The Grand Pier at Teignmouth was built in 1865, is 696 feet long and is one of only 50 remaining in the UK. It has all the usual rides and slot machines that you would expect in a traditional seaside attraction, and is a lovely place for a promenade to breathe in the healthy sea air.
Spot the rainbow! These pics were all taken within half an hour on a winter afternoon five years ago.
Look how the sky changed in such a short time.
But that isn’t why I’ve chosen these photos.
How has this splindly structure stood firm for 150 years? Against all the odds I’d say.In 2014, Teignmouth’s pier was badly damaged by winter storms, and much of it’s floor was washed away. After five months and hundreds of thousands of pounds it re-opened and will no doubt thrill many more people in the years to come.
The Theatre Royal in Exeter opened in 1886. Less than a year later, during a performance of Romany Rye, it fell victim to one of the worst fires in British theatre history. There are various opinions as to how many people were in the theatre at the time, but somewhere around 900 seems likely. Of those 900, some 180 died.
My photos show the memorials in my local cemetery, one over a mass grave, the other for Bombardier Scattergood, who at 25, died while attempting to rescue others.
Paula’s Black and White Sunday this week is ‘traces of the past’, a great way to look at history.
Just when I need a sitdown.
Sunshine and raindrops
settle on fresh, glaucous leaves
On my lunchtime walk today, I noticed the gentle shadows on these wooden troughs, perched on a wall at eye level. It’s simple but effective planting and I’ve seen it many times before, but the light has never been right.
Today was different, a soft glow arrived just in time, a few minutes before I scurried back indoors to escape a chilly wind.
For Paula’s , Black and White Sunday. I’ve chosen this photo of a section of a lantern in the library at Castle Drogo. It’s supposed to portray his life.
Strange don’t you think?
I can’t remember what’s going on in this photo. I think some of the figures at the back are shadows on the back of the cabinet they stood in, the weapons are. But they might not all be.
What do you think?
To be honest I don’t mind either way, I just like the photo and it looks shadowy to me!
The weekly photo challenge has moved to Wednesdays, no doubt we’ll all get used to it.
Last year’s leaves remain
sheltering delicate buds
with crisp copper robes
That looked like a book, and told a story.
Years later, as a young man little Harry joined the Dorset Yeomanry when war was declared. In December 1917, Harry was fatally wounded at Mughar Ridge, Palestine, he was just 28.
This is for Paula’s Black and White Sunday, click the link to join her.