Winter Wreath Part 1

I saw a few attractive Waitrose winter wreaths a couple of weeks back and decided to make one using, where possible, naturally scavanged materials. I’d wandered around a few places over the last forthnight but had not felt motivated to walk around with a shopping bag full of twigs. With a weekend staying in Godalming, I decided to go equipped on an afternoon walk with a friend

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Hardwick Hall (NT)

I grew up in Derbyshire before I left for University but it was only around my mid-twenties that I started to appreciate just how incredibly picturesque my home is. I must have driven past the brown signs directing visitors to Hardwick Hall thousands of times without thought of visiting. (Although my parents are convinced I had been before.) The recent gift of a National Trust membership, and having explored Surrey’s sites, motivated me to take a peek.

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Lightning

Tonight’s thunder and lightning is awesome. I haven’t heard thunder like this since South America, five years ago. I recorded the the thunder on a Zoom H2N mic. I deleted chunks of inactivity to shorten the sequence to three minutes in the open source Audacity (a free audio editor).

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Photo Mosaic

I made a really cool ‘photo mosaic’ – this is basically a large image made up of lots of other images. You have to decide on the master photo and then choose all the other photos. There’s a few software packages that will do this but I opted from AndreaMosaic (it’s free). The result is below – you may need to squint your eyes to see the overall image.

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