(II) Cornwall Adventure – Local Walk

A view of our temporary home at the Lower Pentire Barn from across the River Loe.

Lower Pentire Barn
Our colourful boots ready for adventuring!
Boots
Leanne kitted out for a great photo session.
Leanne Kitted Out
Off to the far right is where we were staying. We went for a long local walk to see what was around on. I am standing on the ‘Loe Bar’ which seperates the river Loe (which I am looking at) and the English Channel.

River Loe
This is the other side of the Loe Bar. There was this one smooth flat rock on the entire beach which Leanne took advantage of!
Leanne Beach
Sadly I got too close to the waves trying to get a good photo. A few frames on and the water fooled me with a double wave and went over and inside my boots, not the most comfortable thing to happen mid adventure on a cold day!
The English Channel Sea
I decided to bring my Totoro with me, taking inspiration from Leanne’s Eric adventures.
Totoro Cliff Edge
To the left is the river Loe, the middle the Loe Bar which seperates the Loe from the English Channel on the right. It is unusual to see two lots of water one on either side of land, at least I think it is! The Loe Bar’s terrain is a curious mix of grass and sand.
River Loe & English Channel
Continuing further around the river Loe.
Reeds in the River Loe
Tree roots normally grow below the ground, this tree must be rebelling in its teenage years!
Tree Roots
One of my favourite parts of the holiday was the fire we had. We had filled my car boot with wood so that we could use it every night and we ended up burning through all of it. We hardly turned the tv on, much more interesting to sit and watch the fire dance. Being a converted barn and an old style one at that with cold stone floors it felt amazing to have a roaring fire burning through the nights.
Fire 1
Fire 2
Fire 3
Fire 4

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(I) Cornwall Adventure – Eden Project

To break up the long six hour+ journey to our cottage in Cornwall, Leanne and I stopped off at the Eden Project. Click here to view her photos! We brought our tickets online and printed them off but when we got there the normal ques were huge, we looked for a pre-paid ticket section which we found to be closed and decided to just walk through the nearest doors, which in fact led behind the tills and we walked casually through without showing anyone our tickets……nice security…. kind of a shame it cost us nearly £40 when we walked in unquestioned but hey!

Eden Bubbles
The Eden bubble/dome structures were what drew me to the Eden Project.

Eden Bubble 2
Above the forest floor, 50m up (which is taller than the tower of London!) is the rainforest lookout platform.
Looking Up
I found the patterns that the biome structures made fascinating.
Looking Up 2
Looking Up 3
Looking Down
Looking Up 4

The first place we visited was the Rainforest Biome. Our lenses took a good 15 minutes to clear of condensation but after that it was pleasant to be in the warm. Around 20 minutes later however it become more uncomfortable as the thick hot air took it’s toll especially since we were dressed for winter!

Jungle & Waterfall
Waterfall
Next up the mediterranean biome. We expected it to be at least kind of hot but I didn’t feel any kind of heat at all in the place. It wasn’t cold, it was just slightly warm…. It was an odd place to say the least. Not so odd were the beautiful tulips!
Tulip
Tulips 2
Next up the odd……
Moon Head
Didn’t think a person with a moon for a head would be as scary as it is.
Moon Head 2
I wasn’t sure what this was but because of the moonhead person I am going to guess it represents the sun.
Sun Spike
I have no idea why there were rabbit heads on sticks….
Rabbit Heads
Going outside of the biomes didn’t end the weirdness either. This guy is called the ‘WEEE Man’ sculpture. He weighs 3.3 tonnes and was made to represent the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment te average British household throws away in a lifetime. The WEEE man is made up of this.
Junk Robot
The huge bee sculpture was really interesting. It looked a bit lost because of the season we are in and how bare the outside grounds were of flowers but still it was cool. The sculpture is there to remind visitors how important pollinators are to grow our food.
Bee Back
One of the only plants that was in bloom were the daffodils!
Dafodil
daffodil 2
On the way out I found this really really weird plant. I haven’t see anything like it. It had very small orange dots all over it too. Weirddddddd.

Weird Plant

The Eden Project was interesting but it disappointed me a little. Maybe it was the season we went in. There were hardly any flowers outside (kind of to be expected, though because you are missing half of what it’s about they could reduce ticket prices for off season?) Comparing it to the incredible Kew Gardens I would pick that over Eden Project every time. However I am still glad I went and experienced it, the biome structures alone were interesting enough to go and see. It made a good break for our six+ hour journey to our cottage in Cornwall.

