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Yorky
05-06-2013, 08:52 AM
Our coach tour to Ilfracombe and North Devon was a great success, all 13 members of our party thoroughly enjoyed it and we were blessed with fine weather.

Our hotel in Ilfracombe was the Imperial, opposite the Landmark Theatre with its cone shaped roofs locally known as "Madonna's Bra"

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Ilfracombe Harbour on my early morning walk.
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St Nicholas' Chapel overlooking the harbour:
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View from the church with the awful statue by Damien Hirst:
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Our boat for a cruise along the cliffs:
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Our group waiting to embark. I added myself to the photo:
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Clovelly, a steep main street!:
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Looking down on the tiny harbour:
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Mercifully there was a Land Rover waiting to take us back up to the top:
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Trip Eastwards to Dunster with its historic Yarn Market and castle:
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I sat at the end of the street to sketch the castle and Yarn Market but just as I started a double deck bus parked right in front of me. We only had an an hour in Dunster so I had only a few minutes to sketch the scene when they left!

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More to follow.

Yorky
05-06-2013, 08:55 AM
Our route back passed through Minehead:
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The terminus of the West Somerset Railway is right on the promenade:
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Dog walker in Ilfracome, there were lots of dogs!
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Altogether a lovely holiday.

I'll post more photos in the RIL.

Doug

ReggieS
05-06-2013, 09:43 AM
Doug,
These are beautiful! Clovelly looks so charming with the hills and narrow streets and the quaint harbor!! Thanks for sharing!

Reggie

Yorky
05-06-2013, 09:50 AM
A couple more of Clovelly Reggie:

View from the top:
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Donkeys used to haul the fish up the hill:
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This is what was underfoot:
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Doug

JudyL
05-06-2013, 09:59 AM
Wow Doug, I want to BE there!

Geoff, Jack and Co from HP used to climb the 3 Peaks regularly, when there was no rain. I will have to be sure to show your photos.

The kids soon, we were at their house for Hockey (Sharks won :clap: ) and panini's, lovely time.

Today is still a mystery. I will try to post photo of shoes when I can remember how!

birdhs
05-06-2013, 10:44 AM
Thanx 4 sharing these with us!

Greggo

tstimpson
05-06-2013, 11:02 AM
Love the photos Doug :thumbsup: , I am glad to have all of this on my doorstep again - always loved our trips to Clovelly.

shipbroker
05-06-2013, 11:13 AM
Thanks Doug.....memories of when I was 12..Ilfracombe and Clovelly.

Dunster we spent many hours at when we were caravanning at Minehead 2 summers ago..........

Weather looked better than ours in the North West!

Thanks for sharing, as ever.

geoff

olliewood0702
05-06-2013, 11:42 AM
LOVE, Love, love these lovely pics Doug. What quaint little villages; and the coast, hills and harbor are wonderful. That water is such a beautiful shade of blue. Thank you for posting these. I'm glad your weather was pleasant.

Yorky
05-06-2013, 12:18 PM
I'll add my on the spot sketches, not a good set, we had little time.

Clovelly Quay:
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Bideford Bridge:
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St Nicholas' Chapel, Ilfracombe 7.30 am.
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Castle and Yarn Market at Dunster. I started with the castle and then a double deck bus parked right in front of the Yarn Market, leaving me little time to complete the sketch:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2013/1046-Dunster_Sketch.jpg

Doug

Lulu
05-06-2013, 12:29 PM
Wonderful photos and the Clovelly ones bring back memories for us too. How did Ruth manage the wheelchair down? It is so steep.

Yorky
05-06-2013, 12:31 PM
Sadly Ruth opted to stay at the top, though she could have taken the Land Rover down.

Doug

LynnM
05-06-2013, 12:49 PM
Thanks Doug, lovely excursions you had! I remember walking on the street to the Market, didn't have the nerve to sketch, I like the composition in yours.

Annalizalou
05-06-2013, 01:00 PM
I was there in 1976! Brought back some lovely memories.

Susan

GramPat
05-06-2013, 02:56 PM
I love the photos! Thankx for sharing with us. I love the architecture; the roof lines really caught my eye. I had to laugh at the dog walker. They look as though they all come from the same parentage. ;o) I like the sketches, too bad you didn't have more time. Gives you another reason to go back.

Pat

Luv2shoot
05-06-2013, 06:40 PM
Doug,
These are great, both the photos and your paintings. Gosh you are quick to turn those images into paintings. I like your interpretations of what you see.

I would like to see you paint the man walking the dogs. But place him on one of those steep roads and make the road made out of pebbles. I don't ask for much but I know you can do it.
LORELL

villagernb
05-06-2013, 09:11 PM
Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and sketches, Doug.

Anne

CharM
05-06-2013, 10:23 PM
Your photos are terrific, but your sketches are even better! Thanks for sharing, Doug!

M.L. Schaefer
05-06-2013, 10:48 PM
Doug, these are wonderful. The water looks like the Mediterranean (time to break out the thalos!). I was taken aback with the Yam Market (having some yams in the fridge, ready to steam)...then came to find out the Yarn Market:lol: :lol: ! Its wonderful to visit far-away places! Thank you.

:heart: Margarete

ollieowl
05-07-2013, 12:38 AM
Doug Thankthee for the memory's

holidays with mum & dad lots of
four trips with other half
my sister live in Minehead she say's brother in laws is always on the beach fishing

So thanks for the Memory's :thumbsup:

last time went camping the whole week storms were coming in up the Bristol channel we stayed 4 night till we came to see are neighbours tent fly away across the next field the rain was coming in horizontally felt like a hurricane
we through everything in trailer had to go down to Minehead to get mother
10 O clock at night then drive back to home dropping of trailer at farther in laws first 1 O-clock next morning then head home near oxford
Camping Never again Will I
Got So cold could not feel finger till next day or other bit :D

But thanks for the other memory's :thumbsup:

P.s did great time

ReggieS
05-07-2013, 10:42 AM
Doug- your sketches are great! I think England is going to be next on the list for our next big trip out of the USA!!!

Reggie

wcartistsr
05-07-2013, 06:13 PM
Great pics, Doug. Thanks for sharing. It is nice to see places I will never go. Too bad about the sketching and the bus. You did get in some fine ones elsewhere. Looks like you got some great photos to turn into paintings.

Shirley

peteralv
05-08-2013, 09:05 AM
Very nice all these photos, Doug. Thanks for sharing.

Yorky
05-10-2013, 06:51 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Lots of smugglers' haunts Doris.

Doug

Doris345
05-10-2013, 06:52 AM
Wonderful photos and sketches, Doug.

No smugglers??

Doris

tamy
05-16-2013, 02:28 PM
great place and wonderful pics DOug, thanks for sharing.
Now, I want to visit that place too ;-)
Tamy

Irishman
05-17-2013, 04:00 AM
Thank you Doug

juneto
05-17-2013, 01:22 PM
Love those small villages and your pictures , but those hills make my legs hurt to just look at them !!!!
June:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Saint Ragdoll
05-17-2013, 05:56 PM
I love the photo of the wood door set into the stone wall and the stone road.
Has me itching to paint it, maybe from a different angle...hmmmm
Teresa
Saint Ragdoll

pjartwc
05-18-2013, 04:05 AM
Fanatastic!

scribblet
05-18-2013, 02:25 PM
Lovely pics Doug thanks - are we free to use them ?

Clovelly brings back memories of our trip a few years ago to Cornwall and Devon, we loved it and Uppalong/Downalong St.

Yorky
05-18-2013, 03:02 PM
Yes of course. You will find the large versions under my name in the RIL.

Doug