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A very sunny day


I ran a little workshop last Friday and a few of my old calligraphy group came over and I showed them how to make a ribbon book. It all went very well and they went home clutching their own book that they had made – and one of them bought one of my books (the blue ‘Wave’ book) as well to give as a gift to some friends, so a successful day all round. This is the book I made to demonstrate the process.

Today, the sun is still shining. It’s chilly but such a treat to see these clear blue skies. I went for a walk on the beach with the intention of taking some photographs to use as book covers. I quickly realised that I had left the memory card in the card reader when I was taking the photographs of the book (above). I managed to take a couple of shots which saved onto the in-built camera memory and then in desperation, I used my phone camera. I have to report that I got some really good shots using my phone, which was very surprising!

Here is a gallery of some of the shots I took. If you click on each thumbnail you can see a larger version of each photograph.


The cliffs along the beach are eroding at an alarming rate. The severe winter weather has caused numerous landslides which must be very disconcerting for the caravans parked near to the cliffs and which are now looking scarily close to the edge. Even the big white houses which have stunning sea views and which I used to lust after, are looking at risk. One is a hotel and one, I believe, belongs to the singer Billy Bragg. It makes my flooding worries look rather minor. At least my house isn’t going to end up falling off a cliff….

11 responses to “A very sunny day

  1. strugglingwriter February 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Those are some great photographs. I like the one in the middle of the second row a lot. Very pretty.

    That book is nice. It reminds me of Christmas a little.


  2. laketrees February 18, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    love the oriental tapestry like book and the poppies are sensational
    looks like you had a busy weekend Diane…
    those pics of the coastline are stunning… amazing that you took them with your phone…
    haa 21…now that’s great for the ego !!!…looking younger than your son…I could live with that :)
    that skipping cartoon is hilarious…and I had a good chuckle at the go to shops cartoon…Charlotte and I see that on our TV ALL the time… lol….
    ps…your bank cheque left Australia yesterday ;)

  3. pete February 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Wow, beautiful shots! Some of those are camera phone shots, right? If so, send one my way with a little story about it and I’ll post it on my blog as a guest post. You’ll be famous! :D

  4. Diane February 18, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Paul – glad you like them. I do love it . The coastline in Dorset is just gorgeous especially in the winter when there aren’t many people about…
    Red and gold always remind me of Christmas too now you mention it :-)

    Kim – glad you like the books. I have had a busy weekend – every day brings me closer to getting the Etsy store online :-)
    A little retail therapy never hurt anyone! – it’s just supermarket drudgery I hate…the madness was that she knew I was well over 21 but still had to get ‘verbal confirmation’ How daft is that?
    I’m checking out nice safe packaging at the moment – will send them asap! :
    Thanks again! :-)

    Pete! My 5 minutes of fame! They are nearly all camera phone shots. I shall send you one straight away. Thank you!

  5. Teresa February 19, 2008 at 2:07 am

    What a beautiful day, and beautiful photos! Thank goodness for cell phone cameras…what did we ever do before they were invented? ;)

    I wish I lived near you; I’d love to take a workshop from you.

  6. AmyH February 19, 2008 at 3:26 am

    The sea is so beautiful! You are very lucky to live where you live.

    I just love hosting workshops for people. I did one before Christmas for my friends about Coptic stitch. I want to do another one soon.

  7. Diane February 19, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Teresa – I couldn’t believe I had remembered to take my camera – minus the memory card! I have never tried to take ‘serious’ photographs with my phone before – although judging by the images Pete at My GPS Camera Phone achieves with his, I shouldn’t have been surprised at the quality!

    The workshop was fun – although there was lots of gossiping and lunch while glue was drying :-)

    Amy – I am lucky, it is very beautiful and I love living near the sea. I even love it when it is stormy as I love watching a big, rough sea :-)

    Workshops are fun. Wow! Explaining Coptic stitching is easier said than done – well done you!

  8. Teresa February 19, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Gossip, lunch, and you leading the workshop…what more can one ask for of a workshop?! :)

  9. Lunes February 19, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    What stunning photos Diane.
    We are just in the process of setting up workshops for Jewellery & Polymer Clay – I love the idea of you making something at the same time as a way of demonstration. And it’s stunning too!

  10. Eric "Speedcat Hollydale" February 20, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Stunning photos, nothing like the Minnesota landscape. Ice and corn fields, the final frontier.
    I am jealous of your walk along the beach … sigh
    Sounds like a wonderful day!

  11. Diane February 20, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Teresa – someone else making the lunch maybe? My friend Jenny brought wonderful homemade soup :-)

    Lunes – glad you enjoyed them. I enjoyed the workshops. I’d love to do a jewellery workshop – sounds great fun.

    Speedy – Dorset is green with rolling hills and a fantastic coastline. I think it’s pretty perfect. Now if we could just sort out the weather……

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