You will recall from a previous post that over the past few years I have created a personalised calendar as a Christmas present for Mr C. For 2016 a fellow blogger sent me a lovely calendar in PDF format that I was able to print off hang on the wall above my computer. I enjoyed his beautiful photos so much that when the year ended I left the calendar hanging up with December’s photo as we crossed over into the New Year of 2017.
I was wondering what I would replace it with until I received an email offer from Moonpig on half price calendars. I thought the offer was too good to miss and created a January gift for me. I am impressed by the photo quality and printing, so next year I think Mr C will be getting a personally created but professionally printed calendar at full price. He is worth it
I tried to mix the photos about a bit but some of them are inevitably the same as the photos I chose for Mr C. Below is the front cover photograph that I chose for my calendar as a bit of fun. Seeing it full size and professionally printed I think it would make a good advertising photograph for Bottle Green or the Alnwick Garden
PS: Click on the top photo for links to the original uncropped photographs
There has been a bit of a technical hitch with my blog hosts causing my site along with many others to be offline for several hours. The tech guys have been working flat out to get it resolved and here I am with a little bit of colouring that that I did last year. I used watercolor pencils but did not apply water to blend.
I couldn’t quite get the angle to frame the moon and the cathedral in the same photograph. I could have done with a bit of time but my companion would probable have got bored and impatient whilst I wandered around for the perfect angle.
The second photo shows the top of one of the trees from the first photo.
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
This delightful wooden ram is situated above the the Smith England Hairdressing Salon.
The wooden ram above dates from the shop’s former use by Stonehenge Woolen Industries, set up in the early C20th by Catherine Lovibond, with the aim of regenerating the rural economy. The firm continued in business till 1959. *
The ram was recently renewed by Salisbury Civic Society. Situated next to the salon is this wonderful gateway.
*From a signboard on the Smith England building
During my July visit to Salisbury I was rather taken with Roly’s Fudge Pantry’s presentation of Stonehenge. An article from the Salisbury Journal provided more information:
STONEHENGE has had a tasty makeover in time for National Fudge Day which takes place today [June 16, 2016].
Roly’s Fudge Pantry has unveiled what is dubbed as ‘Fudgehenge’ for the special occasion and is made entirely from the shop’s best-selling Vanilla Clotted Cream.
The idea for ‘Fudgehenge’ was dreamt up by former PR and marketing directors, Steven Jones and Sarah Orton the co-owners of Roly’s Fudge Pantry Salisbury, when they observed how many of their customers visited Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral.
Steven said: “Stonehenge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the UK and less than 10 miles away, with many people combining a visit to both the famous prehistoric site with a visit to the cathedral built in 1220. We thought ‘Fudgehenge’ would be an amusing point of interest for thousands of international visitors that will flock past our window this summer on the way into Salisbury Cathedral.”
The model took Sarah several hours to construct with the help of photographs, a sharp knife and cocktail sticks to balance the fudge arches. Now Roly’s Fudge Pantry plans to display the ‘Fudgehenge’ sculpture in its High Street shop window until the end of Augusst.
At the time of the display Roly’s Fudge Pantry were running a ‘Guess the Weight of Fudgehenge’ competition.
… Ancient Temple In North America Reveals The Key To Ancient Wonders
When I visited Stonehenge I was tempted and bought this book from the shop.
More than 30 years ago on the remote plains of southern Alberta, Canada, scientist Gordon Freeman discovered a Sun Temple. His study of the site led him to find incredible similarities to Stonehenge. Canada’s Stonehenge not only predates England’s Stonehenge by about 800 years, but also predates Egypt’s pyramids. Freeman discovers that 5000 years ago Britons and Plains Indians made precise astronomical observations at these two sites halfway around the world from each other at nearly the same latitude.
In his 30-year quest to understand these two sites, Gordon Freeman has measured, photographed and made many recordings of Sun rises and sets through the Stonehenge structure. He discovered a complete solar calendar, the same calendar as the 5200-year-old one in Canada. The observer does not stand within Stonehenge Circle, watching the Sun rise and set through the relatively large gaps between the Stones. He stands outside the Circle, observing the dates on which the first and last flashes of the rising and setting Sun cross lines marked by narrow slits that cross the entire stone structure. Freeman finds the artistry of the calendrical construction astonishing.
I found the book fascinating. The author reveals unexpected astronomical alignments between the stones and the manmade features in the wider landscape, including alignments with the mysterious cursus which allowed me to view that feature in a new light. As mentioned in the title the author’s journey started at a North American site, familiar to him. His journey took him to Stonehenge and other sites including Newgrange and the Preseli Mountains where the bluestones of Stonehenge originated. His findings at the various sites make interesting reading.
The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs and maps illustrating his findings.