At the risk of becoming a terrible name dropper, my interview with Nicky Chapman for Escape to the Country went very well; what a lovely lady and she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and had a go at some stone carving. I now know that the programme will be broadcast in the Autumn, but don't have a specific date as yet, when I do you will be amongst the first to know.
Talking of having a go at stone masonry don't forget we are running our own in-house course in July for two days, it would be great to meet any of you that are able to make it as I'll be giving a workshop tour as part of the event.
Hopefully you have been keeping up with the peregrine updates, there has been a huge amount of interest. The chicks are being weighed and ringed on the 7th of June, I'll report back once that is done but they're growing at a phenomenal rate.
Some of my team and I have been helping out at Salisbury Museum too in preparation for the opening of their new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology, which fittingly contains an item placed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex during their visit. We moved a three-quarter ton limestone coffin and a blue stone, all in a day's work!
I've taken a couple of groups of people who sponsored a stone as part of our scheme on a tour up onto the scaffold recently, some people had seen their stone being carved in the workshops and this was an opportunity to see them in situ up on the building, hopefully they enjoyed it and I had some lovely feedback both from this and from the tours we did for Secret Salisbury, which was much appreciated. Time is almost up on the scheme now, so don't hesitate to join in if you would like to.
The Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival is well under way now, we hosted Close Encounters on the first Saturday that finished with a spectacular firework display. I had an unusual view of them from the Cloister roof as I was on fire watch, a bit like John Betjeman on St Paul's during the blitz, well, sort of! See, I told you I was becoming a chronic name dropper, let's see what references I can shoehorn into my next update...