Hanging With The Angels

To tick another quest off of my Never Ending Life List I did my first shift volunteering as a Bottling Angel at The Cotswolds Distillery today. It was great to be part of the team at a working distillery and our team (of three) were on Gin duty.

I think it’s a great idea, you do a three and a half hour shift bottling one of their spirits and at the end of the shift you walk away with the experience of seeing and being part of how its done and a bottle of Cotswolds Dry Gin. I was on holiday from the day job today and it was a very different way to spend a Monday and I really enjoyed it.

I’m going to love spending my wages.

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The Brystal Maze

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‘The Brystal Maze’ Gromit is showing his love for The Crystal Maze, the popular British gameshow, filmed right here in Bristol! Designed by The Crystal Maze and Richard Ayoade and painted by Susan Taylor, this incredible design is inspired by each of the four ‘zones’ of The Crystal Maze: Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Future. The ears of Gromit represent the iconic Crystal Dome found at the centre of the maze, with the nose as the coveted crystals that so many contestants try – and fail – to win! Sponsored by Bottleyard Studios, you can find him now at the Hengrove Promenade!

(Text reproduced from The Grand Appeal website)

Plooming Marvellous

Head over to Hartcliffe Community Farm Park and you’ll spy Feathers McGraw feeling (and looking!) as proud as a peacock following his latest heist. The diabolical penguin, designed by artist Amy Timms, is hardly recognizable as ‘Plooming Marvellous’ in his iridescent blue and green plumage. This vibrant peafowl is sponsored by Bristol Post.

(Text reproduced from The Grand Appeal website)

Dias de los Perros

This vibrantly painted ‘Dias de los Perros’ is inspired by the ‘Day of the Dead‘, celebrated in cultures throughout the world. Despite the skeleton appearance, this theme, painted by artist Gavin Strange, is far from spooky! The multi-day holiday focuses on family, community, heritage and traditions. Visit Arnos Vale to see this colorful sculpture in person!

(Text reproduced from The Grand Appeal website)

Penmaenmawr

The north coast settlement of Penmaenmawr shares many characteristics with neighbouring Llanfairfechan.

It’s like the seaside used to be, genteel and low key, with a long promenade, paddling pool and children’s playground, rounded off by a row of traditional beach huts (with a nod to the 21st-century there’s also a skate park).

The big, sandy beach is well suited to sandcastle-making and watersports (there’s a thriving local sailing club), with the bonus of splendid views across Conwy Bay to Anglesey and Puffin Island.

Also in common with Llanfairechan, Penmaenmawr doubles up as a well-located walking and touring centre.

Trails lead upwards into hills crossed by Roman roads and dotted with historic sites that include an Iron Age fort, Druid’s Circle and fascinating Stone Age ‘axe factory’, implements from which have been found all over Britain.

If you’re driving, don’t miss the thrilling trip up and over the narrow Sychnant Pass, the historic route to Conwy.

There’s more history back in town at Penmaenmawr Museum, which recalls the town’s quarrying past.

(and it has some of the steepest cambers I have ever seen on a road – anywhere!)

(Text reproduced from visitllandudno.org.uk)

He’s Back!

As you may have noticed I love a Photo Scavenger Hunt (or two!) so when I heard that Gromit and his friends were being unleashed in Bristol, for the second time, I added a photo of every sculpture to my scavenger hunt quests. Unlike most of my challenges this one will have a time limit as Gromit Unleashed 2 will only be on display around Bristol from July 2nd to September 2nd with 67 statues to find. I’ll post a photo of them as I find them and add them to the list. There were 80 statues in the first Gromit unleashed event and I managed to find 32 of them so I’m aiming for a better final score this time.

(These images are from the Gromit trail back in 2013)

Watch Out Gromit – Gerald Scarf

Hero – Tom Deams

Isambark Kingdog Brunel – Tim Miness

Gromit Unleashed began as a public arts trail in Bristol in 2013, as a collaboration between Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, and Aardman Animations, to raise funds to support sick children and babies at the Hospital.

A Grand Day Out – Andy O’Rourke

aMazing Gromit – Tom Berry

Being Gromit Malkovich – Thomas Dowdeswell

Oops a Daisy – Diarmuid Gavin

Unfortunately the sculptures are vulnerable to vandalism and some people just love to wreck things! Four of the sculptures were damaged in 2013

Here’s the rest of  my collection of photographs from Gromit Unleashed 2013…

Gromit O Matic – Donough O’Malley

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