Yesterday, we went to West Mersea, a strange and interesting corner of Essex.
We will certainly go again before the madness of the summer starts, as we haven't seen everything... Longer days would help!
Apparently, the area is the setting for a Victorian Gothic novel: "Mehalah", by Sabine Baring-Gould. I had never heard of Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (28 January 1834 - 2 January 1924), but now that I have read about him I want to know more. He was fascinated by ancient folk tales and legends and he was a specialist in lycanthropy. He has also written extensively about Devon and Cornwall, two of my favourite areas.
There is a Sabine Baring-Gould appreciation society, a website worth browsing when you have time: http://www.sbgas.org/index.htm
All the pictures below by Matt ArtPix (apart from the portrait of Sabine Baring-Gould, taken from Wikipedia!).
There is a lovely art cafe on Mersea Island, their Website is here: http://www.islandartcafe.co.uk/index.cfm?fa=home
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