On Sunday we visited Down House the former home of Charles Darwin in the pretty village of Downe in Kent.
We managed to get a bus all the way there from Bromley town centre, which was very quick and cheap!!
We had a pot of tea and cake before touring the house and gardens and then did the ‘sandwalk’ where Darwin walked on a daily basis pondering ideas on evolution and natural selection :)
The house was stunning, with furnished rooms downstairs including his study filled with scientific study materials and a more multimedia, display cabinet section upstairs. The whole house had a lovely atmosphere (as old houses do I guess) and enviable amounts of space!
Darwin came from a very wealthy family, having been related to the ceramics pioneer and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood. The wealth of the Wedgwood family enabled him to travel the world on voyages of scientific discovery and spend time in England formulating his revolutionary ideas.
You can read more here http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/home-of-charles-darwin-down-house/
After our tour we intended on walking to High Elms Country Park (approx 2 miles away) but it was a bit cold so we sat in a pub and drank cider instead :P
Whilst waiting for the bus back we noticed that most of the buildings in the village were made of flint
Apparently this was a common building material in Kent before the development of brick building techniques.
The flints were knapped by chipping off the rounded edges which made them much easier to cement and were arranged decoratively with other types of stone and variations in the knapping technique.
All in all it was a great day out and a brilliant start to the exploring season ;)
I am totally in love with my die cutting machine the Silhouette Cameo, every shelf in my house seems to have been taken over by cute 3d paper models and I’ve developed an obsession with finding paper and card…
I’m also learning a 3d modelling program that should enable me to design my own 3d paper cut files :)
Here are a few trees I have cut recently, the orange and pink one is a real stunner, I created it after running out of my fave green paper so am now on a mission to find some more :P
I hope your Sunday’s are going well? I’m hoping to take a trip to Downe in Kent today in order to visit Charles Darwin’s house, then walk to High Elms country park.. it should be a fun day out..!!
A couple of weeks ago Cha guy and I decided to visit the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. I had spent most of my teen years in Greenwich and nearby Kidbrooke and Blackheath but had never visited the museum so it was quite exciting.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
On arrival I immediately recognised a large fresnel lens which had been used to amplify light from the Tarbat Ness Lighthouse in Scotland.
My interest in fresnel lenses comes from their use as a magnifying glass in flea circuses after I had found this amazing clip of performing fleas archive footage in the British Pathe catalogue
performing flea circus
This link is from my archive footage blog, if you click on the picture it will take you to the video
I also managed to visit the ‘Voyager’ video installation that I had given archive footage advice on a few years ago and had been created by ‘The Light Surgeons’
Voyagers exhibition installation
Here are some more interesting exhibits.
Bulldog and Union Jack ship’s figure
Afer wandering around the museum we decided to sit in Greenwich Park and do some sketching, here is my sketch of a fountain inside the herb garden.
Greenwich Park fountain sketch
Here is your desktop wallpaper calendar for April.
It was shot at the botanical gardens in Paris.. I just love the vibrant red colour of the stems with green ‘nodules’ forming on them, it’s a space-age looking plant!
(click on the picture, then again to make it bigger, right-click then save)
April 2013 desktop wallpaper calendar