Monday, 23 September 2013

Grey skies

We have had a weekend of grey skies....


but there is always something to look at out at sea as the light constantly changes.


The sea was very still and calm apart from the bow waves caused by passing boats.




 Many of the parks and council gardens now have "Friends groups" attached to them who promote public awareness and enjoyment of these special places, as well as fundraising and carrying out various projects. Back in July they held a music picnic and paint afternoon and created these two fantastic boards. Do you have any local parks which have similar groups?



These are some pictures from our archive from sunnier times! Sandsfoot castle was built in 1541 and was one of Henry VIII's device forts. Together with Portland castle opposite they protected the whole of Portland harbour from foreign invaders. The gardens around the castle were designed in 1931 and have been a popular with locals and holiday makers ever since. There is a small cafw with outside seating and it is always a great place to have a coffee and admire the view!


Hope you had a bright and happy weekend whatever the weather!

Thank you as always for all the lovely comments you have left me, and also so many birthday wishes for my daughter.  A big hello and welcome to my new followers Jessie's needle,Sihoutte Solider, Pam and Michael. I couldn't find any blogs attached to some names so if you have one please let me know.

Sarah x

29 comments:

  1. Happy Autumn Sarah,, It is always a great JOY to visit your blog and see the ever changing moods of the Sea. Lovely indeed. I also enjoyed seeing those Autumn flowers. Hugs Judy

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  2. You are so lucky to be able to live the constant drama of the open sea.

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  3. At first glance the castle looks like a lego creation- all those symmetrical blocks. Lovely sea shots, as always. Thanks for posting them- always love looking at them x

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  4. No matter how grey or blue the skies are overhead at the sea, the ocean is still a wonder to behold! The changing waves always make for a powerful memory. And we live in an area surrounded by many lakes, and the districts do have communities that beautifully display public awareness through art and festivals! That old castle is just chillingly beautiful, Sarah! Anita

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  5. "It may be grey skies but what a bright and cheerful post",

    Hello Sarah
    I used my Auntie Ruby's recipe
    1lb blackberries (Fin picked them) 10oz sugar, 6fl oz water, juice of 1 lemon
    Warm sugar,simmer fruit in water until soft, gently dissolve sugar in the fruit add lemon juice bring to boil hard boil 8/10 mins until set
    I hope that helps, let me know if you need anymore info
    Thea x

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    1. Thanks Thea for Auntie Ruby's blackberry jam recipe, I will try it out and the weekend. I love the old and tested recipes.
      Sarah x

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  6. You live in such a wonderful place of the world Sarah, with the sea so close, even grey skies can't make the ocean look any less amazing.
    The drawings remind me of my oldest son who helped and painted his own piece of a painted wooden wall for exactly such a park/playground as you talk about. Those projects are fun, brighten up a place and bring people together.
    I wish you a beautiful week, full of blue skies!
    Marian

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  7. Those skies maybe grey but stunning nevertheless. I love the picture through the window and the boats look very ethereal.
    Patricia x

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  8. you really make me want to travel to the south of England with your gorgeous photos!
    x

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  9. I love both of the boards. What a great idea...so colorful and creative.
    What a beautiful spot to live.

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  10. I love it when the sea is so still and with the grey it becomes almost surreal xxx

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  11. Loving the moody sea and boat shot... I was helping out at the local Green Fair on saturday.... and still recovering!! Cx

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  12. Love the grey skies over still water, it was like that here in Brixham this weekend. We have St Marys Park and church which is well looked after and they organise a lot of events. I will eventually get to go for a walk that way and take some pictures for a post as it's all very pretty.

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  13. ~ Sarah I simply love the sounds of 'park groups'. Where people can meet up and enjoy different activities...As you know I enjoy my park walks each day as i cut through on my way to work...It always lifts my spirits to see the changing of the seasons and always gives me a spring in my step for the day! ~ Am hoping the sun shines a little for you this week! We had a beautiful day on Sunday with temps reaching 18 degrees....Happy new week, Maria x

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  14. There's been a lot of grey skies here too, Autumn is definitely on the way but I love this time of the year. I love both boards but especially the first one.

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  15. The light is great in the photos, we have had sunshine around 27c each day.

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  16. Cloudy, stormy or sunny, I'll take it! So wonderful to live close to the sea. x

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  17. You've shown us that grey can be very beautiful. Thank you!

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  18. Even with the grey sky, you've taken some lovely atmospheric photos.

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  19. Beautiful quiet photos of the seaside Sarah! We took a walk on Sunday and I took a photo just like yours, the weather was incredibly beautiful, not a breath of wind and very quiet...happy Autumn! Enjoy the change of season in Dorset! hugs Sharon x

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  20. Your photos are wonderfully atmospheric. It does look very still and quiet on the water and it is fascinating to see another mood of the sea.

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  21. The beauty of living by the sea is the light. Always beautiful, even on the dullest day.

    Leanne xx

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  22. I love the image of Sandsfoot castle, theres no castles in Australia so I love seeing post with them in it.

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  23. Since we can't vacation this year (Steve's shoulder recovery) at least I can go on virtual vacations via your blog.

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  24. Gorgeous photos and the ones at the beginning are amazing even though it was grey and cloudy.

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  25. Sarah, it is such a joy to visit your blog! Thanks for the fabulous photos, and what fun to see Portland Harbor :) I live on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, and my husband was born in Portland, Maine, USA :) I am not aware of a nearby park that has community made murals, but I have spotted many murals in towns I have visited in the states. I love the idea of community involvement in the mural boards. Blessings, Gracie :)

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  26. Lovely pictures - I particularly like the sea view with the low clouds - is that Portland beyond?
    And that's a little castle I hadn't hear of. Nice what they have done with it!
    Best wishes, happy autumn :)

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  27. Bbeautiful photo's. I love the sailing boats on the still water.
    Have a nice weekend

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  28. Loved your photo shares ! To see the part of Sandsfoot castle by the sea ...amazing really, I loved it !

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