Thursday, 23 August 2007


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Welcome to our new 'potential garden'.
This has so far taken many hours hanging out of bedroom windows, 3D mapping and using freebie Corel Draw once again.
We are so pleased to be able to get rid of the plain rectangle of lawn.
So, once the very solid clay is broken down we can slowly release the garden. Leonardo Divinci used to talk about finding the figure in the block of granite. Somewhere hidden in the dark spaces lie swathes of colour, texture, fruit, height, depth and insect pulling power. Watch this space for further exciting adventures.


The Passion Flower symbolism
as originally perceived, and then augmented, includes:

The spiraled tendrils - the lash of Christ's scourging
The central flower column - the pillar of the Scourging
The 72 radial filaments - the Crown of Thorns
The top 3 stigma - the 3 Nails
The lower 5 anthers
- the 5 wounds
The Style - the Sponge used to moisten Christ's Lips with Vinegar
The leaves (some species) - the head of the Centurion's Spear
The red stains - Christ's Blood Drops
The Round Fruit - The World Christ came to save
The Fragrance - The Spices prepared by the Holy Women

This form of teaching was common in the early days when the majority of people were unable to read. Sometimes, churches such as the Catholic Church had to use this form of teaching in secret as they forbidden to practice their religion openly. One wonderful example of this is the Christmas rhyme, 'The 12 Days of Christmas' .... but that's another blog for another time.
For now just enjoy the beauty of the Passion Flower.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

The Ceri Ridgeway is a route that was used by Drovers to drove sheep from central Wales through to London, Smithfields. The drovers got a bad name for being rough and drunkards and yet the situation might suggest otherwise. These tough men collected sheep along the way without payment or computerised records and took them all the way to Smithfield market and returned with the payment for the families.
We can see the ridgeway from our front door and hope one day to walk each section of this seventeen mile ridge (all above 1000 feet).


Once again we visited Aberystwyth and found we had made a brilliant choice. The sun had decided to station itself there for the day. This time along with a friend we walked along the sea front and then climbed (Sian went on the funicular railway) to the top of Constitution Hill. There we went into the Camera Obscura and looked over 1000 miles of land and sea in 'living picture form'. From there we walked over the cliffs to Clarach and had a good top up of vitamin D.


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We visited Oswestry for the first time on Saturday 11 August. We both thought it was a delightful place. We shall certainly be going again. The tourist information centre by the church reminded us of Minworth Greaves and Selly Manor in Bournville. The open art exhibition was being judged so we were unable to see the pictures. We came across a new store called M&Co which is a Scottish chain. Welsh is heard here even though it is in England. Many of the statues and plaques together with gravestones have Welsh names.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007


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One of the special joys of living in a market town is that people get to know each other. This is especially true in Wales. Going to the town is rarely a quick affair because you will most likely meet someone and chat. This is certainly the case with the older locals who treat these occasions as a catch up time ... their local newspaper!
Sadly the big cities have lost the personal touch. It is unlikely that the person behind the counter will hold a conversation with you let alone smile.
The holiday season brings with it an immediate change of tone. Different voices, often tense and more aggressive in an otherwise gentle place. But the shops need all the custom they can get at this time of course ... they keep smiling ... who wouldn't with so many sales on offer.


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