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I titled this blog in such a way so that people in twenty years time can google stuff and see exactly what we went through – those who survived the 1976 Heatwave showed no such consideration to us did they! I suppose they could blame the lack of social media…. About that… social media makes EVERYTHING seem a hundred times worse. If you believed everything you read you’d believe that multiple hospitals and surgeries had to close due to the heat, roads melted and swallowed up whole houses, 50,000 lightning strikes hit the UK in ONE HOUR igniting several billion acres of fields…



It wasn’t quite like that, but it was a hot one and there were times when it did appear as if the whole country had gone mad. The heatwave began with the smell of smoke wafting into Hampshire from Salisbury Plain, much of which is a desginated military firing zone. Because of this and unexploded ordinance the risk to people putting out the fire was deemed far greater than those who the smoke was wafting towards. Rightly so! Then there were the ‘central reservation fires…’ The episodes every few days when someone on the motorway would chuck a cigarette end into the centre of the road and ignite the long grasses growing there. There were the threats of hose-pipe bans (South hasn’t had one so far), and the days when being alive just seemed realllllly difficult at thirty degree heat and 28 degree C for sleeping in.



People now talk about the Heatwave and blame it for their inadequacies or inability to do something… Oh… Forgot to take the bin out? It was the heatwave… Driving like an idiot…? Heatwave. And so on. Work carried on however and in my particular air conditioned office (rare around here), I still went to work with a cardigan and scarf. This completely messed up my body temperature when I went outside of course and I spent most evenings alternating between shivering and nearly passing out. But I can’t imagine the working day without air con!


Anyway, I can’t really remember how many days it’s been but we left June in sweltering temperatures and it’s now the 28th July, for some places in the UK there has been 50 consecutive days without rain. We’re not used to that – we’re basically Seattle Lite here!


Oh and the time between the last blog entry and these latest ones…? Blame the heatwave. I do.

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“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Temperatures hit 25 degrees c this weekend so we decided to head to Project Workshops open day before it got a bit too warm! The place is absolutely amazing and we were lucky enough to see some very talented Artists at work throughout the morning.

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We caught a glimpse of Chief Whip Sir George Young photographing the Romsey War Horse which was being worked on right in front of us by Amy Goodman.  She even had the person there who she was using as her muse for the soldier, and it was fascinating to see her make the relevant measurements and adjustments.

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The Romsey War Horse has become possible due to campaigns for a permanent memorial to the thousands of horses shipped into battle during WW1. Romsey in Hampshire has been chosen as the location for this memorial due to the fact that around 120,000 of the horses and mules involved in conflict passed through a depot just outside of the town.

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We also saw the inspiring works of Elaine Peto who is a Ceramiscist based at the workshops. Some of her creations were absolutely amazing, and incredibly unique. Each piece had emotion and attitude and several such as the foxes, even had feathers in their mouths to make them more unique. There were other beautiful creations by other artists too….check out the owls below!

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We watched a live glass-blowing demonstration which never ceases to amaze me. The art of creating those beautiful glass pieces that we saw practically everyday is just incredible. At the workshops, Mark Taylor and David Hill are the Roman Glassmakers and they create reproductions of Ancient Roman vessels completely by hand.

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There was also Robyn Golden-Hann who is a traditionally trained stone-mason. She was there hand carving her latest piece so that visitors could see the efforts that go into making these beautiful carved letters. And not forgetting Marek Woznica who created Metalwork and Jewellery…

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The atmosphere at the workshops was incredible. Everything was light, open and airy and the studios were beautiful settings for showing off all of the individual artists works. Being able to see the Romsey War Horse being worked on as we visited was also a huge bonus.

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Added to all of that, entry was free, parking was simple and easy and the air smelt lovely with the BBQ food provided by Parsonage Farm. It’s just a shame it’ll be another year before they open the doors in such a way again! (Appointments can be made with each individual artist as needed though).

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