This is insane. You can now fly from Bath to Kelston in the visual idiom of the online building game that every child and gamer is currently obsessed with. Leigh Dodds has created in Minecraft this visualisation based on Ordnance Survey digital map data. If I’ve got my bearings right the Roundhill is in our sights at 1:17.
Last month Leigh (see his blog DataSulis) won a BathHacked award for his pollutant levels visualisation (I missed that event; I couldn’t even manage to get the date right, let alone the data).
Albert Backholer working on Kelston Roundhill in 1959
The ashes of Albert Backholer were scattered on Kelston Roundhill on Sept 26th. Albert, his brothers John and Denis and his father all worked on the farm with Andrew Dinham, who said Albert’s passing was the end of an era. This photo of Albert in 1959 was sent in by his son Steve.
Thursday 18th, the day the Scots voted on independence, saw a huge storm in the south west. This long-exposure shot with Kelston clump in the distant horizon was taken by Matt Prosser in Keynsham:
Winners of the Clump photo competition were celebrated on 16 August at a picnic held in two Army tents.
Overall winner, for a whole season’s series of epic pictures (among many favourites we chose the clump under a highly significant May full moon) had to be Matt Prosser. Matt wins a Bath Soft Cheese, presented by Hugh Padfield, and a jar of Kelston Roundhill honey prepared by Dr Clive Smith. Another award of single-estate Rodden Apple Juice from Dorset went to Graham Padfield for his picture of the barn in the setting sun. Finally BonnieMarie (from whom we think there is more to come) gets an award of a bottle of cider (contributed by Matt) for her rainbow on the clump (is it beaming energy up? or down?).
Many thanks to all who came, judges – especially Paul Clarke for his insightful comments – contributors of photos and of prizes. Main aim was to ensure that no-one went home with the prize they’d brought in the first place – successfully achieved we think.
Kelston picnic photo; tents and table supplied by Ed Strutt
Kelston picnic group photo by Matt Prosser.
For next year’s August picnic we plan an “any media” competition for expressing the spirit of the place. Also – inspired by Theo – soapbox races. Ideal occasion for that with a long, steep bumpy track and at least half a dozen qualified doctors and nurses in attendance.
Reminder: we’re having a competition of photos of Kelston Roundhill. Details here, except we forgot the deadline was last Friday so it’s extended to this Friday 15 August. Celebratory shared picnic this Saturday 16th. Prizes include finest Bath Soft Cheese. Use email for picnic details or to mail any photos: see about/contact.