Burgh Island, Bigbury

I had the pleasure of going away this weekend for s surprise 30th birthday party. My friend Sam didn’t know that a number of us were travelling down to Ivybridge for the weekend to surprise him, it was a great time to catch up with several friends I hadn’t seen for a while.

Part of Saturday was spent taking the many dogs for a walk at Bigbury and to take in Burgh Island in the process. The island become completely cut off at high tide, but when the tide goes out a beach connects it to the mainline. While the four dogs were taking various members of our party for a walk, I pulled my iPhone out my pocket and took a few snaps. I kind of wish I had my proper camera with me, but I’m still pretty please with how they turned out. Despite all the weather and low cloud, the place felt really calm and peaceful, hopefully my photos have caught some of that.

Micro.blog Photo Challenge

Doug Lane has posted his idea for a Micro.blog Photo Challenge and Manton has already added a pin to Micro.blog for those who manage to complete the challenge.

This is one of the things I’m really enjoying about Micro.blog at this early stage, the community is so actively engaged and Manton is so quick to respond to good ideas that fit with the vision of the service. I’ll be aiming to take part in the challenge so keep your eyes peeled for my contributions over the next week.

THESE ISLANDS – Cereal ›

Cereal Magazine is one of my favourite publications, ever since I came across it I’ve preordered every copy and own the Copenhagen field guide.

These Islands looks like a beautiful coffee table piece documenting their favourite places in the British Isles. Definitely one for birthday or Christmas lists this year.

Cinque Terre, Italy ›

Joshua Ginter has been knocking it out the park with his recent photo posts from holidaying around Europe. This post about the Cinque Terre in Italy is the latest in the series and the most beautiful so far.

Italy is a country that I’ve always wanted to visit. I’ve only visited Venezia so far, and that was for the biennale during my art studies before university. It’s a place I would like to return to one day, but I would have to pair it with a couple of other places at the same time.

Prior to Josh’s post, I had never heard of the Cinque Terre, but it’s now firmly on the list alongside the likes of Florence, Rome and Sicily. My only hope is that I’ll be able to get to see it before the tourists spoil it too much. Although there is hope that the area will adapt, it’s culture seems to be finding a way to survive by the sound of things.

Even still, nestled inside Cinque Terre is one of the most pure forms of Italy one can find on any trip. Many shop owners don’t speak a word of English. Many businesses take cash only. Many locals still wander down to the market each day to get their bread. Despite the tourists, the Cinque Terre has found a way to stay within itself and close to its roots.

The Week in Links

This weeks edition continues the evolution of the The Week in Links. Rather than presenting a list of links of varying length I decided it was time to start adding a little commentary and injecting some more of my interests and personality into the column. It is after all my personal blog that it appears in.

This week covers some technology news, some views on Art and Creativity, Le Tour de France, how dressing could affect our approach to work and an incredible video that I highly recommend you watch with your Sunday morning coffee or evening glass of wine.

Cheers!

  • The story of Windows 10 from inside Microsoft – It’s been a big week for computing with the arrival of Windows 10. I’ve long been a Mac user, and will be for a long time to come, but I have to say this release of Windows has me intrigued. I’m interested to see how it does and whether it can bring any traction in the mobile space.
  • Approval & Art by David duChemin – I really identified with this when I read it, in particular this short paragraph:

    The problem is that safety, in many ways, is toxic to art. We get addicted to it. We cling to it and venture out less and less. We risk less. We repeat what “works” and avoid what doesn’t. But if what works is what holds us back, it becomes a kind of sabotage to keep doing it.

  • Taking on the Tour de France – With the end of Le Tour last week, this VSCO Journal is timed nicely. Rather than your usual photographic essay looking at Le Tour with a focus on the Peloton this one has a more interesting take looking at those who are watching as well.

Other Reads

The Week in Links

Another new week, another edition of The Week in Links. This week has been a good week with the launch of some updates to a client’s website and a new homepage for 18TWO, so my evenings have been filled with some relaxation and bike riding. Consequently there’s a good number of links for you to devour over your lunchtime coffee, covering MacBook, Apple Watch, photography, product design, workspaces, writing and finishing off with some cycling.

The Week in Links

This weeks edition of The Week in Links covers a rande of topics. There’s the usual dose of Apple things, some thoughts from Shawn Blanc on focus and creativity, an obituary to one of the greatest type designers of all time, a moving video from Israel and a moving story from the Welsh valleys.

With the edition also falling on Father’s Day it would be remiss not to mention my Dad. So just a quick note to him to say thanks for being my Dad, you support me, you help me and you guide me and as well as being my Dad you’re also a great friend. Have a beer on me tonight!

The Week in Links

Issue 15 of The Week in Links is a very visual one. Photography is at the heart of it, with photo stories from a trip to Vancouver, an Apple Watch review, different ways a design team uses notebooks and the story of one of my favourite cycling races. Enjoy!