Thursday, January 15, 2015
Here's a close-up -- thanks to my telephoto lens. We didn't walk to it -- it's on a steep hill and my legs were about to give out by the time we got to the other side of the harbor. Wish I had!
The school house where Louisa (supposedly) teaches is on the cliffs on the west side of the harbor. It served as the village school until 1976. Now it's a hotel and restaurant and is used in exterior school shots in "Doc Martin."
After an initial look around, we climbed the steep street back to the top of town to Fresh from the Sea, an absolutely delightful little family-owned, family-run eatery.
You can see why that's a good idea!
Calum catches lobsters and crabs -- and the Greenhalgh ladies turn them in to attractive and tasty entrees like this crab salad served in its own shell.
Andy showed us a number of other sites in the village -- there are lots of interesting little nooks and corners you don't see on TV. He also told us the local boys, his son included, love to hide around corners and stick their hands out during filming. I think they get points if the camera-people don't catch them at it!
I don't have an exact date for the building but there's a good chance it dates back to the 1700s. One of the places Andy showed us was Squeeze-ee-belly Alley, said to be the narrowest public thoroughfare in England.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
I can't believe it! After being locked out of my blog for over a year.....I'm back. And now I don't have time to catch up. So here are some teaser photos that will show up in the future when I start filling in my adventures. I chose one from each of the nine trips out of state that I've taken so far this year. Can you match the photos to the locations? Your choices are: Louisville, KY; Galveston, TX; Healdsburg, CA; Cornwall, UK; Door County, WI: Dallas, TX; Shreveport, LA; Adairsville, GA; and St. Louis, MO -- that's an easy one!
Posted by Elaine Warner at 7:30 PM
Monday, September 23, 2013
When the Central States Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers met in Little Rock in June, several of us competed in a photo shoot-out. We began at about 5 in the afternoon and went until after dark. We started out early the next morning and shot until late afternoon. We then had to pick ten photos for competition. The categories were: Bridges, People, Architecture, Action and Sense of Place.
I'm having difficulty moving these around on the page, so they'll show up rather haphazardly but these are my ten entries. The top picture was taken in a beautiful sculpture garden along the Arkansas River. The sunset shots were all taken of and from Little Rock's Big Dam Bridge. Yes, that's its name. It's a marvelous pedestrian bridge over a dam on the Arkansas. Little kids (and I) enjoy talking about the bridge because it sounds naughty!
How quickly the light changes! This shot, of another bridge was taken the same day.
This shot was taken shortly before the last bridge shot. You can see the clouds gathering.
More of that Big Dam Bridge!
The farmers' market provided colorful subjects -- and they tasted good, too.
I loved this shot of this beautiful mother and daughter at the market. It was the winner in the "People" category.
I caught this gorilla at the zoo -- animals were entered under "Adventure" -- and I think this could have been an action shot if I hadn't been on the other side of a wall. I believe if you click on the picture, you can make it bigger. If you do, you'll see the whites of his eyes.
There were a lot of obvious shots in Little Rock, particularly in architecture -- the Old State House, the Clinton Center, the state capitol -- so we all tried to get different pictures. This is a detail of the little Victorian home which was used as the exterior of the Sugerbaker sisters' house in "Designing Women."
Another sunset on the Big Dam Bridge. You can see how the ramp on the left leads up to the major portion of the bridge. This is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in the world -- and that's damn big!
Posted by Elaine Warner at 2:29 PM
Sunday, June 30, 2013
The four designs on the left originated with artist Cary Phillips.
Charley Harper's "Cool Cardinal"
Though several of the processes involved in creating the tiles can be done mechanically, every tile gets the hands-on treatment at least ten times during its evolution. Some of these call for low-tech tools like the simple band-aid which protects the worker's finger as he smooths sharp edges. Colored glazes are applied using bulb syringes.
"Boy Reading" mural
These tiles are based on block prints by artist Yoshiko Yamamoto.
When we (a group of journalists) visited, Nawal arranged for us to make our own tiles. Even though all we did was use a variety of stamps to press designs into the clay (they glazed and fired the tiles and mailed them to us) we still felt pretty creative. Funny, she didn't ask to use any of our designs!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Jack and I started our big adventure in Phoenix but didn't stop in the city. We were headed north for the Verde Valley and Cottonwood. Our itinerary was planned by the Arizona Department of Tourism and our first day was an exploration of the Verde Valley Wine Trail.
We started at Alcantara, the largest producer of estate wines in central Arizona. Located on the Verde River, its lush setting complements the wines. Owner Barbara Predmore invites visitors to taste, stay and enjoy the scenery and the wines.
Our next stop was Javelina Leap where owners Rod and Cynthia Snapp specialize in rich, red wines. They grow Zinfandel on four and a half of their 10 acres and get grapes for other varietals from Southern Arizona. (Their white wines are made in California.) They provided us with a lovely picnic lunch -- far more than we could eat in one sitting, so they boxed the left-overs for another day's picnic!
By the fourth winery, I was ready to join Jack! The deck at Page Springs Cellars, overlooking Oak Creek, was particularly appealing. And, by appointment, you can get a massage in the vineyard! That sounded great. Page Springs touts its Rhone-style wines and gourmet snack selections -- they'll even pack you a picnic basket.