Wednesday 2nd October 2019
If you don't know Bantham Beach in the South Hams area of Devon I would recommend putting it on your bucket (or things to do before you are took) list. In any weather it is awe inspiring. Not only for the dramatic surrounding countryside, which includes Burgh Island, but if you are lucky enough to experience it in all its fury, and survive, you will forever carry the memory. Many years ago I trailed my Cornish Cormorant sailing dinghy down there and sailed into wind and water which was on the limit, my passenger was a very old person, who unfortunately has already been took, he didn't say anything but he and I knew that we could have been took at any moment had it not been for the handling skills of the helmsman.
Last week another seamless train journey courtesy South Western Railway took us to Totnes where we were picked up by the lovely Nitca. Paul arrived the next day and immediately put me to work designing a log store,. Avid readers of this blog, if there are any, will remember the handrail from 11th October on Page 19 of this blog.
Having completed the log store design plus a delicate piece of picture framing a daily hike onto the beach braving sand storms, howling wind, rain, thunder and lightning blew the cobwebs away. In the midst of it all were nonchalant kite surfers kissing the waves at 150 mph occasionally leaping and twisting, powerful kites arching and diving in all directions defying the laws of nature. Amongst the onlookers, believe it or not, were Beach Belles in bikinis .
'80 Year Old Takes Up Kite Surfing'.
I was hoping to include a report on a visit to the Burgh Island Hotel but -
'Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night one of our house bands will entertain you in our Ballroom. You are not obliged to dance, but you may be tempted!
Live piano music accompanies all other evenings.'
I didn't have my dancing partner with me Sam but you, sorry, it is on my bucket list.
Custom Log Store
Don't worry nobody else can understand it either
If you zoom in you can feel the wind.
If you zoom in you can see the wind, white horses, whirlpools, overfalls, Burgh Island and some fool in his cloth cap and no life jacket.
Thursday 10th October 2019
Crunch time for Brexit Sam, I don't know about you but I've changed my mind. Being half English, half Irish and half Northern Irish there's no way to tear myself apart. Mr Farage has a very convincing but divisive argument but so far he hasn't told me what his plans are for the invisible border. Three years ago, if you remember, I said that I'll leave this one to The Queen but that's not fair either so all I can say it'll be a bit boring when it's all resolved - is that possible?
In the meantime I won the 'Editor's Pick' accolade on the BBC Weather Watchers site for my picture of some amazing cloud formations. Fame at last! Click HERE and be prepared to be amazed.
Friday 11th October 2019
Seriously considering joining The Epsom and Ewell Art Group, any objections?
Sunday 13th October 2019
Haven't a clue why I would want to join Epsom and Ewell Art Group, it's much too far to drive, I can't draw, don't like being told how to draw and don't like clubs so what ever reason is there for joining Epsom and Ewell Art Group? Was it The Castle Richmond or The Orchid or maybe Wimbledon Palais or maybe even The Locarno 1963? Shake, Rattle and Roll, damned if I can remember. Might have been The Skimmington? I'm pretty sure it wasn't The Prospect of Whitby, Butlins at Brighton or The Royal Albert Hall so where was it? Answer Here?
Saturday 26th October 2019
I haven't forgotten it was The Castle Ballroom in Richmond and thanks for trying to instill a touch of culture in me but at the time it was a lost cause, sorry, different now?
And while we are on the subject I'd like to mention a couple of things about Brexit.
1. Brexit is Apolitical, that means it is like asking if you like fish and chips, prefer The Oxshott Village Sign or The Cobham Village Sign or prefer driving on the right or left hand side of the road. Anybody who tries to politicise it has a screw loose.
2. If they had collected all the ballot boxes and emptied them out in one big pile in the middle of The House of Commons and then counted them we wouldn't have known that London wanted IN, Cornwall wanted OUT, Scotland wanted IN, Norfolk wanted OUT, you wanted IN and I wanted OUT. No divisive arguments, too late now. Get it right next time.
3. The Europeans, quite rightly, cannot let it be seen that there is any advantage in leaving so why are we wrangling endlessly about 'a deal'? Because we all, Brit's and Euro's, want our cake and eat it. Did you know that the human body only needs potatoes and butter to survive? Three jacket potatoes please - plenty of cheese.
Friday November 1st 2019
Brexit Day! Sorry back to the drawing board. Not another election surely. As I mentioned 3 years ago unless the Irish can get together and they all join the UK or EU we can't get out. Simple. So we'll stay in and wait until that happens - yawn. Over 80's don't count anyway so why am I worried Sam?
Wednesday 6th November 2019
Do you want to listen to another politician?
Do you want to see a stunning picture taken at Birling Gap by old Bob on October 15th 2019? X
Make a nice painting? X