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At laaaasssstt…..the sun has come along.   What a beautiful day, deep blue sky, crispy air, hazy sunshine, misty sea and just beautiful colours.  I made the most of the light to photograph some bunting and more of my new cushions I’ve been working on.  The pink orchid seems to have a fiery dragonny phoenix thing flying out of it, and Stanley just enjoyed sitting in the sun and watching the boats…

Wow, what a busy time it’s been the last two weeks.  Firstly, it’s been glorious weather with amazing sunrises and gorgeous shadows and colours.

I’ve been super busy making customers’ orders for Christmas – cushions and papercuts mostly, but also packaging up cards, baubles, dolls and angels.

We had a super walk on the beach last sunday followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows by the harbour.  We finally got the tree up, although Stanley likes it more than the rest of us put together…

It was well worth getting up a bit earlier than usual this morning to find it frosty and crispy around the bay.  There was mist floating over the sea and some amazing reflections…

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…next up – some beautiful colours.  A juicy juicy orange, collected shells and pebbles from the beach, flowers in the harbour, the husband’s first ever attempts at pickling mackerel and lovely orange freshwater fish in the harbour that were washed away from the pond in the garden centre up the road during the recent floods.  We tried to catch them and return them but I think they were enjoying their freedom too much…

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Well now the drama’s over, here’s the pictures from yesterday.  Up in Bridport, all the roads were closed, the West and East ends of towns were completely underwater, as were all the fields between town and the sea.  The poor cows were cowering!  Luckily we didn’t actually have too much water damage – in fact, the children thought it was all huge fun.  But by the time we got back to the bay the river which empties normally very peacefully into the harbour was raging.  The water was so fierce that it actually pulled a boat under and sank it!  And then today was the sunniest day in ages and everything dried out nicely…

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We’ve been having the most tremendous storms here recently.  There’s something about living so close to the sea that makes it so exciting.  Last week, on the evening of a very high tide, the harbour started overflowing.  Not very much, they’ve done a lot recently to stop West Bay flooding like it used to – as a child I remember it flooding all the time.  But enough to be exciting.  It came up and over the harbour wall and the bigger waves came up and out of the slipway and onto the road.  Some of the boats literally looked they were going to bob right up and out of the harbour and the kiosk on the prom was getting swamped…

…and then this happened the next morning….the sun came out!

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Well, where to start!? From finishing work on friday to going to bed on sunday, it has been the most beautiful photogenic weekend EVER. The weather was just incredible and we found time for paddling, walking, car-booting, gardening, buntinging, eating, sewing, playing and basking…

The highlight for me was the collection of treasure waiting to be discovered at the car-boot sale.  We found a whole box of old rolls of pianola music, all decorated in lovely graphics and type.  My eyes popped out at the 1890s sewing machine still with its instuctions!  Although the manual was a little worse for wear – never use sellotape on paper, ask my sister;  it’s a paper conservator’s nightmare.  Also uncovered was a lovely old ink pad tin, with ink, a ludo box full of marbles, a roaring, walking, gnashing, flashing dinosaur and a very funky golf cocktail set… 

This is our next door house.  It’s a gorgeous and very photogenic row of three cottages, one white, one yellow and one pink.  I’ve been playing with the settings on my new camera to see which I prefer… what do you think?

After a very (very) stormy blowy blustery few weeks, all is calm again….

 

Every day I feel lucky to live in such a stunning place and we try not to take it for granted - the fact that we can see the sea from every room in our house, that little boats bob outside our bedroom window, that we are lulled to sleep each night by the sound of the waves on the beach – but sometimes it’s nice to get out there and act like a holiday-maker.  It’s easy to overlook the small details so I took some time this afternoon to appreciate the shapes, colours and textures that make up West Bay.  I’ve never noticed all the blue bottomed/white cabinned boats – they look like they’re wearing a uniform!  And some of the paint-work on the boats is incredible – as good as any Mondrian….

 

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