Sunday, 2 October 2011

What fabulous weather!!

We had a fantastic time in Devon and Cornwall; we only had five days because Brett had to come back to watch the rugby on Saturday morning - I suggested we stayed down there and he went to a pub to watch it, but he said he didn't fancy sitting in a pub at 8.00 in the morning.

We found some lovely places to camp (we joined the Caravan Club so that we could book into CLs, cheapish very basic sites). We stayed on ..............................
a farm with hundreds of free range pigs

.................  a smallholding with chickens and ducks, a farm that was next door to a dual carriageway (very noisy) but only 1/4 mile from the beach - we had to cross the dual carriageway, walk through an industrial estate and cross over a railway line to get there!!

We ate fish and chips in Padstow from Rick Stein's fish and chip shop, they were very nice but quite expensive £15.50. We went to Port Issac and saw the house where Doc Martin is film - we could tell which house it was by all the people taking photos of it, we've never watched it.

Of course we also visited quite a few galleries ................................................

Jo Downs, Launston
Cornish Pilchards

She does some lovely work with copper foil inclusions. I was given a tour of her studio, she's got some massive kilns!!

Julia Mills, Mousehole
Barrel of Fish

Some lovely etching on this glass (she uses etching cream not an acid bath).

Art Space, St Ives; they had several pieces by Petrouschka Sura-Field, unfortunately I couldn't find a very good photo of her work.

She had created real depth and 3D to her panels by painting on several sheets of glass and then fusing them together, couldn't tell whether the colour was from enamels or frit.

Driftwood Gallery, Padstow; Brett and I both were impressed with paintings by Anthony Amos in Bitumen and Oils.
Ploughing




When we got back on Friday afternoon I phoned the estate agent ............................................ she says our buyers have received the structural survey and they said there were no suprises - which is great. She also said that the mortgage company said that they should be getting their offer on Monday!!!!!! Don't want to get excited yet, watch this space ........................

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