Category Archives: sculpture

In a Magic Garden on Monday

….. where a dragon, Frosty the snowman and a little glass duck can frolic happily togetherJodies Flowers, Etsy, Zolo, succulents, kids art

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The above arrangement was created by Little Miss M aged 5, in a pot of succulents

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Then we added to it

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with two more funny Forever Flowers  made by Jodie

The photo below is Jodie’s, showing more of her wonderfully bonkers creations

Jodie Flowers on Etsy, fun sculptures

I just LOVE them!!!! They make me smile and brighten up a dull, rainy Jaunuary day.

We added some ‘flowers’ made using sculpture pieces by Zolo

Zolo sculpture pieces

These pieces are great for the children to make fanciful sculptures with – sadly they cost a fortune to buy from the US once shipping and customs duty ave been added. I first bought a set at the airport in New York when I was coming back home in 2008. Then luckily a friend of mine was able to get another set for me when she visited the US more recently.

The vase:

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Hazel catkins, ash twigs and golden privet.

Pop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and other gardeners, from all over the globe, have put in their vases this Monday.

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A wonderful BBC programme, Imagine,  was on TV on Saturday, giving insights about Rachel Whiteread’s 30 year career and the current Exhibition at Tate Britain.

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I became fascinated by this couple

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Their shapes, their colours, their interaction.

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People watching is one of my favourite things to do – you too?

Joining in with Norm’s Thursday Doors.

Doors, Rachel Whiteread

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Silent Sunday at the Tate

Rachel Whiteread, Tate Britain

Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain

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Rounding off my weekend in London I went to Tate Britain to see the Rachel Whiteread exhibition. I have been interested in her work ever since ‘House’ in 1993.

Such an extraordinary thing to do.

Art that encourages us to see things differently is always exciting.

The atmosphere that was created by the exhibiton at the Tate was one of supreme calm and serenity. Something to do with the combination of neutral colours, scale and space. I would happily have spent the whole day there.

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Making the domestic monumental.

I loved the way every shape interacted with the space and other objects in the space.

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Collections of used household objects cast as solid objects

looks simple doesn’t it but watch this film on ‘How to Cast like Rachel Whiteread’

and see just how many processes go into creating one object – mindblowing!

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Book shelves reminding me of the first little library I used to visit with my Grandfather in the 1950s/60s

bookshelf, Rachel Whiteread

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There is something intriguing about exploring negative space.

Clever to keep the colours calm so that the mind can peacefully think about positive and negative without the noise of colour.

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And to get to know the artist better –  a film of Rachel Whitread talking about the way she works.

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Silent Sunday at Tate Britain

Tate Britain, Rachel Whiteread

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Silent Sunday

Pelagos, Barbara Hepworth

Beach

sand sculpture, beach art

 

Passion for sand play

Creates dragon with baby

on Pembrokeshire beach

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Photo Challenge Prompt: BEACH

Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts: PASSION and PLAY

 

Please leave links to your BEACH photos in the comments – thank you, looking forward to seeing them and remembering long summer days.

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Sculpture By the Lakes

Photos taken at Sculpture by the Lakes in May 2014 of this bronze sculpture surrounded by thrift.

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joining Cee’s Flower of the Day

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and look, it’s the same colour as my handbag

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If you ever get a chance to go to these gardens, go – it is the most stunningly beautiful, peaceful spot with spectacular sculpture and superb garden design all to the highest quality.

On the subject of ‘thrift’ does mending count? bringing me right back down to earth …….

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…the pile of mending and alterations that sit on the end of my sofa waiting for me to be in the right mood to tackle it. Bimbo’s ear and a couple of his seams need attention and the doll needs her foot. The rest of it (mostly for grandhchildren) is much less appealing!

Thank you for all the entires to this week’s  Photo Challenge, I’m a little late to the party this week, but managed to squeak in. Leave a link in the comments to be included in the monthly round-up.

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My entry for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge

Golden Rock, Nevis, Caribbean

We were told that this was the best place to eat on Nevis – what a place.

Gorgeous gardens

fabulous cocktails

Lunch:

sumptuous burger with obligatory Rum Punch for my friend L

and a Conch Chowder for me, (with pink and orange napkins) Yumsk!

Then masses of arty stuff, which was right up my street

side tables made of plastic rubbish set in a solid foam  – now … could I do this with some of my beach finds I wonder???? Hmmmm … must find out more.

I want that green chair!

I want to make that lampshadeHad to go for a sit down – I was getting over excited!

An Antillean Bullfinch came to see if we had any crumbs to spare.

So romantic …….

Photo Challenge Round-Up: STILL

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Be still, close, your eyes, breathe , listen

These stones offer a seat, just below Hardy’s Monument, near Portesham, Dorset

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and what a spot to Be Still, looking out over the English Channel towards France.

