The British seaside: sea, sands, sky, fish and chips, ice cream, and seagulls.
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Parts of Saint Mary’s Church in Painswick, Gloucestershire, date back to the fourteenth century. The churchyard contains a fine collection of yew trees. Local folklore suggests that there will never be more than 99 trees in the churchyard, and if a 100th appears, the devil will puck it out. Current estimates suggest that there are between 100 and 103. So much for folklore.
Sometimes the seaside gets squashed between the sea and the sky like the custard cream in a sandwich biscuit.
Orgreave Coking Plant was like a working industrial sculpture that greeted visitors to the city as they drove along the Parkway from the M1. A couple of years after I took this photograph it became famous as the site of the famous Battle of Orgreave during the Miner’s strike. Within ten years it had been demolished and the site cleared and redeveloped.
Years and years of sun, gusts and gusts of wind, and the occasional rain that has strayed down off the plain have had their effects on this church carving – but that glimmer of a smile still lingers on.
If ever Spain decides it needs a new flag, they could do worse than an angled white building set against a stunning blue sky.
Whilst the rain in Spain might stay mainly on the plain, the sun gets all over the place. Through the orange trees, through the terracotta urbanisations, even through the roadside signs themselves.