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🎵 Country Roads, Take Me Home . . . 🎵

Or to Wadhurst.

From the bus window as we waited to leave the Wadhurst rail station, the greens and whites and browns across the road called to me and said, "Take our picture!" So I did.

We were on a bus because there were weekend rail works happening on the way to Battle, the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It turned out to be an interesting ride– about 50 miles an hour on a narrow road, on the "wrong" side of the road (I'm American, you see). And of course we had opted to sit on the upper level of a double-decker, branches sweeping the windows as we raced by.

We did get views of some of the towns along the way that we might have missed on the train. For example, we crossed an intersection in Robertsbridge with the naughty sounding name of Poppinghole Lane. Later, I discovered that Paul McCartney actually wrote a ditty about that street.

Anyway, this is for the #joinindaily theme, which today is "The Beautiful Countryside." +Johnny Wills is the theme curator.

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Beneath The Abbey

Beneath the ruins.

I don't remember exactly what part of the ruins we were exploring. It may have been the high altar area, or perhaps the dormitory. In any case, there are remains of what must have been some spectacular Norman construction, and occasional views out through windows that could take one back in time to the 1100s.

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The Cloisters

Battle Abbey Ruins – Battle, UK
May 2007

In 1066 A.D., William of Orange, the Duke of Normandy fought the Battle of Hastings against the English army at this location. During the fight, King Harold took an arrow directly to one of his eyes and died, and William took the throne. The "modern" history of England pretty much starts with that event.

As penance for the death of Harold, William built an abbey at the battlefield site, and the settlement became the town of Battle. The abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII when he separated the Church of England from Roman Catholic rule.

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A Tiny Battle Field

Yes, pun intended.

This is the battlefield at Battle, UK, where the Battle of Hastings was fought in 1066.

I saw a photo of someplace else done with the Tiny Planet iPhone app. Call me cheap, but I've had my iPhone for over a year now, and I haven't found any app so profoundly attractive or interesting that I have been willing to pop the 99 cents (or more) for it. It's kind of like pay TV and movies. Why would I?

Nevertheless, I thought I'd go into the archives and see if there wasn't something I could play around with. Keeping in mind that it never crossed my mind to do a tiny planet picture when I clicked the shutter, I think this came out pretty good.

I did duplicate one corner to another, then cloned bits here and there so as to keep it from being totally symmetrical, and I think I succeeded. The original had a plain grey sky, so I substituted that as well, to give a bit of . . . content- not to mention context.

No other plugins or applications were used than Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.

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A Storm Is Brewing

This is when things get interesting around the abbey!

Well, we did get rained on a little while we visited Battle and the abbey ruins, but the drops fell out of a featureless grey sky on that early May 2007 day.

The clouds I added to this photo are from a year and a month earlier, and from somewhere between Stratford-on-Avon and Oxford. I felt that the imposing ruins of the abbey deserved a bit more drama than was originally present so I borrowed some from the past.

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The Battle of Hastings

An arrow to the eye, and England had a new king.

The Battle of Hastings took place several miles inland from the town of Hastings itself. The armies of William of Normandy fought the forces of King Harold Godwinson in this field in October of 1066. Poor Harold did not survive. Later, though he did not repent enough to go back to Normandy, William did penance by building an abbey on the hill where Harold died. The abbey was called, appropriately, Battle Abbey, and the town that grew up around it is simply, Battle.

For centuries the field was plowed under and farmed over. No need to let a battle and change of royal lineage ruin perfectly good farmland. Besides, there was no explosive ordinance left behind as there was durning WW2. Every now and again an unexploded bomb will be found somewhere in England!

The abbey was abolished in the reign of Henry VIII and the buildings were ravaged by locals seeking good building materials. But the ruins remain and they, and the battlefield, are in the loving care of English Heritage. No more fighting, no more farming- just tourism and history lessons. It is well worth the train ride to get there and the better part of a day to explore the museum, abbey ruins and battlefield.

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