Here Be Fairies

Bronwen Bradshaw

At the Fairy Cave Quarry At the Fairy Cave Quarry

When you drive through Stoke St Michael on the Mendips, you can sense that stone is part of its story. The grey stone houses, small, mostly, workers’ homes, the huge quarry lorries that you can encounter round any tight corner. Before you get there, on the the road from the A361, you pass several working quarries, and then the basalt quarry: Moon’s Hill Quarry, with the deepest, finest basalt around.

Moon's Hill basalt quarry Moon’s Hill basalt quarry

The Fairy Cave Quarry is on the other side of the village, hidden down a  narrow leafy lane. It’s small (relatively, when you see the size of Whatley), not too overgrown, and closed to the public. So all the more exciting that it will be open to all during SAW, October 3 – 18th. I went there yesterday for a photoshoot with my still unfinished piece “Here Be Fairies”. This…

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GEOCACHING

There are two geocaches located in step in stone venues, see http://www.geocaching.com for more information. Look for SEED or PAVIMENTUM. Alternatively, these are the geocache coordinates:

PAVIMENTUM (Westdown): N 51° 12.273 W 002° 25.178

SEED (Halecombe): N 51° 13.368  W 002° 26.011

“Silver Birch Seeds” made by Yr 7 students from Selwood Academy, Frome with Fiona Campbell

Nick Weaver  6/9/15

Collecting feathers and bones.

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Spent the evening exploring the Fairy Cave perimeter and collecting feathers and old metal washers. The quarry echoing with the sharp clinks of climbers enjoying the last evening sun on the cliff face and the ever-present crow calls. I had intended to cast more tracks however the recent heavy rain meant that the the little mud was underwater with large puddles covering large areas of the quarry floor.

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Duncan Cameron  1/9/15