Thursday, 28 October 2010

through the looking glass

Time is flying by and this space is somehow eluding me at the moment. A few more photographs from Berwick Manor - the back and side of the house was smothered in the tendrils and deep red autumnal leaves of virginia creeper. I loved the contrast of leaf against stone, and also the view through the steamy bathroom window. This had me running for my camera once I'd emerged from the shower!

 I like the fragile and almost mysterious quality of these images.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

making memories

My family weekend away in Dorset now seems a somewhat distant memory, so many things have filled the space between then and now. In fact, the weekend was all about making memories. A time to cherish, and look back on fondly. It is rare for us to all gather together for anything longer than twenty four hours, such is the busy-ness of our lives, and the distance in miles between us. All my family live in the south east, and it is me who has upped sticks and headed to the far south west. As I consequence, it is usually me who does the journeying 'up country and down again'.

A weekend in Dorset was an opportunity to share the distance travelled, and to gather together for a long weekend. We stayed at Berwick Manor on the Puncknowle Manor Estate, and it couldn't have been more perfect.

There was a huge but cosy eat-in kitchen with aga and scrubbed farmhouse table which set the scene for the delicious meals we shared.  A choice of sitting rooms meant that those who needed a little peace and quiet could easily escape and curl up with a book or the papers. There was a walled garden at the back, and over the road the house's own orchard where we had free access to the laden boughs of ripening apples.
Chesil Beach was a few miles away - we enjoyed a lovely amble over the shingle in the most perfect sunny weather, pausing here and there to sift through the pebbles in the hope of finding 'the perfect one'.
 
I love being by the sea, and was reminded just how varied the english coastline is. The Dorset coastal landscape was very lush and hilly - and very beautiful, but for me it lacks the wildness that I so treasure in West Cornwall. Sometimes it's good to be reminded of these things.
On the sunday we enjoyed a spectacular lunch outside at The Hive (highly recommended!) and then we walked slowly back to the house, picking sloes and blackberries from the abundant hedgerows on the way. 
All in all, a weekend to treasure. We're hoping to repeat it next year!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

walter, age four

Today my boy turned four. We celebrated with a long walk on the beach in the hazy afternoon sun.

Extra treats have been enjoyed at breakfast and supper, and at intervals in between.
He's displayed delinquent behaviour today, ignoring me and doing exactly as he pleased. He may have turned four, but he hasn't really grown up that much - and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Happy happy birthday, my sweet boy!
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I seem to have been neglecting this space of late. I've had some changes with my work which have been a little chaotic, though positive, and I'm still adjusting. I hope to be back tomorrow!