Back in Cornwall

It was great to spend a few days near Falmouth, even though the weather was not great.
We had planned to walk some South West Coast path and drove to the North Coast to walk from Port Isaac to Rock. But it was so grey and dismalĀ  we drove there instead.
We visited Trelissick and went inside the house for the first time.

Grounds and gardens of Trelissick

We enjoyed a unexpectedly sunny sail around the creek to St Mawes and Falmouth.

Working boats on the Fal estuary.

St Mawes

We enjoyed a walk around the Lost (but definitely found) Gardens of Heligan.

Sculpture
Happy pig

We then drove on to Mevagissey and wandered around the harbour.

Boats in Mevagissey harbour

Walking the MacMillan Way

In early September we walked from Maidwell to Great Brington. The weather was a bit grey so we only walked 11 miles and were glad to reach The Fox and Hounds for a well deserved beer.

Green fields

Entrance to Holdenby House

Later in October we continued our walk to Flore (just five miles). We drove back to the Fox and Hounds for an enjoyable lunch.

The building of a train line caused a detour as our path was blocked by a giant hole.

Summer sailing- Falmouth, Salcombe, Guernsey, Sark, Guernsey, Ile de Brehat and Trebuerden

We had a great two weeks sailing along the English coast from Falmouth to Salcombe, the Channel Islands and the North French coast.
We could not believe our luck weather wise, a perfect sunrise welcomed us as we set sail early Sunday morning.

Mylor sunrise

Eddistone lighthouse off Plymouth

We sailed along the English coast to Salcombe.We arrived during the regatta week with small sailing vessels cutting across our path at every angle.
Salcombe arrival

Busy Salcombe

Our next destination was the Channel Islands. We were welcomed to Guernsey by our 4th pod of dolphins. We have never seen so many dolphins in one sailing holiday.
St Peter Port, Guernsey
Walking along the Guernsey coast

From Guernsey we visited a surprisingly quiet Sark. This small rugged island seemed a little out of sorts compared to previous trips. After a steep climb from our mooring we enjoyed exploring this eccentric island.
Our Sark mooring
The causeway to Little Sark built by German soldiers after the Second World War

A rocky cove
Sark Henge (seemed to be made from old fence posts)

From Sark we travelled to Jersey. The Port at St Helier is guarded by Elizabeth Castle.
Sailing towards the harbour and marina, St Helier Jersey

We wandered along the coast towards St Aubin. The pictures show the terrific tidal ranges experienced for most of this holiday. Every departure and arrival had to be carefully planned.
Tide out looking towards Elizabeth Castle, lots of green seaweed

Walking along beach to St Aubin
Tide in and the aquatic bus was still ferrying passengers.

From Jersey we sailed to Ile de Brehat on the Northern Brittany coast. We are fond of this french island. It is very popular with French tourists who arrive daily aboard vedettes. It never really feels crowded though and the day trippers depart early evening.
Ile de Brehat
More massive tidal ranges

Galletes (in a cardboard box??) et boule de cidre.
Le Moulin (water mill)
Leaving Brehat. The white specks on the tree are egrets (birds)

We sailed along the french coast to Trebuerden.
Trebuerden marina
Walking along the coast, tide out
Trebuerden sunset

102 mile journey home (20 hours)
The English Channel looking like a millpond
Ripples
Dolphins
Water was so clear, here you can see the bubbles created by the dolphins blow hole
Sunset over glassy sea
Tanker floating between sea and sky
Back on home mooring

Isles of Scilly sailing in early June

St Mary’s in the morning

Weather forecast thankfully turned out much better

St Mary’s harbour from Star Castle

St Mary’s sunny afternoon

Walk around Tresco, grey start over Cromwell’s castle

Old Grimsby, Tresco

View from Tresco to St Martins

Walk around St Martins


Bracken control

Devon cattle grazing

Sunny beach, St Martins

Our anchorage

Photography course in Bath

I spent a sunny Saturday in Bath learning the many things that my digital SLR camera can do. Was a great course run by the Royal Photographic Society.
Here are some of the results.

Moving water using shutter speed priority


The Avon Canal, Bath

Bath’s most photographed bicycle

Aperture priority


Beautiful blossom using aperture priority

Rule of thirds

South West coast path (Bude to Crackington Haven)

In February we spent a few days in Cornwall. We spent a day walking the South West coast path between Bude and Crackington Haven, a distance of 10.2 miles. We have now walked a total of 216.6km (134.6miles) and have climbed 7,898m (25,912ft) since we started this walk at Minehead. Phew!!! :- )

Bude


Crackington Haven

Finer February

After several weekends stuck indoors due to poor weather we returned to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the starting point for our completed walk along Shakespeare’s Way. Although it was a dull and dismal day it was nice to get out, have Sunday lunch cooked for us and experience places related to Shakespeare that we had not previously visited. We had a wander around the old school that Shakespeare attended and were even given a 16th century style lesson. Interestingly students from the nearby grammar school still have lessons here.

Stratford streets
Shakespeare’s school house
Ancient graffiti

December day in Birmingham

A visit to Birmingham before Christmas was an unexpected treat. The changes taking place in this city have moved it far beyond the dour greyness I remember. There is an exciting fusion of handsome old architecture with newer delights such as the fabulously revamped New Street Station, the new tram system and a quaint pedestrian square emerging amongst interesting older buildings. We walked along the stalls of the unusually and unfortunately quiet German Christmas market (this was a few days after the tragedy in Berlin). A clamber up to the rooftops of the Birmingham Library proved enlightening. These photos from the roof garden were taken with my iphone.

Birmingham roof tops from the Birmingham library
For lunch we enjoyed hanging chicken kebabs dripping with garlic butter at the Botanist pub/restaurant. We had an interesting and relaxing day.

Getting ready for Christmas

The amount of hype this time of year always amazes me. Cook this recipe, buy this present, wear these clothes. All I really want for Christmas is to spend time with those dearest to me and capture magical memories.
We have managed both in the run up to Christmas.

Duran Duran
Last Friday we went down to London by train and saw Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. We had a wonderful evening after having no idea what to expect. There were so many highlights a real eclectic entertaining mix. Interesting bits of science from gravitational waves to beaver scent glands. Great comedy and music rounded off with Duran Duran!
Fortunately we had booked a hotel in Hammersmith as the show began at 7pm and did not finish until 11:15pm. We would have missed so much if we had rushed to catch the last train.
We had a lovely day on Saturday. We had a wander around Stamfords Travel bookshop and made a few additions to our Christmas shopping. This is definitely a place we will be returning to, just loved the range of books and travel related bits.
We then walked towards Euston via Covent Garden. We enjoyed the Wellcome Collection near Euston and the welcome company of family.
Wellcome Collection entrance