Friday, 16 August 2013

Summer at almost full circle

Today the steady rain reminds me that Autumn isn't too far away. Mowing the lawn yesterday I spotted the first yellowing leaves falling and now the calendula and crocosmia are beginning to flower. Among the leaves of the hop vine are this year's comma caterpillars, strange, spiky creatures, bright with splashes of orange and white, munching their way to adulthood. The garden is also being visited by young jays, still without their full wing plumage and tails. Evenings are arriving sooner, filled with cricket song, dragonflies and the odd hornet and wasp checking out the table for any late suppers. Summer at almost full circle, with the hops and grapes starting to fill out on the vine.



Thursday, 15 August 2013

Ripplestone Review Biennial Awards 2014

I am happy to announce that this year sees the return of the Ripplestone Review Biennial Awards. Postponed from 2012, all the nominees from 2010 ~ 2012 will be included in the 2012 ~2014 awards meaning that I have a fantastic four year selection of reviews to whittle down into a worthy set of winners.
Just to clarify, the Ripplestone Review is a blog where occasionally I review stuff. Films, music, places visited, exhibitions etc and then, every couple of years, I decide which have been the best and send them a nice homemade certificate of appreciation.
I shall be posting up a list of categories and nominees once the summer break is over sometime in September 2013 and will announce the winners in January 2014. Certificates will go out after that. It is always a pleasure to get a chance to thank the hardworking and dedicated people bringing great entertainment/art across a range of creative platforms and disciplines so, thank you and good luck!

Trisha xx

Monday, 12 August 2013

British Drift Championships (Round 4) at Lydden Hill

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than at one of the South East's race tracks, the lovely Lydden Hill. A one mile circuit nestling in a natural bowl in the middle of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this family friendly circuit was hosting the fourth round of The British Drift Championship, sponsored by Maxxis. There were three classes racing, Semi-Pro, Pro and Super-Pro and while the weather stayed mild the action was extreme. For the winners and more information on the championship visit their website here.
For more information on upcoming events at Lydden Hill click here.












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