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Friday, 27 February 2015

Winter sun

I’d never ever thought of going to the Canary Islands – too hot, I reckoned, and probably filled with crowds of people, not for me really!  However, some friends from the Petanque group go out to Tenerife for the winter, and Peter was going out for a couple of months to avoid the cold over here, and to up his petanque game in the warmth of a Tenerifian winter.  We began emailing each other and sometimes talking on Facetime.  It all sounded really good there so when Peter suggested I go out to visit, I was very tempted.  Trouble was, I didn’t have a current passport!  It expired a couple of years ago, and I didn’t think I would need one for a while.  I explained the situation to Peter and said I would pass on a visit, but looking at websites and continuing our conversations, I was really quite keen to go – the weather sounded great, and there were sights to see and tours to go on, games of petanque to play too of course – so I decided to go ahead and fill in an application for the new passport.  If it came in time I would ask Peter if his offer still stood.  He was only going to be out there till the end of February, so there might not be time, but hope springs eternal, as they say, and sure enough, the passport arrived in good time.

Peter seemed pleased that I could go after all, so we fixed on a week, Wednesday to Wednesday, and in a week or so I was off on the plane direct from Edinburgh to Tenerife South.  It’s a four and a half hour flight, and no time change either.  Suddenly we were getting out first view of the island, with the ten003 closervolcanic peak of Teide (rhymes with lady!) looming above the clouds, sporting a bit of a snow cap. on the north facing side.  We skirted round to the south west and flying over the two tourist cities of Las Americas and Los Christianos, we came in to land just past Galletas, and Costa del Silencio.  Tommy and Sandra met me and soon we were on the road back to Silencio.  The views of the mountains were incredible, including Teide at almost 13,000 feet, the highest spot in Spain.

ten007 view from 17B sunflowerFrom Peter’s apartment balcony I admired the view of the mountain and the surrounding buildings.  ten010 cactiHow different for me to see all the houses brightly painted, the sky to be so blue and there to be palm trees!  I was already very taken with the place!   We had a walk around the area later and I began to get my bearings.  ten010 concrete bathersThe concrete bathers in their raised pool were amusing, heads lifted to the sun.  Later I would see them twirling round and round on the spot.  Such fun! 

Then we took a look in at the petanque pistes.  Still a few players about, in the afternoon sunshine. ten010a petanque Peter and I played here  often throughout the coming week. ten017 bougainvilea colonnade belten

Continuing our walk we passed this beautiful specimen of bougainvillea growing rampant on the wooden colonnade.  It’s a bit of a sad run down area, that might have been a great recreational parkland once.ten018 old cottage silencio

Down towards the coast we passed a couple of old fishermen’s houses, almost lost in the crowd of modern blocks, then on to the seashore withten019 cactus coast silencio its black rocky beach,

 

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the harbour with boats of all sizes and style, P1100915

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and the pier, with its blue painted restaurant at the furthest end

 

 

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and more old cottages and fishermen’s stores on the far side.

ten25 galletas fishermanA lone fisherman was silhouetted against the sun,

 

and although there are modern apartment blocks here now, the sculpture of fishermen mending their nets ten26 galletas sculpture evoked a memory of the place it had once been.

 

More next time.  Talk again soon.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Winter sun

We have had some lovely sunsets recently, but the night before last really took the biscuit!  I first
noticed that the sky outside my window was rather pink with fluffy little clouds!  
My room is south-facing, so that was a bit of a clue that the sunset was going to be something special, so out with the camera and headed for the front door for a view towards the
west.  This was the view from the garden.
  
A bit of a purple sky but the orange colours were more to the left, rather hidden by the buildings.  So, making sure my phone was in my pocket, in case the gasman called to say he was on his way to fix my central heating boiler, i climbed the steps to the High Street, and took a picture of the church with coloured sky behind.
The view from the bridge round the corner would be better, so that was my next destination, only a couple of minutes away.  Yes, the colours were better!
This was a zoomed in shot of a similar view as the one below.
Back at home, i went to put a picture on Facebook, but I'd been pipped at the post.  Several others had got there before me with some fantastic shots.

The first photo was actually taken at Doune in Knoydart on the west coast.  They'd had the sunset too!
The point of land across the water on the right is the southern tip of Sleat on Skye.  Behind that is the Isle of Rum, with its high mountain peaks.  The west coast is renowned for its sunsets, so this doesn't disappoint!  I've taken a few Doune sunset photos over the years, but this is better than any I've done.

