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It’s windy out….

I love the colours of this book. I’ve always been a fan of lime green and navy blue and this Japanese Katazome-shi stencilled paper from Falkiners (where else) is very pretty indeed.

As you can see from the photographs it is still very sunny here in Dorset. We have had a really long spell of clear sunny days – a bit chilly perhaps but it’s so wonderful to see the sun. It encourages me to take long walks on the beach. I went a couple of evenings ago and watched the sun go down – so lovely, here are some shots I took.

It wasn’t the best sunset I have ever seen at Hive Beach but it was quite nice. Here are a couple of shots I took a couple of years ago. It was earlier in the year and there were a couple of nights when the sunsets were breathtaking. These photographs don’t really do justice to the colours in the sky but do give you an idea how stunning it was.

Today, I went for a walk along the cliff tops. Although the sun was shining there was a freezing easterly wind blowing which was at our backs on the way out but in our faces on the way back. I thought my ears were about to drop off. Here’s a shot of how rough the sea was as we set off on our walk.

Luckily, at the end of the walk, we stopped for lunch at the Hive Beach Cafe and devoured a bowl of wonderful Spicy Seafood Soup with a huge chunk of granary bread. It was delicious and I guess, quite a healthy lunch, which was good as the purpose of all this walking is to try and lose some weight before the holiday season kicks in. So I resisted the temptations of scones, Dorset Apple cake and other yumminesses on display – but it was very hard for someone who has no will power whatsoever. Luckily, my skinny friend has loads (which must be why she is thin) and I was shamed into resistance. On a nice day, (ie warm) everyone sits outside and enjoys the view and the sunshine but today everyone was packed inside keeping out of the icy wind, so we had to share a table with a couple who tucked into ham, egg and chips, followed by a huge slab of carrot cake with a lime frosting – so you can see how I suffered.

Not much else to report really. I received this in an email the other day. It reminded me of the days when I used to have cats, the days before they decided they preferred my next door neighbour to me and moved in there…..

and there is another one….

How true.

17 responses to “It’s windy out….

  1. Daddy Papersurfer April 18, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Looking forward to the new place – it’s always a cliff-hanger until everything is signed, sealed and delivered – but it is the cat’s pyjamas!
    [I think that covers most things – including books now as well – brilliant]

  2. Diane April 18, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Fingers crossed! Your new place sounds fantastic… a cliff hanger in all senses of the words:-)

    I never bought my cats pyjamas. Maybe that’s why they moved in with the neighbours…..

  3. laketrees April 18, 2008 at 8:48 am

    the lime and navy combo is lovely….
    you seem to have a penchant for Asian design Diane…me too…
    my most recent aquisition last week was an Asian style hardwood cabinet…..
    I love the photo of the boats…that would make a great painting !!
    you did well to resist all of that yummy food….grats to you :)
    sounds like you have the walking regime established….looks pretty challenging too…those cliffs look rather high :0
    lol….that is one spoilt kitty cat !!

  4. 70steen April 18, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Simon & his cat is brilliant… being a 2 cat owner I can ID with them lol

    Spectacular colours in the sky – beautiful (note to self … make 5 year plan and move back to the coastlol)

    p.s. yes Liverpool fan through & through ;-)

  5. tulibri April 18, 2008 at 10:30 am

    ah, what would I give to be on Dorset’s icy yet sunny – sunny!!! – beaches! Instead of the still cold and rainy woods here … I think we don’t believe in spring to come anymore :-(

  6. durano lawayan April 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Diane,

    Simon’s cat is funny, but that is one bad cat. He’s a lot worse than Garfield. :-)

    The sunset and the sepia like photo were lovely and serene. Makes you feel like writing a poem or a prayer. Lord, give me an idea for my next post! LOL! :-) –Durano, done!

  7. Diane April 18, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Kim – I do love these Japanese papers I must admit. Your cabinet sounds very nice too….
    The boats would make a nice painting as would the one of the seagulls following the fishing boat. The small size of that one doesn’t do it justice. I was very pleased with it!
    The weather has turned grey and rainy but still cold today, so our Spring-like spell is over. The incentive to walk is certainly tested when the sun isn’t shining :-)

    70steen – I love it down here. I’m sure we have better weather down here for sure (on the whole) My son is at uni in Leeds and says it is MUCH worse ‘oop North’. Get yourself down here, lass :-)
    Nearer Daddy Papersurfer too – although I’m not sure if that’s a recommendation or not…. :-)

    Astrid – I spoke too soon and the weather has become horrible and rainy and cold, so don’t book your ticket just yet…. :-)

    Durano – the cat on the bed is just like mine used to be (without the baseball bat though)

    Glad you liked the photographs. I love taking shots of sunsets. I take them wherever I am all over the world, convinced at the time that it is the best one I have ever seen…. an idea for a book maybe :-)

  8. strugglingwriter April 18, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I saw that cat video before. I love it! My daughter really likes it to, because she adores cats (my parents have 2 cats). Beautiful photographs. I’m glad you are able to enjoy the beach.

    We are enjoying nice weather here. It gets down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit at night, and reached 87 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday afternoon. My flower bed is thriving!

  9. Diane April 18, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    I’m not too good on my Farenheits since we went over to centigrade/celsius. I think it is one extreme to the other isn’t it? Below freezing to sweltering hot!

    Poor garden mustn’t know what has hit it!

    Those cat cartoons are purr-fect for littlies, aren’t they ;-)

  10. pete April 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    “This video is no longer available.”

    Bummer. I have a cat who matches that last image perfectly.

  11. Diane April 19, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Can’t you see them? I just watched them OK…. I’ll check it out….

  12. RennyBA April 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Spicy Seafood Soup in these surroundings – As a Norwegian, it couldn’t not feel more like home you know – wonderful nature pics.

    We’ve had the loveliest spring weather in Oslo these day too and today I visited the new Oslo Opera House – will post about it later.

    Wishing you a great end to your week :-)

  13. Diane April 20, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    It was delicious! As was the meal I cooked on Friday – read about it in my next post. I should have photographed it as you do, Renny :-)

    Looking forward to reading about the new Opera House.

    Hope you are having a great weekend too….

  14. Teresa April 24, 2008 at 12:33 am

    What beautiful photos and scenery!

    That book really captivates me and I can’t explain it exactly, but it’s definitely special.

    Loved the cat videos and cartoon! I’m a cat person, but we now have a dog and after she dies, I don’t think I’ll have any more pets. Getting too old and crotchety to take care of things. ;)

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  16. Jenny April 24, 2008 at 4:46 am

    LOVE that book!

    Yumminesses … I hear you! Great word for a great concept.

    You’re sooooo funny and refreshing, darling Diane.

  17. Diane April 24, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Teresa – it’s beautiful scenery isn’t it? I never tire of it.
    Glad you like the book – it is a particularly effective colour combination, maybe it’s that which appeals….
    Used to have two dogs and two cats – definitely prefer being petless……although I do occasionally hanker for another dog…..but I must resist!

    Jenny – Good! And thank you for the compliments- you are very kind!

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