Day 186

A very busy day, with more packing and assembling flat pack furniture, an activity that my husband and I actually enjoy doing together! We also had a cooker and chest freezer delivery at the new house.

With all that, there wasn’t much time for creativity, but I did do this quick image manipulation of the embroidery I did the other week, trying to get it to look painterly:

   
I made a mask of the same image, but didn’t like anything I managed to do with it, so left the manipulated image as above.

 
I also took a couple of photos of plants in our new garden.

Does anyone know what these two plants are?   

Is this buddleia?

 Maybe blackberries? They are thorny!

Also, we have a crabapple tree, looking forward to making jelly:  

It’s a beautiful gnarly old tree:  

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Day 184

A busy day. We picked up the keys for our new house – this is the view from my new craft room:

  
I also finally got time to sit down with the photos I took on the Lowsonford trip, which took quite a while as there were a lot.

I love this image of the statue, with the almost pixelated reflection:

  

The statue had lots of lovely colours, shapes and textures:

  

   
 
Which contrasted wonderfully with all the plants in the surroundings:

   
   
I’m pleased with this image especially:

  
There were a lot of lovely spiders webs:

  
And fabulous signs and numbers:

   
 
There were also great flowers around the pub, including this spiky specimen:

  
As we were walking back to the car to go home, we noticed this amazing sky:

  

This is just a small sample of the images I took, more of them are here.

Around Alcoi

The Moors and Christians festival is held in the town of Alcoi (Alcoy), just north of Alicante. It’s a beautiful town, and we had some time between the two parades to explore.

Here are some of my photos from our walk around the town:

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A beautiful view down from the bridge into the river bed, with the town and mountains.

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Some fab art as we crossed the bridge into the town.

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The streets all have these fab metal arches, which were lit up at night.

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Everyone decorated their balcony with flags, and watched the parades, throwing confetti.

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The park was full of palm trees, which I guess are very ordinary if you live in an area full of them, but I still find them beautiful, with their ridged trunks and pointy, spiky leaves.

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Spider webs in a hole on the park wall.

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I liked this approach to street signs!

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A fabulous old door…

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…and the faded lettering on it.

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Our reflections in a modern art sculpture in a square by the old knitting factories.

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The bell tolled…

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Seemingly because it was seven minutes past six pm!

A lovely town, which I’d like to explore more one day. There are more photos I took here.