Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Dungeness

A friend mentioned Dungeness in a conversation last night, and it rekindled a long-held desire of mine to go there. I need to go there to see if the place is how I imagine it to be - how it looks, how it feels, what its place is like in the universe. I think my interest was piqued a while back when I came across Derek Jarman and Prospect Cottage, and saw the garden he and his friends had made there. It's one of the gardens I feel would be a privelege to visit, to stay a while in, to absorb and to remember. I don't why this should be the case over and above many other gardens I have visited/want to visit, but so be it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/feb/17/gardens


Imagine living there..................
I think it's a place for reflection and thinking, remembering and wondering, perhaps alone or with a close friend; for solitary being, for time out, for retrospection.
I know I will be there one day, and will come back and tell you if I was right after all.

4 comments:

Fran said...

Unfortunately you may be a little disappointed. The overwhelming view at Dungerness is that of the power station. I agree though, the little place on the beach with its garden does look like a slice of heaven x

Anonymous said...

It's a wonderful place, Sarah. We went last year and I took so many photos! The power station is a blot on a most beautiful landscape but Derek Jarman's cottage makes up for it. Just seeing my favourite John Donne poem in carved letters screwed to the side wall of the cottage did it for me but the garden is lovely too. There are lots of these ramshackle little cottages dotted all over the shingle along with a host of sweet little boats. You will love it. I can't wait to go back!

Kate from CL xx

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

The cottage in the first photo is so melancholy...

Solitude indeed, and how lovely.

Quilting Cat said...

I love Dungeness and have visited many times. There is a cottage there that you can rent but most are owner occupied. Without the power station looming over it would have become another tarted up holiday destination with posh beach huts etc. as it is, it's holds it's mystery, oddness and total lack of pretension. The beachcombing is divine, good food at The Pilot and some wonderful artists. The train ride from Hythe is worth taking also. Definitely a 'must visit'.