Category Archives: Holiday
Pendennis Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1539 as part of a national building programme of coastal artillery forts to protect England from French and Spanish invasion.
Henry’s fort has four main elements: a guardhouse, a forebuilding, a central round tower and a surrounding gun platform called the ‘chemise’.
It was designed as a gun fort and from the middle of the 17th Century was used as accommodation, offices, an officer’s mess and storage. During the Second World War it became the headquarters of the Falmouth Fire Command.
The guard barracks were built in 1700 and are the earliest surviving barracks in England. They accommodated the guard and later used as a hospital, a schoolroom and a carpenter’s workshop. The northern block was altered in the early 20th Century to provide a modern guardroom and detention cells for badly behaved soldiers.
The block is kept in the period of the First World War. Thousands of troops passed through The castle for training.
I explored the castle and took some photos.
The entrance to the castle.
Coat of arms.
View from the top.
View of the Royal Garrison Artillery Barracks.
The sea and lighthouse.
Side of the castle.
The guard room.
Fireplace and paintings in the guard room.
Posters in the guard room.
Fireplace and beautiful old map.
Guard detention room.
Bed and barred window.
Women at home poster.
Barrack detention room.
A brilliant biking and camping holiday in May 2009 with my sister Tara and family. We bicycled up the Tarka trail – from The Yarde Orchard where we were camping to the coast near Ilfracombe. It’s a great cycle path.
Tara and Rory.
Robin and Jasper.
Tara stopping for a rest.
Beautiful green landscape.
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.
Bristol’s Christmas tree.
DJ Derek poster.
Covent Garden Christmas tree.
Laura and Simon’s Christmas Day.
Their cosy fireplace.
My Christmas tree.
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.