Friday, 17 September 2010

A Boat Trip




Today I went out on an old steam paddle ship called The Waverley. It takes pleasure trips round the Isle of Wight, or, in this case, a two hour trip from Yarmouth pier, round the Needles and back. For anone who doesn't know the Isle of Wight, the Needles are a line of jagged rocks that stick out of the most westerly point of the Island. There is a light house on the last rock. We sailed past the coloured sands of Alum Bay, where thousands of visitors collect sand of different colours and have it displayed in glass containers. We went past Freshwater Bay, and continued along the south coast. I live on the south coast, and I didn't know we were going so far. I zoomed in to the area where I live, but it as just a little too far away.
Although I live by the sea, I only venture on it when I need the ferry to get on and off the Island. Yachting is not my idea of fun, but it was lovely to see all the other sailors and fishermen wave at us as we steamed-paddled past.












Sunday, 12 September 2010

My Shed




At last I have a shed to sit in and peacefully do my pyrography whilst listening to radio 4. What utter bliss! D has two, larger sheds of his own. One is where he paints his abstracts, and the other is where he stores them. This is neccessary because his early paintinge were 5' by 4'8" or thereabouts, and he has about 30 of them.
A few years ago he reluctantly decided to go smaller, and they are now about 2.5' by 3.5' (I guess, looking at the one on my wall in front of me)
Anyway, I digress. I have been umming and ahhing over a shed for years.We do not have much room. My tiny home is at the distant end of my landlady's very large and rambling ancient orchard, so although we have in theory loads of space for cats to race about in, it's not ours so shed building has to be restricted. My landlady can see D's sheds from her house. We had them painted dark green to be as unobtrusive as possible, and she is happy with them.
As landlady's go, she is very cool about most things. I don't even have to notify her when another cat arrives to live with us, but I don't want to take advantage of the situation, so my shed had to fit snugly in the courtyard bit (sounds far too up-market for a bit of concrete) behind the house. To do that, and not obscure the windows, it had to measure just 5' by 4'. I worried and worried about feeling too claustrophobic, and once it was up having to abandon my dreams and just use it for garden tools!
Now it is so nearly finished. Just need a few shelves, and it is wonderful to work in. A little space of my own! So quiet, unless I tune in to radio 4. I have not done any work since the shed idea started to take shape. We are soon to have an exhibition of art by staff at the library where I work, and I am itching to finish some pieces and design a display.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Sunny Afternoon



Rain was forecast, so the sun was a bonus! My half day spent painting the inside of my new shed, all ready for moving all my pyrography gear into.
Just time for a quick sit down with my camera, and there, in front of me was a ladybird climbing up a cane. I watched it get to the top, expecting it to fly, but no, it just about turned and climbed down again. A few minutes past, and there it was, at the top. Hesitated, looked all set for take off.....but no, it changed it's mind and went back down again.
I took some photos from my position on the bench. Cats, mostly. Finished my drink, closed my eyes for a few seconds in the sun, opened them and watched the ladybird climbing back up to the top.
I got up and walked away. There's only so much excitement one person can take in a day.








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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Toadstools

Walked along the old railway track, and ....."as if by magic".....a variety of toadstools have emerged on the side of the track. I have no idea what variety they are. I always intend to look them up in a book, but I never do.













































Drat, the last two pics are sideways!










Kitty has settled in well. We've had her about three months, now, but it seems like she has been here for ever. She still sleeps in our bedroom, but seems more reluctant to join us in there, so the time is right to leave her with the others at night.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Quiet Day

As I work every Saturday, I always get a day off in the week, either Thursday or Friday. This week it was Friday, and what a lovely day it was. I woke up to sun and a hint of autumn chill. Isn't it strange how you can smell autumn in the air?
The apple trees are heavy with fruit.


One nice thing about having a day off in the week is the absolute peace and quiet. I live in the country, so it's not noisy anyway, but when my few neighbours are out at work I can wander about the large, shared lawns and explore behind the hedges and round the gardens to my heart's content.
The cats love it, following me everywhere. Rolly rolls in the middle of the large, sunny lawn that used to be a tennis court many years ago.



I called him indoors out to watch the most enormous, blue dragonfly circling the grass after flies, like a mini helicopter.
I got my camera, but knew the chances of capturing it in flight were nil. In the old, dead tree something else was watching flies. A flycatcher. I took a couple of photos, and by chance got one just as it left it's post and caught a fly!