We are busy celebrating 10 years of visualising and illustration – any excuse!

We are busy celebrating 10 years of visualising and illustration - any excuse!We were travelling north and we suddenly felt like celebrating, so stopped off in Bakewell, had a slap up breakfast in a cafe, resisted buying their Bakewell Tarts but sat sipping tea and covering our two paper serviettes with doodles of dancing eggs and cutlery.

It’s risky to leave any piece of paper close-by as it beckons the creative hand and teases out the inventive threads of ink to dance the way of the mind.

Often a ‘doodle’ will do the trick when communicating ideas and concepts and I believe that ‘drawing’ is as much an International Language as English. It could be a more International Language if everyone could draw or simply doodle out their thoughts to each other.

If you see ‘drawing’ as a skill that should be taught as a language, I would love to hear from you. Say “hi” offline or online.

If you know of a centre to empower children with this international skill, send the details to me and I will put up a link to their work.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Wood Gabions

Wood GabionsNot the most long-lived of systems but wood ‘gabions’ certainly blend into the background scenery fast. In the short term, these untreated Oak framed, branch lined and rush filled supports are keeping back the natural slide of soil that occurs year on year. Soil has filled many of them so a lot of nearby tree roots have taken advantage of this.

In one location alongside the Vegetable Garden, the Wood ‘gabions’ have been left clear of soil where the structures are built alongside tree roots and within the drip area. This is to ensure the tree roots get air and the tree remains healthy.

I’ll be probably working with regular gabions of galvanised wire with stone-fill when we start work on ensuring the top road remains level. These work well and function for years as riverside protection and by roads cut with resultant steep sides. I have also noticed an article in a recent Architectural Mag. showing the use of these gabions as a wrap around wall/ wind insulation system and in one gardening program, flexible ‘rope’ light was interwoven through the stones of a set of gabions that formed garden surround seating.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant