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As blue as can be!

Early Beer

On a sunny Sunday at Beer in East Devon, it pays to be around bright and early to enjoy the peaceful beach. With blue skies and the crunch of the waves on the pebbles and just a few people it’s a perfect spot.

Looking east
Looking east
A shimmering horizon
A shimmering horizon


The stuff of coastal folk

As blue as can be!
As blue as can be!

Busying up, it's 10 am and there must be 10 people on the beach!
Busying up, it’s 10 am and there must be 10 people on the beach!

Looking West, Branscombe is around the corner, I don’t think you can walk it at beach level, but you can always climb up to the South West Coast Path.
I hope you liked an early peep at Beer?

Up Close on Sculpture

Recently I’ve collected various bits of debris on the beach to recycle and thinking about what is art. I consider myself to be quite creative and open to ideas, but art is very subjective isn’t it? I may be interested in Tracey Emin but I wouldn’t want to take her work home.
Broomhill sculpture garden has many thought provoking pieces, here are four, each with a close up,

What springs to mind?
What springs to mind?

Thorns?
Thorns?

A splindly tree?
A splindly tree?

Folds
Folds

At work on the pavement
At work on the pavement

I prefer this close up
I prefer this close up

Something from deep in the earth?
Something from deep in the earth?

Creative use of cable ties!
Creative use of cable ties!

Tell me your thoughts, love them or hate them?

An Officer and a Gentleman

Britannia Royal Naval College, the initial officer training establishment of the Royal Navy, sits high on a hill overlooking Dartmouth in England. Royal Naval officer training has taken place in Dartmouth since 1863, but the buildings we see today were only finished in 1905, previous students lived in two wooden hulks moored in the River Dart. The foundation stone for the current building was laid down by King Edward V11 in March 1902. Sir Aston Webb designed the shore-based college at Dartmouth, which was built by Higgs and Hill and practically completed in 1905. The first term of cadets entered at the R.N. College Osborne were transferred to Dartmouth in September 1905.

King George V and King George V1 were naval cadets at Dartmouth, as were the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York. It is said that the Duke of Edinburgh met the then Princess Elizabeth at Dartmouth. Prince William spent a brief period at the College after leaving Sandhurst as part of his training with all three of Britain’s Armed Forces. Sheikh Mubarak Ali Yousuf Suoud Al-Sabah, a member of the Royal Family of Kuwait, attended the Royal Navy Young Officer Course at Britannia Royal Naval College in 2002.

BRNC is widely considered one of the most prestigious officer training establishments in the world, their website says that they are

Delivering learning that is inspiring, challenging and relevant to meet Fleet operational capability. It has been at the forefront of the education and development of world-class Naval Officers in Dartmouth since 1863.

Fourteen years ago my son joined the Navy and since then he has risen the ranks as a submariner to Chief Petty Officer. On Thursday I went to see him ‘Pass out’ as Sub-Lieutenant at Dartmouth. A very proud day as you can imagine. Here is a slide show of the day.

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A Little More from Broomhill

I wish it was possible to name all the artists and each piece of work at Broomhill, but I’d need a week there. So I’ll let you just enjoy – or otherwise, a few more sculpture shots.

Inside edge
Inside edge

From th other side you can see it's made from road signs and other reclaimed metal.
From th other side you can see it’s made from road signs and other reclaimed metal.

One of several of my favourites
One of several of my favourites


From the front
From the front

Not from the front!
Not from the front!

Any favourites or any that you strongly dislike?

Travel Theme, world cups at Broomhill

I haven’t taken part in Ailsa’s travel them for a long time – simply because of a lack of time, but I couldn’t resist this one.
As you know I recently visited a sculpture garden in north Devon and came home with hundreds of photos. The friend I went with won’t thank me for putting up a photo of her, but it was her favourite sculpture, and I doubt she’ll see it anyway, prove me wrong Woosie!

We're heading that way.
We’re heading that way.

Found it!
Found it!

Milk, one sugar.
Milk, one sugar.

A rarity, a photo of me and I've even got my legs out!
A rarity, a photo of me and I’ve even got my legs out!

Join Ailsa’s challenge, http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/06/27/world-cups/

Crikey It’s Vintage Sunday

At the weekend a very old friend invited me to join her on a visit to a vintage fair. When she suggested it I was delighted to be spending the day with her but less impressed with the idea of ‘vintage’, I didn’t think it was my scene.

When we go there it was far bigger than I imagined, probably more than a hundred stalls with something for everyone, even a sceptic like me.

Here are some of the things we saw.

A vintage fashion show!

Vintage and retro transport.

And nostalgic pretties.

All in all it was a great day with loads to see, things I’d forgotten existed from my childhood and goodness, a lot of people love this stuff. They regularly dress up to step back in time. Perhaps some of you indulge in vintage, please share if you do?

My best bit? finding some maps from 1960 and only one pound each!