Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Recumbent Dragon

The Dragon has been a family plaything for many years, and a few recent photos shows the decline in a royal tradition... Not much longer for this world I think!

You'll find him here in October 2006...

You'll find him here in Feb 2007...

and also in March 2007 October 2005

and in January 2010 

Woolly meet Woolly

You can sense the bond that exists between them already in this picture, Miranda looking more like a sheep every time I see her!

Betty and Daphney get their first feed from Miranda!

On Sunday Mip had an exciting time feeding the new arrivals - she does like it when a new animal turns up at Barry's farm! Be prepared for more episodes in this story

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Outlook is WINDY

A weekend sail training is planned at Weymouth, but boy does it look windy. Not good as Sunday looking like 25 - 43 knots, with Saturday barely in the range.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Portrait of the Artist as an Old Dog

My Dad has been exhibiting his paintings a long time, and this year he has another show in Carmarthen. I took this portrait of him in his study last time I was down as he sorted through some watercolours.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Playing catch up just for a change! Just a few photos from our little trip down to Starcross for the Steamer event. Nice and windy with 90 boats on the water, every space gets taken up for launching and everyone is very friendly. Below the race office makes his way round everyone to check everyone's up to speed.

It's a very tidal location though so getting a two and a half hour endurance race to work here is quite a challenge...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The river of life

Picture of me and my Mum on the beach at Llansteffan....

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Torch lit tales

Records, as any one who knows the Browns will testify, are in our blood. A recent visit to my parents found us rifling through my parents collection as we chatted about classical music in general and string quartets in particular.

The above record caught my father's attention, and he was off reminiscing about the trip to Greece  when the bus driver played a recording by this woman. They managed to find the LP and bring it back with them, and played it many times that I am aware of.

Such is the power of music; when our memories fail us on simple yet important things, music will not.

Peek a boo!

Popsie in Purple

From Saturday afternoon when we fed the animals and put them to bed at Barry's farm. We were there early and were able to take Domino for a walk first. Miranda especially enjoys doing this and Barry is always glad of the help; she often says she'd like to be a vet, which is why we are reading the James Herriott books!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


On the weekend Miranda seemed to think we could finda pizza van on the beach, just like at Hayling Island. They haven't forgiven us for having a nice time when we were at a recent training event at HISC, the wood fired pizza which was situated conveniently close toa decent chip shop.

Lewis when discussing business studies with the man discovered there were several other franchises across the country - stands to reason they would be just waiting to be found by a hungry Mipmop.

Not many takeaway vans have fresh basil and olive oil to hand...

Friday, March 13, 2015


This photo of Miranda's pen-pal and cousin Lola will hopefully inspire her to write a letter or a blog post for her... only time will tell!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thirsty Work

Not long after he'd got home from school and discovered that he'd have to ask my permission to go back out again, he remembered some good news ... "I've got something for you Dad, a present!"

It's a night light; a project involving making an object in Design Technology at school. It has moulded and cnc machined plastic, electronics and applied vinyl graphics as well as an edge lit blade with engraved graphic of a dinghy

...just in case I wake up and need relief in the night!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Starcross Steamer

90 boats entered for the Exe Sails Starcross Steamer Pursuit Race on Sunday.... "The premier winter event in the South West - sailed on the beautiful Exe Estuary"

 Last year's photo here

Chance Encounter

On the beach at Scotts Bay next to the Pink House, we happened to meet a couple on their first date. So we borrowed one of their dogs, and Meredith took a photo of us, and I reciprocated by taking their portrait. In the background you can just see the Worms Head.

Here we are in 2009 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

No Man is an Island

We've been doing this, as a family for more than forty years now, and it's one of life's essential pleasures for me. Almost as soon as I get to my parents' house, the suggestion of going for walk on the beach follows.

I only had time for a brief visit but on Sunday the weather was perfect, and we walked across Scott's Bay and around the headland giving us fab views across to the Worm's Head and Rhossili on the Gower.

We managed to persuade Dad to climb onto the rock, which was fun as he's a little unsteady on uneven surfaces now - but we all like a challenge!