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Quote:- 'The loveliest flowers the closest cling to earth, And they first feel the sun: So the soft star-like primrose,
The happiest of spring's happy, fragrant birth.' (John Keble - English poet)'
Sunday 8th April 2018
Primroses in the grounds of Hornsea Parish Church, East Yorkshire
(OS Grid Ref. TA201476 Nearest Post Code HU18 1AG)
Spring will be a little late this year! The native primrose is my favourite flower. It was also the favourite flower of former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. On the day of the unveiling of Disraeli's statue, all Conservative members of the House of Commons were decorated with the primrose. Its botanical name is primula vulgaris. Vulgaris means common, although sad to say our native primroses are less common than in the past. Primroses are one of the earliest flowering spring plants and are one of the joys of early spring. The flowers are pale yellow, a colour very rare among flowers, and are deliciously scented. The removal of wild plants is now illegal in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. (Photographed at Hornsea Parish Church. Sir Brian Rix, former actor, life peer and disability campaigner, who died in 2016, was married here in 1949.)
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Bridlington North Pier, East Yorkshire
The photograph was taken at Bridlington's North Pier in East Yorkshire when the storm billed as "The Beast From The East Two" was at its height (Saturday 17th March 2018). Although the power of the waves is obvious from the picture, only the photographer can appreciate just how bitterly cold the gale force wind was! The town still has a small a working harbour and is well known for its shellfish. The North Pier is a breakwater wall that forms the east side of the harbour. The sculpture on the pier was designed in 2015 by Steve Carvill and honours Bridlington's fishing families. It is called the Gansey Girl and depicts a young woman knitting a gansey, the traditional jumper worn by fishermen. Bridlington old town was used as a major location in the 2016 remake of the film Dad's Army, as was North Landing at Flamborough, which is six miles from Bridlington.
Lymington Marina, Hampshire
Lymington is an attractive Georgian market town in the south of the New Forest, Hampshire. A series of cobbled streets lead down to the pretty main quay area. Lymington has been an important settlement since the Iron Age and is now an internationally famous yachting centre with three marinas. In recent years it has been home to world-famous regattas such as the Royal Lymington Cup, Etchells Worlds, Macnamara's Bowl, and Source Regatta. The town faces Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wight, to which there is a car ferry service operated by Wightlink. The journey takes 35 minutes, and caters for both foot passengers and cars. It's possible to take boat trips around the Solent from Lymington, in addition to private sailing, motor-boating and fishing trips.
Loch Lochy, Lochaber, Highland
Loch Lochy in the Scottish Highlands is 9 miles long and is the third-deepest loch of Scotland with a mean depth of 230 ft (70 m). The loch forms part of the Caledonian Canal and is located 10 miles southwest of Loch Ness, along the Great Glen. The 60 mile long Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William. Only one third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. Folklore tales tell of a supernatural being on Loch Lochy called the the River Horse which was said to emerge from the lake and assume a horse's shape before feeding on the loch's banks.