Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. Of quadrangular plan, Bodiam Castle has no keep, having its various chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. Its corners and entrance are marked by towers, and topped by crenellations. Its structure, details and situation in an artificial watery landscape indicate that display was an important aspect of the castle’s design as well as defence. It was the home of the Dalyngrigge family and the centre of the manor of Bodiam.
Possession of Bodiam Castle passed through several generations of Dalyngrigges, until their line became extinct, when the castle passed by marriage to the Lewknor family. During the Wars of the Roses, Sir Thomas Lewknor supported the House of Lancaster, and when Richard III of the House of York became king in 1483, a force was despatched to besiege Bodiam Castle. It is unrecorded whether the siege went ahead, but it is thought that Bodiam was surrendered without much resistance. The castle was confiscated, but returned to the Lewknors when Henry VII of the House of Lancaster became king in 1485. Descendants of the Lewknors owned the castle until at least the 16th century.
By the start of the English Civil War in 1641, Bodiam Castle was in the possession of Lord Thanet. He supported the Royalist cause, and sold the castle to help pay fines levied against him by Parliament. The castle was subsequently dismantled, and was left as a picturesque ruin until its purchase by John Fuller in 1829. Under his auspices, the castle was partially restored before being sold to George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe, and later to Lord Curzon, both of whom undertook further restoration work. The castle is protected as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument. It has been owned by The National Trust since 1925, donated by Lord Curzon on his death, and is open to the public. – after Wikipedia.

Gizycko, Lake Niegocin
Mazury Airshow 2017

Regisgtration Plane type   Regisgtration Plane type
SP-KBA AN-2   SP_SATP Pioneer 300 STD
SP-LOT RWD-5R   SP-SEWA Pioneer 300 STD
SP-ICY Aero AT-3   SP-XESA ZEN1 Gyrocopter
SP-AMI Aero AT-3-R100   G-IIHI Extra 330SC
AP-AAT Aero AT-3 VLA   LY-AKU Yak-50
SP-YYY Yak-18T   LY-ANP Yak-50
SP-YBD TS-8 Bies   LY-AHR Yak-50
SE-CFP DC-3 “Daisy”   SP-SVLE VL3
D-EZUW Extra 300S   SP-SHOO Virus SW
SP-GRY EC 120B Colibri   SP-AYA 300 CBi
PH-RCG Pioneer 400   77 MiG-29A Fulcrum

Port Wieczorek, Lake Niegocin

Lake Niegocin is a lake in the Masurian Lake District of Poland’s Warmia-Mazury Province. It is the seventh largest lake in Poland, with an area of 26.04 square kilometres (10.05 sq mi). Maximum depth is 39.7 metres (130 ft); average is 9.9 metres (32 ft).[1]


Seal at our pier

June 2017, Millenium Wharf Pier, London, UK

June 2017, Millenium Wharf Pier, London, UK

June 2017, Millenium Wharf Pier, London, UK

June 2017, Millenium Wharf Pier, London, UK

Low Tide

June 2017, Southend-On-Sea, UK

June 2017, Southend-On-Sea, UK

June 2017, Southend-On-Sea, UK

June 2017, Southend-On-Sea, UK

HMS Richmond – Canary Wharf

HMS Richmond is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 6 April 1993 by Lady Hill-Norton, wife of the late Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Hill-Norton, and was the last warship to be built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders. She sailed from the builders on the River Tyne in November 1994. She is named for the Dukedom of Richmond.

May 2017, Canary Wharf, London, UK

May 2017, Canary Wharf, London, UK

Rye Meads again

Rye Meads is a 58.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Rye House, Hertfordshire. It is also part of the Lea Valley RAMSAR site (a group of internationally important wetland sites) and a Special Protection Area. The SSSI is divided into three areas. North of Rye Road is the Rye Meads nature reserve, which is open to the public. The western half of this nature reserve, next to the River Lea in the Lee Valley Regional Park, is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The eastern half is managed by the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT). The SSSI also includes a meadow and lagoons owned by Thames Water south of Rye Road which is not open to the public.

The RSPB reserve has ten birdwatching hides, trails and a visitor centre. Birds include kingfisher, snipe, green sandpiper, shoveler, gadwall and tufted duck.

The HMWT site is an ancient flood meadow which has a variety of habitats including reedbed, marshy grassland and fen. It is grazed by ponies and water buffalo.

Southend-on-Sea

Stroll with Leon

November 2016, Epping Forest, London, UK

November 2016, Epping Forest, London, UK

November 2016, Epping Forest, London, UK

November 2016, Epping Forest, London, UK

Brighton again