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A lovely memorial to Lella, Oare

Wandering in the sunshine around the chruchyard of the charming little parish church at Oare, I noticed this particularly lovely headstone. My pal Ian Carter later filled in with some information he found on the World Wide Web – it seems Lella was a sailor and journalist named Helen Jenkins, and two links concerning her memorial and how her life was cut short can be found here and here.

The memorial tells us that ‘She gave boundlessly…stood for what is right, and was loved beyond measure.’

Here’s the view of Oare Creek from her resting place.  It seems very fitting. 

Thanks for the information, Ian!

Erecting Whitby’s Penny Hedge

We in the UK live in a strange country – one that is more exotic than we may all realise. In Whitby Harbour there’s an ancient tradition of building a short piece of fencing each year – the Penny Hedge, and this YouTube filmed by Doc Rowe with help from Jill Pidd shows it being built last year.

Just for the record, it’s a tradition that goes back nearly nine centuries

Lovely barge photo wins photo competition


This lovely photo Regatta Day – Mersea Island by Chrissie Westgate featuring sailing barge Kitty was among the three winners of a recent photo competition run by Essex County Council.

Professionals and amateurs were asked to submit photographs portraying Essex culture, and some 97 photographers submitted a total of 131 images, and the 15 finalists.

See the finalists here and the announcement of the winners here. Many of the shots focus on the industries, events, scenery and history of the coast of Essex , and I’ve posted a few more below.

My thanks to The Barge Blog for alerting the world outside Essex!

Gilbies, Southend on Sea, Marc Newton (professional) www.marcnewton.com
Colchester Oyster Catchers, photographed by Martyn Rainbird (amateur)
Table for five, photographed by Mark Taylor www.leighonseaphotography.co.uk

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