Greetings from Sunny Hastings, UK

Discussion in 'Introduce yourself!' started by Jerome-C, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Jerome-C

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    Hello Folks,

    For those of you that don't know where Hastings is: It is a seaside location on the South Coast of the UK. I'm lucky to live here. My house is 50 yards from the beach and there are no other buildings in front of me. So, the nearest house in front of me is in France!!!!!

    I work as a Tree Surgeon and I spend a majority of my spare time doing conservation work, especially at this time of year when there are hedges to be laid in the traditional East Sussex style.

    I have a Honda Valkyrie motorcycle which I bought while I was living in OR, US. I used it to travel extensively while over there. My favorite place being Arizona and the Grand Canyon not to mention the Redwood Forests in California. Awesome.

    Upon my return to the UK, I had my motorcycle shipped over and still travel on the Continent (France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Spain). Although the weather isn't as hot over here as it was in the US. Shorts and vests over there, leathers and boots over here........

    In the evenings, I like to sit and relax at my PC and write articles about another hobby of mine, Fitness, Health and Martial Arts. Not to mention an e-book or two.

    I have a couple of websites about health and fitness, well blogs really.

    In my former life, I was a typesetter and graphic designer (old school, no PC software back then) and simply adore graphics, which is why I was drawn to the Laughing Bird Software, hence this forum.

    Anyway, glad to be here and I hope to make contributions to this forum.

    Kind Regards,

    Jerome-C
     
  2. MasterDesign

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    Hello Jerome-C,
    Let me be the first to welcome you on this forum!

    It sounds like you have a very full live...great to see you've got time to (hopefully) share some of your experience with us!

    Looking forward to your contributions
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  3. OldenGray

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    What do beach houses in your area sell for? Sounds like an ideal place for an artist to live. When I retired, we sold our house on the Atlantic coast and moved inland to get away from hurricanes. Loved the coast, spent 40 years right next to the ocean. Was going to get a lake house near here but the drought dried up the lake. Somebody's trying to tell me something. Welcome to the forum and I look forward to seeing your work.
    Olden
     
  4. Jerome-C

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    Hi MD and Olden,

    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    Olden: There are a lot of artists living in Hastings. One of them is also a tree surgeon and sculptor, using materials he has resourced himself. Joc Hare at LogJam.net. He was the first one to phone me when I was looking for work.

    As for the prices of houses. About £180k (a shade under $360k in my road) although there are lots of apartments for sale (or rent) along the sea front. A lot of people use them as a second summer home as it is not that far from London.

    Not far from where I live is a beach hut community. Lots of artists have those. Once a year they hold a seaside art festival where they sell their art. Some pretty amazing stuff, I can tell you. The beach huts sell in the region of £8k-£17k (a lot of money for a 16'x10' wooden shed). The most expensive being on the sea front.

    Often, there are artists on the beach capturing the fishing boats on canvas with Beachy Head in the background. We also have some of the most amazing sunsets over Eastbourne and Beachy Head which turns the sea a wonderful pink color. You can bet your life there are a lot of seascapes with that as the subject.

    Oh yes, a great place for artists to live.

    Enough of this, time is marching on and I have work to do.

    It's a pleasure to be on here.

    Kind Regards,

    Jerome-C
     
  5. KD-did

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    Welcome to the TLC forums. What a wonderful introduction! When you were in the States where in Or did you live?
     
  6. Jerome-C

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    Hi KD,

    For a while, I lived in Central Point, then I moved to a wonderful place, Williams. Not too far from the Howling Acres Wolf Sanctuary.

    It was wonderful in the evenings there. At dusk the frogs were croaking in the ponds, loads of deer in the front garden and the sound of the wolves howling. Although it was a bit hairy riding the motorcycle because of the deer running into the road.

    I was fairly high above sea level and the clouds were just above the roof tops. Pretty chilly first thing, but as soon as the sun came out, the clouds burned off and it got warm very quickly.

    An awesome view with the mountains all around. Another great place to be an artist, I suppose. The down-side, I couldn't leave a window open because of skunks.

    One morning, as I was sitting having my coffee on the porch, something colorful flashed into my vision and then went again just as quick. I said: "Wow, what was that?" My lady friend said: "It was only a humming bird." Only a humming bird!!! We don't have those in the UK so my new eyes seeing things for the first time made her realize that she takes things for granted. I set up a humming bird feeder and we had lots of humming birds visiting then.

    Do you think I could take a photograph? Not likely, they were too fast......

    Also, I realized that I take things for granted in the UK. I was told I must visit McKee Bridge because it's ancient. When I got there I saw it was built in 1917. Still, a wonderful bridge though. In the UK 1917 is not ancient at all. A bridge in my home town of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire was built in the mid 1800's. I crossed this bridge hundreds, if not thousands, of times and I never noticed it until I walked past one day and saw the plaque saying when it was built.....

    I went to pick up a friend, who came to visit me, from San Francisco airport and rode my motorcycle down the I5. We stayed overnight in a motel and we rode back to Central Point the next day.

    Baking hot sunshine all the way. Unfortunately, we had to keep stopping for a rest. By the time we got to the Siskew (sp??) Mountains it was night. Boy, was that cold. We even rode through a snow-storm. We finally got back at around midnight, had a hot shower and my friend slept for 18 hours straight. She does like her bed though.

    Unfortunately, I had to come back to the UK because of family problems and I have been unable to get back to the US. One day I will.

    Thanks for the warm welcome KD.

    Kind Regards,

    Jerome-C
     
  7. MasterDesign

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    :image20:....an e-book or two...

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  8. Jerome-C

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    Ha. Somebody noticed............
     
  9. KD-did

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    I live considerably further north on the Oregon coast, just about midway between the Washington and California Borders. The coast of Oregon is unusual because it varies a great deal in appearance from one end of the state to the other. One area looks like Carmel Ca, another area looks like the great sand dunes of North Carolina and yet another like the coast of Maine. Perfect photo opportunities abound.

    The trick to catching a photograph of a Hummingbird is setting up beforehand and catching them at a food source. It is the only time they hover in one spot. They are very habitual in their behaviors and will try an intimidate you if you are too close .
     
  10. homesight

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    If you refer to KD-did's location map, you'll notice she lives out in the pacific ocean, not inland as she so claims :)

    MAPS DON'T LIE!
     
  11. KD-did

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    No, I am whale watching. LOL
    Actually I live between a lake and the ocean.
     
  12. Lamo1graphic

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    yeah she has one toe in the ocean and the other toe in the lake
     
  13. Jerome-C

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    I knew I should have gone north on the 101.

    Next time, maybe.
     
  14. 3DS

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    From a fellow bike rider in CA, welcome to LB. I know you'll make it back someday. It's in your blood now.
     

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