Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Bonfire Night Special

Apologies for the gap since the last posting - have been busy, so this is another catchup of the last five days or so. On Saturday we packed up the van ready to set off for our jaunt away. Spotted this unusual numberplate on the street outside - guess Guernsey doesn't need many vehicle numbers!
We had a lovely drive over Exmoor, and stopped for lunch at Exford where I spotted this on the side of a 4X4. 
Outside the pub, this Exmoor National Park flag flew. 
Spotted on the shop notice board - as opposed to unrealistic Pilates? 
We made it  to Ilfracombe by mid afternoon and went for a walk along the cliffs into town. Su really liked the look of this modern house with views out to sea and across the town.
It was blowy and not very warm but bracing!  
The signs on the path. Ilfracombe seems to have a bit of a thing about acorns…
Coming down to the Landmark Theatre under these old chimneys 
Memorial mosaic to Jonathan Edwards, Olympic triple jumper 
It was quite extensive… 
 …showing the take-off (hop)

 …the step…
 … and the landing (jump0
 An unusual church steeple.
We wandered along by the sea by this reassuring sign. 
The car park was closed. Fortunately, rather than retrace our steps we found this welcoming sign. 
So we went into the Yacht Club - and happily paid our toll. 
A warning on the beam, not bird-spotting.
We emerged into dusk at the harbour to find the car park taken over by boats for the winter.
Once more appreciated the Damien Hirst sculpture, "Verity" which looked magnificent lit up at night.
All 20 metres of it grandly standing at the mouth of the harbour. 
Framed against the boats in the car park. 
Looking across the harbour 
Out looking for somewhere to eat afterwards, spotted this rather well decorated wall.
Next day, we came back to Bath via Broomhill Art Hotel where we stopped in for a coffee.
Back in Bath after a showery journey, the evening sky was superb. 
Next day our neighbours offered us the use of the turf left over from laying their back lawn, I happily accepted and restored what we used to call Bella's lawn to a much greener state than it had ended up in.
After that, Su whisked me away for lunch at the Secret Garden Cafe via this leafy avenue. 
It was a lovely sunny day as we drove over the canal in Widcombe.
On the way back, spotted another personalised numberplate.
Yesterday saw me at UWE for some project supervision where there were no photo opportunities nor in the supermarket or garage on the way home. Today we took advantage of the lovely weather before the forecast rain over the next few days and drove up to Westonbirt for a walk with fewer people there than on our last attempt. Admired this row of felled pines all lined up.
 They were due to be worked on under these marquees.
 Hewing time!
We went into the dog-free part of the arboretum where we never went with Bella - although we saw quite a few people in there with dogs… Some autumnal colour still to be seen.
 This was a magnificent old London Plane tree
Came across a big stone with this plaque mounted in it. 
An acer with some leaves left on the branch against a background of their fallen siblings. 
Dogwood time again! 
The sunlight caught this tree nicely. 
To lower the taste quotient, a carved Gruffalo. 
A panorama across the area we'd just walked through 
We found our way to Acton Turville in search of a pub we'd come across before - not for the alcohol but for their excellent takeout fish and chips. We found it - the Fox and Hounds, and were not disappointed with our substantial lunch eaten in the van. While waiting for it to be cooked, spotted this on the front of the local newsletter
Tonight we went to the Little Theatre to see Ida - an excellent B&W Polish film with some exquisite photography and great music.
This day a year ago, out with Bella I spotted this mask left over from Haloween jollities.

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