Croyde to Cornwall 10/8/12

12 Aug

Croyde to Cornwall 10/8/12

In the morning we walked into Croyde – a very pretty, but busy place.

We looked in the Surf shops, and to our amusement we found this one:

Then we strolled to the beach, which was in proper seaside mode.

We lay on the sand, and went for a little swim.

Then we slowly walked back to the van in the sweltering heat and both got a bit tanned! Soon we set off for Cornwall. On a friends recommendation we drove to Widemouth bay, and found a tremendous park up at a viewpoint above the bay.

We walked down the cliff a little and found a beautiful bench where we sat and watched the sun set. You don’t get hotel rooms as good as this!

 

Ralph did some more editing of music on the laptop and iPad while Dizzi curled up and read her book

We’ve been musing on the concept of a ‘busking holiday’. Busking is best in places that are not really nice holiday places, and nice holiday places are not very good for busking. On a precious sunny day one doesn’t want to be busking, when one could be on a great walk, and when it’s raining you can’t busk. So, this trip’s priority now is clearly a holiday. We will busk when it fits in, but we feel that we will do more busking excursions when we get back home.

After a nice chat to some fellow sunset admirers, we had a windy nights sleep.

Love Dizzi, Jeff and Ralph

 

 

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Exmoor to Croyde 10/8/12

11 Aug

Exmoor to Croyde 10/8/12

After doing our waking up things, we walked up to the old coast guard cottage by Bossington.

It was a scorching hot day. So much so that Ralph had to strip to his pants.

We walked right up to the top of the hills and the view was just stunning! There was a magical mist over the bay and we wished we had a camera that could take panoramic photos as there was beautiful views all the way around the valley.

The pink and yellow colours of the Heather and Gorse playing with each other was a sheer delight.

We had another pasta picnic lunch, Ralph recoded some music on the Ipad, and we had a general lounge around in the sun.

Then we drove along the majestic A39, through Exmoor (up and down 25% gradient hills) if anyone is thinking of doing a van trip, there are some tremendous park ups at the various view points along this road.

Arrived at Croyde, which was very busy, and totally sewn up with regards to vans parking up over night, so we headed out a little way and found a super little spot in a church car park – it was a little bit of Eden in the busy town.

Ralph took the opportunity to work on editing the vocals recorded with Barbara, and Dizzi read her book.

Night night, love J,D,R

 

Exmoor to Croyde 10/8/12

11 Aug

Exmoor to Croyde 10/8/12

After doing our waking up things, we walked up to the old coast guard cottage by Bossington.

It was a scorching hot day. So much so that Ralph had to strip to his pants.

We walked right up to the top of the hills and the view was just stunning! There was a magical mist over the bay and we wished we had a camera that could take panoramic photos as there was beautiful views all the way around the valley.

The pink and yellow colours of the Heather and Gorse playing with each other was a sheer delight.

We had another pasta picnic lunch, Ralph recoded some music on the Ipad, and we had a general lounge around in the sun.

Then we drove along the majestic A39, through Exmoor (up and down 25% gradient hills) if anyone is thinking of doing a van trip, there are some tremendous park ups at the various view points along this road.

Arrived at Croyde, which was very busy, and totally sewn up with regards to vans parking up over night, so we headed out a little way and found a super little spot in a church car park – it was a little bit of Eden in the busy town.

Ralph took the opportunity to work on editing the vocals recorded with Barbara, and Dizzi read her book.

Night night, love J,D,R

 

Exmoor 9/8/12

11 Aug

Exmoor 9/8/12

Awoke to a humid morning outside Barbara’s house.

After a lovely Bath, and a spot of lunch (a huge saucepan of pasta that ended up lasting us every meal for three days!) we went for a walk in the woods.

This ended up being a proper ramble, through thick undergrowth – even Jeff was balking at the underbrush.

After saying goodbye to our dear friend, and fairy godmother Barbara, we drove to Exmoor.

We knew Porlock was beautiful, so we headed there, but found Bossington just before, and it was gorgeous.

We parked up in a National Trust Car Park, right by a river, and chowed down on some of our pasta.

After supper, we walked down to the beach, which was a bit like a grey Chesil Beach. Low mist and clouds were hanging on the hills, and it was a magic moment.

When we went back to the van, we played Carcassonne on the iPad. Dizzi won as usual, even when we included a computer player set to ‘evil’ mode.

Night night

Love R, D and J

 

6/08/12 festival recovery

8 Aug

6/08/12 festival recovery

We left the festival site at around midday. We got stuck in the mud, but got out with the help of a few friendly people.

seeing as we were so near Frome, we went back for a walk in the woods, rescued a calf that had fallen down a bank near the river, then went to the bear inn for a shower and use the wifi.

In the evening we went to Bath to watch the new Bat Man film. Then back to Frome for the night.

No photos from today, but our excuse is we were feeling somewhat minging after being on a muddy festival site for three days! So here’s a couple of us playing at the festival

Love ralph, Dizzi and jeff

 

Recording with Barbara Hunt 07/08/12

8 Aug

Recording with Barbara Hunt 07/08/12

Today we went to Barbara’s house in Bruton to have lunch (always delicious and extremely healthy when she cooks!), catch up, and record some vocals for Ralph’s upcoming Undulus album (being released this winter) Barbara sang like a Nightingale and Ralph can’t wait to begin editing the vocal tracks.

Afterwards, we went off to see Keith at his yurt home at Nunney, in Rob and Linda’s garden.

Rob and Linda have a radiantly colourful mass of flowers everywhere.

We had a warming cup of tea, or two, with Keith, and talked about living on the land, the nature of mind, and conscious communities.

Then, back to Barbara’s for supper, and we watched the film Stranger then Fiction on our IPad in the van, before going to sleep.

Night night, love D&R&J

 

Cloud Cuckoo Land 3-5/08/12

6 Aug

Cloud Cuckoo Land 3-5/08/12

After waking up by the Church, we took Jeff for a walk by the Steam Railway track.

Then back into Totnes to go back to the Devon Harp Centre, which sold Dulcimers. Dizzi gave them a little demonstration, and left some business cards there.

We had a gorgeous lunch at the Willow Vegetarian Cafe, and then bought an engagement ring for Dizzi.

Then, off to Cheddar (via Cheddar Gorge) to the festival Cloud Cuckoo Land.

This was a very cool festival, with a 1000 person limit. Lots of good music, great veggie food, recycling, permaculture, face painting etc. We performed with Ralph’s samba band The Magic Drum Orchestra on Saturday at 9pm. It was a great performance with a good crowd of people dancing and whooping with enjoyment.

Sunday was a little more relaxed. There was the cutest dog we’ve ever seen – a Jack Russell Chihuahua cross.

We slept very well every night in the van.

Love Dizzi, Ralph and Jeff