My son J and I are walking the length of the South Downs Way together, a distance of 100 miles or 161 kilometres, between Eastbourne and Winchester in the South of England. This journey travels the spine of the chalky Downs, sometimes following coastal paths, but mostly straying far inland. This post, on the theme of Texture for WordPress’ weekly photo challenge, documents some of the sights we saw on the stretch between Exceat and Eastbourne, the most easterly section of the walk. The views of the Seven Sisters are stunning and amongst the best known of Britain’s chalkland scenery, where the smooth white of the chalk is thrown into relief by the choppy blue of the sea and the rough green tussocked turf. We tried to walk this section of the walk twice. The first time, the strongest winds of the year brought us to our knees and we had to abandon the walk long before we reached Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, and sadly the setting for many suicides.
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The picture above is of me with my son J in summer 2005. He had been placed for adoption with me just two weeks before. He's 16 now, and I enjoy writing about my experiences of adoption, as a single working parent, over the years. Best thing I ever did!
My blog post 'But wouldn't you rather have a baby?' was ranked number 4 in Post40Bloggers.com's top 10 last year.
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