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October 16, 2011

A sketchy weekend

Each year with work we go away somewhere for the weekend to do some sketching along with a bit of team bonding.  As urban designers/planners, thinking and being creative is part of what we do, but sketching in the field isn’t and, therefore, its is not something the we (I) necessarily excel at.  But it is a good skill to have and it helps you to really look at a place and I have found that I have improved at it over the years (although I don’t tend to do any from one year to the next).

This year we went to the Cotswolds.  Despite it being less than 2 hours from Cardiff, it’s a part of the world that I have never been to before and it is beautiful!  We had amazing weather to explore Winchcombe (where we stayed), Bourton-on-the-water (a lovely little town with a river running through the centre) and Broardway (another gorgeous small town).

The sketching quality was mixed.  Sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind and I know they’re going to turn out rubbish.  I had a couple that ended up ok with a little finishing off still to do.  Here they (the better ones) are…

A view down the river in Bourton-on-the-water

A house in Broadway (a bit of finishing off still to be done)

A couple of views in Winchcombe (a bit quicker and slightly less focused this morning. And I can't draw cars to save my life!)

Also had to take a photo of this…

A shop in Winchcombe that sold shoes and pet things. An odd combination!

And a couple other pics…

Sudeley Castle

Cute row of houses

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September 1, 2011

Another festival and another pier!

It was a windy day on Southsea seafront last Saturday which was a good thing because there was a kite festival on.  There was an array of kites fluttering frantically in the wind and it was a great site.

I particularly liked these bright coloured fish…

And this flamingo…

There was also a formation kite flying display; sixteen kites flown is synchronised formation.  It was incredible that they didn’t end up in one big tangled mess.

Later in the day there was going to be a display with 45 kites but the sky was looking threatening and the wind was relentless so we didn’t hang around.  We did walk along to the pier though.   It looks quite good from a distance but up close its a bit sad and disappointing.   It  lacks a buzz of activity and is occupied largely by an arcade.  Cromer pier definitely wins out of the two.

 

August 23, 2011

Trip to the seaside!

No making at the weekend because I had a trip to the seaside!  I went to Cromer, a medium sized town on the north coast of Norfolk; famous for its crab, the only remaining end of the pier show in the UK, and now home to my sister and brother-in-law.

They have a flat overlooking the pier which is just an amazing spot; I could sit and look out of the window all day.

View of the pier from the living room

But, alas, there was shopping and eating to be done.  After breakfast…

Breakfast

… we headed out to explore the shops and food of Cromer and the near-by town of Holt.  Here is some of what we found…

Lots of independent shops, many specialising in one thing such as books, sweets, hardware and this one selling, well, all things cake!

Had to try Cromer crab. I had it in a sandwich

A nice interiors shop with lovely fabric for curtains and upholstery

A cream tea (with ginger beer) in Holt

A little bit of rainbow in the sky

The sunset from the pier

Sunday was church, a stroll back along the seafront, lovely dinner cooked by Amanda and more staring out the window watching the world go by.

It really was like a little holiday and I will definitely be back for more.  I just wish it wasn’t 270 miles away from Cardiff!!

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