Schools break up today for the start of the summer holidays and as per usual we have had a stonking June weather wise and, even though it’s extremely hot in England at the moment, we have had 24 hours of storms and rain. In the past we have often had a superb month before the school holidays followed by indifferent weather.
Next week sees the start of our summer chalet guests arriving so, in anticipation and keeping all fingers crossed I am going to post some photos from last year to get them all in the mood.
Whitsand Bay is accessed by numerous cliff paths
At low tide you can walk for miles along the bay, or if you feel inclined, along the South West Coast path to Rame Head (above) and then on to the smugglers villages of Kingsand and Cawsand.
after a long day walking, swimming and eating you can watch the sun set over the bay from the chalet deck!
I thought I might share some small but rather lush cabins with you, found whilst trawling through Cabinology on Tumblr. A bottle of wine, a book and a boat is all that’s needed, in that order. Some weekend dreaming for you.
Lavato Con Pirlana
Him indoors is an avid collector and loves rooting around in charity shops and car boot sales. When we go to the U.S our favourite weekend activity is looking for yard sales and we’ve brought home quite a few knick knacks that way. The other day the postman rang the bell and delivered a parcel which turned out to be two frames for LP covers. When I asked him indoors what was going in them he produced two LPs that he had found on one of his trips closer to home, 50p each.
In England Music for Pleasure (mfp) and Hallmark were cheap 1970s cover versions, which all adds to the general cheesiness.
I’ve placed the one above in the chalet kitchen to make a corner of tropical sunshine. Pau!
Yesterday was Log Cabin day, I kid you not, it falls on the last Sunday of June and has done ever since 1986. It was started by the Bad Axe Historical society in Huron County, Bad Axe being the name of a city that celebrated its centinery in 2005. Bad Axe also has the largest collection of restored log buildings in Michigan.
The photograph above is of Birch Meadow luxury log cabins on tripadvisor.co.uk I chose that image because it sums up my idea of what a log cabin should be. You may beg to differ!
Noticed this on the cliff the other day, someone was using it to take provisions up and down. I like the notion of a cuttlefish pool!
I don’t often talk about my work on this blog but last week I took a new theatre piece up to a small fringe festival in North Devon for a first outing, to try it in front of an audience. After weeks of being in a room with just one or two others its always eye opening to perform the play and to see it through the eyes of an audience and you almost always see things for a first time. Barnstaple is a market town with some lovely historical buildings and, as a maker of site specific work this got me itching to use some of them. The jewel in the crown is the Pannier market hall, providing different stalls depending on which day of the week it is, from bric a brac on Wednesday to individuals selling their home grown produce, eggs and green bean chutney (a local institution) on Fridays. Then when everyone has cleared up and the stalls have been put away the building is left like an empty crater beckoning you in with its open doors ready to receive a gorilla theatre performance.
As I wandered around these stalls I was transported back to the market towns I have lived in and visited and memories came flooding back. Interesting then that the new piece of theatre is all about memory and how recollection of those memories can change over the years. Not only do the performers investigate memory but we also have items to create memories for the audience. See if you have any memories of either of these two items below.
These biscuits often came out at parties when we were kids.
and this is really the star of the show, a Kindermann Diafocus slide projector that we use to create a slide show; the slides then reveal stories of their own and take the performers on a journey that has remained hidden for many years.
Returning back to Cornwall we will now be getting busy to start our holiday season here at the chalet but in the quieter moments I will be thinking of ways in which I can animate an empty North Devon market hall.
photo Damir Zizic
Kuchica is a pretty traditional Croatian cottage which can be rented for a quiet holiday. Although below it is happily playing host to a yoga retreat… mmm, could do with a bit of that right now.