Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wednesday Camargue

Yesterday some of us went into the Camargue starting with the Bird Sanctuary. The Camargue is the Rhone delta and is a mixture of lagoons, islands, reed beds et cetera. Here live the black cattle and the white horses tended by gardians on horseback. The horses are a special breed. They are small and sure footed.

The area is also famous for the flamingos which live here in great numbers.

And they look very fetching when they step out.

There were also herons of different species, terns, egrets, cranes and storks. We were there for several hours. There were a lot of birders around loaded with camera gear. This included a man who had such a monster lens that he towed round a trolley of equipment! Then we were off to the seaside to take a boat trip up le petit Rhone which is one of the branches of the delta. One item was an exhibition by a guardian on shore for our delight.

Cattle and horses being driven by the guardian

Note the long tripod for encouraging the cattle.

And a view of another bit of the house.


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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.