King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath was a summer 2008 public art event to celebrate Bath. Over one hundred life-size pig sculptures were on display throughout the summer all around Bath and beyond – at the end of September I found 59.
It has been a couple of weeks since I completed my walk around the coast of Kent, and I have just read that Google have just updated their high resolution photographs for Kent. As I write they are on GoogleEarth now, but it is normally a few days before they are on GoogleMaps.
Did they get me? Am I on GoogleEarth?? What are the views like…
At the end of January and the beginning of February 2008 I spent 10 days walking the coast of Kent – from Jury’s Gap near Rye to Dartford. While there was a bit of bad weather, which curtailed some walking, I still managed over 150 miles.
I followed the route by David Bathurst in his book “Walking the Kent coast from end to end”. The route borrows heavily from the Saxon Shore Way but sticks more rigidly to the coastline – warts and all.
From a suggestion, and a whole lot of hard work, through kivafriends.org a calendar was developed to promote Kiva. Polls were held to select the photos, and to develop the layout I created.
More information on the entrepreneurs featured in the calendar can be found here on the kivafriends.org website.
In June 2003 I visited Rosminah in Santa Barbara, California. We did a whistle-stop tour of some fantastic gardens and nurseries, both public and private, including Lotusland, Huntington and Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, a new landscaping feature at UCSB, Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria, Taft Ranch (which is now private) in Ojai, and the private garden of John Rees to see his fantastic collection of palms, cycads and aloes.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
Started by Henry Huntington in 1903 the garden now spans nearly 120 acres and contains around 15,000 kinds of plants from all over the world – set within sweeping lawns, vistas and a series of theme gardens.
Created by Madame Ganna Walska the garden is composed of smaller themed areas, containing an array of superb collections of plants within a beautiful series of landscapes and vistas.
Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria
Created by 12 acclaimed landscape designers, the garden offer a range of separate themed gardens and a collection of plants growing in a naturalistic setting.
Taft Ranch in Ojai
Formerly part of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Ranch is no longer open to the public. With Rosminah’s connections we had a wonderful tour round.
John Rees’ Garden
John has a great collection of palms, cycads and aloes in his front and back garden. His enthusiasm was infectious – if only the climate was slightly better in Sussex.
Joining a group tour of the new landscaping, it was fascinating to hear about the development of sustainable landscapes and drainage systems that were incorporated.