Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Lighthouse at Strumble Head

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The lantern at Strumble Head

While I was on holiday in Wales with a group of friends, one of the places we visited was Strumble Head. It was beautiful! We had a picnic looking out over the sea, and we spotted some seals basking on the rocks.

What I liked best was the lighthouse. It looked so beautiful against the blue sky and I spent some time watching it and learning the lantern’s sequence so that I could anticipate it and take this shot.

For more information see here.

Dorset in the fog

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Misty Dorset coast

I was lucky enough to be able to have a few days holiday by the coast. The end of March wasn’t the best of weather, but Dorset is beautiful at any time of the year.

I wanted to go back to Durdle Door. I planned to sit on the beach with my book and my picnic and try and take some lovely photos of Durdle Door.

I parked in the car park, opened the door, and nearly got blown away by the strong wind! I walked to the edge of the cliff to find Durdle Door shrouded in thick fog!

So I read my book and ate my picnic in the warmth of the car and still enjoyed the views that I could see. As I left the car park to move on to somewhere less foggy, I saw these two lovely trees peeping through the mist.

Beach huts at Hamworthy

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Three beach huts at Hamworthy

I love walking along the beach looking out for shells and listening to the swishing of the waves.
I love beach huts too. These are at Hamworthy, Poole in Dorset.

Autumn mists

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Beach huts at Ferring

Well, September is nearly at an end, and October is rushing towards us. I don’t like this time of year. It’s cold and dull, and I’m wondering whether to put the heating on or shall I wait a few more days. I miss the sun and the brightness, and the lovely colours of flowers.

Yes, autumn leaves are beautiful, but to take good photos of them you need to catch them when the sun is shining, which can be rare, and you need to go out into the cold and damp and mistiness!

So I’m really glad that I’ve got a collection of photos that I took in the summer to remind me of better, warmer weather and lovely places. I love the seaside and especially beach huts, so here’s a photo to bring back memories of walking on a summer beach.

Decimated by Slugs

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

You may remember that in the Spring I planted some beans that I had saved from last year’s crop. After giving a few away, I had four nice healthy plants that I had planted out in the garden and was nurturing. They were doing well. They needed watering and slugs removing and of course talking to but all that didn’t take long and they were responding well.

Then I went on holiday. I was away for just over two weeks, and I expected them to have grown a lot during that time and I was looking forward to seeing them when I got home.

Oh dear, what a shock I got! They were completely decimated. Everthing had been eaten by slugs – all the leaves and most of the stalks had gone. I was so upset. I watered the stumps for a few days to see if they would be able to sprout again, but there was no growth at all.

By now it was nearly two months since I had originally planted the bean seeds in little pots so I had no idea if there was enough time to do it again, but as I still had some beans left I thought I might as well have a go.

This time I planted two beans in each of the little pots. I kept them warm and watered and kept looking to see if they were sprouting, but nothing happened for a couple of weeks. I was beginning to think that they weren’t going to sprout, but then the beans started to split and a thick stalk grew out from between the two halves of the bean, and two leaves that seemed to be folded up inside the bean unfurled themselves and broke free to spread out. It reminded me of a butterfly coming out of it’s chrysalis. It was amazing watching them grow.

I kept the little pots high up away from slugs, and they’ve been fine. I’ve just repotted them into a bigger pot – not into the ground this time. I’m going to make sure they’re big and strong before I take any chances of slugs finding them. They’re looking really healthy and I’m enjoying watching them grow, and I’m looking forward to being able to pick fresh runner beans.

This is what they looked like just before I repotted them.


Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I spent the first two weeks of June on holiday on the South Coast. It was lovely! The weather was good, and I was able to relax and spend time doing things that I really enjoy. I love being by the sea, and walking along the beach listening to the sound of the waves.

I love beach huts, piers and seagulls and I managed to find quite a few of all of them in different places. Of course I came back with lots and lots of photos! I’m still sifting through them choosing the best ones to keep and deleting the ones that are duplications or not very good.

One of my favourite seaside towns to visit is Swanage in Dorset. It has sea and steam trains – two of my passions – within a few minutes of each other. I can watch a steam train come in, then walk through the town and sit on the beach, then walk back to the station for the next steam train! There aren’t many places that you can do that!

After wandering along the pier, I went on a cliff walk which was lovely. The view was amazing. I had to keep stopping just to gaze out to sea and take photos. I took quite a few of the wild flowers on the cliff edge with the sea behind them. I love the contrast of the shapes and colours, and the delicate flowers against the blue ripples of the sea.

This is one of my favourites which is also on my Flickr photostream.

Cliff top view at Swanage

Summer, Autumn and Winter colours

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I don’t like it when summer comes to and end and it starts to get cold. When August turns to September, I have to be careful to keep myself busy and to do creative things, such as my photography, card making and knitting. I have learned from experience that if I don’t do that, I can get very down.

I love the colours of summer with it’s blue skies and brightly coloured flowers, and everything looking better with the sun shining on it. It seems to give everyone a lift if it’s sunny. I can feel quite sad when I know that the summer is slipping away, and there’s no more opportunity to go to a sunny seaside with it’s gorgeous yellow ochre sand and lovely turquoise sea and beautiful blue sky – colours that all looks so amazing together. A short holiday by the sea can really refresh and renew me.

By October it has got colder and darker in the evenings, but bright Christmas colours are starting to appear in the shops. When the clocks go back and it’s dark by 6.00pm and there are red and gold and sparkly Christmas things in the shops, then I start to feel better because that’s the signal that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I still get that feeling of excitement about my birthday that I did when I was young even if it may not be celebrated so much now as it was then. Only three and a half weeks to go!