A few days ago I was at the Mid Devon Agricultural Show where I met Matthew Walsh who was on the next stand. He makes wonderful studio glass, including these wall plaques connecting together to show the fluid movement of the carp, butterflies or seahorses.
Very elegant vases.
Matthew says ‘My aim with all my work is to bring pleasure to all who see it.’ Well he certainly bowled me over, his work is exquisite, click each image for a better view, or have a look at his website.
Welcome to a brand new masterpiece, baby Scarlett arrived at 2.30 am today, weighing 8lbs 1 oz! She is my new grandchild and I am a very happy and proud Mma. Well done to my brave daughter and clever, handsome extra son!
I’m sorry I don’t think I’ll be able to catch up with your blogs, I haven’t had much sleep in the last couple of nights waiting for Scarlett and now I’m shattered but I’ll see you soon!
I was inspired by a TV program, A Poet’s Guide to Britain, and so think I might do a Dartmoor series. Of course this depends on how lazy I am . . .
The glistening granite of millennia
clings like the crest of a dragon
on the horizon beneath a thunder cloud sky
scramble a pathway between and look east
to where a habitation of stone once lay
but now sprinkled like so many marbles
on soil trampled and bovine nibbled
leaving only echoes of medieval voices
causing ears to question when mist descends
to infuse ancient hearth where fire burns no longer
and generations that huddled have migrated
to pleasant valleys far from nature’s scorn
replaced by fair weather wanderers
unaware of those who stepped before
This is what Sonel has to say about her theme this week.
‘Abstract photography is a process of using different shapes, lines, curves and patterns combined to create an image and rules, such as composition and accurate focusing hold no values. With no true meaning or no clear subject involved, the abstract photo does not necessarily mean the same thing to everyone. It leaves more to the imagination and aids us to concentrate on feeling and thought rather than the whole subject. Patterns and Close-ups of flowers and other plant life make for great abstract images. There are no guidelines for creating good abstract photography. Just use your imagination along with the natural world to create your master piece.’
and some shots of mine.
For Lynne, the answer to your question, a little hut!http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/distracted-by-abstract/
Travelling friend and I set off in search of the Alcantara Gorge, driving through Piedmonte Etneo and Linguaglossa, climbing higher and weaving among olive, peach and almond groves. Our plan was a stop at Castiglione, the gateway to the Alcantara Range, and here it is on the other side of the valley from our zigzag road, with the mountains in the background.
At the bottom of the town we parked for free again – in fact we didn’t once pay for parking, amazing when we are used to paying around £2 an hour in the UK. Leaving the car, we asked an elderly man for directions through the maze, to the castle. He was a delight and loved practicing a few words of English with us and asking about our city. We followed him to his wife’s shop, which he unlocked just to give us a tourist map, and point us along the road.
The empty streets.
Looking back where we came from.
We didn’t see another soul walking, but it was hot and I guess they were being sensible and taking a siesta. Or perhaps it really was a ghost town and we imagined our nice gentleman. We went in ever decreasing circles until we reached an empty piaza with a closed cafe and as we didn’t bring enough water for the hot climb, we kept going upwards and found one open. Another place where they don’t see many outsiders, but the owner was very friendly. We had cold drinks under the shade of a canopy and within a few minutes some locals appeared, all men. I think there must be some secret jungle drums, that makes them wake up and come to check people out!
Some town views.
Refreshed, we found the path up to the castle hoping to go inside – it was locked up and there was no evidence that it would be opening any time soon. This is looking through the gate.
So we found a different path back down the hill, this is the view from behind the castle towards the Alcantara.
We should probably have asked for directions when we stopped for gelato back at the cafe, but as we could see the only possible road to the Gorge, we didn’t worry.
Before we left town we enjoyed the peaceful stroll and the air of faded beauty. If there are no tourists in early July, then there are probably no tourists and it’s very sad if the town continues to deteriorate, like this.
Check out the balconies and in the top left, the remains of a flight of steps.
We loved Castiglione regardless of it’s disrepair. It’s strange to walk around a whole town for a good two hours and see just our kind old man and four other customers in the cafe. So we drove out in search of the road to the Gorge and soon realised we must have missed the turning. Never mind, there should be more than one way of reaching it shouldn’t there? We tried three and none led us there so we eventually gave up, headed back to Fiumefreddo where our hotel balcony was in perfect condition with a fabulous view of Alcantara!
Otterton in East Devon has it’s own mill, producing flour and powered by the River Otter. This is real flour, not the mass produced stuff we find in the supermarkets, but artisan quality and very tasty. They mill a few times a month and you can buy it FRESH in standard packs or larger sacks. I actually tried it, freshly milled and delicious.
This is my take on the Weekly Photo Challenge, join in at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/weekly-photo-challenge-fresh/
Ailsa wants to see our slant on tilted this week. Well virtually all the horizons are tilted in my photos because I’m hopeless! I wasn’t to blame for these wonky images though.
A tilted frame in the Kuala Lumpur Tower but I think the buildings are straight.
Tilted beams on the waterfront at Kota Kinabalu.
Fairy chimneys tilted by nature in Cappadochia.
To join in visit Ailsa at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/07/19/travel-theme-tilted/