I thought I’d share the 2013 calendar that I created for family Christmas presents this year. For the last 3 years I have been creating these calendars as a way of sharing the things I’ve seen and done throughout the year with my family and friends, and it’s a great way of remembering the photos you’ve taken after there stored away on the hard drive!
These photos were taken in the museum stores of the South Somerset Heritage Service, the Community Heritage Access Centre. You can see more of them in my blog post Unlocking the Past: Hidden Museum Collections.
These photos were taken at the beautiful Snowdrop Valley in Somerset and feature in my recent blog post Scarlet Elf Cups at Snowdrop Valley.
March features the sculptures of El Anatsui at the Eden Project in Cornwall and features in this blog post Sculpture of El Anatsui.
This beautiful mechanical galleon can be found in the British Museum in London. It dates from around 1585 and comes from Augsburg, South Germany. It is a gilt-copper and steel automaton designed to trundle along a grand table to announce a banquet. It takes the form of a nef, or medieval galleon, with sailors wielding hammers to strike the hours and quarters on bells in the crows nests. It also shows the time on a dial at the bottom of the main mast. Music is played on a small regal organ and a drum skin stretched over the base of the hull. The Electors of the Holy Roman Empire, led by heralds, process before their Emperor seated on a throne beneath the main mast. As a grand finale, it fires its cannons to produce a wonder of noise and smoke to entertain the guests.
May features a full page picture of Bosherston Beach in Pembrokshire, Wales taken on one of the only sunny days in the UK in 2012! It features in my blog post Bosherston Beach.
June focuses on the beauty of the Somerset Levels the wetlands which have numerous bird and wildlife sanctuaries you can visit. I’ve got so many pictures of these places i should definitely create a blog post about it!
The only thing to do to celebrate July and the beginning of the summer holidays than a montage of beautiful flowers. I love taking pictures of flowers; you can’t beat them from vibrancy of colour and interesting shapes!
Kew Gardens in London featured for the August page. The Royal Botanic Gardens were founded in 1759, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Alongside Kew Gardens in London, Kew has a second country garden based at Wakehurst which is the home of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. As well as being one of London’s top visitor attractions, Kew is also a world leader in plant science and conservation. Their work helps to discover and describe the world’s plant and fungal diversity, safeguard the world’s plant life for our future, promote the sustainable use of plants and inspire an appreciation of plants and the environment.
The SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship, advanced for her time. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company‘s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the time of 14 days. The museum at the ship is excellent and well worth a visit.
This autumnal scene was taken at Tyntesfield House, a National Trust property on the Somerset/Bristol border. It’s a fine Victorian country house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser.
This fantastic picture was taken at Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset, a unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. In particular, Hestercombe’s Formal Garden is a fine example of the world renowned partnership between plants-women, Gertrude Jekyll and architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. This photo was taken during the annual Illumina event, where surreal light installations created by Bristol based artist Ulf Pedersen are placed around the grounds for you to discover.
And because it’s a family calendar we had to finish the year on a silly family photo!
The calendars was printed by Vista Print and looked fantastic. If you’d like one (minus the family photo of course) I can make them to any date range, not just January-December. Please get in touch.
- New Snowdrops for 2013 (carolynsshadegardens.com)
- Light Metal: El Anatsui Weaves Delicate Tapestries From Rough Material (galleristny.com)
- New Feature Article on Snowdrops (carolynsshadegardens.com)
- Ghanian artist who transforms bottle tops into masterpieces (cnn.com)
- ‘Preserving Your Heritage’ Calendar 2013 – Surrey Heath Museum (surreyheath-residents.co.uk)
- Calendars – Part 2 (mindfulmagpie.com)
- Our 2013 Calendar (windagainstcurrent.com)
- December 2012 Calendar (adrianlupsa.wordpress.com)
- Franklin Calendar for 2013 (franklinmatters.org)
- Unframed: Tapestries of Trash by El Anatsui (design-milk.com)