Thursday, 17 April 2014

Journey down to Crediton

The other day we drove down to Crediton.  We could have chosen a quicker route, but rather like to take things easy and enjoy the scenery on the Eggesford road.  In fact we stopped at Eggesford forest for a walk and leg stretch....such a lovely place - although we didn't see them this day, we have in the past caught sight of deer...

Just turning around from the previous photo, you look across the hills to this little church...

and close up....

isn't that sweet.

This is the track we were walking...

and further in the distance - (my zoom on the camera ideal for this distance)...

A gorgeous walk on a gorgeous day.

No doubt we will take this drive again soon.



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hamish back home....

.....with the fields of gold in the background.  Lucky boy.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Fields of Gold

.....don't you just love them - plus this gorgeous weather we are currently couldn't get much better...

Monday, 14 April 2014

Beautiful weather yesterday... out for one of our favourite walks

following the coast path sign...

down the steps...

round the bend...!!

past the primroses bordering the path...

when it opens out to the sea...

not a bad walk for a Sunday.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Using the Location tab in blogs you visit.

I've had a recent discussion with a friend about the Location tab in blog posts.  Turns out my friend wasn't sure how this worked.  Unfortunately she thought you only got to see the Map and not the Street View Scene....well, I pointed out you can use the yellow pegman over the Map, which then automatically brings up Street View.

Say for example....There you are reading a Blog.  They have thoughtfully added Location at the bottom of their post  ....example

When you click on it this comes up...

Picture 1 - The map comes up onscreen, but what happens next...

Picture 2 -  Click  hold and move the pegman over to the Red Exclamation mark (you'll see the roads highlighted blue at this point)

Picture 3 - MAKE SURE the Circle below your pegman is OVER the bottom part of the Red Exclamation.......then let go of the pegman -  the screen will now automatically zoom in on its own and come up with the Street View image.

Try clicking below on the Location tab and try this out.

I have to say that this is a really useful Tab to have and when people add the Location, it is so nice to actually go and see where they are referring to.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Art Abandonment

I have just left some art in my first Art Abandonment, through the Facebook group of that name - read about it here.

One place that gives me a lot of inspiration is the National Trust property, Arlington Court, so where better than to leave my art there for people to find and keep.  I do hope, that if somebody finds it, they will let us know on the Facebook group Art Abandonment.

These are the pieces I left and locations ...

Can't wait to leave 

more paintings to be found another day


Monday, 7 April 2014

Arlington Court

The new season at Arlington Court has now started, and I'm back helping...such a gorgeous place to be a volunteer.  New ponies to look after, more about them in the weeks to come, but for the moment I checked out the harness room and the old hay loft displays...

photo (1) .... I love this harness room it's got such a cosy feel about it...

and to the right from where the above photo was taken, the Stables...

then to the left from the harness room photo (1), there are displays of carriages including this ....

  Queen Victoria's
Pony Phaeton

This carriage was used by Queen Victoria at Osborne House on the  
Isle of Wight.
The dash board was made higher than normal as the Queen felt it inappropriate to see her pony’s bottom! (umm…~ obviously not amused ~ I suppose she didn’t want to watch what came out of it!!)

This carriage is painted in the royal colours, maroon, lined bright red.
There are lots more displays of carriages at Arlington, and I'll get around to
sketches and doing photos of those too.

On up to the former hay loft which now houses more displays

During the day I took the opportunity to do some sketching...

... this Clock Tower was on Winsor & Newton watercolour postcard paper, I actually
gave this sketch away to a visitor, who went off happy with it (I hope).

Other sketches I did were...


which I intend to 'abandon' this week over at Arlington.  I've joined a group on Facebook called
Art Abandonment,  where you leave a piece of art with a little message that it is Free Art for somebody to keep -
 (here's a bit more about the group)
 I pop the sketches into a clear plastic sleeve with a message on the front...

and on the back...

Over the coming weeks I will be doing more of these
and hope that people will enjoy them.

Incidentally, I will be letting the Art Abandonment Group on Facebook
know what I have 'abandoned' under the name
Ann TheSketcher


Friday, 4 April 2014

Eucalyptus oil

I've just been reminded of Eucalyptus Oil and it's virtues, so thought I would just mention it here in case some of you ever come across this problem.     Have you ever ended up with TAR  on your clothes.  Well here's a tip from me.  Put some Eucalyptus Oil on some cotton wool (or use a spare rag)  and rub onto the offending Tar patch/patches.  Then, wash the clothes as normal...

♪♫♫♪ Tada ♪♫♫♪


should have gone!


PLUS as an added bonus (laugh)

if your dog should roll in something offending and smelly

then put some Eucalyptus Oil into some water

when you wash your dog off.

(I personally know this works as we had a dog
years ago who rolled in the remains of a Seal that had
decomposed....I cannot tell you how
awful the smell had been until
I used the Eucalyptus oil in some rinse water)