Saturday, 31 March 2012

Photo Scavenger hunt for March

As I enjoy taking photographs I have joined the photo scavenger hunt that is run by Kathy at Postcards from the P.P.  Kathy will give a list of 12 things to photograph for the month and at the end of the period you have to upload them to the group in Flickr and also show on your blog, so here are the ones I have taken for March. 

Buttons from a shop dedicated to buttons

City of Plymouth
Fancy Hat


Half a face

Landmark The Eden Project

Morning light

Squares on an old post

Street name I can imagine the Badgers wandering down here!

An old theatre in Plymouth

Words commemorating the Pilgrims leaving Plymouth for the New World (America)
 Anyone can join so if you are interested go back to the link at the top. I have enjoyed finding the things to photograph.

Sarah x

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Cornish daffodils

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are well known for growing daffodils and while we were away we saw fields of daffodils, of course I had to stop and take some photos!

I wish I could share the scent of the flowers with you!

I always thought it would be wonderful to have a flower farm, but I recently re-read a book that I read as a teenager and it made me appreciate the difficulties involved. All of us gardeners will have failures in the garden from time to time, but how devastating it must be to loose a whole crop of flowers that you are relying on for income.

The book was called "Gull on the Roof" by Derek Tangye, he and his wife gave up the "high life" in London in the 1950's to run a flower farm in Cornwall. They lived in an isolated cottage with only basic amenities, with their beloved animals. Derek wrote many books, mostly about his life in Cornwall, see Friends of Minack for further information.

Bunches of daffodils are so cheap to buy, but bring us so much joy and colour early in the year.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Visiting Eden

While we were staying in  Devon we took a trip to the Eden Project. My OH had bought me a given me a membership of being a Friend of Eden as part of my birthday present.

I don't know how well known the Eden project is for those of you who live in other countries who follow me. It contains the worlds largest green houses which house thousands of plant species and was built in some disused clay pits.

We last visited it eleven years ago when it first opened, I don't know why it is has taken us so long before making a return visit.
I find it amazing that a group of people can have the dream and the vision  of creating such a place and then be able to turn it into reality for others to enjoy and learn new things.

 These are cocoa beans - I do love my chocolate!

You can even view it from on high,my OH doesn't like heights so didn't join me for this bit which was probably just as well as the steps were slightly swinging as I came back down!

The view from the top was amazing looking down at all the plants and trees it was a long way up!

I loved these plants that come from South Africa.
Sorry the background is out of focus but I love those tulips!  

The outside planting areas were fantastic too.                                

Back in November last year we went to a talk at Bridport Literacy Festival given by Tim Smit who was involved in setting up Heligan Gardens and the Eden Project. He was an amazing speaker and we all came out thinking we could change the world to a better place.  If you ever get the chance to see him speak do take it.

What I didn't realise until I heard him speak was that Eden is so much more than just the conservation and education of plants. They are involved in so many other social and environmental projects both in this country and aboard. For further information you can look on the Eden link.

Growing for life

Big lunch

Hopefully it won't be some many years before we visit Eden again.Sorry it's such a long post I got a bit carried away!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Down by the sea in Devon

We have been on holiday for the last week, down by the sea in Devon and had a wonderful time.

I have said before my dream would be to live overlooking the sea or water and for one week at least my dream came true!
This was the view from the kitchen window. I was happy to do lots of washing up this week!

We stayed at Bovisand in a beautiful chalet. We have stayed here before for a short 2 night break, but it was not enough ! The chalet is situated overlooking Plymouth Sound and opposite are the Cornish villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. The city of Plymouth is just around the corner but it this is so different.
I had bought lots of books and magazines to read, but we spent most of the time we were in the chalet just taking in the view,watching the boats go by and enjoying the sunsets.

The chalet is on a private estate, which is open to the public and the coast path goes through it. There are various beaches.

Just a very peaceful and wonderful place to be....

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Weymouth sand

Weymouth is famous for the quality of its sand, which is often used for making sand sculptures. As far back as the beginning of the 20th century there were annual sandcastle competitions that attracted large crowds. Some of these were sponsored by Bovril and every entry had to feature the Bovril name or the jar within the entry!  

Weymouth has had its own sand man since the 1920's. The current one is Mark Anderson (he took over from his Grandad) and he creates masterpieces using only Weymouth sand and water. (See link for more wonderful sculptures.) It is always worth wandering along the Esplanade to see his latest creation. 

Mad hatter's tea party
Recently huge mounds of sand suddenly appeared on the beach - as I had the camera in my handbag I went to investigate!

The diggers were moving sand from the sea shore and taking it further up the beach.

The birds thought it was a great novelty

As I was taking a photo of the birds this dog suddenly appeared and chased them away!

 The only problem with sand is that it gets into everywhere, including the sandwiches! Which type of beach do you prefer sand or shingle?


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