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way too much fun with filters

If I didn't have to do any repairs on it, and could take it with me wherever I went, I think this might be my dream house. I saw this place when I went to the south coast between Portsmouth and Chichester to visit my writer friend Candy Gourlay at the holiday place she rents out, Tide Cottage.

I love the sweeping views along the sea front between Emsworth and Langstone. And I was having fun with my phone camera. I love it that I can make pictures look like they were taken on an old box camera. I'm sure I'll get over this soon and start taking normal pictures again, but please put up with me for now.

Hey look, this wall must have been made out of concrete-filled sandbags, and then eventually the bags rotted away, leaving just the bricks. They also flop a bit like cookie dough.

When you get outside of London, you start seeing where all these great British printmakers get their inspiration. The plants on this coastal bluff look like Angie Lewin prints.

The clouds, the clouds! I wish they looked this dramatic in real life. Well, they almost did. Wow, filters are just SO MUCH FUN.

Oops, I think I took the filters a bit too far and plunged this pub photo back into the 1970's. You, too, can tastelessly corrupt your pictures by downloading Instagram to your camera phone.

Oh, the joy of making everything look like a scene in Local Hero.

Here's my lovely host, Candy! This weekend, she and her husband, Richard, entertained a whole flock of us from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.

I see a lot of their names flitting about online, but it's great to meet these people and find out a bit more about them. Like writer Kathy Evans, who just happens to be an ace belly dancer and run an industrial-scale fruit farm! She brought these beautiful raspberries she'd grown herself. Her farm supplies Sainsbury's, but also Buckingham Palace, how cool is that. And she still gets time to write.

Writer Juliet Clare Bell brought along her picture book that's launching this week! It's The Kite Princess, illustrated by Laura-Kate Chapman, with an audio CD read by Imelda Staunton and published by Barefoot Books.

Clare's daughter treated us to an impromptu reading of The Kite Princess. (Juliet Clare goes by 'Clare' because she used to get teased in school for being a 'Juliet'.)

Anita Loughrey brought along her picture books, too. Four of 'em! One for each season.

Here's Fiona Dunbar with her new Kitty Slade book, Raven Hearts, and Candy and Kathy being mega-impressed.

Here's the gang down on the sea front by the amazing mill house.

The be-hatted lady on the far left in the last shot is Penelope Bush, and when we were having lunch, I idly doodled her a cover for her new book with Piccadilly Press, about twins, Me Myself Milly. (But her real cover is much better.)

Okay, indulge me in a few more photos. Check out what happens if they go black and white!


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 4th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sarah
What a lovely time we had. I'll try not to wake up on the kitchen floor next time I spend an evening with you... The children had a brilliant time too. Nice pics... x
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks, Sarah
Let's keep you away from bleach, that might help! Thanks, and great to see you! :)
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photos, looks so tempting. Just WOW. :D
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
It's so beautiful down there! :)
Sep. 12th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Wow again
Sarah, your posts continue to blow my mind. With all the advnetures you have, when do you have time to draw books? How do you do it??
Kathryn Evans
Mar. 11th, 2015 09:05 am (UTC)
Happy Days!
I missed this post and I miss you! We should have anotehr get together this summer, it should be enshriend in law - meetign at CAndy's, high noon x
Mar. 11th, 2015 11:51 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Days!
Aw, I miss you guys, too! I'd love to see you all. I'm not around all summer, but I'd do my best to meet up!
Juliet Clare Bell
Mar. 11th, 2015 10:45 am (UTC)
Please please PLEASE can it be enshrined in law? We were talking about it only yesterday here at home. We'd LOVE to come again. x
Mar. 11th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Days
It was a fantastic day and we had glorious weather. I would love to do this again. It was fun xxx
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