Kemsing holiday 1


I went on a group holiday with my parents and a bunch of other people (23 total, I think). We stayed in a youth hostel in Kemsing in Kent. It's actually not all that far from where my parents live, so maybe not a very exciting holiday, but hey.


We travelled down on the Monday. One nice plus point of going on holiday near London is that I didn't have to get up ridiculously early; I left my flat after lunch, and met my parents for the train down from Victoria.

Arriving in Kemsing (and walking a couple of miles from the station) we found the youth hostel and sorted our stuff out. This hostel's being closed later in the year and they obviously haven't been bothering to do maintenance for a long time as a consequence. Pretty ghetto even by our standards. :)

Ceiling of the hostel's Quiet Room. Maybe they banged on it to shut somebody up, or something...
1/20 at f4.5, 22mm, ISO800

We went out in the failing light after dinner for a quick look around the town.

The High Street (aka Only Street) is about as busy as it looks from this sign.
1/15 at f4.5, 14mm, ISO800
I think this is St. Edith's Hall, or something; the statue is St. Edith anyway. She's the local saint and also has a not-quite-dry well. The hall is now occupied by a working men's club, or the Kent equivalent. (Stockbroking men's club?)
1/20 at f4.5, 22mm, ISO400
Okay, I lied earlier: there are a few other streets, one of which leads to a bridge over the motorway and this fabulously-named 'town' (actually a row of houses).
1/15 at f1.4, 30mm, ISO400


My family picked evening-meal duty today, which (for me) basically involved chopping a great deal of vegetables. But before that we went for a short circular walk around the area.

A dead tree in a sun-baked field not far from the hostel.
1/180 at f11, 10mm, ISO100
Fields, some way southeast of Kemsing.
1/180 at f16, 10mm, ISO100
Stand of trees across wheatfield.
1/250 at f13, 22mm, ISO100
Farm building. This dramatic camera angle was either chosen for artistic purposes... or because it's the best I could get after climbing a gate to safety from the scarily-barking-but-probably-chained dog. Or a bit of both.
1/180 at f6.7, 22mm, ISO100

Eventually the walk climbed to join the North Downs Way long-distance path, which Mum and I walked all of years back, but which we totally don't remember. Anyhow, we followed it back to Kemsing.

View over Kemsing.
1/180 at f11, 17mm, ISO100
Large cross on hilltop. We don't know why... nor do we know why the area around here was occupied by a number of fairly young people wearing hooded anoraks - some with the hoods up - even though it was warm and not raining. Initially I thought they were sketching, because some of them had pads, but it didn't seem to be that (there was writing on there, not a picture)... I guess maybe a field trip or something? They were eerily silent.
1/125 at f11, 22mm, ISO100
I think this was probably taken in the churchyard of St. Mary's, which is right by the hostel. More of that later.
1/20 at f4, 18mm, ISO400

Wednesday and Thursday...

Part 2

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