“During the Han dynasty in 132 CE, polymath Zhang Heng invented an ‘instrument for measuring the seasonal winds and the movements of the Earth’ (Houfeng Didong Yi, for short): the first seismometer. “
“All over the world, through time – people have carved images of things which matter to them – often in places which matter to them. “
This amazing woman left behind not just the fond memories of those who knew her but stored inside her garage is an outstanding geological collection.
“A neighbour told me that one of the Orkney Stoney Snakes, has slithered its way to the sea-wall at the Bay of Hinderayre.”
Further Thoughts on Stone Basins in Argyll
“stone basins occur in many forms and likely had different functions. “
In the process of locating and exploring a number of deserted settlements in Mid Argyll, we have come upon several unusual rock basins at three sites and seen some in other situations.
With Orkney’s glorious garden festival now almost over for a year the residents of Finstown have a permanent reminder of its success.
“The cairn has all sorts in it – a stone with a fossil, which we found on a beach. We don’t know what the fossil is, but it’s a bit of deep time, there, in our cairn.”
“There’s something about stone carving – words or images, carved into stone, sometimes of such soft things – leaves, fur – how do they make something so hard, portray something so soft, so effectively?”
“At the moment, I’m reading ‘Hutton’s Arse’ by Malcolm Rider. “