Friday, 23 October 2015

Codi Cerrig - Raising Stone

In recent years I've charted the development of Blaenau Ffestiniog's new town centre, with sculptures and poetry linking back to its slate heritage. For a long time I've wanted to get Howard (the sculptor) to explain what it's all about. This is what he said:

And if you'd like to see a different side (slightly) to Howard's work, he has an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Machynlleth which runs until 9th January 2016.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Leather Jackets and Crane Flies

Late September early October is the time when badgers and crows dig up our bank to get at the crane fly larvae. These larvae have thick skins, hence the name 'leather jacket'.

It's a bit of a mess for a few weeks, a bit like having your lawn scarified, but fresh growth soon fills in the gaps.

According to Wiki .... The adult female usually contains mature eggs as she emerges from her pupa, and often mates immediately if a male is available. Copulation takes a few minutes to hours and may be accomplished in flight. Adults have a lifespan of 10 to 15 days.

This couple chose our freshly laundered duvet cover for their love nest! It was blowing in the wind on the washing line.

The lower crane fly has lost its back left leg.