Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Bleubeard and Elizabeth are the hosts this month at "Art Journal Journey" with a different sort of theme, "Back to School".

Some of you may remember the Flying Circus, the circus run by the birds, animals and flowers themselves, and of course the Flying Circus has a school too, for the young ones and for older ones wanting to learn new circus acts.

I thought you might like to see the tightrope-walking class. 
Birds can balance easily on branches and telephone wires but balancing on a tight-rope is much more difficult for them. 

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I promised some more photos of my Devon holiday, one of the best ever.

Many roads in Devon are one-track with the occasional passing place, and have very high hedges right up at the side of the road.
Often no passing place is in sight.  These roads can go on for miles with no way of turning back.

It makes for fairly hairy driving

and I wouldn't like to live in this house.

The worse experience we had was when we travelled on the local single decker bus.  The driver careered round the roads and bends as if it was one way.  We couldn't even get out as the road would not have been safe to walk on. 

We were very much intrigued by the Sea Tractor.

The little ferry (in the middle of the sea) travels from Salcombe to this beach,

the Sea Tractor goes out to meet it and the passengers on each are swapped around.

We didn't try it as we were in the middle of a coastal walk, maybe next time.

One of the pleasure of holidays is seeing the different architecture of private houses.

Next time I'll take you on a cliff walk and a little stroll along a lovely shingle beach.


Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos, looks like a beautiful place to visit. That sea tractor must be fun, what a strange idea, but it seems to work. Lovely journal page, your chicken is better at balancing than I am, that's for sure. Thanks for joining us again at AJJ, have a nice day, hugs, Valerie - Will answer your mail later!

SusuPetal said...

Oh, that sea tractor looks cool!

Safe landing! I just love your piece of art!!

Annie said...

Whoever would have thought the birds would need to a flying circus school. When I watch birds, they seem so fearless and carefree and look to be performing acts of daring feats so easily. Well now I know how they are able to do this! That's no ordinary tight rope for them. A beautiful banner of flags tight rope. (I will not be letting my local birdies practice on my beautiful banner). Love the flowers watching over the birds and I'm naturally surprised that they may need a soft landing net. I suppose in a frightful panic of falling they might forget they have wings. A delightful enlightenment into the behind the scenes of the bird circus.

And how lovely to take a short tour with you of your holiday in Devon. The sea tractor is quite fascinating indeed. The narrow roads...oh my! It sounds a long way to back up should you meet another vehicle coming in the opposite direction. And that house right at the road! I too love seeing the variety of architecture in homes on a walk or drive. Wonderful brightly colored doors!

Meggymay said...

Lovely photos of your trip away, Its a fun journal page as well.
Yvonne xx

Anonymous said...

Sea tractor, now that's a new one to me. I suppose it makes perfect sense. Many of your roads in the UK are quite narrow, we Americans with our big cars could never fit...I get nervous walking on our street as it's a state route and the cars go quite fast. Glad we have a nice high fence for our dogs. I love that stone cottage with it bits of gingerbread trim, quite wonderful. All birdies need a soft landing whether walking their tightropes or fledging from their nests. Cute as ever digital alteration of your paintings. xox

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your take on Back to School is as unique as your art, Sheila. Always true to your style, I had no doubt these little birds are learning to walk the tight rope at the Flying Circus School. I adore this outside the box thinking you always bring to the table (or tightrope).

I so enjoyed your photos of Devon and your harrowing experiences. Very impressive images of the road and lovely photos of vintage gingerbread on the houses. Of course, that sea tractor was a new one, but I live in a land locked state, so I was glad you shared it.

Again, I simply adore the beautiful photos and your young birds learning to walk the tightrope.

Beo said...

I love your flying-circus-school and especially this wonderful bird who is dancing on/at the
tight rope. I'm sure it's hard even for a bird. And I love to see my little friends who are hiding behind the trees. I know who they are although just a little bit of them can be seen.
And thanks for you holiday pictures as well.
I wonder how one can drive on that streets....

ULKAU said...

Your watercolor image is so funny again - you always have the most fantastic ideas.
I have also discovered my favorite bird again, it's the small, sassy bird in the top left!
Oh, this narrow street looks really dangerous and adventurous, I suppose you move there very slowly ...
Now I'm really looking forward to the photos from the Cliff walk!

My name is Erika. said...

I am loving your Devon photos. It is really beautiful there. I hope you have some more to show us. And that is a clever AJJ page. I would never have thought of that topic. Bet there are circus schools in the Vermont, the state near us. And I always love your fun characters-all the little birds and critters. :) Hugs-Erika

limmelon said...

Training birds to loop-the-loop must be exciting. Or formation flying like starlings. You need to train a bird to be an advance spotter on the Devon roads, perhaps carrying a red flag in front of you round these corners. Love it, Awesome!!

Rike said...

