We queued for over 2 and a half hours to visit Bristol Museum where Banksy had set up an exhibition. It was worth the wait. Many of the normal exhibits were adorned by Bankys trademark graffiti. In the pamphlet given to us it states "Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is proud to present a unique collaboration between the city's foremost cultural institution and one of the region's most overrated artist."
I travelled up to Bristol on Sunday with my son and his fiancee to visit my daughter and her boyfriend who live there. We had a pleasant drive up and spent a couple of hours going round the Harbourside Festival. Apparently the day before was a wash-out but the day we went it was glorious weather - so we were lucky. The Harbourside was packed with people and the river was packed with all sorts of boats.
Well its nearly the end of my first of 2 weeks holiday. The weather has been a mixed bag to be honest so havent been able to get out and about as much as i would have hoped.
We did manage to clear the back garden though in preparation for August 22nd - the day set aside for a farewell BBQ for my son and his fiancee as they embark on 3 months travel overseas. Rhe photo above on the left show the garden as it is at the moment waiting for all the rubbish to be taken away.
I went on a very long walk from my house with a friend and her dog on Thursday - i would say about a 4 mile jaunt. Thankfully we didnt get too wet and managed to avoid most of the rain when we sheltered under the trees and the usefull umberella! Ventured down The Ride and saw a static gypsy caravan site and met two very blonde boys who would show us their new puppies - all 8 of them
We walked through the bottome end of Saltram House and ended up at Sainsbury's and then walked along the embankment back to Laira Bridge. By the time we had got back to Laira Bridge i was ready to sit down. The photo on the right was taken as i walked through Saltram - not sure what it is but it can be seen from the Embankment quite clearly and i have never been so close to it so decided to take a snap.
On Friday 31st - which was my wedding anniversary - i went with 2 friends to Greenway - the summer residence of Agatha Christie. We were lucky with the weather and had a very enjoyable time going round the house and gardens. After the visit we went to The Willows and had a Carvery for £3.50 which was exceedingly good and i would recommend it to anyone.
So now its Saturday 1st August and weatherwise its still unsettled. I went over to Millbrook this afternoon to watch my son play football - and to have a little wander around the football pitch to see if i could find any butterflies. I did manage to find a bumble bee or 5 and a slug. There were some butterflies but they didnt settle so i was unable to take a snap!
Spent the whole evening dancing and singing along with Rod Stewart at Home Park; home of Plymouth Argyle. The rain held of thankfully but nothing could dampen the spirit of a capacity crowd. He certainly knows how to entertain. He performed on stage over 2 hours and sang all the classics. I sat 4 rows from the front and had a fantastic view.
Hopefully there will be some more big names venture down this way next year...........and i for one cant wait to see who it will be!
This year I decided to celebrate Fathers Day with a picnic at Mount Edgcumbe. My daughter and her boyfriend Phil travelled down from Bristol for the weekend so that made is really special as we dont often all get together.
Fortunately the weather was warm and quite pleasant so we were able to sit back and relax. We had plenty to chat about and plenty to eat. My daughter was centre stage and asked us to be quiet. She had an announcement to make - the delightful news of a new addition to the family in 9 months time. Me a Granny! We were all very surprised as the news was so unexpected but nice all the same. They have even chosen the names Leon for a boy and Melody for a Girl. I suppose i will have to start getting used to be being call Granny Addy!
A luxuriant garden by the sea, with an Arts & Crafts-style house, featuring Art Deco-influenced interiors - that describes where i spent the whole day today. Visiting ColetonFishacre a beautiful National Trust House/Gardens.
The house at ColetonFishacre was built as a country home for Rupert D'OylyCarte and his wife, Lady Dorothy D'OylyCarte, between 1925 and 1926. The architect was Oswald Milne, a former assistant to Edwin Lutyens, who designed the house with the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement in mind: simplicity of design and quality of craftsmanship. The influence of this older movement notwithstanding, the house is influenced by its own time, especially in its Art Deco interior.
The garden at ColetonFishacre runs down a narrow combe from the house to the sea at Pudcombe Cove. The garden features rare and exotic plants.
What a fantastic day out today - walking around the house and gardens of this beautiful property. We took advantage of the warm sunny day and headed out to ColetonFishacre; however the journey was not without incident as we ended up in Dartmouth on the wrong side of the river! We eventually headed towards our destination via the Higher Dart Ferry - a bit pricey at £3.50 but well worth it when we eventually got to Coleton. We sat in the sun and ate a very nice lunch surrounded by elderly men and women enjoying the weather too. On our walk round the gardens we kept bumping into couples out for a leisurely stroll who made light of the walk downhill and uphill unlike me and my friend who had to stop for a breather on the conveniently placed benches every now and again.
We had a laugh at one point over a very nice Magnolia tree. You really had to be there to appreciate just how funny it was. Now looking back it is still quite funny - the smell of the Magnolia was something to cherish and i went over to take a photo of it. Quite harmless you may think however my friend decided to pull the branch down so i could take a "close-up" shot at which point whilst pulling the branch towards me the head of the Magnolia snapped off and ended up on the floor. Something and nothing but we couldn't stop laughing. A real tonic for both of us.
I cant wait for my next day off so that we can visit another National Trust property - hopefully sooner rather than later.