There was quite a collection of other works, many of which have been worked with a chainsaw and there is usually someone on hand working, who will answer questions. I just photographed my favourites.
I love this bird of prey - he'd look lovely in our garden but we might put off the visitors to our bird table.
I can fully appreciate all the skill which went into creating the other pieces but have a very soft spot for this deer made from small branches picked up in the forest.
The Heritage Centre is a museum whose exhibits cover three floors and include archaeological artifacts from the Stone Age right through almost to the present day and featuring the flora and fauna of the area as well as industrial and social exhibits. There is a good cafe selling home made food using locally produced ingredients and a gift shop, as well as other small retail outlets selling locally made crafts. The entire area was once a thriving mining community for coal and ores. When the mines closed there was a great deal of hardship but now the area is an attraction for tourists and there seems to be a gradual upturn in the local economy. My husband sent some of his family photos to the museum and they have been on display along with many artifacts from the various industries and trades which were worked.
Back at home, progress on the completion of the capping round the edge of our pond is slow, but the work will be done in two weeks time. We did the whole job ourselves when the first pond was put in but that was 20years ago and we had youth on our side then. I didn't realise that the plants I dug up in such a hurry would have to wait so long before being replanted and wish I'd taken more care in potting them up, however, they look alright and the weather hasn't been too hot so they should survive.
I'm still making strips of textured bits and pieces for my 'allotment'. I keep chopping and changing and can't make up my mind how to present it but think it will have to be a soft wall hanging and hung like a quilt - it wouldn't look right in a frame though that would be easier. It's very labour intensive and there have been times when I've thought 'why am I doing this?' To quote Magnus Magnusson when he hosted Mastermind - 'I've started, so I'll finish'.