I like the one leg carefully leads the way, and the eye full of concentrating of the balancing bird. And I like very much the flowers who hold the "soft landing"!
Thank you for the wonderful photos - what an adventure to drive through these tracks!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Adorable photos of Devon - such narrow roads always make me nervous..we have some similar ways here - I try to avoid them. Your flying circus school is just amazing - you have always such unique ideas for the AJJ themes! Super!
Happy rest of the week Sheila!
Thank you for joining us at AJJ!
oxo Susi

Little Artbee said...

Oh such a very nice and funny picture, the idea of a bird school is great. I like your very special kind of illustrating your images,lovely. Your Devon photos are also very good and show us interesting things like the sea tractor.
Dear Greetings
Sabine xx

Tammie Lee said...

such a cute piece of art, quite charming.
loved seeing the photos from your trip.
I agree, I would not want to live in that house, wow.
Scary roads too.

janie said...

i love it all, love the chicken balancing on the tightrope, love the trees, flowers, houses, sea tractor and your journey through the little rods in Devon.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love this fun page! Great photos of your holiday- Cumbrian roads can be like that too! Hugs, Chrisx

kat said...

Ah such a great post! I love the flying circus school, what a delightful piece, it has a very Autumn like feel and is filled with delightful creatures having such fun! I wouldn't mind landing myself in that soft land catch, it looks bouncy and smooth. It's also a treat to share in your Devon holiday souvenirs, what a special place, I can well imagine you happily enjoying your strolls and tours around there, so much to relish and explore!

Evergreen Mo said...

Lovely to get glimpses of your hols. Flying circus is a delight. The little banner is fun and I like the flowers holding up the soft landing. This piece of art made me smile

Sharon Fritchman said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos, Sheila! Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us! I especially love the ones from your car of the roads that can go on forever! And your work of art for this month's AJJ theme is absolutely adorable!

johanna said...

i love all the Details on the watercolor painting... the bird on the wire Looks so self conscious, i don´t think he will fall down to the "soft landing" sheet (what a cute idea!). the colorful bird upper left is so beautiful, too!
no narrow roads for my nerves;) but the houses at the end of the post are super beautiful! i imagine we could sit in the court and Chat with a Cup of tea or coffee...
xox, have a wonderful Weekend!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I love your painting, the colours and the banners etc., and it makes me smile to think it's a tight rope class :) I also am very intrigued by your photographs of Devon, the roads look quite scary, I guess you would drive slooooow :) I can 'see' a sea tractor popping up in one of your paintings, it looks like your style. Have a great day xxx

Faye said...

Your delightful painting makes me smile. I'm glad there is a soft landing spot for newbies in the bird circus! Loved the photos of Devon. I remember the one-track roads on my visit there many years ago. We had rented a car and my husband was driving. Very scary. I also loved seeing the different architecture like what you showed. Thanks for the memories.

The Happy Whisk said...

Love, love, love the tightrope. You have gobs of talent. Seriously.

Paper rainbow said...

How much I enjoyed travelling down those Devon lanes...I visited Devon many times in the past. A beautiful part of the country. I also love looking at how houses in different parts of the uk can look so individual. Your whimsical art always makes me smile and brightens my day.

Jackie said...

Thanks for sharing your holiday pictures, Sheila. They make me want to go to Devon again. I know exactly what you mean regarding those narrow lanes; we had exactly the same experience when we were there! And i love the sea tractor!
I love your bird tightrope. It sure looks like they are enjoying themselves, but I'm glad they've got a soft landing, though! You have such a fabulous imagination. Jx

Let's Art Journal said...

I love your art and creativity, it is always so much fun and really makes me smile :-). The flying circus school is so adorable! Devon is a lovely part of the world and it looks like you had a wonderful time exploring and taking in the sights - hope you had a cream tea too! Wishing you a Happy Weekend! J :-)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

You always manage to make me smile with your endearing paintings. Your photographs of your trip to Devon are lovely, even though the narrow and wooded roads looked a little scary. Blessings!

~*~Patty S said...

OH MY the thatched roofs in the last photo make my heart go pitter pat!
Sounding a bit too exciting on those narrow lanes.
The sea tractor certainly is a clever way to keep the passengers from getting wet feet or worse LOL :-)
Lots of sweetness and playfulness in what you created here.
Your whimsical approach always makes me smile!
AND a place for a soft landing is a very good idea as well.
Hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend.
I look forward to more vacation photos.
Devon certainly does look special oxo

Giggles said...

Oh my goodness however did I miss this wonderful post!! Love the bird on a wire...soooo adorable..with the other birds flying in. Never wracking that road! Whatever happens when someone comes head on before the passing place...must one back up...How does that work? Fabulous photos...ferry tractor is amazing never seen anything like it! We have lots of ferries.. even a transit ferry. Never a tractor though...wow!! Love the thatched roofs.. such interesting photos! Thanks for sharing!!

Hugs Giggles!!

Annette P. (aka LonettA) said...

Just amazing! Your flying circus is so adorable! I like the birdies!
Hugs, Annette