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country ways ...

What a difference a day makes, today storm clouds are looming with threat of rain.

We decided to get out and about early, and take a walk in West Sussex countryside at Shermanbury.

Through fields of yellow buttercups.

Along green country lanes.

Pink flowers of Red Campion amongst the hedgerows.

An old stump sits amongst white wildflowers.

No picnicking here for a while! Hmm, maybe down to the English weather?

We made the decision to cut our walk short and managed to leg it back to the car before the heavens opened.

On the way home we took refuge at The Orchard Restaurant in Cowfold, where we had a Full English breakfast!



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coastal ways ...

Today we cycled to Brighton. On the way back we stopped to take in the views and to mop up the lovely sunshine.

Houseboats sitting on mud flats, on the River Adur at Shoreham.

Yachts taking advantage of excellent sailing water along this stretch of coastline at Lancing.

Sea thrift on the shingle beach.



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where the south downs meets the sea ...

Green Sussex fading into blue, with one grey glimpse of sea.

Beautiful Cuckmere Haven, where country and sea blend into one.

Sheep seem unphased when hanging off the steep slopes. The National Trust have reintroduced sheep and cattle to graze in this area.

The Cuckmere River meanders from the South Downs to the English Channel. A grey heron wades through shallow water, along with it a little egret.

The beach at Cuckmere Haven was featured in the 2007 film Atonement. A postcard of one of the three Coastguard Cottages overlooking the beach, was a central element of the plot with Robbie Turner focusing on it as the idyll where he and Cecilia Tallis would retire after World War II. The final sequence of the film with Robbie and Cecilia running in the waves was shot on the beach.

The chalk landscape is constantly changing. The cliffs are eroding at a rate of 30-40 cms each year.

Sea kale (crambe maritima). By May the buds have turned into flowers with yellow centres, with a honey scent.

The Coastguard Cottages as seen in the photo, once kept watch for contraband, a boom industry in these parts 200 years ago.
On the way home we stopped at Middle Farm, a working farm at the foot of Firle Beacon on the South Downs. The plant section being strategically placed at the entrance of the farm shop!
More wildfowl. Ducks relaxing and preening by the pond's edge.