It is difficult to avoid being inspired by the sea and the countryside around here, especially in spring and summer.
With the longer days I’ve been spending even more time outside, and the sunshine and brighter colours after winter are so cheerful. It’s also very nice to be able to sit in the garden when undertaking craft projects.
We’ve been enjoying some lovely warm weather in Devon this month, and it even stayed dry (and sunny) on the day that all of the boats were craned back into the water. The craning-in starts very early in the morning (it has to fit in with a very high high-tide) and takes a few hours, and usually seems to be a guarantee that it will both rain on that date, and be 10 degrees C colder than the day before!
I have acquired a few vintage photographs over the years, and particularly like those featuring horses or dogs, and those where the ‘sitter’ is striking an unusual pose (like the girl doing a handstand below).
At this time of year when a lot of families get together, there is a certain poignant nature to vintage and antique black and white photographs. I hope that the subjects enjoyed many happy Christmases together with those they loved.
I’ve finished a few craft projects this week, and am waiting for the weekend so that I can take some pictures to share them with you. I have been working late, so the light hasn’t been good enough for photographs by the time I get home in the evenings.
In the meantime I wanted to post these photographs that I took up on Dartmoor last weekend. It was a lovely, sunny day, with big, fluffy white clouds, and the colours were amazing. The heather and gorse are both flowering at the moment, so there were random explosions of purple and yellow all over the place. The more is lovely at this time of year, and it’s hard to imagine how bleak and wild it will look come winter-time.
The cute chap in the last photo was one of this year’s foals (there are herds of wild ponies living on the moors), and he was very inquisitive and friendly, gradually creeping closer and closer to get a good look at what I was up to!
Some animal motifs: brooches, toys, game counters, charms and various other small creatures.
I visited Dartmoor in the sunshine recently and the light was amazing. The cute pony seemed used to posing for pictures, although I suspect she was actually having a nap…