Woody Bay Pt 2

Woody Bay HIgh Tide

We were told the was a 12m surge in tide level so I took a couple of photos as I couldnt believe it could be that much change.

Woodu Bay Low Tide

Woodu Bay Low Tide

…until I saw the difference. Although it looks really grey and cold, it wasn’t. This view faces east and the winds all week were westerly’s so we didn’t have any wind chill factor until the last day. What I didnt realise, is how clear the skies would be.

A couple of days in, we found out that Exmoor has gained the prestidgeous title of ‘Dark Sky Preserve‘. The first in the UK and only the second in the World. They do alot to make sure that there is no unecessary light pollution to keep the sky clear. Ive seen clear nights in Croydon and the sky looks wonderful. Absolutley nothing compared to the sky above our little cottage. Unfortunately, Ive not had much long exposure practise with my new camera, so the the start shots for this night were not that good (didn’t turn the lights out in the cottage.

If you take a look at the picture above and look to the left of top middle, you can see a white blob. Thats a cottage, with a 750ft drop right in front of it. The next picture is the same view a night and you can see it much more clearly.

Cliff Hanger

Cliff Hanger

As I was unsure how to play with long exposure settings for nightime all had the same settings – ISO 3200, Exp 30s, f 3.3. As you can see above, this is the only building on the this cliff face. There are others further up the coast but I thought this was quite stark – a lonely eye looking over the bay to Wales.

Below is one of my favorite pictures of the week. The result isn’t what I intended but the towns of Port Talbot(left) and Swansea(right) lok as if they are on fire or are at war. The sort of image you might get from BBC24  somewhere in the far east. I don’t know what you think but I love this shot. Maybe not the clarity and focus you would want from a good quality picture, but not too bad for a first attempt. The last picture is taken slightly to the right but with the no flash and the results are markedly different. I also like this one as well. Quite subdued but haunting.

Wales on Fire

Wales on Fire

Wales South Coast

Wales South Coast

While I was waiting for these pictures to upload, I was taking a sneak peek at the next lot of pictures. I was trying to think of a theme for the next but there are so many. One thing Ive found my camera will do is panoramic shots. I think next time I will give you all of those for the week. They look great and we are considering having some made up into pictures to have around the house. See you next time. Nick

Woody Bay Pt 1

To say we were lucky with the weather last week would be an understatement. Weather forecasts had shown rain all week. We had rain one evening and could northerly winds on the last evening but apart from that, lovely.

 

Woody Bay Cottage

Woody Bay Cottage

Not quite ready for it but we went for a 3 mile walk not long after we got there – See the green field in the distance

The cottage over the Bay

The cottage over the Bay

This is the view from that field. Our cottage is the little one at the bottom. The big buidling just above us is Woody Bay Manor. In the 1890’s, Colonel Lake, who was also a lawyer, bought the Bay. He commissioned 8 cottages(ours was housing for workers who built the Pier – look just above where it says access on the gate and you’ll see a straight run of land down towards the sea.) including the Manor. His intention was to make the area into a tourist attraction to rival Linton and Lynmouth(the 2 closest towns). In 1898, he commissioned and built the Pier. Only 3 ships ever docked there, it was damaged in a storm in 1900 and was demolished in 1902 and the dreams on Woody Bay died. He even built a railway station at teh top of the hill for tourist access.

This is our walk on the way to Lee Abbey and Valley of the Rocks. Streams and waterfalls everywhere and just stunning, breathtaking scenery wherever you looked. It gave me my first opportunity for a daytime long exposure shot. I intended to play with my camera and see what I could come up with.

Mountain Stream - Long Exposure

Mountain Stream - Long Exposure

We were on our walk on Easter Sunday and came across this eery spooky view – sent a chill down my spine.

The old rugged cross?

The old rugged cross?

Once we got to Valley of the Rocks, we stumbled on the all the wildlife, except the deer. Sheep, lots of sheep avec lambs, cows and calves, the Longhorn and Devonshire mountain goats.

Devonshire Goats

Devonshire Goats

In the end, the walk was worthwhile – CREAM TEA! This is Amber, my best mate Charlie’s fiancee. They got engaged two days before we went away. We are a s chuffed as they are happy, even more so once we got the cream teas.

CREAM TEAS!

CREAM TEAS!

The wind whistles up the Valley of the Rocks from Lee Abbey Bay and has ‘trimmed’ this tree over the Tea Rooms. I just thought it was really unusual.

