London | nineteenth century women's operating theatre forgotten about and rediscovered in a church attic
London | still a bit jet-lagged but better after a night of sleep...I nearly collapsed at the Tate the day before after having been awake for thirty hours straight.
Bath | After meeting up with our host/Sarah's friend we strolled around the main section of Bath...this man was not only playing the fiddle but his feet were controlling this handmade mechanical contraption that made different pitched"plunking" sounds...fantastic!
Bath | after we rested up a bit in the garden, we joined our host, John Troyer (who happens to be the Deputy Director at the Centre for Death and Society - University of Bath) for a pie and pint at The Raven...mmmm
Bath | funny story...the above graveyard and this little chapel is a public space that individuals can rent from the city for events. We stumbled upon a group of artists inside that were doing a week long collaborative art project. I think Sarah has her eyes on this space, now ;)
Bath | the continued use of lock canals allows the house boats to travel through different water levels
Penryn (just outside of Falmouth) | our host for two nights was automata-maker Keith Newstead and his partner Concha. I can't begin to describe how fantastic it was to spend time in person with Keith (you were great, too, Concha). The candle holders in the background were made by Keith from a variety of materials that have washed up on the shores.
Penryn | For those of you who have watched Keith Newstead's video about making automata, this is the one that was featured in the video.
Falmouth | Keith and Concha droves us to Falmouth...on the way to finding a parking space, Keith double-checked to make sure the repairs to his sailboat were holding...it's hard to see in this image, but it's the one in the distance with yellow across it's belly.
Penryn | the last night of our stay, Keith and Concha hosted a little dinner party. The woman in this photo is Jill, the daughter of Sue Jackson, founder of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre.
Penryn | I had the pleasure to enjoy conversation and Scottish whisky with automata-maker Paul Spooner...don't mind the silly face I'm making.
Penryn | artist Rob Higgs, his wife and young boy also joined us for dinner. Check out some videos about Rob here
Stithians | on the morning of our departure, Keith was kind to drive us to visit the Spooner residence. Supposedly it's so hard to find; collectors have been known to just give up trying to find him.
Stithians | Geeking out in Paul's studio. Sue (Paul's wife and standing next to me) also has her own studio and is a fiber/textile artist.
Huddersfield (near Leeds ) | after leaving southern England we took a train to Leeds where we met up with artist Martin Smith, co-founder of Laikingland ...the above image is the prototype for the party popper machine
Glasgow | our first place to visit when we arrived in Glasgow was the University of Glasgow Museum of Anatomy... I think Sarah had a permanent grin all morning.
Glasgow | We also visited the Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis. It was magnificent how the necropolis basically looked out over the entire city.
Isle of Skye | This was one of the views as we drove further into the Trotternish Peninsula of the Isle of Skye... breath-taking!
Isle of Skye | When we arrived to our B&B, the Vatersay House (just south of Uig) this was the view from the window of our bedroom. I would recommend this B&B to anyone. They only let out the one room and the attention to detail and cooking was phenomenal.
Isle of Skye | We started with the Rubha Hunish trail at the northern tip of the Trotternish peninsula. At first it didn't look like much...
Isle of Skye | believe it or not, this boulder marks the beginning of the downward decent to the shore and small peninsula...
Isle of Skye | I believe Sarah's exact words, when she initially saw the "path" were, " You have got to be sh***ing me!"
Isle of Skye | That little "V" in the profile of the rock in the upper left ... that's where we came from. When looking back up all I could think about was that we eventually needed to go all the way back up it.
Isle of Skye | the Rubha Hunish hike was great. I would recommend to anyone. Just be careful if it is or has recently rained ... the steep decent can be dangerous ... do as were told ... slide on your bum!
Isle of Skye | Ah! The Quiraing hike! For this you need to be in good condition and not too squeamish about walking along narrow paths/ledges while 30-40 mph winds are blowing on you ... plus there was the rain and hail.
Isle of Skye | I love how the two hikers in this photo really help give a sense of scale while hiking along the Quiraing.
Isle of Skye | we hiked around both sides of the Prison and past the needle. The only reason we didn't do the entire loop is that we would not have made it back until very late.
Isle of Skye | it's hard to see the Old Man of Storr from this vantage point and it's also deceiving ...
Isle of Skye | by this point, I think we had been hailed on about seven times ... thank goodness the weather moves fast
Isle of Skye | To give you a sense of scale, if you look closely, you can see me scrambling along the base of the Old Man of Storr ... which was not so easy ... I would guess the winds were blowing about 50 mph and rock was rather slippery from all the hail.
Isle of Skye | The Coral Beaches along the Loch Dunvegan. When the skies are clear, and the water is not as turbulent, the coral along the coast but just under the water gives a turquoise hue. Of course we didn't get to see that as it was raining on and off.
Edinburgh | the Scott Monument. There are spiral staircases in all four arches that come together in the middle to allow access to the top. We didn't take the tour but I can only imagine the view.