Sea and Sand

We live in a beautiful part of the country, although I’m biased because this close to the sea everything is beautiful in my eyes. However for various reasons, I’m trying to combat years of spending 11 hours a day either at my desk or commuting to work and this involves lots of walks regardless of the weather. It also involves trying to get to know the local landscape a lot more, after all, we’ve only lived here a year next weekend so there is still lots to explore from ruined villages on beaches and the bare bones of castles clung to cliffs like nesting birds.

This weekend we went to two places, both rather close to our house. The first was a bird reserve with a lovely waterfall and thousands of birds.
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If you follow the path away from the reserve you end up here with lots of rocks and the pools of all different colours.
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Then on Sunday because despite the forecast, there wasn’t any torrential rain, we went to our local beach.

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Getting down onto the sand requires a slightly precarious trip down the side of a cliff. Hand rails aren’t something we seem particularly good at, perhaps the authorities assume everyone who lives around here had a previous life as a mountain goat.
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The beach ends with yet another waterfall and lots of rocks. There is an old fisherman’s cottage just peeking out amongst the rocks at the foot of the waterfall which must have been a fabulous if slightly scary place to live once upon a time.

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This one is for Matty.
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I have a slight obsession with driftwood, there is something pure about it’s bleached whiteness and this piece with it’s fishing twine and weeds caught up in, suggests that Mother Nature sees art in the strangest things.
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The beach might look empty but someone had obviously been here before us. At this time of year, lots of jellyfish wash up but there is something creepy yet beautiful about the fact that someone placed this egg shaped stone on top of this one.

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The rocks are made up of various materials including slate but I just liked the contrast of this rusty piece of metal, hot orange against that blue sky with the dark grey rocks tinged with green.
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So, we’re climbing a cliff along a path where there has clearly been a landslide at some point in recent history and we come across this sign. Do we automatically retreat? Of course not, the incorrect spelling of the first word surely makes the rest of the text immaterial.  To be fair, whilst I wouldn’t have wanted to attempt it in the rain or even on damp ground, the path was no more dangerous than the one we came down in the first place but I just liked the sign and the fact that it had been brutally thrust aside by someone else.
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Finally, this is the view from just above the dangerous sign, showing the rocks stretching away into the distance.
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Fast First Impressions of the Beta (Spoilers included)

So far I’m pleasantly surprised.

My Nightelf is perhaps a tad too square jawed but I can live with that. I haven’t tried healing but am currently beating Orcs up on a 90 Druid and am heartily enjoying the experience. Would I want to do it 20 times, probably not but so far it’s been interesting and I’ve met some fascinating people along the way.

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I rather like the fact that the women did the fighting for once and having a Warden along for the ride… well that’s pretty awesome.

Also blood drinking Toucans are a wonderful touch and everything I’ve seen so far is extremely pretty if slightly gruesome.

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In fact I think Shadowmoon Valley mark 2 might easily become one of my favourite zones in game.

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The potential for transmogrification also seems interesting as my new character received this very quickly:

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Yep, a staff with a cluster of adorable little bugs flying around it’s end.

All in all, I find myself looking forward to the release.

Fanciful Friday – Wolfenstein: The New Order

We’ve finally finished our first play through of Wolfenstein and despite it’s somewhat dark subject matter, there is no denying it’s a stunning game.

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Fanciful Friday – Wildstar Screenshots

I’m well on my way towards a house and have already acquired my cup of tea in readiness of having a table to put it on. However I have a new graphics card and to say it’s slowing me down would be an understatement. There is just so much to see as you wander around.

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A Screenshot a Day – Days 5 & 6

It’s time for another installment of Tycertank’s ever so slightly addictive A Screenshot a Day series.

Day 5 – Square

An almost square dock (if you ignore the other bits)

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Day 6 – C is for Corpse

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A Screenshot a Day: Days 2 through 4

It’s another installment of Tycertank’s ever so slightly addictive A Screenshot a Day series. Of these months I will actually manage to illustrate all the prompts.

Day 2 – Favourite

This had to be my favourite race – the Harpies. Here I am looking up at this one in awe!

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Day 3 – Something Orange

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Day 4 – Childhood

This little orc trapped in the time out pen of bones pretty much sums up my childhood.

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WoW Screenshot a Day: Day 1

Nothing ventured, nothing gained or so they say. Yep, it’s February’s WoWscreenshot A Day Challenge. There are two pluses this time around, the lack of days in February and the fact that I’m actually starting on Day 1!

Day 1 – You

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Here is Snowflower back in all her Night Elf glory stopping off in the swamp whilst hunting down archaeology digs.

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