Cockwood from the car

The tiny harbour at Cockwood is very mucky when the tide’s out. But the view is splendid, eastwards across the Exe estuary towards Exmouth.

Having such blue sky in late October was a real treat, a little patch of heavenly Devon.

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A rounded park life

Walking in the park yesterday morning, I had in mind this weeks photo challenge of ‘Rounded’. At one point I looked down at my feet and saw a round leaf that was so wet it stuck to the the front of my round toed boot. I took a pic but it was desperately dull so don’t worry, I’m not posting it!

But in the afternoon I went to another park, I didn’t have the puppies to worry about,

there were plenty of rounded things to see,

Some of them very cute!

A Medieval Setting

If you’re a fan of the video game, Assasin’s Creed, then you may like to visit Monteriggioni, in Tuscany. It’s one of the loveliest of Tuscan medieval hilltop villages, and it’s also been the location for several films, because of it’s authenticity. The village has a circular wall around 570 metres long and was a strategic fortification between Siena and Florence in the middle ages, built by the Sienese in their wars with Florence.

All is peaceful now though.

The pilgrimage route of St Francis passes through on it’s way to Assisi.

and there are lots of rustic sights like this beautiful old door.

and an ancient lintel with a heavy load to bear.

Here’s a photo for you Jude!

One of the towers

a village street

There are two ancient gates to the fort, Porto  Romano to the south, and this I believe is Porto Fiorentia to the north.

I hope you like this pretty little place, can you imagine Russel Crowe striding through the streets? I’d be quite happy to bump into him.

Thursday Special, park musings

In 1987, when the ‘Great Storm’ ravaged many parts of the UK, lots of great trees were damaged or lost completely in Heavitree Park. This is the park where I grew up, part of my daily walk to school through infant and junior school years, and a place full of memories both good and bad.

My children also played there in the late 80’s, and we walked Jassy, the family dog, a golden get-it-yourself. Over time, new trees were planted, some of which are now fully grown. Grandchildren have played there, Dido and Daisy walked there for 13 years, and now it’s Flora and George’s turn.

Time passes, fall arrives every year bringing short days and damp weather. In the park several more trees have fallen over the years and have been given a new lease of life. Like this meeting bench standing near the skate park, it’s somewhere for the kids to hang out, make and break friendships and generally do what teens do, each one imagining they’re different from the generation before.

This is my post for Paula’s Thursday Special, ‘Fall’. You can join in, there’s always a warm welcome!