Thursday, 4 June 2009

Minehead

PhotoStory Friday
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Our visit to Minehead really follows my recent post about Dunster Castle, as we went there directly after wards.
Minehead in Somerset, is on the Bristol Channel, just before it opens up into the Atlantic Ocean and starts getting really rough.



Minehead takes me back to when our children were young and we had several family holidays there. A small rather old fashioned town with it's own steam trains and a holiday camp.



The sea goes out quite a long way, all along the Bristol Channel coastline, but the tides are high, rapid and treacherous. Not good for bathing, but the children enjoy the sand.



After Minehead, we visited the lovely little town of Watchet very nearby. This is the lovely little harbour with it's own light house.



I love to see the little boats taking refuge there.



Now here is the *Ancient Mariner* himself, holding his albatross. Do you remember the poem by Coleridge?
If not, go here.



And this man...... well I really do not know who he is, but he seemed a friendly sailor. I even had a photograph taken of me sitting on his knee, but you are not seeing that one! Too cheeky!



As usual, the ordinary things in life seem to grab my granddaughter's attention and this little cat was no exception!


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34 comments:

Ryanne said...

Looks like a wonderful place for a vacation. I always want to vacation by the ocean, rarely do, but always want to! Nice pictures!

Mom24 said...

Oh my goodness, such lovely photos, thanks for sharing them. Your granddaughters look adorable. The cat would be the big hit for my kids too. :-)

Wayne said...

Looks great there, the last time I saw the ocean uclose was when I was 14 years old.


Hey I was also wondering if you guys know any good jokes , if you do I would love for you all to take part in my post on tuesdays called tell a joke tuesday?

scrappysue said...

awesome! thanks for the tour :)

lakeviewer said...

Yes, what you least expect may become a child's attention pleaser. Loved the trip.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What a lovely walkabout!!!! Sigh...I miss GB! The Bristol Channel is so beautiful! I love the statue of the Ancient Mariner...my son read the poem just today for the first time...It is one of my favorites...And the cat is a wonderful bit of everyday to round off a beautiful post!!! Your granddaughter is delightful!!! Have a terrific weekend! Cheers! ~Janine XO

Chris said...

Wow, that statue of the Ancient Mariner is very cool! And I love the shot of the sailboats.

Rose said...

You are so lucky to live so close to the sea. I am totally landlocked:) Lovely photos; I never imagined the Mariner's albatross as being so big!

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

The Mariner holding the albatross is incredible. Great pictures! Happy PSF.

Pam Emmons said...

Beautiful pictures!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Oh these photos are so winsome. When I see villages like the one you pictured I LONG, maybe even PINE, to know who lives in those houses and what their lives are like. I may be on to why I like blogging so much. I finally get to knock on all these doors and have them opened to me and make friends all over the world. Hmmm....I think this subject is a blog post for me. Time to write. :) Thanks for the LOVELY inspiration.

Granny on the Web said...

What a lovely picturesque place.... why do we ever want to go abroad when we have such lovely places in the UK? ... some fancy camera-work too Maggie!
It is strange isn't it, well maybe strange isn't the right word, I mean about kiddies always gravitating towards animals when they appear on the scene.
Bye for now
Love Granny

Rajesh said...

Beautiful snaps. The buildings around the hillock and the lot of boats in the sea look great.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

A cat/dog will grab a kid's attention any time! Great pictures, you have quite an eye for a subject.

UKZoe said...

I've been to Minehead the last two summers and will be back on 18th July! LOVE IT!

Bina said...

I love the look of those houses in the second picture. They look almost "historic", which is what we call houses here that are more than 100 years old.

And the third picture (I think) looks like there are some boats out there, but that the water is not deep enough for them. Is that just me? A trick of the eye? Or does that area alternate between having water and NOT having water?

Beautiful pictures, as always, and I would LOVE to see you sitting on the friendly sailors knee!! Please post it!

Jeni said...

Many thanks to you and several other bloggers (Rune, Travis, Lifecruiser, Authorblog David) and many more) I get to travel all over the world and never have to leave the comforts of my home. Great photos and always too, interesting stories to go with them!
Love taking these trips with you!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Oh come on, I want to see the cheeky photo! :)
Looks like a fun stop on your trip.

Maggie May said...

BINA....All round England is tidal. The tides comes in & out twice a day! The sea covers the the whole beach when it comes in & the boats are able to go out to sea & back.

Akelamalu said...

I've never been to Minehead - it looks lovely - I may have to visit now! :)

Lindsay said...

Beautiful pictures! You don't see that stuff around these parts!

Sharon said...

Those are such beautiful places. I love old towns. Thanks for the tour!

Suburbia said...

Lovely pictures Maggie.

Indrani said...

This was such a wonderful read, a place may be I will never be able to visit. Great pictures.

GoneBackSouth said...

Hi there Maggie, how are you? I like the friendly sailor's face - he's got real character.

Robyn said...

Great shots. I like the Mariner statue, neat.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I've never been but thank you for sharing these lovely photos. The sailer does look friendly and I think you're a chicken for not letting us see that photo!!!!

CJ xx

rosiescribble said...

Looks beautiful. I'm surprised we have never been then as we've visited most seaside towns. Somewhere to consider for the future, certainly.

SandyCarlson said...

That looks like a lot of fun. I love these kinds of beaches. So lovely.

Casey's trio said...

Thanks for taking us along on your tour of Minehead!! Looks like a beautiful place.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Very cool photos! Such a beautiful place to visit!

Krystyn said...

What a beautiful place..and great pictures, too.

Working Mum said...

Aparently, my very first holiday (aged about 2) was in Minehead, but I've never been back. Looks lovely.

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