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Jane at Rainbow Junkie ………………… still flowering

Cathy at Nanacathy ………………………  still waters

💜 Me at Wild Daffodil ……………………..   still morning

💜 Aishwarya at Captured by Aishwarya ….. still sky

Dorris at Dig With Dorris …………….. still life

The 💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Have I missed anyone? Please let me know if I have.

Welcome to Aishwarya joining in with the two challenges for the first time this week.

Thank you so much everyone for your STILLS.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

This week’s word is CREATION

And tomorrow …………

We launch our list for 2017!

All 52 subjects set out for the whole year, so you can keep your photographic eyes peeled for the weeks ahead, or search your archives to create your posts in advance.

Hurray for Happy Snapping!

Thursday

DSC_0018Anyone who has been following this blog for a while will know how I like to make everything as multi-functional as possible – it is a Permaculture thing and Permaculture is the closest thing to a religion I have.

Imagine my delight when I realised I could combine Thursday Doors, Three Things Thursday, Cee’s Which Way Challenge and Odd Ball Challenge AND recommend some simply splendid people and places – my cup overfloweth with golden delights.

Three Things Thursday:

Emily shares “three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy”

So here goes:

1.Yesterday I took Miss E to one of Sewchet‘s wonderfully empowering sewing workshops. Seeing her glee at having made something she can actually wear was a joy. She learnt so much.

2. Meeting Sheila of Sewchet. Meeting fellow bloggers is a fun, enriching experience. I have met Mrs Snail, Judy of Edwinas Episodes, and now Sheila. What a wonderful community it is. …. and there are plans to meet more bloggers brewing.

3. Meeting an old friend after a very long time and having such a brilliant time at Durlslade Farm, art gallery, cafe and sculpture garden. Go if you can!

This is my favourite photo of the day which I think has a touch of the Edward Hopper about it. ‘Hopper’ turned positive and optimistic perhaps.

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The Garden and Gallery are absolutely amazing and inspiring, and the food in the café is delicious.

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The next photo from this garden is for Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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and there were plenty of contenders for the Odd Ball Challenge at this fabulous gallery

How about a giant steel bucket full of shiny pots and pans

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or a steel tree

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with pots and pans for leaves. I love that it is set against this ancient farmhouse and looks a lot like old mulberry trees in gardens of houses this sort of age.

Here you can see the two sculptures against the old buildings and the gloriously blue sky – what a day!DSC_0017

And another door to the farmhouse for Norm’s Thursday Doors.DSC_0020 You can stay there! Pricey but just take a look at the website to see how wonderful the interior is.DSC_0019

I did have such a magical day – and have loved sharing it with you.

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Photo Challenge Round-Up: Strength

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tightly held

strong hand from above

gives support

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Jane at Rainbow Junkie……. …………… …… …….hurray for strong sons

Cathy at Nanacathy…….. ……. ……….. …… …….so much strength in this picture

💜 me at Wild Daffodil……… ……… ……….. ……RSJ

💜 Melissa at The Aran Artisan ……………… ……beauty

💜 Jen at Letthesewingbegin ……………………. …..Welsh spirit

💜 Denis at Haiku Hound…….. ……….. ………..crashing waves

Christina at A Look at the Little Things ……. …standing together

Dorris at Dig With Dorris ………. ………… …….kapow! red!

 

The 💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Please let me know if I have missed anyone

Thank you everyone for your extremely STRONG entries this week

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

As far as we know it is the only photo challenge which gives you 52 weeks of subjects set out for you in advance. Click here to see them all.

We’d love you to join in any time you fancy

Why not dive in with the next prompt

WATER

Round

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Photo Challenge prompt: ROUND in our 52 Week Photo Challenge

The hydrangeas in my garden are at their most beautiful stage at the moment.

In a Vase on Monday: Cathy has challenged us to create a minimalist or ikebana style arrangement of flowers from  our garden this week – my very favourite style – and because my current creative obsession is using trash from the beach to create art  – here is my take on it

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I couldn’t decide which placement I preferred, which do you like best?

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hydrangea’s soft blues

growing bigger and brighter with time

like childhood dreams

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Joining in with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, this week’s prompts: TIME and GROW

hydrangea’s soft blues growing bigger and brighter with time

growing bigger and brighter with time like childhood dreams

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And for Cee’s Flower of the Day ………….

 

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This hydrangea grows just next to my ‘field’ of lychnis

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with a few self seeded mallows and purple toadflax thrown in

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My front garden is alive with bugs, buzzing and beasties – a complete joy to behold.

