Contrast Between Joy and Sadness

Summer Solstice, 21st June, 2014:  Walking on Dartmoor. This is the third day of a 4 day pilgrimage across Dartmoor, beginning at the church on the hill, St. Michael de Rupe at Brentor and finishing at the Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton, following the Mary/Michael Line. It is also the Summer Solstice and promises…

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Mellow Yellow (That’s Right!)

This morning, whilst looking at a couple of bloggers’ responses to this weeks’ photo challenge: Capture the Colour, I am thinking, do I really want to trawl through my considerable photographic archive to find the most ‘shouty’ colours?  God knows, I have enough to choose from. Then it occurs to me that yesterday’s walk with…

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Playing with Space: A Cast of Shadows

Out for a frolic with the dogs on the beach late last week.  Although it was still bitterly cold the sun was bright enough to cast lovely shadow shapes on the sand. Poppy, the poor deaf-(dumb)-and-blind spaniel – although spritely for all of her 15 years –  needs to be ‘guided’ on the lead, but…

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Brindle Beach Streaker

The streaker in question is Zola whippet.  Whilst out enjoying a bit of welcome sunshine on Porth Kidney beach at low tide yesterday afternoon, I was poised to take a picture of the sand pattern when she flashed through the frame just as I was pressing the shutter.  Now you see me now you don’t.…

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The Crustaceans

Crustaceans. Noun: any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton. syn: crustacean.  (Just hold that thought for a moment). Waiting for the BT Man to come and connect me to the grid one typically drizzly winter’s afternoon recently, I opened my sketch book and began drawing the whippets, my feet propped…

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Postcards for Shelterbox

I have just delivered a ‘postcard’ sized drawing of one of our whippets, Zola (see below), to include in Badcocks’s Christmas exhibition.  It runs over two weekends, 3/4 and 10/11 December – or by appointment – at 10 Long Row (see above, ‘picture postcard’ cottage) Sheffield, Penzance, with a percentage of proceeds going towards Shelterbox. …

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Meerkat Whippets

I had to cover our gooseberries and redcurrents with netting recently.  This was not to protect the ripening fruit from the birds but from our thieving whippets and honorary whippet/spaniel.  Apart from their liking for poo (as already described in ‘Sweet Smell of Success‘), they show their true wolf ancestry in the things they like…

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Sweet Smell of Success

In never ceases to amaze me how nimble our whippets are when they are leaping 30” (76cm) effortlessly from a standstill up onto their bed on the table yet never leap to freedom over the child gate – which is clearly within their capability.  When they want to get our attention they put their front…

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