An image I made last year but which I had overlooked until now.
Birling Gap has a fascinating history dictated by the soft, chalk cliffs. The cottages you see on the left of the picture consist of a terrace of four. Once there were eight. In front of them on the seaward side was a church. There have been battles over the last few decades to save the cottages along with the hotel a few metres away, from demolition prior to them falling into the sea. The hotel was saved after a petition garnered 25,000 signatures, even though it was at that point (1987) considered to have only 15 years left. It is still there now but precariously close to the cliff edge! Owned by The National Trust it is a nice little museum and shop as well as a cafe (with embarrassingly awful food!) The cottages were, as The Guardian newspaper once put it, "peopled by artists and liberal intellectuals or their descendants". Dame Barbara Castle's mother, Rebecca Annie Betts, apparently owned one in the 1960s and some of those who visited her there later acquired one for themselves. In the 80s and 90s her daughter in law lived in one and in another, Lord Howie of Troon, a former Labour government Whip and friend of the Betts'. The council considered shoring up the cliffs but luckily these plans were rejected. Though these buildings will be gone in the next few decades, Birling Gap will as a result, evolve naturally and retain its charm both visually and in its enigmatic history. #sea#sky#Sussex#eastsussex#coastalphotography#landscapephotography#whitecliffs#rainbow#erosion#marineerosion#nationaltrust#coast#coastmagazine
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Day 4 of Artist Showcase
Venue 29 / North Trail
Ferndale Open Studio & Garden
Why visit them?
This is Tom Walker’s 10th (and possibly final) year opening for Artwave, so go while you can.
Tom and his wife Anita love sharing their home where Tom also works. They exhibit throughout the house and in the garden too. There is also a wall set up in the tea tent for children to have a go at pastel drawing.
Tom Walker and his students. Also Christine Kowal-Post, Jackie Sweet and Jim Edwards.
What is there on show?
Tom’s pastel drawings, Christine’s painted wood carvings, Jackie’s willow garden structures and Jim’s bird boxes and wildlife homes
Cheapest and most expensive item on sale?
Bargain Box of small items starting at £30 - up to thousands of pounds for a picture.
Yes, in a tent in the garden. Their most popular cake by far is pear and chocolate from an Argentinian recipe brought back to them by their youngest daughter who lived and travelled in South America for several years.
Which venues do they personally recommend visiting?
Carolyn Trant (venue 79) and Peter Messer (venue 83)
Other venues to visit nearby…
Barcombe Nurseries (venue 30) and Emma Burnett & Michael Cruickshank (venue 31)
Yes, over the road at Beechwood Hall and in the surrounding streets.
Today I have added the last 3 prints of the first round to my #Etsy store. I would be so grateful if you'd check them out. 🙏
This first round of prints represents a lot of hard work in trying to get this little business off the ground. So please consider #shoppingsmall and showing your support by grabbing one of my inexpensive prints to add a dash of colour to even the dullest of space.
Thank you so much ❤️