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Christmas trees and decorations

Photos of decorations and Christmas trees I liked on my wanderings in Bristol and visit to London over the Christmas holidays. I love Christmas trees.

Bristol’s Christmas tree, D J Derek Christmas Eve poster, Covent Garden Christmas tree, my Christmas tree and wreath. Simon’s Christmas tree and fireplace Christmas Day.

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Bristol’s Christmas tree.

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DJ Derek poster.

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Covent Garden Christmas tree.

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Laura and Simon’s Christmas Day.

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Their cosy fireplace.

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My Christmas tree.

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Elizabeth Frink exhibition

I went to see the Elizabeth Frink Wild exhibition at the RWA in Bristol. Outside was a lovely sculpture of a wild boar which reminded me of my holiday in Spain.

Her drawings, sculptures and prints were amazing and rare to see such skill. The Giacometti like figure with no arms was quite disturbing and the howling dog really sad. I liked the flirty humour of the horse and basicness of the monkey.

I can see her own personality and thoughts subconsciously or consciously coming out of her work.

The exhibition of her sculptures and prints was very thoughtfully laid out and interesting to see from all view points. Annoyingly the RWA never have a brochure on their exhibitions so I took some photos.

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http://www.rwa.org.uk

Andalusia, Spain

My friend Sophie won a holiday to the Costa del Sol in Spain on a scratch card in Geographical Magazine and asked me to come along. We flew to Malaga and had a scary drive along the coastal road to the hotel Grangefield Oasis, where we were given a free self catering apartment and use of the swimming pools, jacuzzis, mini market etc.

The coast was a 20 minute walk past villas and golf courses. It was very quiet in June, a bit of a ghost town. Sometimes there was only a few people on the beach and in the sea.

I have always wanted to go to Ronda up in the hills. I remember an old art teacher who taught me life drawing being a bit obsessed with the place and David Bomberg. Anyway I persuaded Sophie to drive. The hills were more like mountains and the drive was very steep and winding. The passing scenery was stunning and dramatic but frightening when I looked down. We passed a few wild boar.

When we arrived we had a walk around Ronda. It is very picturesque with a dramatic gorge. We walked around the bridges, churches and bull ring and took some photos. In the town we had a hot chocolate coffee and some tapas. We walked past a a lovely old building with ceramics displayed outside and were invited in by a strange artist. He told us in pigeon English he was squatting there and it belonged to the monestry and they didn’t mind. He showed us around upstairs which was filled with antique wooden furniture and junk. Sophie bought a few pots but felt uncomfortable so we left.

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http://www.petchleyleisure.com

Clevedon Pier

I met up with an old art college friend Fiona for the afternoon.
It was good to get away from the city to have a walk on Clevedon Pier, near Bristol in amazing October sunshine.

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We had tea in a sweet tea room at the end of the pier and were told off for walking up the stairs by some moody grannies.
Beware!

http://www.clevedon.org

Windmill Hill City Farm

A walk around Windmill Hill City Farm.

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A dwarf goat, cornflowers, vegetables, a white goat, sunflower shelter, flowers and blackberries.

http://www.windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

Clifton Lido, Bristol

My sister Tara and I visited Clifton Lido on my birthday in July. The old Victorian lido has been derelict for years but at long last has been restored and modernised. It would be interesting to see some images of how it looked before and after. Architects are so clever nowadays but I wondered if any of it was original. We thought it would be just a swimming pool but it also had an outdoor jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms and a restaurant/cafe.

It only cost £15 for 4 hours! It is well worth a visit and not crowded.

http://www.lidobristol.com

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Amazing trips

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