner shows an information centre at Beer, relating to facts about the nearby Jurassic Coastline.

The weather was warm, the sea was calm and both D.and I enjoyed a relaxing time.


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The above pub (The  White Swan) top right is situated by the Thames, opposite to Eel Pie Island.

The local Twickenham Brewery brews a hoppy, fruity, beer called (Naked Ladies 4.4% ) which of course, The White Swan sells. The name is inspired by the Naked Ladies statue ( top left) in nearby York House Gardens.

The bottom picture shows a raised step from the kerb; placed there to avoid flooding in the gents at the river's high tide!


Eel Pie Island is an Island in the River Thames.



Access to the Island is by footbridge or boat. Although proposed in 1889, it was not until 1957 that the bridge was completed. Privately owned the Island now has over 50 houses. In the 60s the island was known as a major jazz and blues venue.


The picture shows one such group: " The Steam Packet "; members being: (from left to right ) Long John Baldry; Rod Stewart; Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll (out of frame shot ).

Eel Pie Island is also home to The Twickenham Rowing Club.


Further facts and  pictures found here:
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One further interesting building in the near vicinity is St. Mary's Church.


It is an unusual mix of styles, incorporating the original medieval tower, with the later enlargements in the 18th Century.

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Last Thursday (27/6 ), guided by friend K.;  D. and I, together with daughter D. walked from Fidler's Elbow, near Brockworth to the Black Horse Inn and back.
 Here are some photographs of a memorable trip.






The above expanse of water is the Witcombe ( Reserve) Reservoir.




The buildings in the foreground: TheWitcombe Roman Villa.



Lastly, the final ascent to our drink and meal; The Black Horse  at Cranham.


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Well July is finally upon us and all we can hope is that it carries on the good work (mostly) of June.
Cheerio,
Ck.
P.S.  River poem here:Life flow.



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