Monday, 18 September 2017

Inspired by the sea

During the summer two huts appeared on the cliffs nearby.......

They don't look like normal wooden buildings but I instantly recognised them as they have been appearing on National Trust land over the last few years and I have seen articles about them in magazines. The Observatory is a sculptural installation, an intervention, a space, a platform, a shelter, a look-out where artists can explore the landscape. The shape of the building seems to draw people towards them as can be seen by this video of the cliffs above Burton Bradstock,

The shapes, shadows and textures encourage you to look at the landscape and things around you in a different way.

It even encouraged me to play around with my shadow!

When we reached the beach it inspired me to take different views including the boat trail left on the sand as the pulley pulled it up the beach.

Today marks the end of the our Open Studios fortnight when artists invite people into see their work. We visited two artists who have studios in West Bay and it was lovely to see their work which is inspired by the sea and rocks of this part of the coast. It will be interesting to see how the residents artists at the Observatory have been influenced by the landscape too.

Has a picture, or words ever inspired you to look at the landscape in a different way?

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Captured moments

There has been lots going on around here lately so apologies for abundance of images, capturing some special moments....

Spider crab and fishing boat in West Bay

The fields have been ablaze with the colour of wild flowers. Following other bloggers we decided to discover which wild flowers were growing in this meadow and were surprised at how many different varieties we found.

 The weather has been mixed but when the sun does break through it can be spectacular looking out to sea.

On the 75th Anniversary of the Raid of Dieppe a memorial plaque and noticeboard were dedicated to remember those who never returned and their story will now never be forgotten here.

Our annual agriculture show was held and we enjoyed looking at the animals and admiring all the displays. It was a long sunny and tiring day!

A chance encounter with a tourist lead us to Burton Bradstock beach to share in the celebrations of 26th birthday of Hive Beach Cafe. It was a gorgeous evening and a good way to watch the sun go down. There was even a passing visit from one of the gig boats that operates out of West Bay. (Historically Pilot Gigs would race out to win the business from visiting tall ships and pilot them into harbour; they were also used as lifeboats with hardy gig crews often being the only assistance available to stricken shipping.)

 We had a day trip up to Bristol to join in the celebrations for the 7th Birthday of the indie record label Art is Hard Records ,which is run by our son and his friend in their spare time. It was a great event with 23 bands playing in two venues, one of which was the boat below. We are so proud of what they have both achieved - the original idea of promoting bands along the South coast of England expanded to bands all over the world including New Zealand and America. We thought they were mad when they initially released one of their first groups on a record format many years ago, it's amazing how popular records have become again, they knew what they were doing!

Another view of Bristol harbour including it's newest addition this tree house built in one of the Cranes (above and below) which has been available to rent over the summer. The interior is stunning do look inside.

Lastly it was Bridport Hat Festival this weekend, it's a wonderful unique event celebrating hats. Most people come into town wearing hats and there is lots of themed things to do around hats including keep fit wearing hats and a Jungle Hat disco!. It is always a fun day and there are some amazing creations. I was busy selling raffle tickets so didn't manage to capture too many of the wonderful hats.

Have a great week, thank as always for stopping by.

Sarah x

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Through the Garden Gate August 2017

This month it feels as if we have had more rain than sunshine.


At least the plants have enjoyed the conditions and continue to grow and flower.


Sweet peas and osteospermum

This year the sweet peas have been magnificent they have been flowering continually since June and I have picked so many bunches. The stalks have even stayed long, I used the same packet of seeds as last year too, with much better results.

Irish Spring Rudbeckia

My dear daughter always buys me plants for my birthday or Mother's Day. This year her theme was yellow and they have added a golden touch to the garden!

Playing with the camera I noticed the details of this lacecap hydrangea isn't it beautiful?

Our two apple trees are full of fruit. I helped pick Discovery apples from the tree in the Community Orchard and it has been wonderful to enjoy eating the first of the English apples that are now appearing in our greengrocers.

Our grapes are beginning to change colour, you can notice the changes on a daily basis and we are now experiencing a runner bean glut. We have been enjoying a runner bean curry which was recommended by our son, it was surprisingly good!

Finally I'll finish with the usual views of the garden, what are the favourite things in your garden this month?

If you would like to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site. 
Sarah x

Monday, 14 August 2017

Snatches of summer

It currently feels as if summer has passed us by, so when the sun does shine we have started to make the most of it! We recently revisited Lulworth Cove after a break of over 3 years, and were delighted to find a new cafe with a great area to sit and enjoy the view.

From the time of the dinosaurs the ancient rocks of Lulworth Cove have been twisted by the Earth's crust and the power of the sea.

The sea was so blue and the rock formations are always eye catching.

As we were in the area we visited one of the garden centres that we used to frequently visit at Holme Gardens. Again we were surprised to discover that they had converted some of their "pick your own" fields into a fantastic display garden that included this huge wild flower meadow. It was fantastic to see so many flowers massed together and there were so many insects enjoying it too!

The weather seems to be so changeable at the moment. A six mile planned walk with friends turned into a visit to the pub instead, where we enjoyed warm comforting home cooked food. It felt more like October! The image above was taken at Sidmouth Folk Festival. It looks a fantastic day, but these blue skies had followed a very heavy downpour and those black clouds were still lurking close-by!

The rain across the sea above didn't take long to reach the shore and it was a wet and muddy walk up to one of the marquees for our concert!

While in Sidmouth we noticed this very unusual plant it is Agave tequilana and it has grown 30 foot (9 metres) in just a few weeks, we didn't realise it a the time, but the local TV station was filming a piece about see it here.

 The flowers  do look wonderful close up! 

On another day after more heavy rain the skies cleared and we headed to the neighbouring village of Symondsbury , both of us slipped on a very muddy stretch on a steep down hill incline and we felt we needed a cup of tea to revive us. I enjoyed looking at the preparations for a French Collectibles Fair. I couldn't resist getting the camera out to photograph these items which were on display.

 Signs of autumn become more visible every day, the swallows are gathering on the telegraph lines, fungi is appearing in the fields, this week we picked our first blackberries and apples.

Have you noticed any change in the seasons too?

Sarah x


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