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Friday, 16 February 2018

The Ladies return to the farm


During the Winter months, the Devon Ruby Red cattle spend their time munching around the Dunes @Woolacombe.  It is nice to visit for a walk and see how they are.  

However, last week they were going back to the farm and although I didn't see them loaded up
the trailer was ready for them...







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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Symonds Yat and the Wye Valley

BEFORE YOU START READING - I WANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS A LONG POST. SO MAKE YOURSELF A CUPPA AND SIT BACK AND ENJOY.  AT THE END OF THE POST I HAVE ADDED LINKS TO VARIOUS POINTS MENTIONED AND ALSO A COUPLE OF SHORT VIDEOS, So read on or scroll to the bottom. Whatever you decide, I do hope you enjoy reading this:


A recent trip for a couple of days - we decided on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley.  In fact our hotel was at Symonds Yat - called Royal Lodge.  Take a look at the google street view image below and you will see the hotel across the river, in the middle of the image...




Turned out on arrival at the hotel, our room had been upgraded,
that was a lovely surprise and it overlooked the river.
A spacious room - perfect.

Breakfast the first morning was set up for us in a room adjoining the restaurant due to us having William with us - dogs obviously are not allowed in the restaurant area.
That worked perfectly for us anyway and the staff were very helpful.
I did over indulge with breakfast that first morning though,
a plate of freshly cooked kippers which had followed a warm coissant kept the hunger away for me all day!  









looking back across the river...



and this was from the hotel gardens







Walks here were a must.   There was a pathway along next to the river, so we had to explore...










and came upon this bridge.  Believe me, it really did dip in the middle and was a wobbly bridge at that.

and I'm not sure that William was convinced...but he was a good boy and walked Graham over safely...  I think it was a case of that, rather than William walking Graham safely over, or was it!








Then it was my turn...just as well there weren't another 5 people about, or even less going on the breakfast I had eaten!


if you look real closely, you'll be able to see William watching for me from the other side...




It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Yes it did move quite a lot as I walked over, but that was the fun of it.....(not sure Graham saw the fun side of it though)...





and both Graham and William enjoyed terra firma on the other side...



I reckon if there was a lot of snow, this building would be straight out of the Alps!  (apart for the lack of the overhanging roof)...I knew somebody would say it, so thought I would say it first.




on the way back we happened upon two Fire rescue vehicles


soon explained, as the occupants of said vehicles were receiving some training on the river


they even had a small craft to train in!


On our final day, we decided to trek up the hillside.


Again, a certain lurcher was in front of us.
Shame he had to wait for us to huff and puff our way up.
 Yes it was 
a
STEEP hillside.

We went up to the Symonds Yat Rock 

where the outlook was STUNNING












and, of course, somebody had to pose for a photo

this is the rock he was sitting on -
with a metal work addition showing
what this area looked like hundreds of years ago



Clear blue skies, but in the shade there was actually a heavy frost still



During our stay in the area, I did a couple of sketches



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and here are a couple of videos.....


Walking over another bridge. This time a solid one made of wood that took us up to the Rock:





and this one the ferry boat crossing the river:
(sorry it's a very short video but was all we had time for)





~ IF YOU GOT THIS FAR THROUGH THE BLOG POST WITHOUT FALLING ASLEEP
THEN YOU DID WELL ~

(but hope you enjoyed this post anyway)


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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

My first attempt at a Lino cut


Now, I probably did try a difficult subject to begin with,

but strangely enough,

I'm quite pleased with the outcome.







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