Then I found Sandra's picture.......
and Tommy's........
and Teri's.  She actually put up three beautiful shots
Here are the other two.....
Photos kept trickling in to my Facebook page.  Here's one from Edinburgh, about 25 miles north of Peebles!
 And one  taken over the River Forth, by Claire Dalrymple

There were some even from Donegal on the west of Ireland.  We'd all experienced something special!


By the way, if you remembered back at the beginning, i mentioned that i was waiting for the gasman come to fix the central heating boiler.  He was supposed to phone?  Well, he didn't, and he never turned up!

Talk again soon.








 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Winter and some lace

Yes, winter has arrived!  We had the first snow a few days ago, and it is cold with a capital C-O-L and D!  Daytime temperatures are around 0 - 2 degrees Celsius,  the low 30s Fahrenheit, and while I know it’s not as cold as it is in America for example, for us it is pretty cold.  I went to West Linton the other day, not too far away, and stopped to take a photo on the way over and another on the way home.  The countryside is just so pretty, as long as the roads are clear!IMG_3552IMG_3557 

The light was beginning to go on my journey back so my car headlights were on, as you can tell from the photo on the right.

IMG_3551We don’t get temperatures as low as they used to be when I was a child.  Our local duckpond was always frozen over sufficiently for it to be used for skating.  The ice had to be at least 8 inches deep all over before anyone was allowed on the ice.  I came across this photo of a game of curling on the frozen river Tweed, that was taken probably in the 1950s.  A few years ago there was ice beginning to form on the river but nothing like this has happened for several decades.

Anyway, I haven’t had a chance to show you pictures of some of the lace on display at the Edinburgh Lace Day way back in October.  The Edinburgh Lacemakers hold an Open Day, mainly for other lacemakers, every October, and as well as stalls selling lace threads, bobbins, books etc, there is always a display of the lace made by the club members.  I took photos of several of the pieces on display, demonstrating the different styles of lace that is worked by the group.  Everyone has their favourite style, whether it be one of the four styles of English lace to the European countries’ styles.P1100211

It is extremely hard to make those little leaves, and they say you have to make 200 of them before you can call yourself a lacemaker.  Well, a lacemaker made this, that’s for sure.  These are beautiful.  Actually I have the feeling that this just could be my sister’s work!, though I could be wrong.

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This one is a sampler.   I started this pattern myself years ago but never finished it!  This is excellent!

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So is this piece.  I’d say this is quite complicated to work, but it’s beautiful.

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I just adore this piece.  I first saw the pattern in a lace magazine and it was in colour.  Oh how much I wanted to make it myself!  However there were various techniques I had never tried before and I knew I night need a lot of help, certainly at the beginning, so I never even got started with it!  Here’s a closer look at the flower.

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So far all of these pieces have been worked in white, a very traditional colour, along with an off-white called Ecru, but there were also pieces in colour which can really make a pattern zing!P1100217

This motif inspired a bookmark and a decorative edging  for a runner, while the next piece could well have been dyed with its lace edging already in situ.

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This purple design was stunning, and again, look at the petals of the flower.  Worked in the same way the leaves were in the first picture, these flowers are “something else”!

I believe it was actually a  neclace design. .  Perfectly beautiful!         Yes, here is the complete necklace.P1100236

 

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this was one piece out of a set, the hairpiece/hat in black and red, accompanied by the  shoe accessories and the handbag.P1100224  Someone  P1100225worked hard on these.

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Here’s another piece of traditional white lace, a bookmark, perhaps.  It’s another quite complicated piece.

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and this is part of a wallhanging, worked in a variety of styles and patterns.

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Years ago, when I was a member of the Edinburgh Lace Club, everyone made a circular piece of lace with their name attached, to be part of a club project, for a table cover for special occasiions.  P1100228This was my effort, and this next one, my sister’s.  It was nice to see the cloth still used, and our lace displayed.

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this is a piece of Carrickmacross lace, worked as two layers, hand stitched  round the central and outside white sections then one  layer in berween cut away to leave the net as a contrast to the design.

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This was an amusing and clever little picture of some spiders, with two spiders seemingly escaping from the picture.  I did like it!

There were a few others I took photos off , but I hope the lacekaers will   understand   that I can’t upload every shot I took!    I hope you have enjoyed seeing these ones.

Talk again soon.