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Thorpe Bay

Thorpe Bay. There isn’t many places where you can shoot such minimalism. The grey day only emphasised it further.

Minimal Water
Minimal Sea
Boats Minimal

Jetty 2

Wide Shot Beach
Stick In The Sea

Jetty 3

Jetty 4
Leanne Beach

Sticks In The Sea 2
Seaweed

Pointy

Strong Hold

Circular 1
Circular 2

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Local Walk About

A couple of weeks ago I went on a walkabout through parks and fields around my local area with Tom Barden which is also his local area! He also has had his post up for a while and has already done the explaining and mapping so take a look at his post to see that – link.

Lets just say the terrain wasn’t easy going.

Boots
This is our local park, The Brickfields. Usually these are holes which are great for riding in, about and round on your bike but lately (seems like a long lately) it has been filled to the brim with water. Fed up with rain now…..
Reflections
On the plus side we are getting more and more days with sexy blue skies.
Looking Up
I am unsure what these were, circular roof tile? Though I liked the interesting pattern they made piled up.
Pipes

Ok, not the prettiest of photos. But I thought if I could make pond skum look somewhat interesting then that would be an achievement. The strange swirly (skum) patterns drew me to this, I tried to make the branches an extension of the patterns. Reminds me of them really abstract paintings people do.

Pond Skum
Doors made out of brick don’t work very well. definitely form over function here.
Secret Door
I really like the layers of this photo. Grass, wood, metal and sky. Lots of elements thrown into the mix.
Layers
Smashed Window
Lone Tree
It wouldn’t be a post without a bit of Texture Texture at the end!
Wood Texture

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Crystal Palace

I am going to keep words to a minimum and let the photos do the talking. If you want more information I shared this visit with my girlfriend Leanne who has more information and photos on her blog – here.

I urge you to look into the history of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, the man who built these sculptures. The very first of their kind.

Looks like an ant eater?
2 dinos
Dino Close
Giant Climbing
Two Crocs
Squat Dino
Sphinx 1
Sphinx 2

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London Walk About

Seemingly one of the first mostly sunny days of the year, also by far the windiest day too! Only a smatter of rain fell too, compared to the bucket loads we seem to get every other day, this put Tom and I in higher spirits! The first interesting thing we found was the London Hydraulic Power Company’. It’s former use was to install a hydraulic power network of high pressure cast iron water mains. It closed in 1977 and is now used as a restuarant and arts centre.

Fan Edit
Fan 2
Fan 4
Sand exsists on the Thames shore?
Sand & Stairs
After going down a platform that we technically shouldn’t have been on (when has that stopped us before!) we found a curious red crane attached to the side of the building that was labelled ‘A & B King Henry’s Wharves C & D’.
Red Crane 1
Red Crane 2
I was challenged by my girlfriend, Leanne, to take a photo of something green. So here is that photo!
Green Photo
This was a strange one. This was attached to the building offscreen to the left. From what I could work out, each level was the persons ‘terrace’ or ‘garden area’, very strange! I wouldn’t be a fan of the structure to actually use it (if that is what it’s used for) but it’s an interesting structure for a photo!
Spikey Gardens
The Blue Bridge. Tom has a lot more information in his post on this bridge – here. We were standing in the centre when it started beeping at us so we made a hasty retreat and started snapping away!
Blue Bridge

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Statues at St Pauls Cathedral

The day started out as Leanne and I going on a walk about to explore London with our cameras, but we actually just ended up finding weird and wonderful things such as strange food in china town, I think the weirdest thing I found was roasted coconut juice……… we stumbled upon Ripley’s believe it or not which had a scary animatronic band in the doorway and a real life guy juggling knives excitedly telling the watching audience ‘that’s it, come closer, closer!’….. The rainforest cafe where I asked Leanne what a huge round ball of a cuddly toy was, apparently it was a turtle, (this was agreed by the lady in shop that asked if we needed help)…..it so wasn’t a turtle!  A five (six?) warehouse/shop dedicated solely to M&M’s and merchandise, I had no idea they were so popular, and I don’t think anything warrants the kind of price tags on the stock.

Anyway at St Paul’s we found a statue that stole our attention and they are the only photos I took! We also got to go in, something Leanne was very excited about!

These statues sum up our day for me, interesting but bordering on the creepy/sinister!

Left Statue
rightcherubeditsmall

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