Monthly Archives: August 2016

Fishing Temples 1 : the earliest survivals

Its August and I’ve been sitting admiring my lake – how’s that for showing off?  It’s about an acre in extent and stuffed full of hideous fat carp.  It’s an attraction for local fishermen and there’s often one sitting on … Continue reading

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Welwitschia mirabilis: “the ugliest plant in creation”?

What a mouthful that is! Even worse when you realise it’s the Latin name of a bizarre plant ‘discovered’ by a man born in the Austrian Empire of Slovak origin, who worked for the Portuguese monarchy in one of their African … Continue reading

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Artificial Stone 4: Post-Coade potteries

While Eleanor Coade’s factory was the dominant player in the artificial stone market in the late 18th and early 19thc there were others. A few using their own magic mixtures and from the 1820s onwards others began using the new … Continue reading

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Artificial Stone 3: Coade broken

In two earlier posts we have seen the rise and triumph of Eleanor Coade’s artificial stone business. [Catch up on them at:   http://wp.me/p4brf0-vR6  &   http://wp.me/p4brf0-vR8 ]  Eleanor was a successful entrepreneur dominating the market in architectural decoration and … Continue reading

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