Best of the Month

St Peter’s Church, Sandwich

“February is the border between winter and spring.”

— Terri Guillemets, Years

Best of the Month – of February 2023

Moorhens enjoying the sun during the first week of February on the Ropewalk

Music – Wield

Welcome to Best of the Month

I take hundreds of photographs each and every month – either out and about walking around the town of Sandwich or around Kent county where l live, whilst in the garden or the allotment or even when volunteering.

I take photographs of all sorts of things as well, from the typical and the normal to the more unusual or the quirky to the ‘ooh that’s different’.

This series is literally about moments l have captured during my travels whilst out with my cameras that l thought other people may appreciate also.

I hope you’ll enjoy the series.

Check out – Best of the Month Directory

February 2023

The contrasting house colours on St Mary’s Street, Sandwich

February, in so far as photography, was a quiet month. Suze and l perhaps enjoyed half a dozen country walks. Although many photographs had been taken for the entire month, they were from three main areas – Gazen Salts Wildlife Garden, The Butchery client Garden and Plot 17 down at the allotment.

The weather for the month was better than January, drier at least and colder at most, there were undoubtedly more blue skies than the previous month, but we also saw a lot of misty or foggy days, especially in the morning.

The focus for February has been preparatory. We are preparing for the spring, preparing for a new business and preparing for warmer and sunnier climes and more vibrant moments.

However, l hope you enjoy the selection l have chosen for you and this month’s B.O.T.M

Quay Lane off Fisher Street, Sandwich

Some of the first lambs of the year, early too, much earlier than this time last year in February 2022.

An Eastern Grey Squirrel politely posing for the camera!

Pussy Willow Close Up

Robbie saying hello and thanks for the half suet coconut.

A female Mallard Duck [hen] strutting her stuff! Because everyone should strutt at least once a day!

A youngish sheep giving me the once over eyeballing!
As they do …

The first arrival of dusk one sunny afternoon come evening.

Here we come!!

 Here we come
Flying down like parakeets
We get the funniest looks from
Ev’ryone we meet
… Hey, hey, we’re The Duckees
And people say we ducking around
But we’re too busy gliding
To put anybody down …

Dusk on the Stour

Willows on a sunny afternoon, River Stour

Black Sluice Gate, River Stour

St Clement’s Churchyard

Sunlight over the Delf Moat, The Ropewalk

Ramparts Connectivity

Golden Delights of The Ropewalk

A mixture of colourful sensation on the Delf Moat

Misty start to a murky grey Wednesday down at Gazen Salts

A late afternoon walk along the Stour ….
… admiring all the wonderful colours along the river…

A time for reflection on the year to come…

February’s Footprints

Februarys footprints
violet reset dust transforming
Spring’s idyllic march

© Suzette Benjamin Haiku 2023
Colours, contrasts and reflections on the River Stour

Selected Best of February Photograph

As said there were only a handful of relaxing country walks during February, but one of the best walks of the month was in the first week, it was a Friday and it was gloriously sunny and Suze and l opted to take a later afternoon walk as opposed to the usual morning walk. There are a few photos in this episode from that particular walk.

The one above l found the most peaceful which is why l chose it as Best of the Month for February.

Designs – Earthly Comforts – Inspired by Nature – see collection here

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27 thoughts on “Best of the Month

  1. Wow!!! That is so beautiful 😮

    The church is stunning Omg … and what an adorable English place – that is amazing!! ❤️

    All the areas look so peaceful!! Is it peaceful?

    I could spend hours in that cemetery 🪦 … I just wanna read em ❤️👏 and it looks so peaceful

    All your things look so peaceful here ❤️ is it? I wonder what differences be there vs my area – makes me curious?? Are people the same ? Is traffic same?

    Also in your pictures it makes me try to imagine the history- so crazy in my imagination lol ✌️

    What is the oldest building standing there ?

    We have those incredible histories here with things too – but I know them all over here lol ❤️

    I only know bits and pieces and things of yours – I know the quick histories of yours from school and things like that.

    But mine I have seen & lived first hand / yours are all new and intriguing with imagination lol – and then looks like peace so I am curious – is it always so peaceful looking?

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    1. Hey Trisha,

      Sandwich is relatively quiet at the moment, at the height of the year the medieval town is a very touristy area. Weekends are starting to busy up on the weekends, but mostly the town is sleepy.

      Sunday morning 09.46am and the town is very quiet, but in another couple of hours it will increase traffic wise.

      The graveyards here are most quiet areas, St Clement’s is busier as that is the most active church here though.

      Mm, oldest building in Sandwich? Probably The Long House on 62 Strand Street. I rarely photograph it because there are always cars parked outside obscuring the view.

      The Long House was probably built on part of the property owned by Christ Church Priory, Canterbury before its dissolution in 1539. Its cellar is reputed to date from 1253. The timber frame of The Long House has been dendro-dated to between 1562 and 1578.,to%20between%201562%20and%201578.

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      1. Wow… that is incredible – are you wow’ed by living in such history or because you see everyday all the time is not the same way is for me?

        Do you ever think about where you walk and who may have walked there before you? 😮😮

        See how it was when they made buildings to last? Lol

        Wow… 1253

        We do have old things like that too –

        St.Augustine, FL is the oldest city in the United States, founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain – is oldest city in United States that has been continuously inhabited by Europeans since

        But we have native Americans … and many different ones of them even before that… we have ancient sites too:

        But … my countries history is WAY different than yours

        I have been to many of those ancient sites – my parents took us to those places all the time on vacations – so I learned on vacations always lol

        My country is pretty incredible too

        I just don’t know yours as much … but that is soo interesting to soak in – it does look like little touristy English countryside town – be perfect movie location

        But in your photos always looks silent lol …

        And people don’t wanna come out when is winter lol – I bet it explodes in spring and summer ❤️

        That is something to see and you live right there!! Pretty incredible 👏

        Do you ever imagine the lives before you being in such a historic place?

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      2. Well of course, like you l am a history buff and have been since l was at school. Sandwich is truly wonderful and it saddens me at times that more is not done to protect some of the buildings.

        I tend to not take pictures filled with people as l feel they can ruin a shot, but in the next few months the town will become ultra busy again.

        I tend to walk at quieter times or l should say l used to, last year in example l was walking very early morning – l would get up at 4am and be out the door twenty minutes later to catch the sunrise.

        These days l am so, so , so very tired and achy, l go to bed shattered and wake up just marginally repaired and recovered but l am way more physically active these days than l ever was and l have never lived a sedentary life, l am just busier. But finding the time to walk is the main issue now.

        I think once we get the main bulk work done we might be able to walk more, but l will still go when it’s quieter 🙂

        I will create an issue of Theme Life in a few months as a special to show you busy Sandwich Trisha 🙂

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      3. Yes I also like to preserve history 🙏

        Yes totally hear you on the going to bed burnt out and waking only marginally repaired lol – right there with ya

        But yeah you took on a lot of major things this past year – soon will experience the fruits of your labor and yes should MAYBE get better lol – but then that sounds like an exciting set of moments too lol

        I like the quiet too 😊❤️

        Very cool 👏 can’t wait!

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