At the beginning of 2017 I became the volunteer Artist-in-Residence @ Arlington Court National Trust Devon - Watch out for my posts about it.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

House guests and farmyards


Last week was hectic but in a good way.  For one thing we already had little Hamish staying with us

~ Hamish~

but then his mum and her horse came to stay.....lucky for us the horse stayed on a local farm!


so I thought for this post it would be nice to share some pictures
 with you from last week..

the farm is so quaint and old fashioned, owned by friends....this is the second part of the
stable block


well, you have to admit that is gorgeous



and this madam settled in really well

but didn't avoid wash time!

~ although by the look on the horses face, she isn't impressed ~


  the original farmhouse is
currently having repairs done (the right-hand part of the house isn't lived in)



and this is the first stable yard area...



well, you can't get equine girls together without they natter....a lot!







a blissful landscape, but I also took the opportunity to photograph some doors and windows
on the farm buildings!






















and the last two there didn't escape my sketchbook, but I did
add the paint when I got home..





I only had time for these two, but have since sketched and painted others, which
I will show in another post...

meanwhile it was exercise time...

























A brilliant week had by all
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~ If anyone would like to use any of the photos in this post, then
please go ahead - Enjoy ~













43 comments:

  1. Hi Ann! Thanks for your enthusiastic comments about my painting.... I think you're being extra kind!
    I love these window and door shots, and what gorgeous old farm buildings. You can't beat North Devon for scenery and beautiful places to visit! Maybe I'm a little bit prejudiced. I haven't got myself together for the sketch challenge yet. I don't think I'm very good at sketching so I really need to practice more.

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    1. I was being honest about your painting, really, it is very good.

      Do give the sketching a go, even an outline of something is a start. It is also a way of keeping a record of your progress too. Practise, practise is so true :-)

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  2. Beautiful photos and sketches, glad you had a good week. It looks just lovely there! Valerie

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  3. Oh pretty pony......what a wonderful barn and farm. Lots of upkeep with all that stonework though...xox

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  4. Looks like a wonderful week was had by all, that old farmyard looks so interesting, wish all yards were like this!

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    1. Everyone falls in love with the place, it's idyllic.

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  5. Wow! What a fantastic place and delightful photos ~ glad you had such a lovely week ~ Happy Day ^_^

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  6. Ann, what a quaint and beautiful place! I would love to visit it but I know that will never happen. You did a great window painting, and I was just about to ask if I could try my hand at one of the earlier ones. Then I scrolled dow and see that you have granted permission. I'll see what I can do with one of the other windows.Thanks.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post Faye, it's nice to know. This is a way of sharing the places here with everyone. Looking forward to seeing your work on the windows :-)

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  7. Hamish's Mom almost flew...priceless! What a tranquil, serene place you have to visit...wonderful!

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  8. These photos are all so wonderful. I'm going to have to come back later on to take a longer, closer look! :) The farm is gorgeous. What a magnificent landscape, and a lovely horse. :D I love your drawings, and can't wait to see more!

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  9. beautiful photos and sketches and video, thanks for sharing!

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  10. What a gorgeous place and nature, really enjoyed the photos and your lovely watercolors .

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  11. You live in a lovely area. How fun to have all come to visit.. Even if they all weren't all at your house. :) That's a cool stable. Great sketches and sketching opportunities. What kind of horse is that? It seems shorter then ones we had around here. Which would be nicer to ride.. shorter to the ground if you fell. LOL

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    1. The horse (April) is a Connemara X Welsh 13.2hh* in fact because she is under 14.2hh she is classed as a Pony - I see what you mean about the falling off thing!, but strangely enough it's easier to fall off bigger horses, the ponies tend to be quick in movement and sudden falls from them can be nasty ><

      (daughter) Lil has her own blog too :

      www.pinkhorsestudio.blogspot.co.uk

      do take a look :)

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    2. * hh - hand high
      each 'hand' being 4"

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  12. What is it about old architecture that cries out to be sketched? Yours are delightful! (And so is Lil!)

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    1. I know, it's all the nooks and crannies that make everything so tempting to draw isn't it. It was lovely having them home :)

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  13. Wow, what a beautiful place! I love to watch Escape to the County, looking at all the cottages and barn conversions, and of course the beautiful countryside! Beautiful photos, Ann, love the doors and windows!

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    1. It is beautiful Judy...I tried to get photos to show it as I see it, but still missed things out.

      You mention Escape to the Country - they actually showed Arlington Court recently (where I volunteer in the stables).

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    2. Really? I must have missed that. :(

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  14. I would be sketching like crazy in that location! Nice!!!

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    1. It had so much scope for drawings/sketches/paintings etc etc the list went on, lol

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  15. Hi Ann.
    Thank you so much for posting your photos for us. they are really great. I would like to use the Horse photos for drawing, thank you, and all the best Ann.
    Vic.
    P.S. Lovely farm.

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    1. So pleased you want to use the horse pics, that's great news. Let us see what you do won't you :)

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  16. Hola Ann :) Me gustan mucho las fotos y los videos. Gracias por mostrarnos este precioso lugar.
    Un abrazo.

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  17. Stunning pictures of all those old windows. Great camera work and I love your painted samples. Hugs Mrs A.

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  18. Wow, what a great time. Excellent photos, especially the stables. Beautiful. Thanks a lot for sharing. I enjoyed the post Ann.

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  19. Your pictures are wonderful and I love that farm - Isn't it beautiful and just perfect for your lovely sketches.
    Sandy

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  20. Thanks Mrs. A, Mary, Gloria and Sandy :)

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  21. Well, the barn made me think of James Herriott. The pony and rider reminded me of my daughter trail riding on her white pony. Just a fabulous post all the way around. You live a charmed life.

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    1. It is very James Herriott here Chris. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this post :)

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  22. What a great old building! Love your pictures!

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    1. Thanks Linda, glad you enjoyed this post :)

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