Monday, 9 August 2010

Staunton Harold

Two different gates from Staunton Harold. You know you are going somewhere special when going through these. And two different faces, the angel from above the doorway of the seventeenth century church and the twenty-first century green man from the adjacent craft centre.

Saxon sculpture

Two faces from the distant past give a Byzantine blessing. They can be seen at the church of St. Mary and St. Hardulph at Breedon on the Hill in Leicestershire. Incidently Breedon on the Hill means hillhill on the hill, each new invader to the area adding their own word for hill. It is a very lovely hill.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Garden matures

One year after re-planting, this garden is beginning to fill out. The soil has a tendency to dry out, due to the competing root systems of existing mature trees and shrubs. However with careful mulching and feeding the underplanting is thriving.