Everyone needs contrast

Posters that grab our attention rely on words and images, colour blocks and white space to maintain interest. An inviting space uses different textures or line, and warm or cool hues. Memorable holiday and leisure activities are packed (pun intended) with experiences in sharp contrast to our everyday life. Apparently the human mind needs contrast…

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Shepherd’s Warning?

Many know the old saying:‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight;red sky in morning, shepherd’s warning’ But what is the warning? By my observations red skies in the morning often herald a glorious day. Three days ago, the morning of 8 September, was no exception. The sky at 6:30 a.m. was magnificent and I was compelled…

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Canal Cruising Moods

It may seem perverse, but one of the best things about canal holidays is the ability to moor up, step off the narrowboat, and explore. There are market towns and villages for picking up essential supplies and local delicacies, water-based leisure activities, towpath cycling, and heritage sites to visit. Getting active Getting in supplies Getting…

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Canal Cruising continued

Beyond the architecture Canals aren’t all about the architecture, and the mechanics of travelling through rocky terrain, centres of industry, and up and down hills.Canals are steeped in the landscape, giving glimpses of an abundance of wildlife and the glories of nature not possible elsewhere. Flora: usual suspects – and surprises Fauna: in fields and…

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A Cut Above … canal cruising in South Wales

Eighteen months after our previous holiday, we travelled beyond ‘local’. Eighteen months ago, we stepped off narrowboat “The Owl” after cruising the Llangollen and Shropshire canals. Eighteen months on, we took control of narrowboat “Country Lass” on the Brecon and Montgomery canal. It was so good to be back. On the water. On holiday. Different…

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Hail Spring!

What a day this has been; the weather we’ve seen.Clear sky, sun’s heat; hail, snow, then sleet. I waited for the sun to return before venturing forth, camera in hand. The size of the hailstones needed recording. It was a lovely sight, but so cold and very wet underfoot. It may look like a blanket…

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