We managed to escape at long last after not having a break for a while so set off with high hopes. However, despite my trying to stay positive it was challenging at times. It rained nearly every day and when we arrived at the cottage there was no heating apart from a wood burning stove. There was also no internet unless I walked up the lane from the farm and faced a certain direction!
Apart from that we were able to meet up with a friend from Launceston and a day on the Doc Martin tour with friends from St. Just. A meal at Nathan Outlaw’s Kitchen on our anniversary was one to remember too.
The scenery was wonderful especially the craggy coastline with the crashing waves at Trebarwith Strand and the beach at Polzeath. The farm shop at Boscastle is also a great place to eat and sample the Camel Valley wine!
Perhaps another time we would go further south to explore and pick a time when the weather may be more settled.
In hindsight when I look back at each of these walks despite the previous preparations, they are all so different and unexpected. We were again blessed with fine dry weather as the last one was challenging, trying to take pictures and keep the camera dry under an umbrella! However the day was very windy and I ended up with watery eyes so it was a wonder I achieved the results I did.
The only slight irritation (not I know unexpected at times) was one lady who was most insistent that I did not capture her in any of the shots. So as a result she seemed to keep popping up in lots of them when looked at the results later! Still I guess I’ve generally been fortunate up until now, as most people just seem to be engrossed in the proceedings and not take too much notice of me.
I always seem to see something else which catches my eye when I’m on one of the walks, either it is something unusual or the fact that as Turner commented, the skies are always impressive.
We always seem to be blessed with the weather when it comes to the walks. The forecast was abysmal but we only ended up with a few drops. The plan was to run through the proposed walk with Andreas and members of the team putting Margate Bookie together.
It is always a chance to capture something of interest whilst I am documenting the events. This was taken inside part of Dreamland which is yet to be renovated.
The Garden Gate is an inspiring project that has been set up at Northwood House, Margate and provides various activities aimed at helping people with learning difficulties; ranging from gardening to craft activities.
On 7 October was a fund-raising day when the site was open to the public. There was everything from a photography darkroom which had been set up in a shed, a Canterbury Cathedral stall where visitors were able to make paper stained glass windows to freshly made pizzas (donations only!)
Elspeth from the TS Eliot Walking Group invited me to go along and I took the following images together with helping to paint some of the gardening boxes frames.
A few years ago I had visited the private zoo for a photo day. This was a fund-raising Open Day for the public so an opportunity to take some more images. However it was very overcrowded and so was difficult at times to get near to take good images.
The following are some of the ones are which I took:
Elspeth who set up the original Turner Contemporary group held another walk as part of a TSE symposium day for the University of Kent. I was commissioned to take images of the walk for her. This in turn led her to ask me to do a joint Artist in Residency with her at Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham.
The following are some of the images from the day:
This was organised by Red Cloud Experience days and given to me as a Christmas present. It was an opportunity to try things not generally covered at university although it was principally aimed at beginners and those with little experience. So I was able my own devices to experiment and to capture images within the safety of working in a group setting.
The following are some of the images that were taken: