All posts by Jane Bryan

First Frost

Saltram garden on a beautiful morning, just after the first frost of the season had melted.  Warmed by the sunshine bathing everything, the autumnal leaves glowed orange and red,  fresh green  lily leaves steamed and dew drops teetered on spikey ends.


Breakwater Bimble

The Cattewater Gig Rowing Club organised a row out to, and walk on the Plymouth Breakwater to raise money for MacMillan Charity.  Mount Batten Centre provided the ‘giant orange fender’ to assist.


Stunning Sivota

Gorgeous Greece.  Just south of Igoumenitsa on the North West Greek mainland is Sivota.  With a sweeping coast road and a mountainous link in-between, the cycling is superb.  We clocked around 250km in 8 days on both road and mountain bikes.

Fair to say I walked a little like John Wayne, and as my grandmother would have said, I “couldn’t have stopped a pig in a passage!”

Lovely Looe

I was ridiculously gleeful at the prospect of catching the ferry across the river, simply because the tide was in and we could!  So worth the fee despite the uber short distance.

Preparations were well underway for the Looe Festival the following weekend.  Whilst we had amazing weather, I don’t think they did.

Banjo Pier and beach; preparing for the Looe Festival

Up river

Ferry with swan outriders

A taste of Thailand

CBR Reflections

The Cardboard Boat Race took place during September and featured a plethora of craft mostly made from cardboard.  I confess that I am not fully au fait with the rules, but I am pretty sure that wrapping the cardboard completely in duct tape is not entirely within the spirit of the event.

Needless to say, these generally faired much better than their flimsier counterparts.

This picture is not of the small children (because they are small children) in their very brightly coloured craft, but of the reflections of the pontoon bridge, under which they finally capsized.  So close!




Camel Valley

The tour and tasting at the Camel Valley Vineyard is to be highly recommended.  Professionally performed with a masterful blend of education and humour, you learn about the process of making wine, view the facilities and most importantly, get to taste the end product.

Bob and Annie Lindo planted the first vines in 1989 and it is still very much a family run business; Annie made the delicious bread sticks that were provided at the tasting and son Sam, led the tour.

Part of the success of their wine comes from selecting the most suitable grapes for the changeable Cornish climate.  Picking is about to start, so fingers crossed for a bumper harvest and I look forward very much to sampling the results!!

British Firework Championships 2017 Day 1

I thought this was a great viewing location for the fireworks, for a change from QAB, as it gave a sense of perspective looking out across the Sound, however other party factions were not so impressed.  Unfortunately I forgot the crucial small square metal bit, that attached my camera to the tripod, so I was only able to take pictures at the very beginning, before things got too blurry!

Usually with a SW wind, the coast path would simply get all the smoke.  Here’s hoping the wind keeps from the NNW and that I can revisit this evening to get some sharper images.