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Magical medieval maze

 

Lyon

If you ever fancy a colourful trip back in time then this place is for you. Situated on the west bank of the Saône river, the medieval part of Lyon (Vieux Lyon) is made up of buildings that date from the Renaissance period and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unspoilt cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden passages give you a real sense of being transported back to another era. If you are into puppets then Musée Gadagne houses a world collection – the best exhibition I’ve been to in ages.

A feast for the eyes

You really have to look twice at this incredible picture. It’s not a model, sculpture or photoshopped image. Seedsman Greg Schoen of The Seeds Trust got this ‘Glass Gems’ corn from his ‘corn-teacher’, a part Cherokee man in his 80s.

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Hidden gems

I can’t believe I’ve never noticed these before. Tucked behind the seafront at Boscombe, Bournemouth are these brilliant public sculptures. Designed by Dorset artist Andy Kirkby, all seven sculptures feature a blue glow at night and are made from materials including bronze, copper and cast iron.

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Stop. Look closer.

This is sand seen under a 250x microscope!

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Shout out

To Lisa at Lost Plots –  Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Creator of Hand Crafted Curiosities.

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Model student

My brother’s collection of puppets, which he made while studying 3D Animation Technology at Staffordshire University, are bursting with detail.

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Going wild

 

serpent

The Craft Village was only a sliver of Wilderness, a sprawling festival in Oxford celebrating the arts and outdoors. You could try skills such as silversmithing, stone masonary, felt making and loads more unusual crafts. I spotted this serpent skimming through the field with turtle friend in tow.

Paper mache monsters

 

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What originally started off as a Basking Shark spotting trip down on the south tip of Cornwall turned into a surprise weekend of colourful events as the annual Golowan Pagan Festival, Penzance was in town.

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This banner in the middle of town tells a different story behind the festival preparations, ha ha!

I love gardening from my head tomatoes

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Here’s some tomatoes I grew from seed, which I then put into empty toilet roll tubes as seedlings (you can use any cardboard tubes). They’re biodegradable so you can stick the whole thing into pots or in the ground. I covered them with left over bits of wrapping paper to make them look cute, which seemed to work, as they sold out at the local summer fete. They’re great as beginner plants for kids and if you grow a variety like ‘Gardener’s Delight’, you’ll get a really good crop.