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The Whale are back Saturday – tickets still available

This Sat 21 May Three Cane Whale are back at Roundhill Barn for an intimate concert. The trio play delicate, original instrumental folk tunes, and deploy rich array of original instruments many of which would be unfamiliar. “It’s fantastic: Three … Continue reading

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New splash of colour in Kelston clump

This was nice to see after our December bluebell planting efforts. We’re very much hoping these are Hyacinthoides non-scripta and not the other ones; we love Jamon iberica but Hyacinthoides hispanica not so much… Here’s the key to distinguish them…

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Middle Ground Growers’ equinox celebration at Roundhill Barn

We were pleased to welcome our new neighbours the Middle Ground Growers from the other side of the hill for an equinox celebration of their new venture and successful fundraise. Their Weston Spring project is a new market garden growing … Continue reading

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Spring, and the lettings season restarts for Roundhill Barn

Spring and beautiful weather has seen increased visits to Kelston Clump. The Roundhill Barn is again available for short-term hire: see dedicated web site here. Apologies if the lettings team has been hard to contact for some weeks: we had … Continue reading

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More Roundhill pics: Dick Bateman

Dick Bateman, learned retired geography teacher and keen walker who knows Kelston Roundhill as well as anyone, has responded to Ben’s pictures below with some of his own. Maybe its time we revived our photo competition (first prize was a … Continue reading

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New Kelston Roundhill photo book project by Ben Walmsley

The photographer Ben Walmsley contacts us with some photos and questions: I am a photographer currently putting together a series of images of Kelston Roundhill for a book. I was wondering if you had any information about the history, I … Continue reading

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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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