Introducing New Gallery Feature

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Country Walks – New Gallery Feature

Sandwich, Kent
Starting this month is a new gallery feature called Country Encounters which will be a once-a-month gallery to sit with the other features Earthly Comforts runs, these being Theme Life and Best of the Month, as well as Worm World. It replaces the Wild Walks and Natural Encounters, gallery features that ran during the blog build from 2021 to 2022.

Country Encounters will be a gallery feature with a unique twist: everyday photography with information, music and quotes, a style of educational entertainment. The series will explore nature, wildlife, countryside, history, architecture and other assorted miscellany that l think will pique the reader’s interest that are also huge passions of mine.

The other gallery features are more ‘themed’ in their approach – worm world is worm photos, theme life is photos on a particular subject, and best of the month is a mixture of different shots combined with quirky and the sometimes unusual.

However, Country Encounters, which took the best elements of seasons two and three of Wild Walks and Natural Encounters, will hopefully have more of a bite to it. It will encompass not just the best of the Town of Sandwich with its medieval architecture and romantic fairytale quaintness, but also the surrounding countryside to the town itself, plus more expansive views displaying the county of Kent.

I think it’s easy to simply display photographs in a gallery but sometimes more of a backstory is appreciated or maybe that’s just me.

I take several thousand photographs every month digitally; of that, around 15 – 25% are kept back for use within the blog in the galleries or other posts. I use a Canon EOS 700D and several lenses; 18 – 55mm macro, 50mm macro, 75 – 300mm zoom lens, 18-135mm everyday zoom, and 120-400mm zoom. On occasion, l also use a Canon Ixus pocket camera.

There are many areas in Sandwich that l photograph regularly, from the town itself and the circular walk that encircles it known as the Ramparts to Gazen Salts Nature Reserve to the walks along the River Stour to Sandwich Bay, to name but a few of my usual haunts.

Country Encounters will feature all of these locations that you have become accustomed to, seeing as the close-range walks that l tour daily, but also it will introduce hikes from further afield and more ‘outings and trails’ that Suze and l have planned for the coming months.

We have been looking at Pegwell Bay, Wingham, Wickhambreaux, Stourmouth, Deal, Fordwich, Eastry and Ham, to name but a few, so expect gallery features from these in the coming months in addition to the usual Sandwich shots.

Outer Sandwich

I hope to see you next time. Thanks for reading.

The Autistic Composter and Earthen Wurmin

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Howdy Folks, Earthly Comforts is a broad niche wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, also known as ‘worm farming and photography too.

10 thoughts on “Introducing New Gallery Feature

  1. Lol The Blazing Donkey Country down at bottom of map lol … what place is that?

    And very nice being so close to water – I’m in Cali and you closer to water than me!!! How beautiful must be

    You must be tourist area? Yes?

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    1. The Blazing Donkey Country Hotel

      Restaurant and hotel 🙂
      Whilst the sea is nice the beach is terribly disappointing, all pebbles and quite boring to look upon.

      Sandwich is a touristy area yes, but since the pandemic tourist figures very low.

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      1. Lol … you guys and your pebbles … do you have beaches with sand?

        Things are definitely different since pandemic … over here you would never know was pandemic – I see it pretty back to normal?

        I think all these extra drivers are the delivery drivers for things we order lol

        But yeah it’s back to normal mostly now

        The Sandwich in Massachusetts – is on the Cape 💪 also on beach 🏖 … but all sand.

        Most of our beaches are sand but few are rocky – maybe some pebble ones?

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      2. I think there are many factors for the slowness in tourits. For sure the pandemic was a trigger, but so too was Brexit, but more recently is the cost of everything.

        We still have busy days, but even l who am still new to Sandwich has noticed the significant difference in people and carriage traffic since last year alone – can’t include 2020 properly due to lockdowns.

        Last year the example comparison is for every 20 people visiting last year there are now maybe only 10. That makes for a huge impact and it is being noticed with how many shops/businesses are now struggling.

        Sandwich is considered a town of money and people’s purse strings are tightening.

        We have beaches with sand yes, but not as many as l would like. We have very pebbly beaches and l hate them. When l lived in Australia it was maybe one out of every twenty beaches that had a ‘few pebbles’ mixed in with the sand, here it is usually a case of a few grains of sand found in amongst the pebbles hahaha.

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      3. Brexit seems like forever ago 😮

        It has gotten expensive here too!!

        Here they are struggling for many reasons – not enough staff, they stock wrong thing – predicted public & pandemic incorrectly, also shipping which has its own issues

        Yes purse strings are tightening here also.

        Ours generally are sand… although we have some but is probably like Australia ? Where there is some pebbles but then sand before the water

        Are you in a Bay? Do you have calm waves and maybe some cliffs around?

        Sand is like molten lava when in sun and is hot! Serious!

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      4. Hahaha yes l remember walking on Australian beaches and almost yelping – you couldn’t get from the beach to the water without a seriously brave heart and rhino skin 🙂

        I am still a good two miles from the coastline, the River Stour you see photographs of in the galleries leads to the edge of the river’s mouth which leads out to sea. No bay, just a straight coastline.

        Suze and l walked along it a couple of months ago, and even she commented how terribly drab it was, it is just mountains of pebbles.

        The walks around the beach are more promising.

        This’ll give an indication.

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      5. Hahaha yes… you go really fast through molten lava that’s for sure lol – your feet 👣 will be scorched 🥵

        Water shoes help with hot sand too… flip flops are better than nothing but not too much help lol

        Ahhh no surfer waves 🌊 – is calmer – river leading to sea not constantly pounded ocean coast line

        It looks very peaceful 😊❤️

        Wouldn’t be so bad with water-shoes and little shaded set up – you would have beach to self 👏 you could bring small camping mattress to sit on for laying or whatever – chairs, cooler, small grill – some rafts and wah lah 👏🙌


      6. I do believe Australia has surfers due to their waves just like California does?? Right?

        I think we are maybe most like Australia ? Without all the dangerous poisonous things and terrifying bugs and reptiles lol ✌️

        But their waves 🌊 are like ours aren’t they?

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