I spent a lovely 5 days in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, UK the weather was unusually hot and sunny for late September which was just as well as I wanted to spend as much time as possible walking around the coast, arting on the balcony, watching shooting stars over the ocean and rediscovering some old haunts :)
I had a lovely apartment with 2 balconies (I have a thing for balconies!) which overlooked the bay towards St Ives, and gave spectacular views of the north coast and Atlantic.
Here are a few photos, plus a mini travel video below :)
Instagram photos from my London walks. I’ve been on a health kick recently, and started a health and wellbeing regime :) including walking for at least an hour per day and trying to eat 5-a-day (fruit and veg) every day. I’ve been plotting my progress on the fleetly and 5 A Day apps. I’ve really enjoyed the walks and eating healthy food and have realised that trying to eat 5-a-day is as good as being on a diet, you cannot physically eat much more as the fibre really fills you up. Last week I made a some lovely meals including, vegetable curry, cabbage and swede cheesy bake and an oriental aubergine and pepper dish. I’ve also been using my walks as photography trips and for listening to audio books. It was really cool listening to a BBC Radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and passing some of the landmarks mentioned in ‘London Below’ such as ‘The Night’s Bridge’, ‘The Angel Islington’ and ‘The Black Friars’. By the end of the week I had surpassed 7 hrs of moderate exercise and managed 6 days of a full 5-a-day diet. However it was pretty painful, I had 2 inch blisters on my feet, constant headaches and sore muscles in my legs. These have all abated now, the blisters were due to wearing in my new and very lovely Wolky boots, I found that eating sweeter fruit stopped my low blood sugar headaches and my legs are no longer aching after resting them at the weekend. :) I’ve been reading a new series of books (on Audible) called ‘The Mortal Instruments’ by Cassandra Clare and am totally hooked, it’s a really intriguing look into a world of Shadowhunters (Nephilim), Downworlders and Mundanes. Totally immersive and a wonderful way to explore London on foot! That’s it for now, will be posting some new art soon though!! xx
A few weeks ago I took a lovely train trip to Arundel in West Sussex.
On arrival I was greeted by the sight of this amazing Norman castle
I then had a wander down some of the very pretty and historic streets which seemed to be full of art galleries and antiques shops. I found some lovely vintage suitcases there
I explored a few galleries and found some amazing art by Emma Franks
I bought a couple of art cards with her work printed on them.
I then wandered the mile or so down a gorgeous tree-lined lane to the Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, and looked at lots of ducks! :)
There was an artist open day happening at the visitor centre and I talked to the Roy Kelf, the maker of these exquisite masking tape bird sculptures
All in all it was a super fantastic day out, I think I am in love with Sussex now, it’s so arty, natural and historic, all the things I love in an area :) I cant wait to explore more of this amazing county. :)
On the way home I had the pleasure of waiting for my train in the most comfortable waiting room I’ve ever seen, it had leather sofas, book shelves full of novels and a box full of DVDs!!!
Thank you Arundel :)
I had a weekend away at the delightful Bore Place in Kent with Cha-guy.
Bore place is a working organic farm and sustainable living centre near Sevenoaks in Kent. There are also a number of buildings that are rented out for private retreats and group events etc.
It was my birthday this week so we decided to spend some time in the converted barn making art, dancing, singing, cooking good food and generally chilling and having a good time.
We tried to go on the 3 mile field trail but it was a bit muddy and my shoes ‘drowned’.
There was only a slow internet connection and no TV so we spent the evenings snuggled on the sofa listening to audiobooks with the wood burner keeping us cosy and warm.
We had fun walking around the dairy farm, investigating the kitchen garden, chickens, and the amazing walled garden with formal pond.
I hope you enjoy the short video and photos below
Here are some pictures
This is the main house
The small converted barn that we stayed in
The gardens in front of the barn
Cha-guy walking across a field
A rainbow appeared after a spell of rain
The kitchen gardens
Wood crafting area
The formal gardens and pond
Seedings in the kitchen garden
I went on the Sunday Stroll at RSPB Rainham yesterday. I last went in the winter of 2012 so was very excited to see what was there during springtime :)
It was a fantastic day, the sun shone, the birds sang and our guides were very good, we learnt lots about the folklore surrounding plants and birds as well as medicinal uses. We saw Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tits, Willow Warblers, Swallows etc etc, heard a Cuckoo and loads of Marsh frogs.
There were however loads of flies around! I thought I’d end up looking like my painting of this lady with butterflies in her hair but with fly’s wings instead!
I made a short video about the trip here.
And here are more photos
A very thorny wild rose
Bird tracks in the mud
Some reeds and rocks
Hi all, today Cha-guy and I went for a long walk around Crystal Palace Park in South East London.
We passed some ruins of the old Crystal Palace erected on the site in 1854
This magnificent building was designed by Joseph Paxton and hosted the Great Exhibition of industry and technology. It was burnt to the ground in 1936, here is some archive footage of the incident http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCPrtJvEOs
We discovered that the farm which had previously been shut for rebuilding was now opened to the public. Inside we found a hen chicken standing motionless and staring into the eyes of a group of miniature cockerels…
I recently bought the Book of Barely Imagined Beings after seeing a talk by the author Caspar Henderson at the Horniman Museum,
it features a huge section on Axolotls as well as a passaged from the book of ‘Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge
‘…it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) suckling pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) trembling like crazy, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.”
We also discovered some Giant Mallard ducks which had been bred in Germany
Hope you all had great weekends too..