Flower Fields

I had the just the best time yesterday spending a couple of hours at the Lavender Fields with an hour spent with a wonderful lady from Camera and Cake. Poor Tina had the unenviable task of trying to help me take my lovely SLR off auto mode and trying to help me take better photos. I have to say that she was absolutely brilliant and filled me with inspiration and also hope that I can take more creative photos.  You can’t ask for more than that :-)

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Apart from the photography session I also listened to a fascinating talk about the history of the farm and how they had to diversify to survive.

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It makes me little sad to see a farm without animals (the farms I knew as a child always had animals) but then it is great that the farm is thriving and that these big open fields are being looked after.

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The fields I was taking photos in are not the fields that they actually harvest from but a show area where they grow a selection of the lavender varieties they harvest for oils etc. plus lots of different wild flowers. It was jam packed with people, some just wandering up and down and others like myself mesmerised by the photographic possibilities.

The fields were teaming with bees and butterflies. This one, I think, is a small tortoiseshell.

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There was a row of gorgeous poppies.

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So reminiscent of the WW1 battlefields.

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There were the most amazing rows of cornflowers.

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I have never seem so many colours. They ranged from the palest blue through to the deepest purple.

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And there were gorgeous yellow flowers which I don’t have a name for.

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I could have spent hours here trying things out with my camera but a yummy ploughman’s and a cream tea was calling so I dragged myself away. No picture of that though as my greedy gene appeared before I could take a photo ;-) I really would recommend paying a visit whether you like photography or whether you just want to see an uplifting sea of colour. If you do want to learn more about using your camera like I said at the start, Tina is a great teacher.

Crazy weekend

The weekend started in a very promising fashion with a boiled egg and soldiers and coffee in my favourite mug :-) ( Ooops, I couldn’t resist dunking a couple of soldiers before I took the photo…what a bad blogger!)

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Then it was on to pick my friend up for an easy and traffic-jam free journey to Torquay (despite Glastonbury). However when we arrived it did look like a cloud had landed on the coast. It was the great British summer in all it’s glory.

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The rain was absolutely unbelievable :-( But there is always a silver lining as it meant an afternoon spent relaxing with the paper and my knitting. :-)

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It made a really nice change for both of us to be able sit down on a Saturday afternoon so it was actually a real pleasure. :-)

Finally the rain lifted a little and we set off to explore, find the car park we would use before the race and locate a nice bar for a glass of wine. I have to say that sadly we didn’t see the English Riviera in it’s best light. I am sure that with lots of glorious sunshine it would have looked a lot better! It also must have been amazing in it’s heyday when the upper echelons of Victorian society visited. I found some wonderful old photos here and here.

The one bright spot that caught my eye despite the torrential rain was this amazing row of beach huts. They were quite stunning and so beautifully looked after.

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I can highly recommend here for tapas. I totally forgot to take photos as the food was devoured before I thought about it but I did snap the wine which is equally as important, as I am sure you would agree ;-) (aren’t those glasses lovely? I would love to get some like that.)

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Sunday was spent running in very hot weather along a road that I could have sworn should have been flat but unfortunately for my poor legs was very, how shall I say it, undulating! But it was worth it.

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Lunch followed with the lovely Roger the Lodger and her family in Pizza Express before we hot-footed it home. We crammed so much in that it felt like I had been away for a week :-) Perfect.