Saturday, 18 April 2015

Another trip away...

I know - we have been away - AGAIN!....and to keep to tradition here, I'm going to share the trip with you.  We went to some National Trust properties, so I think this post, and probably another, will be based on these visits.

I'm going to start with DYRHAM PARK ...I've heard about it and as we were in the area we stopped off there.  Now, it has to be said that if you were in need of scaffolding, in this area, at this time, you would probably and most likely be totally out of luck, as I think Dyrham has nabbed it all...I kid you not....take a look

They get the prize for the largest amount of
scaffolding that COMPLETELY covers the building
to the point they had to put a 'picture'  on the front
to remind people there is a building hidden there!

To be honest the scaffolding was well thought out (probably the best I have ever seen and I have seen a lot in my time)...even from the photo above you can see it is well 'designed'

The whole of the roof is being replaced, so all the slates and lead are coming off.  It will take over a year to complete this job costing in excess of 3 million pounds!

the picture above and below here of the side of the building. This does show that the scaffolding went far higher than the actual building
and there are glass lifts on it!

I thought the picture below looked like a 'set' from the Ideal Home Exhibition, but it isn't - this is the real thing.

It was difficult to get photos without the metal work ...
but I did achieve a couple...

I didn't take photos inside the house, although photographs are allowed providing you don't use the flash.  The strange thing is, all this ongoing works didn't spoil the visit at all, in fact it made it even more interesting.  Saying that there is also more to see in the grounds but we will revisit when the scaffolding has gone and that will give me the opportunity for another blog post about this gorgeous place.

Oh...and in case anyone has wondered how to pronounce the name,


it does have an odd spelling after all....

'deer um'

Monday, 13 April 2015

They're back and out of hibernation....



spotted three in one day 

this one was enjoying a bit of sunshine.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

A grand day of painting

Had such a great time yesterday down at Woodbury, Exeter.   I went to another Watercolour Workshop ran by professional artist Matthew Palmer.   Always entertaining whilst being informative on watercolour techniques, plus you get to enjoy the company of fellow painters during the day.

Our painting yesterday was "Bluebell woodland with rustic barn" and this is my completed piece...

here's a couple of close ups

I know I can do a painting without tuition, but I think it's important to sometimes listen to how others go about their art and teaching.  It makes us stop in our tracks and consider if we are becoming too 'inward thinking' with our art...after all most of us paint alone in our studios.  I really think these Workshops revive the way we think.

Matthew also does online classes (no I'm not being sponsored by saying this)
but I do think it's worth checking out.

 Link: Matthew Palmer - Watercolour TV

Saturday, 11 April 2015

In case you have missed this...

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

One scary fish...

...found on the beach this was only about 5 or 6 inches in length, but even so!!!!


...that's enough, I can't cope.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Devon Violets

We spotted some Devon Violets yesterday on our walk...first this season.  Of course they are really small and the pics here don't show just how small, you'll just have to believe me..

still, no matter what the size they did make a sketching opportunity...

 ~ homemade sketchbook using Khadi paper ~