Sunday, 21 September 2014

Broadsands Beach Huts

Earlier last week with the weather being so lovely, we jumped in the car again straight after work and went over to Broadsands for an evening stroll.

Many of the beach huts have quirky designs and numbers so I took a photo of all of them and put this together. People really love their huts.

The newer pastel coloured huts which are bigger (and more expensive).

There were quite a few people about enjoying the beautiful evening, including plenty of fishermen.

Our new home will be somewhere in here

The supermoon was just rising and before it became too dark I took the picture below with the reflection in the water. It's actually a lot darker than all these evening images make it look.

On Thursday night we went off to the Square and Compass near Ilminster in Somerset and saw the wonderful Andy Fairweather Low and his brilliant band The Lowriders. Just to remind you if you're not sure who he is, his most recognisable songs are Wide Eyed and Legless, (If Paradise was) Half as Nice, Bend Me Shape Me.

I have been looking at more birding blogs recently, as it's something I'd really like to improve upon, since we have so many interesting birds here in Devon. The West Cornwall Ringing Group has caught my eye and they have links to more birding blogs. Fabulous images of birds and lots of interesting stuff . I will be watching out for the ringed birds too from now on.

I've also booked on a half day bird watching course at Broadsands in December. Our teacher will be Mike Langman (the same guy who ran the Berry Head photography course last year), so I'm really looking forward to it.
And lastly

The RSPB are heading this campaign with Bob, the beautiful red squirrel and hoping to get the required 150,000 signatures. So please take a look if you have the time and vote, lots of fun things and images on the webpage too.

Have a good week whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Close Up With The Vapourer Caterpillar And Other Creatures

Out in the garden with the macro lens in this beautiful weather I found some wonderful creatures.

This is the caterpillar of The Vapourer Moth seriously close up

Supermodel eyelashes

A Grasshopper

Not sure what insect this's welcome

One of the many spiders in the garden

This is a close up of a Calendula seed head but it looks so much like the spider I had to include it

The macro lens showing off, as these flowers and the hoverfly are tiny

Some rather bigger specimens

and a beautiful bee to finish off the set and calm your spider nerves!

We miss the sea so much at the moment and these last few nights have been so beautiful we have jumped in the car after work and taken an evening stroll beside the sea.

I had great fun as always with the macro lens and am so glad I bought one.

Hello and welcome to some new followers, many thanks for stopping by.

Hope you are all well and getting the chance to enjoy this beautiful weather.
Until next time

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Walk on Dartmoor and House News

Today was our nineteenth wedding anniversary. We we always try to go out somewhere nice. We took a drive over to Dartmoor and since our compass and maps are packed in boxes we decided to take a safe walk from the Haytor Visitor Centre up to Haytor Rocks.

The weather was beautiful and we were rewarded with wonderful colours

It was still quite early in the morning and I managed to get a few images on the way up without the many ramblers that had appeared by the time we reached the bottom again.

Spectacularly bright colours in the early morning sunshine

 Perfect place for a graze

 More grazing friends

I love the colours in the foreground and you can still see the early morning mists in the distance

Quite an unusual sky as the clouds rolled in

Haytor Rocks looking like something from a Dr Who set

No visit to Dartmoor would be complete without a pony picture!

We had a wonderful day out on Dartmoor and drove across the road networks after our walk, taking in the beautiful scenery that Em from Dartmoor Ramblings photographs so well in her blog. 
We stopped at Princetown for lunch and a visit to the Dartmoor Prison Museum.

We have been very busy with house viewings recently and I'm happy to say we have found our new home at last. Providing the survey goes well tomorrow we should be moving in late October/November.

Sadly it's not in Brixham, but not far away in an area of Paignton called Broadsands, which you may remember me talking about from this previous post. Broadsands is only about three miles down the road and still just a walk away through the woods on the South West Coastal Path.

We will still visit Brixham regularly for shopping, meals out, beautiful walks and all our favourite things to do, so we are very happy with our choice and can't wait to move in.

Now time for a glass of champagne to celebrate

Until next time, wishing you all well
SeagullSuzie (soon to be back by the sea)