Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Sunday, 23 November 2014

World War One Presentation 2

Hi folks,
To complete this visit to The Old Forge War Time House in Sittingbourne, Kent

Ready for action!!

Taking a cigarette break during the proceedings.

Stray shell case.

The sign was to collect urine to put on cloth to alleviate the effect of gas in the trenches, Ugh!!

Very realistic setup of the trenches.

Finally a big thank you to the Sittingbourne Home Front Living Society for all the time and effort in putting on this event which was free and all they asked for was a donation to the British Legion Poppy Appeal Collection.

A splash of colour to end the blog, thanks for popping in, Mike

Saturday, 22 November 2014

World War One Presentation

Hi folks,
today we visited the Old Forge in Sittingbourne to get a last glimpse of the trenches built to commemorate the start of WW1. Below are some of the images I took which I have split into two parts. The helmet was actually introduced into the war in 1915.

As you enter the area you are recruited and signed up.
 My date of birth was 22nd February 1887,  previous military service was given as scouts.

In the rear of the property soldiers paraded in their uniforms. Although they were re-enactors it brought home the back fact that many were very young.

The barbed wire looked authentic but it was actually made from grey thin electrical flex. In the first war the barbs were two fingers apart whilst in the second they were four fingers apart using less wire.

Part of the trench layout adorned with poppies. 

Last image although it was staged shows the conditions.

Thanks for looking, Mike

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Last of the Autumn Colours

Hi folks,

well by the time the weekend is over all the leaves on the trees will be on the ground marking the start of winter so I thought I had better get out and take a last look.
These were taken close to home on one of my walks around the estate.

Thanks for looking, Mike

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Walmer and Children in Need

Hi folks,

Yesterday, Sue and I went to the "Light up the Sky" event with the Kent Kite Flyers to put on a display and raise a few bob to "Children in Need".  The event was nearly called off due to the inclement weather but after a day of rain the clouds parted and the wind got up.

The first two shots were taken as the sun set over Walmer.

The event consisted of kites adorned with lights which rotated and flashed in the evening light, the first one is Kevin's.

Gareth's Delta, although it was taken using a tripod the kite moving in the air giving, I think, a pleasing effect.

Heather's Delta with a very unusual array of lights forming a rider on a bike.

View of the bandstand with various displays built by club members.

Finally just before the rain started another view across towards the road. 

Several people, many with children came up and admired the scene and asked questions about the kites.  Len had a bucket for donations to "Children in Need" and hopefully we were able to do a little something to add to what has already been collected.  As it was dark, cold and rather damp I have yet to find out our total.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have enjoyed our contribution to the Event.

Regards, Mike

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Rye Fireworks

Hi folks,
back after a weekend away with the Kent and Sussex Auto Camping Club being the last for this year, (sniff).
The weekend was a bit soggy underfoot and I had to be towed on and off the campsite as it was at sea level. Still we sat out on Saturday afternoon and managed to take some firework shots on Saturday night even though it started to rain.

That's it, hope you enjoyed them, Mike

Monday, 3 November 2014

The "New" Parish Church, Hillborough, Reculver

Hi folks,
second part of this theme re the church rebuild.

Standing now safe from the sea, the present church of St Mary the Virgin at Hillborough, Reculver. Part of the stonework and the bell were reclaimed from Reculver about a quarter of a mile away although that original bell was stolen in 1970 and had to be replaced.

Interior showing King posts supporting the roof, the church is light and airy

This window dedicated to Ethelbert, King of Kent who "retired" with his Court to Reculver, it shows the badge of Kent, a white horse on a red shield.

The organ by F.H.Browne of Canterbury was installed in 1955.

Another view of the magnificent roof.

Headstone placed buy the window, I presume it came from Reculver by the date.

Banner showing the church and Reculver standing on the edge of the sea.

New bell reinstated into the bell tower.

There is a increasing amount of history regarding Reculver including the testing of the Dam Busters bouncing bomb which was trialed just off Reculver.
Click the link to find more information

Thanks for looking, Mike