FRIDAY FIND – A MORNING AT THE RECLAMATION YARD

It’s not very often you see the Statue of Liberty in Somerset ( in fact never). But Wells Reclamation Yard has everything including many kitchen sinks , and a tank and a rocket launcher !

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Mark and I visited this dream of a place last week to buy old wood to make a backdrop for me to use in my Be Still class.  We were spoilt for choice, so many treasures to explore.

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The quirky up against the valuable this family run business is an Aladdin’s cave.

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We will definitely return there are some wooden block letters I have my eye on and some wooden crates as well.

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Some help ….

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As you can see Mark entered into the challenge, the wood was very old taken out of a Romanian brewery we believe.

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The backdrop is so heavy we have decided to go back for more to make a smaller one , well who could resist…..

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Scrapbook supplies , Anna Aspnes and my own…

Linking with Friday Finds…

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FRIDAY ` EXPERIMENTS

A bit of a marathon post today. .

Random 5 from the top of my head

  • I have had a run of  great films on DVD recently, Mud, The Kings of Summer and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  • The town is surrounded by road works it’s driving all the motorists into a frenzy !!!

  • My iPhone case I designed has arrived and I love it it has spurred me on to do some more photo books.

  • Music this week is Capercaille stunning Scottish folk supergroup.

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My Friday Find is Photoshop I know, I’ve been using it for ages but I am constantly finding new and wonderful ways of playing with my images

My dear friend Sarah at Paisley Rain Boots  has set the Groupies a challenge called ‘My One Thing’ basically it means to try to accomplish one creative thing this week either a lesson from a class,  a piece of writing anything.  Also Cindy at Art is My Life has started a new link up called Show and Share.

So I have tried to jump back into my Photoshop Artistry class.  This class is so full of content that I think I will be learning for a long time,  so whilst I don’t think I will use some of the techniques I have certainly learnt a lot about Photoshop and how to get the best out of all it’s little secrets.

So I started with this image taken at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells about 40 minutes away.
I have tweaked it in Lightroom.
Then I did this
Lots of different layers of rust and texture, I am particularly drawn to architecture and the Gothic style is my favourite. I felt that the woman was too obvious and was drawing the eye far too much so,
I did this.
Adding text lightening up the woman and adding another one in the background. I like the ethereal quality, as if they are drifting rather than walking through the garden. I wasn’t sure about the text so I played around and came up with,
this.

Much happier I got rid of the text added a quote from Great Expectations 
On this day of the year, long before you were born, this heap of decay,” stabbing with her crutched stick at the pile of cobwebs on the table but not touching it, “was brought here. It and I have worn away together. The mice have gnawed at it, and sharper teeth than teeth of mice have gnawed at me.” 
Also I made my figure into a steampunk musician. what I wanted to do was not make the piece too dark and oppressive , I hope I have achieved this.
Then because I liked my steampunk lady so much
 I did this.


Original photograph from Qsimple  at Flickr
Additional digital supplies by Lori Davidson at Scrapbookgraphics.



Linking up with Kim for Friday Finds and Cindy at Art is my Life and Nancy at Random 5
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WEEKEND WALK ~ A TRIP TO WELLS

A trip out to visit the city of Wells a 45 minute drive from Taunton…..Traditionally the title of city could only be granted if the town had a cathedral this became common in the 16th Century when Henry VIII founded dioceses in six English towns…
 Wells is the smallest city in England and it’s history goes back to Roman times when a settlement was founded around the springs that bubble up there…. Wells gets it’s name from these springs which can be found in the garden of the Bishop’s Palace…
We decided not to go into the cathedral as we had visited before and being the tourist season it was very busy…
Although remarkably unspoilt the car is king and even these cobbled streets have to make way for parking….But twice a week the cars disappear and a market takes place….
I would so love one of these coats but alas they are far too young for me……
So we walked around the moat that surrounds the Bishop’s Palace…. It has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years and now you can hire it as a wedding venue … It was being used so we had a wonderful walk around the impressive moat…
We ended up almost where we started but more great photo opportunities came into view….
Such impressive masonry ……
And the wonderful cathedral clock….
And finally the Vicars’ Close 
Built around 1342 and still lived in today by members of the clergy….
I’m going to be back, there are some great independent shops, tearooms and of course more carvings and textures to add to my ever growing library of grunge …..
Thanks Helen for hosting the weekend walk…..
Are you going to join you know you want too !!!!!!

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