This rather spectacular postcard is of Capstone Hill, in Ilfracombe, in the county of Devon in England. Above is my work in progress – still in its early stages and I suspect I may never finish it, as it’s ‘just for me’ (well, you know how that goes..) – and below is the original postcard. Click once or twice on either to see them larger, the view will open in a separate window or tab.
I find the blurriness odd, particularly the way the clouds seem to have cosied up to the cliff and then suddenly thought, “no… wait… gotta stop here…” and pulled back a bit. I can’t make up my mind if that is a haze from the printing process or actually a break in the clouds just at that point.
There are so many people in the photo… and all those deckchairs, and the wonderful bandstand and what was probably a restaurant with stained-glass windows, and… so much more.
But what fascinates me most is the sailing ship. I’d love to know more about it – if it had a name, where it sailed from, where it was going. It seems to have two dark sails, maybe with a design on one or is it just intersecting another? And were the dark ones black, red, brown, dark blue? And the rest of the sails are pale.
Someone who knows a lot more about boats than I do (aka ‘nearly everyone’) could probably tell what type of boat it is from the masts, the number of sails and their shape. Or I could look it up and get very, very distracted and never get back here to finish my post. That’s what happened a few weeks ago when I visited one of the blogs I follow, Textile Ranger, and got absorbed in her post Sailmaker on Board some of which (climbing the rigging – eek!) made my timbers shiver. But this is a brilliant blog about textiles that I love, do take a look. And if that post wetted your appetite, she has more on the theme of sails, some or all of which can be found via her tag ‘sails‘. Also, if it hadn’t been for her, I’d never have known how to embed a Google Streetview into my blog posts, a couple of which you can see and visit, below.
This is Capstone Hill as is it today. Click and drag inside the photo to move around in it and use your mouse wheel (if you have one) to zoom in and out.
And should you want a 360° view (with click and drag) from the top of Capstone Hill, here it is: