Saturday, January 13, 2007

Studio Friday Saturday: Travels

This week's topic for Friday January 12th suggested by Hanne: TRAVELS!

"Travelling is a wonderful possibility to open for new inspiration and ideas. I´ll say it´s actually one of the greatest advantages to travelling!

A lot of new impressions and probably also new materials to bring home for future artwork. Maybe new friends - who knows? Anyway, I thought it could be very interesting to know where other bloggers travel. And if you don´t travel right now because of limited econonomy or other restrictions - I think we always travel in our mind: dreaming of somewhere in the countryside - or maybe a big city loaded with museums, galleries and flea markeds for new "input" for our studios and art.

~ Hanne

Well i'm a day late but better late than never, and perhaps i'll combine it with some delurking while i'm here.

Like Janet my travels have been somewhat curtailed since I became a home owner, or rather since I became an unemployed homeowner, and as such my plans for far flung adventures have been put on hold over the last few years. However, I have been very lucky to be able to go on some trips a little closer to home over the last few years so how about I share some of those with you?

For the last two years I have taken advantage of the fact I live in a seaside town and chosen to holiday at home.

Knickerbockerglory (click on the image to see a slideshow)

Living on a small budget, and with a natural inclination to treat each day as a holiday, I am lucky to live in a shabby seaside town that is full of charity shops, tea rooms and a long long beach. I admit I get a little disgruntled when the holiday season is upon us and the town fills up with other people, but the fact is that holiday season doesn't last long, and for most of the year I get the beach to myself, oh and the donkeys.


It's not all holidays at home for me though- I'm not sure how I managed it but last year I was able to go on three holidays outside of my home town! In February I went on a short, and cold, trip to Berlin with my art school: 1 (click photo for slideshow)

in the summer I joined friends for a weekend camping on Herm and I ended the summer with a week in rainy old Cornwall, where I delighted in taking polaroid photos of giant ice cream cones:
a collection of puffers:
and tiny drawers filled with seeds:

This year I am heading back to Berlin with college and i'd love to go back to Herm. The word on the street is that perhaps instead of Herm we will be camping in Cornwall, so I need to make sure I stock up on polaroid film and hope for sunshine.

I'd love to travel further afield again soon- my trips to California were personal highlights and now I have even more friends out there (hello Jenny, Alika, Marci, Deth and Gabby) i'd love to go back. I'd love to visit other parts of the US as well and hang out with some of the people i've met online, and of course i'd have to hop north of the border to meet up with Mel and Jeannette amongst others.

Closer to home, I fell in love with Stockholm a few years ago and can't wait to make another trip there (maybe take a detour to
Göteborg and see that other, more famous, Camilla) and i'd love to spend more time visiting London with my trusty friends the spinsters.

Now...on to delurking. I know not many people read this journal, but if you do- why not drop a comment in the box so I know i'm not talking totally to myself! And in the interests of exposing myself I have just added a whole bunch of links to various crafty and arty blogs that I try and get the chance to read. I think I shall start to write a little bit about why I read the blogs I do, so if you have any great suggestions for me then let me know (my list is very incomplete as I am a recent convert to blog blogs, having spent the last four years over at livejournal)


LB said...

LOL - I know what it's like waiting for someone to leave a comment. Do I really just right to hear myself think?

I love "rainy old Cornwall" as you put it, although I barely remember the rainy times. What shabby seaside town do you live in? I love every place in England, shabby though it may be. Sounds like I need a new town to visit!

lee said...

I have wanted to visit Berlin when we were in Germany but did not get there. I always thought it would be a cold sterile place (watched to many movies about Berlin), but otherwise I loved Germany, and I loved England, when we were in October many years ago, the weather was perfect not a rain cloud in sight. I would love to live in a seaside village, what inspiration....

Camilla said...

My seaside town is Weston-super-Mare, which is in North Somerset.

LB said...

Weston-super-Mare, here I come! LOL - we're due for another UK trip soon, actually last year if we stuck to our schedule of every seven years. :-)

n.b. said...

Hi! I am de-lurking now. Wow, you certainly manage to get around while "not traveling much"! (I'm just jealous.) Sounds lovely and your hometown sounds delightful as well: ice creams, beaches, donkeys! How about hosting a Studio Friday convention? :->

isay said...

i like the place where you are living right now. nice of you to share it with us. somebody have invited me to go to Berlin this spring and i am looking forwar to it.

by the way, entries for SF begins every friday onwards.

Camilla said...

I should host a seaside holiday for everyone! While I was making the post I started to realise just how lucky I was in my travels last year!