Month: September 2017

Turnering a Saturday Afternoon

We’ve been saturating ourselves in the multi-colourful world of JMW Turner this last week.

So time to go colour in this drizzly grey Saturday afternoon out there.

Haze is looking across towards Teignmouth from Shaldon beach.

Shaldon 2 Sept 2017

She would have been seeing this

Shaldon Sept 2017

And she would have been seeing this

Shaldon 4 Sept 2017

But there was hardly any time to get this scene set, or these boats sketched, before the drizzle arrived.

We had to retire to the shelter to eat our cheese sandwiches and drink our flask of tea.

The drizzle persisted and prolonged, becoming proper rain.

So we drive up to Labrador Bay. Here Haze can attempt another watercolour from the dry confines of the car (while listening to Woolf Works by Max Richter on the car stereo)

Labrador Bay 3 Sept 2017

And this is the watercolour sketch she produced

Labrador Bay 4 Sept 2017

JMW Turner approved, gave her the thumbs up!

Words & Photos: Ian Nisbet; Watercolour Sketch: Haze Brown

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Starcross Ferry Seal & Surfers

Over on the little Starcross ferry to Exmouth today.

A large seal was lying out on a jetty as we chugged past. ‘We don’t know its name’ said the ferry boatman.

It could be the ‘Harold’ seen over in Torbay.

On Exmouth beach the sand was white and the sun was lovely. We got sunburnt faces (in September) eating our bacon sarnies.

The windsurfers were all over the sea and sky, having a whale of a time.

And then we’ve plopped on the ferry back to Starcross.

Our Harold had scarpered.

The Steps of Brixham

From early childhood to the 1960’s, either to get to school, or visit my Gran’s house, meet with friends or get to the heaths and beaches at Fishcombe, I and my family had to climb the many, many steps and hills on this side of Brixham.

And there are a lot of very steep flights of steps, plus several long winding steep hills, to reach the hidden roads and old houses that link the town and harbour together.

My Dad worked at Upham’s Yard, close to Berryhead road. He took me with him often, on Saturday mornings, when he worked half days. I watched the men use the old hand tools such as Adze and saws, or caulking the planks , watching rope being made, and many other crafts used in the building of the ship “Mayflower 11” .

Having just re-visited Brixham, and made the effort to climb most of these steps, I am amazed just how many times we must have skipped, ran and jumped up and down these incredibly ancient ways that make up a large part of the Town I knew and loved.

Words: Hazel Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet

Smugglers Tunnel to Ness Cove

After our delightful visit to Shaldon Zoo last Saturday we nipped off to nearby Ness Cove.

Down through this rather long ‘Smugglers Tunnel’.

Good job it’s well lit. Otherwise you could start imagining all sorts.

Two women and their dog had to be rescued from the cove in 2013 when the tunnel got blocked off by a landslide.

A 30 foot ladder was used to get both women and dog to safety.

Just a little interesting ‘News Extra’ there. We like to keep people informed we duz. (Well I do. Because my name is ‘Keef’)

Wild Camping Certificate for Miss Brown!

Camping Certificate edit with frame

The Nizzwaz Institute of Outlandish Pursuits is pleased to announce the award of a ‘Wild Camping Level 2 Certificate’ to Miss Hazel Brown. The full commendation is as follows:

“For Fearless Foolhardiness While Undergoing
Wild Camping Malarkeys with Bittz of Nizzes

“Miss Brown has been a delighted and delightful co camping companion. She has demonstrated the following (camp) competences: Organisational Thoroughness; To Do List Making Particularities; Faultless Tent Erection; Setting Fire to any bits of wood lying around; The endless brewing of brews; Midnight chomping of crisps and Pringles; The stuffing in of bacon and eggs without resort to a knife or fork.

All undertaken with a cheerful disposition of giddy wonder”

Signed Mr Nizzwattly, Senior Invigilator for The Nizzwaz Institute of Outlandish Pursuits.

It is hoped that Miss Brown will endeavour to complete Wild Camping Level 3 and Level 4 Certification in the near future. This will involve awaking to the sifting surf of sea onto sand (Level 3) and being pitched precariously off the edge of a cliff (Level 4)

Qualification for the Wild Camping Diploma will be dependent on acquaintanceship with Wild Animals (Wild Sheep, Wild Cows, Wild Mouses etc) in their natural habitats.

All of us at The Nizzwaz Institute of Outlandish Pursuits wish Miss Brown much jollity, frollity, and fun, in her forthcoming Wild Camping Adventures!

Thingy Peeple No 4: Mr Nuggetty Lymestone

Wall Thingy Face 2

Oh goodness gracious. Wot twits we am.

Look closely. Under the face of Ligetty Lymstone is another face.

It looks like it could be a relation of Ligetty, yet another Lymestone encrusted into the wall.

Nuggetty Lymstone

Goes by the name of Nugetty, Mr Nugetty Lymstone. He’s the much put upon, down trodden, older brother of Ligetty.

Got totally overlooked. Oh crumbs. Oh golly. Oh gosh.

We apologise most sincerely Mr Nugetty. Now you’ve been spotted you’ll be seen for ever old chap. We won’t let your bruv Ligetty steal all the lymelight!.