Monday, 28 April 2014

Timeless and Elegant.

I only made this border last year.
Timeless and Elegant.
But give me a client that does not mind spending a bit money and I'm in my element. Timeless and Elegant. I'd Say.

 

Monday, 14 April 2014

The 2009 Spen Valley Summer Solstice, Now with Video


Although I posted this when I first started Blogging I now have a video.
 



The 2009 celebration was held at Brenk House Farm, Coxwold by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Burn. Situated on the south west corner of the North York Moors National Park just one mile from the beautiful village of Coxwold. As with many working farms we expected to see cattle, sheep, and tractors depending on the season. But most likely we met Muffin, the Old English sheepdog
As with last year the fun began with Fairground type games such as tests of strength in Nail Hammering, agility in Pea in a Bottle and Splat the Rat. Quizzes and a giant Buzzer game. We were also kindly loaned by our hosts, Gill and Keith their “Labyrinth” game. Although now a days played in fun most of these games have their origin in the day-to-day lives of our ancient descendants.
Though out the evening music was provided by John Clarke

After the revellers had eaten their supper most changed into costume for the next part of the evening. The Bonfire Ceremony, which started with Ian reading the Prayer for the Benediction of the Midsummer Bonfire. Then the Master of Ceremonies (me) gave Instructions and then the Head “Lady of the flowers” lead The Casting of the flowers. The “Wizard of Spen” (Richard) then lit the fire, once again held in a Fire-Pit. Then the rain came down and it was touch and go to if the Torch Light Parade could continue, but in the end it did go ahead.

The Parade was led by the Wizard and MC around the farm and camping field, and blessed the field and crops and the caravans,

The Burning of the Wicker man was
meant to single the end of the evening but most people had had enough of the now quiet heavy rain and this was cancelled, returning instead to the dry barn to dance the night away till eleven o clock.






Friday, 4 April 2014

Rawdon Crematorium

Ahead of Wednesday`s formal visit I decided to go and have a look around the grounds today.
Formal rose and flower beds
The main area is formal with trees and rose beds in the short cut lawn. There are lots of benches with memorial plaques on. To the sides are areas left wilder.

A nice Cedar Tree
Rawdon is on the outskirts of Leeds and the Crematorium is sited on one of the busiest roads going onto the city but despite that there is a lovely air of peace in the grounds.

The Gate Lodge
The Gate Lodge

A stone Gate post
Something interesting from the past?
 

Waited For The Right Time, Place And People.

As I head ever-closer to retirement, I remember at school (Yes 40-odd years ago) a Games teacher said to me “Come out of your shell and ...