Next week’s Photo Challenge Prompt is

ZEST

 

 

Vase OM and EoMV

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Pan guards the entrance

flowers celebrate wildness

and happy buzzing bees

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The little stone statue of Pan was found in a reclamation yard many years ago, and then found again yesterday whilst I was weeding, hidden under some rampant aquilegias. I thought he would be better placed guarding the fairy entrance to the underworld under the oak tree, but first he had a job to do – modelling as the prop for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Pop across for a gorgeous floral feast and a tour of gardens across the world.

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In the Vase: lavender, birdsfoot trefoil, cerinthe, lychnis, alchemilla mollis, and a purple thistle-flowered weed that I don’t know the name of, much loved by tiny bees.

My Flower of the Day is the BFT

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with its tiny visitor

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I’m staying in the garden to show you my EOMV hosted by Helen, The Patient Gardener

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Still lots to do but I’m getting there. I have moved a veg trug into the cage to get away from marauding sparrows. The wood was rotting so I have treated it and it awaits compost and plants.

Below is the view looking from East to West, complete with old bits of carpet keeping the strawberries clear of the soil.DSC_0003 (1)

The Autumn fruiting raspberries seem determined to take over the world – their lush growth is wonderful to see.

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On Cathy’s advice I did not cut back last year’s canes in February and I am getting a lovely early raspberry crop – Yum!!!! They are a bit smaller than last year and a bit more difficult to find under all the new growth, but worth it for being early.

The loganberry is magnificent and I have already had a few berries. It seems very happy with its north-facing position.DSC_0008 (1)

At last some decent gardening weather has turned up so I’d better get out there and clear more weeds.

Thanks for dropping by.

Chelsea

I’m itching to tell you all about my day at the Chelsea Flower Show – Oh what a blissful day!

BUT…… ever since I got home I’m newly inspired to be out in my garden, with not much time for putting a blog post together – so this is a bit rushed but I just had to get a snippet out to you.

My sister got the tickets on Members Day (Tuesday) and we got there at 7.45am, ready to be let through that gates at 8.

One of the first things we saw was Jo Swift being filmed doing interviews

He seemed to be doing them for most of the morning. (click on any photo to see them larger) Sadly my Nikon isn’t working so I only had a little pocket camera with me.

We did a quick whizz round the 17 show gardens before the crowds arrived, here are pictures of just two…

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This one by Chris Beardshaw will be installed as a roof garden at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a soothing retreat for the parents of the children in the hospital.

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Going to the show is such a special experience as you can appreciate all the intricate details that are everywhere you look, like this gorgeous screen of oak leaf cut-outs.

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The one below was my personal favourite designed by Andy Sturgeon:

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I just love the sculpture and how the colours blended together. When I have a quiet moment I must look up that orange spiky plant, there are plant lists on the show website.

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and the garden was awarded Best in Show.

Have you been watching Chelsea on the TV? Did you have a favourite garden?

to be continued……..now I must get back to the weeding….

 

Frivolous

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island man dreams of

magic, glimmer and glamour

we all need some of that

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I have a ‘fairy godmother’, J*, who comes to help me in the house and garden when she can. She spent a sunny day spring-cleaning ‘Pippin’, the caravan, inside and out whilst I struggled with the instructions on erecting the fruit cage.

Pippin is now looking spick and span and happy in her new place in the garden and I’m at last inspired to make some cushions and curtains for her, which I will be sure to share with you at some stage. The Fruit Cage is nearly done, the diagrams on fitting the door with hinges and latch is making my brain ache, but I will feel a great sense of achievement when it is finished. I get such a kick out of demonstrating ‘The Power of One‘ if only to myself.

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Easter Island Man stands by my front door to greet all who walk up my garden path. Sometime after J* had gone home I noticed where she had left her cleaning cloth to dry – she thought it suited him – I laughed! A touch of frivolity after a hard day’s work.

Inspired by J* and writing this post, I have given him a Beret.

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Joining in with

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words this week: MAGIC and GLIMMER.

Island man dreams of magic, glimmer and glamour

Magic glimmer and glamour, we all need some of that

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge

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 our 52 Week Photo Challenge, which has all the subjects set out for you in advance. Go on, be frivolous and add a link in the comments to your frivolous photo, past or present.

Next Week’s Photo Prompt is

CHECK

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Reflection

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beaming through stained glass

sunlight dances on water

’til the moon rises

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This photo is of the amazing font at Salisbury Cathedral, designed by William Pye

Back in February, I took Miss E on a ‘school trip’, mainly to see the exhibition of Sophie Ryder wire sculptures,DSC_0734

but the day held so much more….

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in both a thoughtful and playful way

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…..talking about how they might have been made and looking for the baby hare

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She was fascinated by the quirky things she found in the sculptures

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and started making a collection of photos of ‘unusual things’.

Totally unprompted by me, she responded to many of the sculptures by adopting the same poses and then interacting with them … I could see she was not only seeing the forms, she was feeling them in her body and becoming part of them.

