As if from outer space!
Grey, with a curious greenish tinge,
smooth to the touch,
and comfortingly rounded.
Yesterday they sat just inside the outer gates of the hospice garden
like a group of walruses basking in the sun of a sunday afternoon.
These particular ‘walruses’ are well travelled for they are glacial boulders. Voyaging in some great glacier perhaps 20,ooo years ago from who knows where to whither who knows?
Dropped by the glacier during melt, probably their next journey
was to the Oxfordshire depot of Stoneworld, a leading UK stone supplier.
Which is where we found them within a pile
as a calm and sunny fork lift driver turned the heap for us, while we hummed and harred over their various faces and sizes and how they suited our vision.
Well, pretentiousness is part of our trade!
We went for some kind of calm homogeneity in colour and shape. Our selections were reserved for us on pallets.
Their surroundings were grim but we liked the blackthorn blossom watching over them.
On Friday ‘the walruses’ set out again, this time to St. Peter’s Hospice in Brentry, Bristol.
Here they sit awaiting their next move.
It will be today and it is their shortest, for they will travel by digger round the side of the therapy room into this space:
Here all seven will be placed in a kind of directional alignment in a moraine like planting of grey plants and tawny grasses with emergent flowers of blue, purple and white.
They will be a key component of a reflective garden on one side of the hospice’s new therapy room.
We hope they are happy there!
R and L.