Tuesday 30 May 2017

The Minack Theatre

This carefully brought up young lady was the unlikely creator of the Minack Theatre, a spectacular  outdoor theatre that clings to the cliffside near to Porthcurno Beach below Land's End in Cornwall.

Porthcurno Beach.
An early photo of the terrain where the theatre was created.

Rowena Cade
was very hands on!
And here's the result.

Past performances are inscribed on the concrete seats.
Don't worry, if you come to a performance you can hire a cushion!

The children were having a lot of fun.

If you like succulents then this is the garden for you!

It's quite a show!

Sunday 14 May 2017

Ships and boats and things

Our friends have just had a new summerhouse erected in their garden that will give them a good view down the Bristol Channel. Wee One, Roman and the Soon-to-Be were home for a few days and we went to inspect.

There's going to be a lot of gazing out to sea!
No, it's NOT a new dog house just for you!
The top of the summerhouse  can just be seen from the sitting room 
beyond the garden foliage
if your attention isn't taken up by all the boats.
and ships in bottles.

Not everyone was interested.

Boats in Steve's painting
and colours that echo the coastal sunsets.

The we drove along the coastal road to Clevedon for a trip down memory lane.

This wind-up model, demonstrating the tidal range, was good fun; as you turn the handle the water rises exposing the crabs who snap their claws.

First visit to the pier for Soon-to-Be.
We were living near Clevedon in the late '60's and 70's when the pier was threatened with collapse. Fundraising included the purchase of a floorboard with your named brass plaque. After locating ours we got to work with some Brasso to give them a bit of a polish.
That's better!
Here's the little caf at the end of the pier.
It's possible to view the structure from below
through the porthole window.

Wee One had wanted to visit her old school, now used as a wedding venue, but a wedding was in progress so we couldn't wander around. It's a grand old building that was built for a man who made his fortune in sugar. (There's a doubtful history!)
Time to head back to the sea front for lunch and tuck in to a burger and chips!