She danced with the dancing hares…

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and stood strong under the ‘clasped hands’. This structure was originally over the path but had to be moved as people were bumping into it whilst walking, heads down, texting on their mobile phones!

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Inside the cathedral Miss E talked about the scale of the huge sculptures and marvelled at the scale of the cathedral, again wondering about how it had been constructed,

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noticing the richness of its history and the patterns and shapes.

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Taking time for personal REFLECTION

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We had such an enriching day together, and only just made it back in time for Miss E to get to her gymnastics class.

Joining in with our Photo Challenge , prompt word REFLECTION

and

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: Prompt words SUN and MOON

beaming through stained glass, sunlight dances on water

sunlight dances on water, ’til the moon rises

or in 3,5,3

bright sun-beams 

dancing on water

’til moon-rise

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Which do you like best?

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Next Week’s Photo Prompt:

WORK

 

Listen

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No grief, no pining

I will be glad to be free

Of this old body

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For Bluedaisyz Photo prompt: LISTEN

Another soothing take on ‘Listen’ by Cathy: and click here for Jamie’s avian photo.

Only slightly smaller than life-size this statue/sculpture is in a little pergola in Doreen’s garden in Branscombe, Devon

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Allegory

Pine tree pines for cones

Dropping to the ground to grow

Not grief, just pining

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And Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: PINE and GRIEF (including a nature reference)

Go see this post by TJ –  but allow some time to really take a good look at the sunrise photo – just stunning! Click on it and see it much bigger with more detail – gorgeous!

And Olga’s Haiku takes my breath away, the sparkling picture and that last line ……..!

Next week’s photo prompt is ORANGE

Wednesday Walk – Hardy’s Monument

Good news – bad news – good news.

When my sister was staying we met up with my son and his two boys: Big Bro 5 and Little Bro 3 and went off to the Hardy Monument monumentjust above the village of Portesham, where my sister and I lived with our family as teenagers. Recently the monument to Admiral Hardy (of ‘Kiss me Hardy’ fame) has been renovated and acquired by the National Trust. For £2 you can climb to the top and on a good day, see as far as the Isle of Wight.

Good news: It was a good day, look at that clear blue sky!

I had checked the Monument would be open from 10.30 am and we arrived at 11am.

Bad news: Annoyingly the car park was locked shut and we had to park a little further along the road. We thought that by the time we got there the monument would sure to be open, and

Good News: it gave the boys a chance to ride their bikes.2boysnbikes

and for us to have a walk and enjoy the views

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if we hadn’t made this walk we would not have come across this wonderful stone seatseatinviting us to …
be still breathe close your eyes

andlisten

Just perfect on such a day.

The view was hazy looking out towards the Isle of Portlandhazy

but the sun was gloriously warm and the boys had fun cycling across the heath amongst the gorse and the heatherheathoffand in the old quarryhurray

where the boys (both big and little) had fun climbing up the slopes.

Have you been on a walk in your neck of the woods recently? Leave a link in the comments if you’d like to, I’d love to walk along with you.

Wednesday Walk continued

In my last ‘Wednesday Walk’ post I left you half-way round a Cerne Giant circular walk, about to descend the hill to Minterne Parva

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a tiny ancient hamlet tucked away amongst the treeseggs

with its 18th Century circular building believed to be either a granary or a cock-fighting ring, next to the stump of a medieval stone crossDSC_0678

the trees with just a hint of Autumn stood out against the oh-so-blue skyDSC_0679

and then further along, just by the lane and next to a little stream there are 4 slate posts created by Rachel Jackson. Carved on them are the local field names found on an old map from 1728, courtesy of Lord and Lady Digby.

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Here is a link to another walk you can do in the areaDSC_0689 DSC_0690 DSC_0691

A double avenue of trees leading seemingly nowhere, just after Up Cerne Manor. I’m entering this in Cee’s last Which Way Challenge. I’m sad to see this challenge  go. DSC_0695

Turn right at the end of the trees up a chalk lane past fields of corn,

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then up over the hill and down through an ancient hazel wood where I once heard a nightingale, to see Cerne Abbas in the distance.DSC_0701

A walk through an ancient deer park takes you down into the valley once more.DSC_0717 DSC_0718

to the foot of the Giant’s HillDSC_0719

to find a tea room in the villageDSC_0721

serving a yummy cream tea.DSC_0722

Next time we might try one of the two pubs.DSC_0725

After our tea we walked back past the creaky old housesDSC_0726 DSC_0727 DSC_0728 DSC_0729

taking the path along the river back to the car park.DSC_0739 DSC_0742

What a gorgeous walk! I’ll be going again soon!

I’d love to see where you have been walking, just leave a link in the comments below.