Country Encounters


Photographs l have taken capturing moments, beautiful scenery and wildlife around the medieval town of Sandwich and surrounding nature areas in the County of Kent and added inspirational quotes and music accompanied with music.

Country Encounters is 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.

I hope you enjoy the series.

Thanks for reading.
Sandwich, Kent

Sandwich is found in the district of Dover in the County of Kent in England in the southeast of England. It is a medieval and historic market town today, just as yesterday. Today we have a population of a little over five thousand people, which is not too different from the number back in the history of this town either.

The River Stour lies on the edge of the town. Originally, Sandwich was one of the five Cinque Ports – the others being – Hastings, Dover, New Romney and Hythe. It meant ‘five harbours’ in old French.

Although it wasn’t always that close, the town is only two miles away from the sea. It used to be an important port; however, this changed once the River Stour started to silt up and alter how trade occurred. Visitors to the town might find it hard to imagine just how crucial Sandwich was to England as a port.

They might also find it challenging to understand how many bloody battles, raids and pillagings this little town has endured throughout its history especially given how small and compact everything is, from the narrowness of the lanes to the construction of the houses.

I have always been passionate about ancient and classical history, so living here in Sandwich as a photographer has also been a dream come true.
Country Encounters

First Saturday of the month gallery featre

Episode 1 – Season 1 – October 2022
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.

Music Score – Innovate – Morning Light Music

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Country Encounters

Sandwich Town – The Butchery
The Butchery – 1447

The Butchery is part of Market Street and was used in the 13th century as a meat market.

St Clement’s Churchyard – Sandwich
St Clement’s Church

You can easily walk to this beautiful church from the town centre or the southeast side of the Ramparts. St Clements is an Anglican Parish Church and has been so since 1948 following the union of three parishes of St Clement’s, St Mary’s and St Peter’s churches.

The graveyard is filled with many ornate headstones and flourishes with gorgeous blossoms throughout the year, from bluebells to daffodils, primroses, and crabapple trees.

Moorhen, Common

Also known as Marsh Hens and Waterhens are members of the Rail family and are found in freshwater streams, town parks and nature reserves, lakes and ponds and other aquatic type environments.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao Tzu

English Bluebells

Found in shaded woodlands, nature reserves, countryside, grass side verge, and hedgerows. They are known for their blueish purple drooping bell-like flowers and flowering between April to mid-June.

Sandwich Town Hall
Sandwich Town Hall Museum
Sandwich Guildhall – 1579

The Guildhall has been in the centre of Sandwich and the central-local government building since the town mayor in 1579, Edward Wood, ordered such into the Corporation Year Book. “The new building in the Corn Market shall be the Courthall of the town for ever.”

The presence of a Courthall or Guildhall is a clear sign of the status of the borough and so of the Borough of Sandwich. It awards the local government the right to hold Courts and maintain law and order.

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42 thoughts on “Country Encounters

      1. Good to know Betty.

        I was talking to Suze yesterday morning. She is currently staying away and up in north Kent with her daughter and the four grandkids [here from Australia for a month] and she was on a day off from Gramma duty on Friday to Saturday.

        But we were discussing the Sandwich history and l was saying “Betty thinks l should write a history of Sandwich.”

        Suze said “Well you could, you could start a serties on it?”

        So that’s something for next year, thought you might be interested 🙂

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      2. Yes, but please feel free to use your imagination as to the whys and wherefores (is that a word?) What is the term, then … authors license? Like, who knows what color hair John Gray had, or who’s wife he had snuck into town to see when he spied the sails of the French sailing up the Stour. Made him forget all about the lady, did it not? Like that. I’m just having fun here, but you could do the same with such tidbits of history and really enjoy the process. 😊

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      3. Ha! Ha! We never got that series in the States. That’s not exactly what I had in mind. 😊 But, if it stimulates your interest, I’d say go for it! The key is to have fun doing it.

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      4. oh no, that’s not the way l would it. I have the time or rather l could make the time to serialise episodes and award some character but l couldn’t make the time to create a lavish content post.

        Hahaha it would knacker me.

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  1. Another outstanding post, Rory! I like the idea of you writing a series on the history of Sandwich. That would educate your readers as to the charm of your quaint little village.

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    1. Hey Eugenia 🙂

      Sandwich is a town the folk here are very protective of that term too having made the mistake when l first got here of referring to it as a large village.

      Villages in England require a place of worship and a central meeting point, market or village hall or such like whereas a Town has very specific boundaries and a local government and is quite heavily populated [+3500 residents] whilst a village is smaller [-3500 residents].

      Not as small as say a Hamlet. Which is mostly a handful of properties [residential]a scattering mostly

      I am guessing in the States you must have similar although l don’t know if they use the terms hamlet and villages? Do they?

