Yesterday, after posting my Robin Hood In A Tree blog post, I sat down at my sewing machine with my pile of lovely fabrics in front of me and tried to conjure up some creativity. It didn't work. I sat there for about half an hour, moving the fabrics around, playing with the beautiful lace and velvet ribbon trimmings and finally, I had to admit defeat. My inspiration seems to have temporarily deserted me. I'm usually quite an outdoorsy type of person and lately, I have been feeling slightly claustrophobic. The horrible weather has turned me into a bit of a hermit so, I thought getting out of the house for a while and seeing some human beings might help. With this in mind, I hopped in the car and went for a drive.
I drove to Mount Edgecumbe, about 20 minutes from where I live, to photograph their famous National Camellia Collection which usually in flower in January. Sadly, I was about two weeks too early! No Camellias at all and no human beings either.
Picture from the Mount Edgecumbe website
On my way home, I decided that I would call in a Kingsand, as it's just around the corner from Mount Edgecumbe. It's a quaint little village that in summer is beautiful, picturesque and fairly busy. Sadly, in winter it's not! It was utterly deserted. I wandered around the cute little lanes and found some beautiful little cottages that looked as if they should be on a post card but, alas, not one single human being and not even a coffee shop to indulge in a hot chocolate and a piece of cake.
.......... these very cute fishy things in a garden on the way to back to the car park.
Finally, on the drive back home, I stopped to breath in some fresh sea air. Being by the sea always makes me feel better. I love the beach no matter what time of year and although the weather was grey, the sea was so calm it was hard to tell where the sea met the sky.