Art for the love of it - watercolours are my main choice of medium, closely followed by inspiration, acrylics and oils.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Visiting Cornwall

We've had another break for a few day.  This time going down to Cornwall and an area we haven't really stopped at before.  Our hotel break was at the Whitsand Bay Hotel, Torpoint.  A lovely location.....

where a certain lurcher enjoyed his stay




and fun on a different beach


To be honest, I wasn't sure whether to add all the Cornwall pictures
to one post...but thought it would go on too long

so I have decided to do bite sized posts.

Starting with our walk at

Rame Head


 (click here to read about the NCI at Rame Head)


....and walked across the fields and moorland - with Dartmoor ponies doing a good job grazing down the vegetation - they took no notice of us, they were too busy munching.


and on across towards the former chapel on the hill
(click the link about Rame Head and the chapel)


the views were stunning, even on an overcast day

~ the view to the west ~




~ and the view to the east ~













 there had obviously been a first floor to this building, going on the recesses in the walls








(how did William get into this blog - again!!)


Heading back up to the coastguard base



 and the dartmoor's were ahead of us


lovely ponies


 we thoroughly enjoyed our walk
and it was good exercise too.


Monday, 8 February 2016

Visiting Bath




Even on a wet day, it was nice to visit Bath






On this occasion I took the opportunity to visit the Abbey













































This next photo is of grills running around the flooring....fancy isn't it




























~ looking forward to another visit here one day ~




Sunday, 7 February 2016

Swansea, the mumbles and beyond....

A brighter day for our visit to Wales, when we drove down to the Mumbles near Swansea.






Another day we went to the Gower, where we had a lovely walk...









We also stopped at Llantwit Major - well it had to be the beach again didn't it.  


It clouded over and got very breezy, but was worth the stop





Then onto the Fishguard area, we did have some business to attend to which proved to be highly successful, so our trip was very worthwhile...




and a certain lurcher enjoyed the visit too...










Saturday, 6 February 2016

Wales...a few days away

...and we happen upon Barry Island.  Not completely an island as such, it's really a peninsula  - back in the late 1880's a road was built to join it to the main town of Barry - we visited the beach part ....



The beachfront has had money spent on it, and even at this time of year it had plenty going on.
Things for kids  - and kids at heart - although we didn't attempt to try the climbing wall!







A Notice gave guidance for those who did want the challenge



In English...



And in Welsh....


They are very helpful with their signs and notices...I like how they teach Welsh as you drive.  There are directional road signs in English with the Welsh meaning added too, it all lends itself to an entertaining journey. We have long known that ARAF in Welsh means SLOW, but for those who are hard of learning, it gets repeated quite a lot! 



A bit wet for our visit, but it didn't matter, we still enjoyed the walk.



These trips away are a great opportunity to do some Travel Sketching,
(as if I wouldn't) - 

I was given a really useful sketchbook recently by one of my online friends,
so it got road tested on this trip.
  Quick line sketches as we go from place to place.
- I thought I had done a lot of sketches in it,
but by the end of the trip I still have about half the book to fill.
Thanks CLC, this is proving to be a very handy sketchbook.






More pictures of Wales in my next post!