Saturday, 30 November 2013

Last Day of November

After a beautiful winters day spent with clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine, I decided to grab the camera and take a late walk along the South West Coastal Path just before sunset and see what I could get on camera.



So here is one way from my house, down our country lanes, with pretty leaf colours all around the public footpath and the start of the SWCP.



 Once you get past this old stile these are the first views you get looking towards Berry Head


I decided to go the other way towards St Marys Bay




 A view through the hedgerows, which stop you falling off the cliffs

A few of the autumn things I saw along the way





Lovely green banks on either side of the footpath, well sheltered from the sun and wind



 Very higgledy piggledy steps


Rewarded with a great view of Sharkham where we often go walking with the dog and where I still haven't taken you-sorry!


St Marys Bay below



The land is very unstable along here and this part of the cliff is shingle. Soon part of the path will fall away here, this is just to the side of my feet. I was trying to show how high up this bit of path is as I'm looking down and across to the South Fort of Berry Head.

 

I'm on my way back home now and just about to turn up the other public footpath having walked a loop of the path behind the holiday camp.


Horses and ponies are here all year in the field that runs alongside the path

Almost at the top of the path to join the road now and looking back down across the fields towards the sea and costal path. Its a view I never tire of, just a few minutes walk from the house.


December tomorrow-it's all going so fast. I got the Christmas decorations down from the loft and have decided to go and pick out the Christmas tree next Saturday. Marldon Christmas Trees is a local business which grows their own trees on a farm in Paignton. It's great fun deciding on a suitable tree and even more fun trying to get it into the car!

Looking forward to Dartmouth by candlelight next weekend, so get your hat and coat ready!

I hope you all have a great start to December
SeagullSuzie

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Brixham Christmas Lights

What a great evening it was, lovely clear crisp and dry weather and crowds of people at the Christmas Market, lights switch on and fireworks display.


We went to the Brixham Deli (below) to warm up and after a lovely hot chocolate and a glass of mulled wine or two we were ready to go out into the cold to see the lights and the fireworks with a very warm feeling inside.


Here is Brixham looking very festive and jam packed with people




 The Golden Hind all lit up


 Looking across the inner harbour to the Fish Market
 

Crowds waiting for the lights and fireworks
 

A lovely shop window along The Quay
 

My first and very best attempt at firework photography






More pretty Christmas lights

 I do love these boats






and what has to be the saddest looking tree I've seen so far-honestly close up it's a bit miserable!


The lantern procession was not at all easy to capture, so I'll try again at Dartmouth. Brixhams Christmas market was heaving and you could barely move never mind get the camera out. I bought a leather hat and hubby bought some great leather gloves and there were some pretty stalls. I hope my night time photos have come out ok, I used manual to get the right light and speed. It's very hard not to get camera shake and noise!
 
I hope I've left you all feeling sufficiently Christmassy.
SeagullSuzie

Friday, 22 November 2013

Cockington Country Park

Cockington is a lovely country park in Torquay. There is so much to see and do, with beautiful walks, art studios, tea rooms, and shopping at the Sea Change Studios with local artists and craftspeople.


With over 450 acres of parkland, woodland, lakes and historic buildings it's quite a surprise to find in Torquay
 

Cockington is undergoing a huge renovation and restoration project. The lakes have become overgrown and full of carp-which means they support no wildlife. Beautiful old 16th century buildings will be restored and put to good use.



It's really worth a visit if your are ever in the area and a great way for me to get my woodland fix

 
A very pretty cricket pavilion and cricket green
 

The Manor House dates back to the Doomsday times. I couldn't get a decent photo as there was scaffolding and work going on. So here is a shot of the very pretty Tea Rooms



Norman church of St George and St Mary
 



Cockington Village is picture perfect and my photos do not do it justice as I was trying to miss out the tourists! Old English gardens and thatched cottages are everywhere you turn.




A pretty rose memorial garden  connects the park and the Stables. I must come back and catch it in full bloom next year.


The old water mill building and wheel which is in desperate need of restoration




The Stable Yard Studios
 


 
 
OurGlass - Traditional glassblowing


Maker of Cockington Rocking Horses-Jack Bowman
 

Rex Latham The Blacksmith


I thought I'd try a few black and white images




I'm not sure how well these will come out but there are some lovely information boards showing old and new Cockington.




It's Brixhams Christmas Market and lights switch on this weekend so we are off to support the event. This year there will be a candlelight procession too, so I shall try to capture some of it with my camera, although they may just be blurred.

We have been quite busy recently going out on our one free night together. Last week we saw Twelfth Night at Kents Cavern and it was a wonderful evening of entertainment by Butterfly Theatre Company. This week we went to the cinema and saw the brilliant Gravity and next week we are off to see a blues band in Dartmouth. So much to do here over the Christmas period, after that it's Dartmouth by candlelight which I can't wait to go to and lots of Christmas markets, including Totnes and Dartington.

I have found and added to this blog the new Berry Head webcam and the live weather and shipping map. The shipping  map is great fun as you can get information on each boat and when it's really windy you can see the actual wind speeds recorded at Berry Head. The links are just above the two pictures at the bottom of the blog page.

Thank you for all your kind comments about the injured swan on my last post.

Hopefully I will be out and about with my camera tomorrow, although I'm not too confident in my night time photography skills. Have a good weekend.
SeagullSuzie