Just some snaps taken over the past few days.
I took Jules to an arts and crafts fair at the show grounds. We parked across the road in Cornwall Park at the foot of One Tree Hill. There was an idyllic scene in front of us. White-clad figures playing cricket, “pick-pack-pock” a la James Joyce, sheep crazing in a meadow on the left, the verdant hill behind with the monument on top, parents standing around the edge of the field, the occasional sprinkling of applause, all rather British and rural and Victorian. Love it.
Then it was time for the fair. LOTS of sewing, needlework, beading, weaving, Teddy bears, sewing machines, etc etc. I walked around with her for a while but then she got stuck into the beads and spent the next hour looking through a big table covered in a huge variety of beads. I sat in a waiting area listening to a book – there is only so much one can appreciate about quilting!
The other day it was quite rainy. Not cold, just wet and windy (warm wind). On our way back from the shops we thought we’d see what was happening on Eastern Beach – maybe the wind had actually generated some waves! No such luck – the tide was out but there were 12 kite surfers in the water and 5 more on the beach getting ready to go in. I could only take a few of them because they were so far out. Low tide here means if you fall, you fall hard.
On my way to Howick (just about every day) this is my view. The grey building in the foreground is our GP’s consulting room. Very difficult to keep one’s eyes on the road. This was a slightly overcast day – normally the sea is more brilliant.
Towards the end of the weekend things cleared up and we were able to take a long walk along Bucklands Beach to Half Moon Bay. The sun was setting slowly, the air was moist and in a refractory mood, the tide was out, so we strolled along the water’s edge marveling at the sky and the silence.
Jules rescued 29846 stranded star fish (it was a slow walk, as I said) and collected some interesting specimens. She also picked up 9087876 “pretty sea shells” which all look exactly the same and now adorn her window ledge in her bedroom.
Among the more impressive specimens was this giant clam shell – measuring 25cm from top to bottom, 12cm across. Yes, she carted it along.