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Boxing Day planting bluebell bulbs; a gift from Middle Ground Growers

Boxing Day we planted a mass of English bluebell bulbs in Kelston clump. It always feels like an ideal location for bluebells, but we’ve never seen any flowering in there until spring 2021, and even then it was just a … Continue reading

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Two Kelston Roundhill poems to mark Winter Solstice 2021 – by Jon Hamp

Winters lighthouse keeper There should be a lighthouse here.Here, high upon this hillIt’s arm would hold us steadyand guard the western wall. & it’s great light sweeps the stars from white horse manes,esplayed on Eastern hills and turns to fracturesnow … Continue reading

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Reflections on 2021 Winter Solstice at Kelston Roundhill

On 21 December a couple of dozen of us dressed warm, gathered at Roundhill Barn and walked up to Kelston Clump to watch the end of the year’s shortest day. It’s great to mark the Solstice properly; it marks something … Continue reading

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Can spreading curds and whey encourage the growth of mosses and lichen?

The conservation architects I used to live with spoke of soaking bricks in ox blood to get an authentic colour and spreading milk and yoghourt on walls and benches to encourage the growth of mosses and lichens. Does that even … Continue reading

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Advent Brushes Clean – poem by Jon Hamp

The weight of winter buildsto lean against the summer dam,The dark deep waters whisper, fading, softlyHere I am.Winter trees.Distant cousins to the summer siblingsthat we knew,Winter takes an artless brush topaint our reverieMountain blue.The water forces flowers and sticks apart,Sending … Continue reading

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Kelston Roundhill from Bristol

People say you can see Kelston Roundhill from many places in Bristol. I think this photo (shared with me by Tim Graham) makes the point pretty well. This was from a “24 hours in Bristol” photo comp site which – … Continue reading

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Open-air humanist wedding in Kelston clump (likely not the first or last)

It was a great joy and privilege to host Anna and Owen’s wedding on the summit of Kelston Roundhill. It was a simple and natural ceremony, conducted in the open air in the middle of Kelston clump. Refreshments were served … Continue reading

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Life on a working farm: the Countryside Code

Kelston Roundhill is a working farm, and when you plan an event on a working farm you have to take certain things into account. There’s a reason the Countryside Code is clear about leaving gates as you find them. This … Continue reading

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Brock’s Outdoors Adventures offers archery and axe-throwing open day Sun 15 Aug

Billie Brocklehurst, new outdoor activities provider (see below) invites all to an open day of archery and axe-throwing at Abbots Copse on Kelston Roundhill. Sounds like fun. Refreshments (excellent tea coffee and cake) available.

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Kelston Roundhill event: reflection on the events of the last year

Kelston Roundhill makes a fine gathering point at times of crisis and stress. We invited the noted humanist celebrant Isabel Russo, a director of the excellent Good Funeral Guide, to devise a specific one-off ceremony for the community for 26 … Continue reading

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