Kerdroya

On a walk I spotted this by the coastal path. At first I thought it to be one of those wall retainer gizzmos to stop the wall from buckling. But clearly it is marked by a rather unique pattern. Turns out to be a labyrinth, which is a symbol used by a community biassed group for the creation and maintenance of Cornish hedges – referred to by the name of Kerdroya.

—Stephen G. Hipperson—

Finish/Start

I was just going through some images I took on a short holiday to Cornwall and I came across this – and thought it was most appropriate for the time of year.

This is the start/finish line at Lands End in the UK – I presume there is an equivalent at John o’ Groats in the north east of Scotland. Lands End to John o’ Groats is our famous point to point race distance – effectively the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland. Many an epic tale of endurance, grit and determination has taken place – walking, running, cycling, etc. It’s 874 miles (1407km). Apparently, there are approaching 50 records including unicycle and lawnmower. Of course, sponsorship for various charities features in most of the attempts.

—Stephen G. Hipperson—

Clifford’s Tower

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Clifford’s Tower, York (North Yorkshire, England)  – in late afternoon Autumn sun.  Clifford’s Tower was the location of one of the worst anti-Semitic massacres of the Middle Ages (see English Heritage ).  In Spring the slopes erupt with the mass blooming of daffodils.

—Stephen—

Italica’s Amphitheatre

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A photo taken from the floor of the amphitheatre in Italica, a Roman town in Santiponce, near Seville.  Unfortunately, access around the top of the amphitheatre was restricted so I couldn’t get a view showing the complete oval.   A shame, but as the site of Italica was free to access on the day we visited,  I was not too disappointed.  If you are in the area of Seville, Spain, Italica is well worth a visit.    The local people have a fantastic resource in this Roman site.

—Stephen—