Good news – bad news – good news.
When my sister was staying we met up with my son and his two boys: Big Bro 5 and Little Bro 3 and went off to the Hardy Monument just above the village of Portesham, where my sister and I lived with our family as teenagers. Recently the monument to Admiral Hardy (of ‘Kiss me Hardy’ fame) has been renovated and acquired by the National Trust. For £2 you can climb to the top and on a good day, see as far as the Isle of Wight.
Good news: It was a good day, look at that clear blue sky!
I had checked the Monument would be open from 10.30 am and we arrived at 11am.
Bad news: Annoyingly the car park was locked shut and we had to park a little further along the road. We thought that by the time we got there the monument would sure to be open, and
Good News: it gave the boys a chance to ride their bikes.
and for us to have a walk and enjoy the views
if we hadn’t made this walk we would not have come across this wonderful stone seatinviting us to …
Just perfect on such a day.
The view was hazy looking out towards the Isle of Portland
but the sun was gloriously warm and the boys had fun cycling across the heath amongst the gorse and the heatherand in the old quarry
where the boys (both big and little) had fun climbing up the slopes.
Have you been on a walk in your neck of the woods recently? Leave a link in the comments if you’d like to, I’d love to walk along with you.
Posted in land art, sculpture, stone, walks
Tagged Black Heath, Dorset, family, Hardy Monument, heath, lettering in stone, stone carving, stone seat, walk, Wednesday Walk
Miss E (my 6 year old granddaughter) asked me if she could ‘do some art’ with Sarah at the Sculpture Hut and so I booked a session and off we went with our packed lunch and warm coats.
E just loves Sarah’s studio and enjoyed looking at, and talking to Sarah about, different pieces there
she decided to have a go at some stone carving, trying out different tools
and how to make shapes and marks on the stone.
She worked with a chisel and a mallet to make a carving of a shark leaping up over the edge of the piece of stone and then did some
filing to soften the edge.
Stone carving is hard work for a 6 year old but she worked for about 45 mins before needing a break.
She discovered that when you come across a fossilised shell in the stone the stone is harder to work.
We went down to sea to look at the rocks that had been broken by the storms and found fossils in them.
and found a warm sunny ledge to have our picnic lunch on and watch the fishermen
and do some knitting – the crocheted blanket was great charity shop find which lives at the hut and the knitting will be a jacket for Miss E.
It was a really special creative time at Granny’s Hut
Miss E also worked with clay – pictures of her creations to follow in another post.
Following on from the previous post: A few more pictures of our very enjoyable Open Studio day yesterday
If you missed it come along on Sunday, 11th August, when we will be combining our Studio Day with an Open Studio for the Portland Legacy Trail .
Posted in children's art, painting, sculpture, stone
Tagged children painting, children's painting, Dorset, open studio, painting, Portland, Portland Legacy Trail, Spirit of Portland, stone carving
The sun came out after all for our free open studio afternoon, and we had some lovely people seek us out. With the stonechat team on hand we had lots to offer: thank you! It felt good to be working together for the island community festival sharing our talents and our wonderful creative space.