I thought I’d round off the year with an a, b, c of photos from my archive:
A is for AC Cobra – a mean, sleek racing machine.
B is for Bull – a Hereford White Face, emblematic breed from my native Herefordshire.
C is for Cockerel – this is a composite image from shapes I was playing around with in Photoshop.
D is for Dragon – we found this one in a park just on the outskirts of Barcelona.
E is for Entrance – the entrance to the Boquería food market in Barcelona city centre – a mecca for all foodies.
F is for Fire engine – this one is Norwegian – they seem to use them more for clearing the streets than tackling fires.
G is for Graffiti – Barcelona has some fine examples of it.
H is for Husky – this one lives in Tromso, Norway with his 299 kennel mates – a vociferous mob but very friendly.
I is for Ikea – that well known purveyor of flat pack furniture.
J is for Jalopy – this one being put through its paces in the construction stages by my dad.
K is for Kune kune pig – this breed has gained in popularity over recent years.
L is for Lifeboat – slung overhead they make for an interesting photo.
M is for May Fair – our annual fair invades the town for three days in early May to provide fun and entertainment.
N is for Nativity – a traditional alternative in Spain to the Christmas tree – a lot of homes display a nativity scene.
O is for Origami – my son has become adept at this after a trip to Japan – as you can see, this one is a bookmark shaped like a cat’s head.
P is for Patch – a piebald horse I used to ride who is now contentedly retired.
Q is for Quoits – a very competitive game on board ship !
R is for Roulette – a rather more sedentary, but nonetheless exciting, game, played in the on board casino.
S is for Sculpture and this is a beautiful, interactive one.
T is for Tree – this one is at Shobdon Arches, Herefordshire.
U is for Ural owl – this feisty youngster lived at Kington Owl Centre, Herefordshire.
V is for Vegetable – the talented chef on our cruise ship created all sorts of beautiful vegetable animals and birds inspired by cartoon characters.
W is for Windsurfers – there are always some off Barceloneta beach in Barcelona
X is for Xmas starter – I was ready to throw in the towel trying to create this from a Gary Rhodes recipe – only 4 pages of instructions!!
Y is for Youth clinic – children learning to ride at an annual clinic in Monnington, Herefordshire.
Z is for Ziggy – this beautiful animal, owned by friends of mine, was called Ziggy Stardust – sadly no longer around, but aptly named -a prima donna!
Back in the summer I went with a friend of mine to a lunch organised by Abel and Cole, who sell organic veggie boxes full of delicious fruit and veg. The event was hosted by Herefordshire farmer, Jeremy Helme, who led us on a walk around Pool Hullock Farm to show us his crops and explain how things are done.
After the walk Jeremy invited us to sit down and enjoy a tasty lunch in the garden. It was a lovely day and we had worked up an appetite on our tour of the farm so we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch, and before we went home we were given a goodie bag of freshly picked veg to take with us.
Here’s a link to the YouTube where Jeremy explains why he farms organically.
What better way to spend the 3 hours between the morning and evening stewarding sessions than visit a couple of other h.Art venues close by?
A few miles from our own venue at the Temple Bar Inn in Ewyas Harold is Clehonger Church – Venue 55. News had reached me of Smudge’s world renowned carrot and coriander soup so it was a no-brainer, really. I was in need of nourishment and the soup didn’t disappoint!
As well as all the great work on display there was also this stained glass window, which is beautiful in its own right, but when the sun streams in through the glass it casts a rainbow of colours onto the surrounding wall.