A blog written in 2009 I think. Derek Jarman came too mind yesterday, and I watched his Avebury video (remastered) and thought about his garden and shack on the shore. It is up for a tidy sum nowadays by the way...But it brought back the memory of St.Peter-on-the-Wall, called thus because of its Roman connections set in the marshland that is part of the Dengie Peninsula in Essex. One thing I never mentioned at the time is the Bradwell-on-Sea nuclear power station that also stood on this shoreline. Over the years since I last saw it it has been decommissioned, but a Chinese company has taken the site over to build another one!! So at the moment it is in a 'quiescent' state but future plans lie here.
Landscapes are a wonderful way of discovering the world, everyone so different, all down to of course the geological rocks which dictates the plants. There is definitely a feeling of loneliness on the marshes.
And so the virtual visit, but this time in the mind only.
"In a blog on my other site, I mentioned Saint Cedd* as he sat beneath a great oak tree, and I shall perhaps write about this saint later, but on Tuesday we visited the Saxon chapel of St.Peter on the Wall, founded by Cedd in AD 654, the chapel still standing in a bleak location by the sea.
Going back to the car and settling into its warmth from the chill Essex winds, picnicking on hot tea and rolls a great flutter of wings and young starlings fell around us settling to drink from a puddle. Soon two more waves of these birds landed, harassed, ever so slightly by a blackbird, a thin flutter of nervous excitement running through the flock as they perceived danger, each a perfect image of his companion.
Information taken from; A booklet by H.Malcolm Carter - The Fort of Othona and the Chapel of St.Peter-On-The-Wall...