Monday, 19 October 2015

Fish and Chip Supper in Brixham

Last Thursday we decided to get fish and chips for our supper and eat them at the Breakwater. I took the bridge camera as it takes great night time hand held images.

A view across Brixham Marina with Brixham in the background

The fish market and trawlers (slightly blurred image as it's a long way away)

Slightly earlier in the evening some of the fancy boats in the marina

The curve of the Breakwater keeping the waters calm

The other side of the Breakwater with choppy waters looking across the bay to Torquay

A crane was busy at work well into the evening as the sun set

The stony beach of the Breakwater where we ate our supper from the car

Earlier in the afternoon we went to Berry Head to walk Harry and I spotted these two small boats coming in with their catch after passing around Berry Head, so they were quite close.

Harry at Berry Head (the small dot in the sea is the red boat above heading towards Berry Head)

Harry Before and After Pictures. What a difference three months make!

I know you've seen some fairly good photos of Harry in previous posts, but this is Harry now weighing 13.4kg and the top right image is the day we got him. It's hard to believe he looked so skinny and wretched.

Garden Progress

This is the top part of the garden, looking pretty awful when we moved in (and a bit of a dumping ground) as I struggled to find space to put everything. Hedges needed cutting back and items needed re-homing.

The ivy and hedge had been untouched for years. I got someone in to help cut it all back now that the nesting season is over. The ivy was so thick and high it was like cutting a loaf of bread as huge square chunks were cut out bit by bit. The hedge leaned out so far it touched the rustic archway, so about five feet was cut back. It looks bare at the moment and the ground needs a tidy up.....but it's a start!

We now have views across to the fields from the top of the garden and I can even see the steam trains (although I just missed one going past, the steam is still visible). The sea view is from the top part of the garden too, so I'll have to think about how to make the most of it in my new designs.

We had a search in the loft boxes and found some of our favourite pictures, so spent some time over the weekend putting them up. The place feels much more homely.

So I'll be spending spare time in my week ahead, thinking about that top part of the garden and looking in my garden books for inspiration.

Wishing you an inspirational week ahead
Until next time

Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows performed their fantastic fly by at the end of the Torbay Regatta a couple of months ago and I caught these images with the bridge camera from the front garden.

I have cheated a little in that I enhanced the photos slightly to get brighter images, but it was quite something to watch.

In the garden with the Sigma macro lens on the Nikon

It's often quite difficult to get the focus just right, the flower seems more in focus than the bee!

Checking my Collins Complete Guide to British Insects, I think this is a Woodland Grasshopper, but I'm happy for you to help me out with that ID if I'm wrong. I had several in the front garden in the beautiful warm and sunny weather a few weeks ago.

I tried really hard to get this image, but it didn't work, spiders web just after the rain a few weeks ago. These spiders are big now, so must be catching just the right amount of prey.

Some late blooms in the front garden, on a day when the light was most peculiar, but I think I got the macro focus right for these Nigella (I thought they were weeds as they first came up before the flowers appeared) which the bees loved.

Starting to make some progress now with the space we have outside...nothing special, but at last we got the rotary washing line spike into the ground and I have the delight of my washing blowing about in the breeze...ooh it feels good! I have been driven almost mad by having to put the washing onto a clothes horse in the courtyard area (which nearly always blows over or I bump into it continuously) since we moved's those little things isn't it?

Still hardly any birds in the garden on the new feeders and I've not seen Mrs Blackbird with the poorly leg for a while, although I did think I heard her a few times in the back garden. Plenty of buzzards about and I've seen the Sparrowhawk almost daily.

The mice continue to eat the fat balls, but there is a great story to this one. I had a Tawny Owl hover right in front of my living room window the other evening, obviously spotted some of the fat ball eating mice scampering about on the front lawn. It was very exciting....I hope it got one!

Not great weather here this weekend, dull and windy but quite mild. Hope you get out and about whatever the weather.
Until next time

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Summer Season Is Almost Over

The beach huts were looking beautiful the other week when I went for an early walk with the dog.

I love the fields behind, with the bales of hay waiting for pick up.

They wont be here for long as the time has come to move them off the promenade for the winter, the beach hut removal team has already started, a true sign that the seasons are changing.

Rock-samphire growing out of the promenade wall, will soon be gone or washed away.

The last few days of beautiful holiday weather saw the beach teams cleaning the sand early in the morning as the cafe behind was getting ready for a busy last weekend ahead.

Meanwhile, whilst I was decorating......

the pets found quiet places to sleep

a cruise ship came and went

amazing spiders made wonderful webs

the beach looked beautiful

and the swans came to Broadsands

At last the painting (well most of it) has been completed and the new flooring is down throughout the house. It's been a very busy couple of weeks and quite disruptive too. I still have to paint all the internal doors and put up the new blinds, but it does feel like we are getting there. 

The loft is still full of our pictures and possessions and I'm really looking forward to opening the boxes, unwrapping items and finding the things I like once again, after over a year in storage boxes.

I came across a lovely website a while ago called War Mule. The person who has written the site works for the Donkey Sanctuary and is looking for war stories concerning animals, especially horses, mules and donkeys. If you know anyone who has something to share or something to contribute in the way of poems or images, please do get in touch with them. 

I would very much like to visit the Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park. Have any of you visited this? The sculpture, carvings and bronze animals look so beautiful on the website.

I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely weather we've had recently and I look forward to keeping a little bit more up to date with your posts from now on.

Until next time