Silent Sunday…..So off to Church

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Saint Nicholas, The Parish Church of Kimmeridge, Dorset

The Dorset Coast of England faces out towards the English Chanel.  It is a rugged coastline with valleys sweeping down to the sea, it is within many of these that tiny villages and hamlets have existed for centuries.

Kimmeridge is just one of them, found at the end of a winding road that leads you to the Bay.

Hiding away as you enter the village is the Parish Church of Saint Nicholas. I say hiding as it is totally surrounded by trees. I also suspect that the many thousands of visitors to the bay never ever spot this little village gem.

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It may be hidden, but not from the locals who obviously take great pride in maintaining there place of worship.

Saint Nicholas has a long history.  Parts of the structure date back to the 12th century, though like most religious buildings the site was probably used for religious worship before then. The Porch was added in the 13th century and the Outside Bellcote later still in the 15th century. But time took is toll and much of the main body of the church was rebuilt in 1872.

It may be a very small church but is no less important to the village today….. and as we know small is often beautiful. Its location adding to the peace and solitude and a space to think.

As for Kimmeridge Bay itself… well it is one of the important gems along Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast.  The Bay itself is a beauty spot in its own right, add to it Fossil and Geological Trails. The Kimmeridge Collection of Jurassic Fossils and skeletons, a Marine Centre plus Underwater Trails in the clear waters of the Bay and you realise just why the Bay is such a Tourist magnet…. if none of those interest you…. the just enjoy the scenery

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18th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

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My Way of Remembering…..

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An Image taken today…at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month… 2018

I am rather pleased that my favourite Silver Birch has hung onto its leaves for so long this autumn….somehow seemed so right this special year.

11th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Very Silent Sunday….. Remembrance Sunday

Rememberance-Sunday

The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month….

A historic and very significant year to remember…1918 and now 2018.  So many places from Schools, Village Greens or Government Offices, like the one above in Gibraltar, people have shown there own and different ways to Remember those lost in conflict.

Freedom is never free…it always has a cost.

In this world we live in today we still don’t seem to have learned the lessons of the past…we live with violence and hatred, suffering and famine and leaderships that are unstable and bigoted.

Please let there be Peace

11th November

(C) David Oakes 2018