Stone heads

Stone head 4: caryatid

Terracotta head

A terracotta plant holder in Wales, via England and, ultimately, Italy.

Strictly speaking this is not a stone but a ‘burnt earth’ head.
Based on the top portion of a caryatid figure, a column in the shape of a draped female which supports an entablature on a classical temple.

She looks quite smug, as though she’s chuffed she’s managed to survive ten or more years of British winter frosts.

Stone heads

Stone head 3: companion

Stone head 3

The companion to Stone Head 2, another of the ancient faces on the 15th-century Refectory in Congresbury, North Somerset.

He looks to be frozen in the act of saying something witty.
I wish I had something witty to add to this, but I’ll leave it to others to think up an appropriate comment.

Good neighbours

Good neighbours 3: Stokes Croft

Good 3

Stokes Croft, Bristol

Another example of individuality within conformity.

Red brick and uniform shop frontages unite the ensemble.
On the left, a Dutch gable tops off a severely classical fa├žade.
In the centre sits a utilitarian design, probably fronting a workshop or warehouse.
On the right a more Baroque interpretation is also surmounted by a Dutch-inspired pediment with the merest hint of curves.

You might just spot a 20th-century building peeping over the top, but despite being brick-faced for me its height and mass would not class it as a Good Neighbour.


Landscape 1

Snowdrops Daffodills Crocuses

Is it Spring yet?

Yesterday, we had intermittent sleet, snow, hail, rain and sunshine.
One of the hazards of being nearly 250 metres above sea level with 500 metre hills behind us.

Today, on the other hand, it’s been sunny and less cold.

A few days ago snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses decided it was spring.
Whether you count March 1st as the beginning of this season or the vernal equinox around March 21st, nature makes up her own mind; and so Spring it is.