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South West Coast Path to Porlock Weir

Better stay indoors, Keep off the moors…

in December we took the questionable task of staying at Butlins Minehead in December and at a different weekend to the ATP festival. This was in part due the ever increasing cost of the festival and in part due to the venue itself and line ups of the last couple of years.

We paid less than a quarter what we would have for the ATP event, which was half the standard price for the room apparently, though even at that half price said accommodation was questionable value given both the cleanliness of the room and the tissue thin adjoining door separating us from the rambunctious Welsh family next door(thats being polite.)

However accommodation aside I think I had the most fun I’ve had on a Minehead weekend. One of the adventures we undertook was the nine or so mile walk from Minehead to Porlock, and then on to Porlock Weir. We could have planned it better and we could have not lost the path a couple of times but even with a few mishaps it was a thoroughly enjoyable walk. It took us just over 4 hours in all and we were rewarded with both beer and food at the friendly and quite fantastic Bottom Ship pub at Porlock Weir (and I’m not just saying that because we came second from last in the pub quiz but still came away with a bottle of wine from the raffle.)

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Roadside 16-8-11

number 16 in the ongoing series of roadside photos which serve little discernible point or purpose.

Roadside 16-8-11 - The M42 from Hopwood Services

The M42 as viewed from the rather badly planned out car park at Hopwood Park Services.

The Girl who flirted with Death

cover design/illustration for a new novel from S. C. Lee.

The Girl who flirted with Death cover illustration

I actually completed this a couple of months ago but Steven aked me to delay posting it untill a date long since past, as such its ended up in my drafts folder with a dozen other half written posts. So now at least theres one less in there.

I was quite pleased how this one turned out, sometimes less is more. That said I really much get some of these posts finished.

More details on the novel as they develop on the authors website*.

*Update. Buy The Girl who flirted with Death here

Isle of Wight frontages.

enjoyed the varied and unpredictable shopfronts in Sandown, Shanklin and Ryde.

Take a look through them ‘after the jump’ as they say…

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The Waiting Room

i‘ve spent a fair bit of time waiting in various doctors and hospital waiting rooms over the past six months so it was easy to get into the mood of this new cover illustration for S. C. Lees short story ‘The Waiting Room.’

The Waiting Room - Book cover Illustration

Find out more about the short story at the authors website* or buy the story direct from Amazon.

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Martina the Parrot

A departure from the normal kind of thing I would do – I recently speant a day painting a poitrait of a stuffed parrot.

It was completed for a friends birthday as said parrot has spent the last year travelling the world with a variety of MG car owners on his behalf, raising some money for Weston Park Hospital along the way.

I should add the idea was inspired by the lovely toy paintings of Jennifer Maher

Martina the Parrot

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