 

Sculpured by Nature

Sculpured by Nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My holiday

IM BACK

I know this blog is supposed to be for gardening but I’ve got a tonne of photos, a really short video of a cormorant going fishing and me waffling on about our stay that i want to share with you guys. Problem is, I’ve got over 600 photos to wade through and pick a bunch of really good ones. The trouble with that is, there are more than a few really good ones:
Lynton, Lynmouth, Woody Bay, Valley of the Rocks, Watersmeet and a nearly perfect long exposure of ‘The Plough’ constellation. I’ve tried to be a bit arty with a few other shots. I do have a flukey night time shot across the estuary looking at south Wales – Port Talbot and Swansea – and they look like they are on fire!
Hopefully I’ll have a little something for you tonight, although I’m starting my WordPress course today.
See you on the flip side. Nick

Off on my hols

I’ve been neglecting my readers, current and new. For this, I am sorry. I’ve had a manic start to the year, which is all good :).
I’m off to the north cost of Devon for a week.( not had a holiday for 10 years – being self employed can have some disadvantages).
I’ll be playing with my new camera for pictures of local flora and fauna, sunsets and sunrises if I can be bothered to get up. I will also be finishing up and publishing 10 of the new landscaping help videos on YouTube and the website.
The boys and I used to do a lot of warhammer so I’m taking my high elf eagle to paint(might show you a piccy if I get it done), I might also do a bit of writing and some drawing if time permits.
Hopefully I’ll have some cool bits for you when I get back.
The pictures here are of a lawn that needs relaying as its now beyond repair. Might be relaying this month

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Turning on Text Copy Tracking for Blogger and WordPress

Turning on Text Copy Tracking for Blogger and WordPress.

time to go LIVE

Well guys, I cant wait any longer. I could probably go round in circles for weeks more trying to find new widgets and plugins, but do you know what, the important stuff is there. The pictures, the blurb, but no video yet – the first series of those should be recorded this weekend or next week for definate as Im starting a big garden makeover project (poor you, you get to see my ugly mug 🙂 )

 

The old website address is:

http://lawnandborder.co.uk

The new WordPress site is

http://lawnandborder.co.uk/wp

 

Can you go and have a look at both of them and let me know what you think. I dont expect you to spend hours trawling over it for mistakes or layout issues (I know it has those), Id just like an overall opinion; does it look good, is it easy to read, is it easy to navigate, can you find the stuff you want to see? That kind of thing.

If you do have any suggestions, please let me know. I love to hear what youve got to say. In the meantime, enjoy your viewing and I hope to hear from you soon.

 

Oh, by the way, Im already having a record breaking year. Im currently booked 3 months in advance, something that has never happened in my 10 years of trading (andive still got 19 quotes for new landscaping jobs pending

“I’ve lost my KLOUT””not from where I’m standing”

I know it a boglarised film line but it so true.

I’ve done nothing here or any of my other blogs, photo sites, Facebook and so on, for about a month. My KLOUT is down nearly 2 whole points. Whoa is me. 🙂

However, guys, the website is nearly finished. I’m hoping before the week is out, the new WordPress site will go live.

This is where I could use your help. I will post here when it’s up and give you the current and new website links. If you can spare 5 minutes to have a quick look at them both and tell me wether or not the new one is an improvement, what you like, what you don’t like.

I would value your opinion. Hopefully once that goes live( apart from a new adwords campaign) I’ll be back to blogging. I’ve got tons of piccys and tips to post but I’ve tried to be strong and just finish the website.

Also, I should be getting my new tripod for my cyber shot this week so I can get started on the first 3 series of videos for You Tube and the website. I’ll be posting the links for those here as well. I’ve seen lots of other gardeners help videos and they all look a bit naff. I’m hoping to avoid that. If you want to have a look at these as well and leave comments that would be really helpfully too.

I can’t wait to get back on here to share with you guys. Who would have thought it. Hope to hear from you soon. Nick

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Be Plants Wise – BG non-native species secretariat

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This is a post on their website (https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnativespecies/beplantwise/index.cfm

). Not that any of use would bin our plants like this, but its worth knowing.

Invasive aquatic plants can damage our ponds, waterways and the environment.

        Be plant wise and don’t dump aquatic plants in the wild.

The Be Plant Wise campaign, launched by Defra and the Scottish Government, is designed to raise awareness           among gardeners, pond owners and retailers of the damage caused by invasive aquatic plants and to encourage           the public to dispose of these plants correctly. The Horticultural Trade Association, Ornamental           Aquatic Trade Association, Royal Horticultural Society, and wild plant conservation charity Plantlife are           all supporting the campaign.

We have developed resources with advice for gardeners and pond owners and are working closely with retailers           of aquatic plants to provide information in stores. These pages contain the detailed information you need to          Be Plant Wise.

Be Plant Wise – NNSS

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Follow this link for further details on the article below

https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnativespecies/beplantwise/index.cfm

 

Invasive aquatic plants can damage our ponds, waterways and the environment.

        Be plant wise and don’t dump aquatic plants in the wild.

The Be Plant Wise campaign, launched by Defra and the Scottish Government, is designed to raise awareness           among gardeners, pond owners and retailers of the damage caused by invasive aquatic plants and to encourage           the public to dispose of these plants correctly. The Horticultural Trade Association, Ornamental           Aquatic Trade Association, Royal Horticultural Society, and wild plant conservation charity Plantlife are           all supporting the campaign.

We have developed resources with advice for gardeners and pond owners and are working closely with retailers           of aquatic plants to provide information in stores. These pages contain the detailed information you need to          Be Plant Wise.

New WordPress Site

Apologies for not having posted anything for a little while. Ive been sending myself barmy installing WordPress to build my new website – PLUS Sushi was trying to help me. I told him it wasnt a real mouse but he wouldnt listen!

Cat and Mouse!

Cat & Mouse!

Cat N Mouse!