Things that make you go 'hmm'…
Stripes and swans
I have used these papers before on two books that were made using a coptic binding. I think they work very well as a ribbon binding – very jolly.
Kim over at Laketrees has updated her amazing resource ‘Top 101 Artists’ Blogs’ and I was pleased to notice that I have crept into the top 10 (actually number 9). The rankings are according to Technorati authority and it must have been a mammoth job to compile the list and keep it up to date. You can check it out by clicking on this link.
I have also just noticed that I have been nominated as a ‘Blog You Can’t Live Without’ over at Should Be Famous. I haven’t reproduced the list as it is quite long but you can check it out by clicking on this link. However, as they do not tell who has nominated which blog, I’m not sure who to thank for my inclusion! Thank you anyway, whoever you are!
Now for the very bad news. You may or may not know that I live in Dorset. Not too far away from me is a beautiful village called Abbotsbury, which nestles behind Chesil Beach. Chesil Beach is a pebble beach 18 miles long which stretches north-west from Portland to West Bay. For much of its length it is separated from the mainland by an area of saline water called the Fleet, a lagoon. The photograph above is one I took in the summer. You can see Portland in the distance and the Fleet lying behind Chesil Beach. There is a swannery at Abbotsbury on the Fleet. It is a unique place where you can walk in amongst vast numbers of nesting Mute Swans and to quote from their web site
“The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040’s. The monks farmed the swans to produce food for their lavish banquets. St Peter’s monastery was destroyed in 1539 during the dissolution. Some of the ruins are still visible around St Nicholas’ Church in the village. Swan feathers played an incalculable role in England’s cultural development. It was from them hardened in hot sand, that quill pens were cut”.
The terrible news is that they have just found that three of the swans have died from the deadly H5N1 strain of Bird Flu. When there was an outbreak in Suffolk last year, all the birds were culled – this would be even more tragic if this had to happen at such an historic and special place. For more information about this check out here and here.
I am watching the ducks on my river very closely, any signs that they are looking peaky, I shall be alerting the Flu police….