From across the pond hello

Guest blogger   Chris Gostling

Guest blogger Chris Gostling


Good morning from a sunny Shoeburyness in England…

Here in Shoeburyness we are situated right at the end of the Thames, a quiet area known for sailing and water sports, amongst other things.     It has been, as you can imagine a busy time since arriving home. I thought I would show you some of the area so you could could see the comparisons with Lake Worth.

Our pier here is a 1 3/4 miles long and is the longest pleasure pier in the world. It has been through some tough times over the years.        image copy 8

We have two excellent theatres and an 8 screen. We have two shopping centres, one at either end of the High Street. Like many  High Streets, Southend struggles with shops closing and others opening, we have a market each week and entertainment takes place each day.

On Saturday we held a march protesting about our small libraries closing. Although they have built a huge new library in town at the cost of 7 million pounds, not everyone can get into town  to use it.         image copy 3We have a university in the centre of town and the library will be used by students as well as the general public. You never know whether protests will be successful but you have to try.   Our Summer is wonderful, long sunny days with occasional showers, perfect for school holidays!                                                                          The beaches are clean and well maintained, it would be better if all our visitors took their trash with them or placed it in the bins available but I suppose we cannot have everything. When our beaches were upgraded and palm trees were planted, many people scoffed saying they would not last but they have and lend a great tropical feel to the place. Beach huts abound along the beach and are owned by residents of the area. They have cooking facilities and seating areas inside, perfect for days by the beach all year round.

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As you can see here, Jill Karlin from Lake Worth is visiting and will be teaching yoga and talking about our community garden project in a variety of venues.                                   image Our policeman here are not armed as they are in Lake Worth but do manage to keep order very well.

image copy  I will be going to London soon and attending art courses and starting back at my voluntary work and will remember to take photos for you. Until then have a wonderful week full of fun and happiness…..image copy 2image copy 6image copy 4

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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2 Responses to From across the pond hello

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Love your Lake Worth blog, from all sources, especially like Chris, being born in WPB, lived in Lake Worth, but being a major Anglophile having been to London/Oxford 15 times. Best of both worlds!!! I still live in FL, but will always have a soft spot in my heart for Lake Worth. Thank you for always brightening my day.


  2. Allison says:

    Incredible scenery, especially that bottom picture


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