Thursday, 30 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Is this not the best idea ever thought up? I just wish we had something suitably grotesque to take and smash.
Taking place at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester in September.
"You have heard of Feng Shui and Life Laundering and all those services that claim to help you declutter your life. Well, for just one day, New Brewery Arts offers Aesthetic Cleansing, a unique service that goes one step further than all the others. We offer the cathartic destruction of your most hideous ornaments. We are experts. You can trust us - we know what we are doing. We invite you, if you dare, to bring those porcelain knick-knacks that your relatives give you every Christmas, or those heirlooms that have cluttered the back of the cupboard for years. We can promise you a ‘smashing time’."
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
This picture is of the hole at the top that lets some light shine down into the inside, it has also been embellished with some vines.
The last one shows the inside with light shining down through the hole creating this little oasis of greenery at the back of the cave. If you flick back to the photo you can see the effect I am trying to achieve ... and all in all I am pretty pleased with how it is coming along. I have avoided putting any supporting wires in it because I am thinking that when we get bored with looking at it we will just be able to use it as a pillow, it is a very cuddly bat cave:-)
Monday, 13 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
I found this book by a very roundabout route. Rice, the woman who wrote it, has a few films on Youtube and one that I watched was of her demonstrating needle felting, and she was such an engaging person to watch, kind of spontaneous, that I liked her right away. From there I linked back to her blog and so to her books. I don't think this was the one I was particularly interested in but it was the one that the library had so I ordered it.
Sunday, 5 July 2009
There are several chambers that have been restored to show visitors how it was used, strangely they feel kind of 'homey'.
Though of course C insists on being an escaping zombie:-)
And little M is happily buried:-)
The chamber on this side had the sun shining in and you can see the huge slabs of stone that we assumed were part of the original structure.
You can see why people would have chosen such a spot for their burials, the view shows the layers of hills going off into the distance, with a soft sunset light.
Here is a view showing the shape of the structure as we walked back across the fields. In spite of the fact that a couple of hundred runners on some kind of night-time event trailed through while we were there, it was a strikingly atmospheric place and well worth the trip. We went out this morning to another long barrow at Notgrove but it was very neglected and overgrown, so instead we drove over to the Rollright Stones which are between Moreton and Chipping Norton.