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What to do with old maps!

mapchairI have now found out why my desk was covered with glue and scraps of paper earlier this week!  A ‘crafty’ friend is currently making this beautiful map chair covered with old British road maps!   When it is complete the chair will be sold to raise funds for the Wiltshire Scrap Store, who have already sold similar chairs covered with scraps of comics and wall paper.

I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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Puffin sandeels LindisfarneWhile staying up north recently Mapsareus made a visit to Lindisfarne or Holy Island, just off the Northumberland coast.  This tiny island which can only be reached by crossing the tidal causeway, has many attractions for those who like the quieter life.  Mapsareus particularly enjoyed the bird watching and he took this photo of a Puffin with a mouth full of sand eels. The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is the winter home for many wildfowl and wading birds, making it a haven for the bird watchers among you.  The island is also a home for seals and a wide variety of wildflowers.


However if it is history and culture that interest you, then there is the remains of Lindisfarne Priory to visit, an important Christian site, where the beautifully illustrated Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, the island was also invaded by Vikings and includes the Tudor castle, now owned by the National Trust.

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GoGo Gorillas in Norwich

Gorilla Gladstone Gorilla Alan Partridge Gorilla Boris Gorilla Guy

I finally got to Norwich at the weekend and had great fun with my two younger nieces hunting down gorillas!  The standard of artwork on some of these gorillas is just amazing, and some of the artists gorilla King Kongmust have spent many hours perfecting their creations.  Congratulations to all involved and let’s hope plenty of fun has been had by all the visitors and the charities involved all benefit.  The re-painted Freddie is back in place, and although not officially part of the numbered trail, we also found the Alan Partridge Gorilla!  One point my nieces were disappointed on, was the lack of small merchandise to commemorate their day, a missing opportunity to raise funds for the charities I think. Gorilla Bradley Wiggins

If you want to catch these the GoGo Gorillas yourself, you need to be quick as the trail is due to close on 7th September and then the gorillas will be sold at auction.

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Yarn bombers at Saltburn Pier

knitting on Saltburn PierMapareus was surprised to come across the evidence of “yarn bombers” or “guerilla knitters” on Saltburn Pier recently!  Personally I love these slightly quirky displays of street art, and love to see them.  Have you any photos of “yarn bombers” art?

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Bath’s Royal Crescent

Part of the beautiful city of Bath, great place to visit over the Bank Holiday weekend!

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Bath’s Royal Crescent is a street of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent.  It was designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774.  As one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom it has been appointed a Grade I listed building.

The Georgian stone façade remains much as it was when it was first built, with its curved façade and Ionic columns. The 114 columns measure 76 cm in diameter and the central house (now part of the Royal Crescent Hotel) boasts two sets of coupled columns.


Linked to Friday Fences.

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