The Walland and Romney Marshes fascinate me; I love the peacefulness of the place, the susurrant hiss of grass and reeds broken only by the squawk of jackdaw or crow. Fairfield Church, splendid in its isolation, near Appledore in Kent, provided me with an interesting subject to video with my TBS quadcopter and GoPro Hero2 on a very early Sunday morning in April 2013. I returned to the place where I did a time-lapse in October 2012. (also on my Vimeo channel) The green lichen and moss on the church roof really were a fluorescent yellow-green in the golden morning light. Ewes and their lambs were unsure of the Quadcopter but not phased by it, or me wandering about filling the tread of my shoes with... well, sheep stuff. It was melancholy-making bucolic idyll on a beautiful Arcadian morning.
The church is nicely built in Flemish Bond brickwork with the kiln burnt 'blue-black' headers making an attractive pattern with tiled kneelers at the corners and a flat tiled Jack arch over the porch entrance. The church is buttressed and the roof is tiled; the bell tower containing three tenor bells is clad in wooden shingles. Inside, private family pews (with locks to keep out the riff-raff!) can still be seen, painted white. Beautiful oak timbers inside, from Victorian times, are festooned with dried hops, a pair of large King posts, are a joy. Worth a visit I should say, and the huge key for the door is available from a local farmhouse should you want to venture inside.
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