August Odds and Sods, Part 2

by Gethin Thomas September. 02, 2021 255 views

Part two of August includes a few macro shots taken and not used for the Friends of Photoblog page. Peter Berckmans runs a series of daily challenges and Mondays are macro day. Have a look and come and join us.

Back to the creek again and this seems a bit scary to me, reversing down a slipway into the water. Not something I want to try. This boat was proving reluctant to launch so in the end it needed some brute force to get it afloat.

Meanwhile elsewhere in the village a volunteer project is ongoing to rebuild the stone wall in the community field. There has been a temporary halt due to needing more stone and also volunteers were needed on the more urgent task of preparing the new phone box site where a memorial bench is being installed in time for our first big celebration, post pandemic.

Some of you will remember all of my posts about the rescued phone box which this week acquired it's new lighting. The official opening and Mad Hatter's Tea Party is to be held this month. I hope to cover that event and do a post about it.

A day out in Plymouth has inspired me to go back and do a photo walk as soon as the tourist season is over.

This is Plymouth Hoe. Plymouth Hoe, referred to locally as the Hoe, is a large south-facing open public space in the English coastal city of Plymouth. The Hoe is adjacent to and above the low limestone cliffs that form the seafront and it commands views of Plymouth Sound, Drake's Island, and across the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall.

Plymouth Hoe is perhaps best known for the probably apocryphal story that Sir Francis Drake played his famous game of bowls here in 1588 while waiting for the tide to change before sailing out with the English fleet to engage with the Spanish Armada.

A prominent landmark on the Hoe is Smeaton's Tower. This is the upper portion of John Smeaton's Eddystone Lighthouse, which was originally built on the Eddystone Rocks, located 14 miles (22.5 km) to the south, in 1759. It was dismantled in 1877 and moved, stone by stone, to the Hoe where it was re-erected.

Some sights on a country walk.

This was a nice discovery, a pub on the moors. Dartmoor is higher in altitude and the buildings mostly old and built from granite. Here in Chagford, this pub has very thick granite walls so even in August a fire is kept burning. Can you guess the name of the pub? There is a clue in the photo.

Chagford seems to have several pubs still open which is unusual these days for such a small place. I put it down to the fact that it is on Dartmoor which attracts mostly walkers and outdoors types on holiday which means the season is longer and people even travel there and walk over the moors in winter.

North of Dartmoor is a village called Meldon, which gives it's name to a disused railway viaduct and a reservoir. The Meldon viaduct is huge and quite famous as a listed structure which has been converted to a cycle route. Because it is in a steep sided wooded, valley away from the road network it is surprisingly difficult to find. After a bit of searching around we got advice to park in the reservoir car park and walk to it. You can't see it until you are nearly on top of it and frankly when you are on it it is a disappointment. To get the best view of it, take the footpath underneath it or cross over the top of the viaduct which is also a pedestrian route.

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Tom Snider 1 month, 2 weeks ago

This is a really enjoyable set of pictures.  There's a lot to see in each one.  #1 is amazing in the large format.  The one that really got me was #30, with the long sweep from foreground to background and also up & down.  Great stuff!

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Thomas Thompson 1 month, 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic selection of captures for Odds and Sods!!   The first flower looks like a people eater hahaha   Photo #27 the underside of the bridge nice angle   Well done

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Amy Caldwell 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And the pub name -- Triple Crown?

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Amy Caldwell 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Very close, the three crowns.grinning

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Amy Caldwell 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Nice pictures and nice commentary!

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Amy Caldwell 1 month, 2 weeks ago


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Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

#4 the last time I went that deep with my car, I had to have the engine replaced.

#16 What?

#20 The artist's mannequin is there but missing the artist's hand 😁

Can you believe another month has gone by? As always fun to look at your end of the month odds & sods.

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

16 is art. Someone told me the other day that their grandson was told in school, "There is no right and there is no wrong". There was a time when that would disqualify a teacher from their job. This is the result. A process of de-civilisation. Personally I though what made us different to the other animals was our ability to determine right from wrong, which was something we taught kids. But everyone is an artist now and if you say it is art then it is art. Result? Art is finally finished.

The description contained the following prerequisites. Foraged plant dyes. sustainably sourced natural inks. Authentic. Site specific. Sustainable again. Minimalist aesthetic. UNESCO. Hand dyed. Sustainably foraged. Tells a story. Heritage. Community. Heritage story. Collaboration. joy

The only thing missing was gluten free.

Yes, it is September and the nights are drawing in. Still some light ahead yet though before winter sets in. Need to make the most of it.grinning

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Camellia Staab Replied to Gethin Thomas 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I have one word for it and I am sure you will know what the word is. But I will refrain from using it on this platform  because 'I is a dainty old lady 😁😎" .

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Tsao T-F 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Nice Macro & nice travel.blossomboat

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Tsao.

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