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CHAPTER  FIVE  BEACHWRITER'S BLOG

 

For a wider view of the world I have a blog on Goodreads - Sandscript

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7236471.Janet_Gogerty/blog

PENS AND NEEDLES

    NEW  -   DOWN TO THE DOCKS        

SCROLL DOWN FOR  SPRING GARDENER'S BLOG

Battle of The Medway

SATURDAY 17TH JUNE 2017

June     Down To The Docks

 

 

Three hundred and fifty years ago, a fleet of Dutch ships stole their way up the River Medway and launched a daring attack on the English naval fleet moored at Chatham. In the battle that ensued the English ships were destroyed and the River Medway was engulfed in flames; a major event for Samuel Pepys to write about in his diary as he was administrator of His Majesty’s Royal Navy.

On Saturday 17th June 2017 celebrations of this anniversary culminated in a splendid firework display and ‘river of fire’, which was impossible to capture with my compact camera and many heads in the way.

Back in 1667 this calamity led to huge investment in new ships and dockyard facilities, laying the foundations for British supremacy at sea for the next 200 years, sadly the closure of Chatham Dockyard on 31 March 1984 brought to an end more than 400 years of shipbuilding and naval tradition.

What was a terrible loss of jobs, industry and tradition brought regeneration, new housing and access to the River Medway; basins, docks and locks make a great setting for bars, shopping outlets, leisure boats and an Historic Dockyard tourist destination. As the heatwave continued on Sunday we took a boat trip to nearby Rochester and back, gliding past the barges used for the fireworks and the big screen displays.

 

CHATHAM DOCKS

ONE OF THE FEW AREAS YOU CAN'T STROLL. IN.

WATERSIDE LIVING

FLATS AND BOATS.

MARINA

OLD AND NEW

TIDES AND LOCHS

SAINT MARY'S ISLAND

RIVER MEDWAY

CRUISE ON THE JACOB MARLEY

BEACHWRITER'S GARDEN BLOG

THREE YEARS AGO THE GARDEN NEEDED REDESIGNING

TREE STORY

SUMMER GREEN     BUT THE TREE HAS CROWN DIE BACK

AUTUMN

TIME TO CALL THE TREE SURGEON

WOOD

STICKS AND CHIPS

THE NEXT MORNING...

 A NEW COFFEE TABLE AND AN INSECT HOTEL.

SPRING

DAFFODILS, WALLFLOWERS AND IRIS

NEW VIEW

NEIGHBOURS HAVING A LITTLE WORK DONE. ... RECYLED PLANTS IN THE PORCH WAITING FOR SUMMER.

 

HAVE A GO AT THE PICTURE QUIZ IN CHAPTER THREE

 

 

 

 

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