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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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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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