Sunday saw the Summer’s final fling of glorious sunshine, which surely signals a change in the weather and the start of the move towards Autumn. And how better to spend it than out in the fresh air. I bade farewell to London with all its activities (Paralympics closing ceremony and The Thames Festival) hopped on a train and chugged my way down to the south coast. Slathering on the sun cream and looking the part of the ultimate walking geek, I headed to the beach at Seaford and hooked a left, heading east along the coast. This little walk was by no means a breeze. 21km of pure unadulterated hill and no joke, various parts of my body are still stiff rendering it tricky to do even the most basic of daily movements. However, the views were such that I would do it again in a blink of an eye. We are rapidly losing our south coast due to the aggressive erosion of the sea, which has been documented in the dramatic photographs on display at Birling Gap, charting the demise of Birling Gap in particular. On the day went, and slowly climbed all seven of the sisters and made it to the top of Beachy Head. The weather momentarily turned for the worse and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the clouds blow on in, we were spared and remained safe on top the cliffs, despite moments of uncertainty. With my end goal of Eastbourne now in sight, I ignored my throbbing feet and onwards was spurred. I skipped through Eastbourne (not literally) without stopping even for chips and settled smugly onto the train, an hour earlier than the book predicted. Go me. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. No walking book required as you just follow the coast!
After a particularly sluggy weekend and a dozy start to Monday, I thought it might be apt to bring a nice relaxing holiday/office-based video for you all to enjoy. It might not be a proper holiday and it might be shot on location in an office but it’s a pretty good second best, right? This is a sweet and rather amusing story of a group of friends that go on holiday in their vintage caravans taking in the sights and sounds (surprisingly good timing as we, in the UK, see the cancellation of the Vintage Festival and the requesting of refunds from various VW camper van hire companies). Despite their journeying through the sights of a design office, the holiday looks pretty good; an impressive waterfall, lots of trees, some wild swimming, a bonfire or two, and marshmallow road bollards. Les Paysages from the comfort of your own home. Perfect.
LES PAYSAGES, by Jerónimo Rocha
Check out the making of and behind the scenes
Director: Jerónimo Rocha
DoP: Tiago Xavier
Asst. Director: Joana Soares
Music: Filipe Lopes
Accordion: Miguel Urbano
Contrabass: Tomás Marques
Guitar: Filipe Lopes
Sound Design/ Sound Mix: Martim Almeida
Producer: Frederico Serra
a TAKE IT EASY production
So, Wednesday morning dawns and how confused do we all feel? Very. I spent all the weekend feeling most baffled as to which day it was. But it was of little matter as I was up in the land of the Lancastrians visiting family and enjoying some of their rural gems, a wide variety of which are on offer. We took a little from ‘there’ and a little from ‘here’, and mixed it all up to make for a fantastically good weekend. The weather did not deter us, we wrapped up warm and stoically carried on. We had our ‘Jubilee’ picnic in the grey chill of 8 degrees (at least it wasn’t raining) in the grounds of the National Trust’s Sizergh Castle, we had a Bank Holiday ice-cream whilst promenading along the seafront of Morecambe in the glorious sunshine, we took in flowers and architecture, cake and fellow holiday-makers. An absolute delight was seeing the ‘newly’ (four years ago) renovated Art-deco Midland Hotel by Urban Splash. Sympathetically done yet brought bang up to date by the use of contemporary bright colours and materials. We ate cake, drank tea, visited a DIY retailer, watched jousting, got lost in gardens and counted tadpoles, discussed sheep, laughed at the telly box, deconstructed the past as well the present. All-in-all making a jolly British bank holiday without a single flag being waved between us.
Images from top to bottom, left to right: Lancaster train station, flower stairs at Sizergh Castle, Iris in the Winter Gardens at Sizergh Castle, the front of the Midland Hotel at Morecambe, seating inside the cafe of the Midland Hotel at Morecambe, Jubilee picnic cake and cupcake, Eric Morecambe statue at Morecambe, monarchs in training taking a rest after jousting at Sizergh castle.
All images © Emily Blunden/ Atticus and Finch
In the midst of the chaos consuming London, I thought I would put together a pictorial blog of all 61 birds that I saw or heard on my recent trip round the small isles in western Scotland. Pretty impressive, no?
all images taken from the superb RSPB website