The strategic importance of the channel between Tresco and Bryher in theIsles of Scilly in the defence of the British Isles has been recognised across the centuries. In 1550, during the reign of Edward VI a small artillery fortress was built on the high ground of Tresco. Its purpose was to defend the harbour of New Grimsby. At the beginning of the Civil War it was garrisoned by Royalist troops. It later became known as King Charles’s Castle.
However, the site of the fortress was considered unsuitable and when the Parliamentarians gained power a new artillery tower was built on the rocky shore in 1651. Its purpose was to defend against all threats – notably, at that time, from the Dutch.
(See also: https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/room-with-a-view/)
During our recent holiday on Tresco, one of the Isles of Scilly, we were fortunate to have accommodation that looked out across the channel separating Tresco from Bryher. The crossing of the channel at the times of the Spring tides was shown in an earlier post. (See https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/spring-tide-adventurers/)
The first photo shows the view from the lounge The second and third were taken from the patio and show the views to the left and right. In the second photo it is just possible to see the top of the steps leading from the patio to the beach/
There seems to be a suggestion of tapestry design in this image of lichen photographed on a rock on St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly. The natural pattern is recorded as found. The only licence taken has been the removal of the texture of the granite rock to reveal the pattern more clearly..
Using watercolour filter
Using watercolour filter
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It is rare, on the Isles of Scilly, to meet someone who is visiting for the first time – and if you do, it is likely the ‘first timer’ will return again and again. The islands are a Designated Area of Natural Beauty and in an age of hustle and bustle their tranquility provides a magical release, a ‘massaging of the soul’. The picture below (together with several of my posts in recent weeks) explains something of the lure of the Isles.
Another seaweed inspired abstract but this time with an emphasis on colour.
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A walk along the main path in Tresco Abbey gardens takes us through an archway between trees and eventually up gentle steps, past the fountain, to a small garden house on the upper terrace. This is the Shell House. It takes its name from the interior murals which comprise imaginative pictures and patterns constructed with care and skill using shells found on the Isles of Scilly. (See also my previous post, Tresco Abbey Gardens)