Tuesday 30 August 2022

Puffins Galore

Puffins Galore, or whatever the collective noun is for Puffins, is a project which has installed 42 sculptures of Puffins along the East Yorkshire Coast from Bempton to Spurn Point. 

Every Puffin has been beautifully and creatively decorated by a different artist with their interpretation of one of three themes:

·         Endangered species of the area

·         Global warming and green energy

·         People and stories of the area

Each sculpture has been sponsored by a local business.

Here are a few examples.  I have seen many more, but often so many people were taking selfies that I couldn’t get near!

No.19:  Sea Heroes by Katy Cobb (Hornsea Promenade

No. 18:  Puffin Power by Lynn Hollingsworth (Hornsea Promenade)

No. 05:  Cliff by Kathleen Smith (North Marine Promenade, Bridlington)


Tuesday 9 August 2022

Resuming holidays abroad

After all the worrying about queues, cancellations and Covid documentation, our journey to the Algarve went without a hitch.

The villa in Praia da Galé was just as advertised and my concern over the pool being too cold, as only heated by the sun, was unfounded.  The three generations of us got on without falling out.

So, after all that anxiety, I definitely needed a good holiday and that is exactly what I had!

This branch of the family had been travelling for 15 hours but insisted on trying out the pool which was illuminated at night

The villa was on three floors and accommodated ten.  The front and back terraces always gave much needed shade.  The barbeque and the ping pong table were well used.

It was enjoyable to walk the short distances to the beaches, shops or restaurants and look at the varied styles of houses with bananas, palms, lemon trees and giant cacti in their gardens

There were various small beaches nearby, some rocky coves and others stretches of golden sand.  Being on the Atlantic, there were lots of water sports and good waves for surfing.

Armação de Pêra

Many houses have window frames painted yellow or blue

Typical Portugese pavements made from mosaics  

For night life, Albufeira was 9 km away.  Here lots of bars, shops and restaurants were to be found in the narrow streets.   Two outdoor escalators took you down to The Strip where live bands played.  The Old Town was quieter and we saw England's Lionesses beat Germany in the finals.  

It was all over too quickly but our memories will remain with us.

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...