St Ives – turquoise and grey

Most of my memories of St. Ives are of sunshine and glittering sea. When we were there a few weeks ago that’s what we mostly got, along with plenty of sunburn. But there was one cloudy day that gave some of the best pictures of the week.

I usually have a couple of St. Ives pictures on show when I’m at art markets and people don’t believe the colour of the water. Here’s a different view that shows it really is like that. The sky was steel grey but that only emphasised the golden sand and the turquoise water.

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The bridges of Anglesey

The island of Anglesey is separated from the Welsh mainland by the Menai Strait, about 16 miles long and between 400m and 1100m wide. This narrowing causes quite dramatic tidal effects, looking in places like a racing river. The strait is bridged in two places, by Telford’s Menai suspension bridge and the rebuilt Britannia bridge, with less than a mile between the two. Looking down from the Anglesey side on a clear day gives a magnificent view of the strait, the bridges and the Snowdonia mountains immediately behind. However, I wasn’t there on a clear day. It was cloudy and drizzly and grey – typical June welsh weather. I found this quite suitable for the industrial revolution architecture of the two bridges, especially in black and white. These pictures are the result.

Swaledale flower meadows

Friend and erstwhile market stallholder Richard and his better half Polly have moved up to better things and opened a very nice gallery shop in Muker, at the west end of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales. We went to visit over the weekend, to see how the other half lives. Nowadays, when I’m at the market in wind and driving rain, I think of Richard all warm, dry and safe inside his gallery and I curse him. Continue reading