Teignmouth Pier

The Grand Pier at Teignmouth was built in 1865, is 696 feet long and is one of only 50 remaining in the UK. It has all the usual rides and slot machines that you would expect in a traditional seaside attraction, and is a lovely place for a promenade to breathe in the healthy sea air.

tei1 Spot the rainbow! These pics were all taken within half an hour on a winter afternoon five years ago.

tei2Look how the sky changed in such a short time.

tei3But that isn’t why I’ve chosen these photos.

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How has this splindly structure stood firm for 150 years? Against all the odds I’d say.In 2014, Teignmouth’s pier was badly damaged by winter storms, and  much of it’s floor was washed away. After five months and hundreds of thousands of pounds it re-opened and will no doubt thrill many more people in the years to come.

 

Hollyberrie fantasy

Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Sylvie, a belated birthday trip at the Craft for Crafters show, Westpoint. There was so much to see, we ambled up and down the aisles for hours. One of the prettiest stands was Hollyberrie Studios, where we met the lovely Pauline Spence.

Originally a water colour artist, she now has a passion for textiles and embroidery. Her work is incredibly intricate, some fantasy based.

This fairytale castle had so much detail, I didn’t know where to look, every little girls dream!

Here’s a closer look, but I only had my i phone.

This piece all folds away into the box, dragon and all.

Pauline’s work has won national competitions and been featured in magazines. She has City and Guilds  teaching certificates and loves to run workshops, sadly I wouldn’t have the patience or even the basic skills, but she can be contacted if you search for hollyberrie studios.

This four seasons clock was both Sylvie and my favourite.