Thursday, 29 December 2011
To continue the ego trip . . .
. . . we return to Brighton. I go down into the town as infrequently as I can get away with - too many crowds and too much hustle and bustle for me - but on one Sunday in the summer Brighton Lions have a fund-raising fair in the gardens of the Royal Pavilion and I feel I have to attend. This year I sneaked off for a while to take some pictures, including this one of a corner of the Royal Pavilion. This really is a fantastic building in the true sense of the word but the usual pictures of it (showing the back of the building) are terribly clichéed. I wanted something that captured the essence of the building while being fresh. I think I succeeded pretty well, even to the extent of having a seagull in the picture! That, of course, was pure serendipity.
Still amazingly mild out. There are plenty of green shoots showing in the garden - crocuses and grape hyacinths in the main - but that is not particularly unusual for this time of the year. I was surprised by the number of birds singing in the park, though. Robins aplenty, but they sing all winter, but there were great tits and wood pigeons as well (although neither of them can really be described as singing. Calling is more accurate.) and even one lone blackbird.