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Archive for the month “August, 2013”

Bishop Paul Bushe 1490- 1558 Bristol Cathedral


Bishop Bushe was the first Bishop of Bristol Cathedral appointed by Henry 8th in 1542. He lasted 12 years before getting married in 1553 and then being thrown out for being a married priest in 1554. Nonetheless he has a decent tomb inside Bristol Cathedral. My interest in all this is that I am descended from him. He wrote some poetry and other small itesm that include, according to Wikipaidia  ” ‘Certayne Gostly Medycynes necessary to be used among well disposed people, to eschew and avoid the comen plage of pestilence’ (Redman, no date). This is a small trac containing prayers and conjurations against the plague.”  Bishop Paul Bushe by chris Bushe

Bishop Paul Bushe by chris Bushe
Bishop Paul Bushe by chris Bushe

Bishop Paul Bushe by chris Bushe

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Painting of Goose


This poor goose had a damaged leg but seemed happy enough at Painshill park

 

Goose Painting

Painting of Gothic tower at Painshill Park


Painshill Park is a wonderful park in surrey near Cobham, with lakes and beautiful walks. It was built with a number of follies around 250 years ago created by Charles Hamilton between 1738-1773.  One of the follies is the Gothic tower which is on the edge of the A3. If one were an estate agent one might describe it as a tower with good access to pylons.  these are not really paintings but my attempt to create a photographic painting through a little manipulation here and there.

Painting of Gothic Tower at Painshill Park by chris Bushe

Painting of Gothic Tower at Painshill Park by chris Bushe

Gothic Tower

Painshill Park Birds of Prey 2013


Painshill Park is one of the most beautiful parks in UK in cobham, Surrey. Each year they present a number of different shows, and this year Birds of Prey was the offering in August. Henfold birds of Prey provided the show and were excellent. An almost two hour demonstration of birds flying with enough information to entertain and educate the audience without boring or frightening them away. Great selection of birds. Here are a few including a nice shot of the typical mantling behaviour.

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

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Kestrel

Kestrel

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

African Eagle Owl Photography by Chris Bushe


Amazingly visual birds. At a recent birds of Prey exhibition there were some excellent birds and he was one of them. Enjoy. Took quite a while to capture his sqwark!

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

African Eagle Owl by Chris Bushe

Recipe for a Wedding Cayman Islands Style


Going to weddings is not my usual form of entertainment but when they take place publicly on the beach when on holiday then maybe its ok to have a peek. This is how you do it:

  1. Go to an amazing hotel like the Marriott Grand Cayman
  2. Rent a section of the beach
  3. Put some chairs on the beach and set up some small goalposts
  4. Make the bridegroom arrive 15 minutes early and look ever so uncomfortable standing there all alone
  5. Have a group of loud Texans in the swimming pool, yellering and hollerring and making many other noises not immediately recognisable as a language on this planet
  6. Then have your dinner outside by a pool with turtles swimming by
  7. Lastly pray for no rain during this little episode of festivities.
Marriott Grand Cayman

Marriott Grand Cayman

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Reflections on The Cayman Islands. Starfish Point


The Cayman Islands have to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Seven mile beach is just that. The downside is the cost. As I understand how things work here, no tax is paid so the government claim their money on all items sold. Hence a litany of taxes and charges are added to each and every bill. An hour in the Kirk supermarket, a lovely clean supermarket that I wish we had in UK, is sadly enough to depress one when looking at the cost of food items. Think of a UK price and then increase it between 2-4 fold.

The Island itself is full of lovely coves and beaches and snorkelling reveals hundreds of fish and other underwater paraphernalia. The hateful sea urchins live surprisingly close to the shore, maybe less than 10 yards in places. Even 20 yards from shore there are moray eel type fish living in their little holes, spitting sand at snorkelers.

Starfish Point is well worth visiting , to see guess what, Starfish. In 20 minutes we also saw a wild dolphin, sea cucumber and an odd red jellyfish. The point is accessible by car but you need to know where to go and where to park. Most visitors come by boat and spend maybe 30 minutes there whilst we spent 2 hours. A hot place and there is no shade and no facilities of any kind.  The official boat trips seem to come earlier in the day and the starfish are collected from a little way out and you can find maybe 6 easily in the shallow waters, maybe more. So, midday is not a bad time to go.

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

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