      Well l will look at a serialisation for Sandwich of x number of episodes. it’ll be hard given everything that is going on currently, but maybe next year some time 🙂

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      1. Thank you for enlgitening me on Sandwich, Rory. I wasn’t sure if it was a town or a village and looked it up before I posted my comment, which it was referred to as a village – what do they know! I should have used Wikipedia for my research.

        There are hamlets and villages in the US but I don’t believe the terms are not widely used.

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  2. I used a very similar selection of lenses, though they are on four cameras — all of which are one form or another of the Olympus OMD series. I use my Pen F with a 25-200mm les as my “on the go” camera, the OMD EM-1 M2 with a Panasonic 100-300 mm zoom for birds and other wee creatures, an OMD EM-5 original with a 60mm macro for flowers and other “close” stuff — and Garry has adopted the 14-150 zoom as his lens for this OMD EM-10 M3. It’s convenient that all the cameras can interchange lenses. I have a couple of other Olympus cameras too, but that are backups. I am currently missing one “mini” cameras the carry around. I have a mini Pentax that would work, but I haven’t felt like adding the weight of even a small camera into my already very heavy bag. But I do miss the pocket camera. The cell phone just doesn’t do it for me.

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    1. Hey Marilyn. My father used to be a huge Olympus fan, l have never used them at all. Having had Canon for about 15 years now.

      Even with the range of lenses we usually have out favourites. I am trying to break in my Sigma 400mm I totally agree it’s a gem that all the lens can switch into each other.

      The small pocket camera l use is ‘okay’ as an about town camera, but l used to have a sony cybershot which was much better especially for the zoom.

      I am with you with smart phones as well, l still prefer cameras even though l am oft astonished at the quality of the image the new phones can capture.


  3. Ok this answers my previous question lol

    It must be amazing with that history!

    I always love historical areas ❤️ and you live there

    My historic area involves the railroad and panning for gold lol 😘✌️

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      1. Hahaha yes is interesting and fascinating history also lol

        Just yours is way deeper 😮😮😮😮

        But mine pretty cool too lol – many crazy stories and historical things ❤️

        You would love the old west maybe ? Lol

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      2. Did not know Australia has an old west lol 🤷‍♀️

        I know they are like us with the fires and similar area of terrain to areas of ours

        But otherwise I don’t know much about Australia

        I vaguely remember learning about England sending criminals there … way way way long ago- back in like 1700’s?

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      3. Well it wasn’t an old west like say the American old west, it was more of a time when the likes of Bushrangers and the gold rush era and the rise of the likes of Ned Kelly and other outlaws.

        There is a long debated controversy as to whether the frontiers of Australia were in some respects more brutal than the American frontiers – hard to say because we were not there, so where is the comparison.

        I think most countries had a variation of the wild west just with cultural differences,.

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      4. Well yes- deadly poisonous wildlife 💀

        I could see Australia being more brutal of old west … we were more scrappy with fight – but also very brutal in areas

        But Australian geography I can imagine be very unforgiving

        I will have to read about their outlaws lol 👏

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      5. This sounds like some of our old west outlaws also – eh meh

        Killers or people who hurt others – meh … not my thing

        I am more about knowing the victims. Their stories

        I like to read about pioneers who advance the land – what their trials and tribulations were, how they lived and what experienced

        Those stories are more incredible

        We have stories like the Donner Party – how would you survive ? 😮😳 that must have been horrific – few survived but was due to trying to make it to Sutter’s Fort before winter 😮 if they had just made it a little further … if they had just left earlier they would have made it – they just had to make it over the mountain pass – but they got caught in brutal winter

        Bodie, CA (bo-dee) was known for its lawless violence and many victim stories are there but is peaceful now

        Carson City, NV and Virginia City, NV are incredible areas that step back in time

        I like to know how normal people survived and how hard that was – how unforgiving and brutal taming the wild can be

        I already know how brutal some people are, I don’t like giving my thoughts to them or giving life to their names

        I want to know what taming Australia was like 😮 how brutal that was/is

        Australia still has areas that are untouched 😮 a frontier that they still have in this day and age! I bet is incredible!

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      6. I remember reading about the Donner Party in American history whilst at school. But l also read about Sawney Bean and his family and also that football team that crashed in the Andes in 1972.

        I had a real fascination with cannibalism when l was a teenager.

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      7. Well the bean guy did purposely …. The others were survival due to situations

        I vaguely remember hearing about the 1972 story …years later in school.

        My fascination is more with human survival and what people go through

        I would probably turn vegan at that point 😉

        But you do never know when in a situation like that because is such a severe means of survival. Unless you go through it – you don’t know

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