Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Artificial nature


My Beloved and I went to Painshill Park on Sunday. We'd never been there before and I was amazed to find that absolutely everything is artificial. That cave in the picture? It's built of brick. The stalactites are oak frames with plaster on top then quartz and other crystals stuck in.


There was a whole huge area where you could see the oak frames because they're renovating it. It's like an 18th century Disneyland.


The water wheel pumped water into the lake.  I tried to imagine what it must have been like digging out the lake without the use of bulldozers.


It must be spring because we saw two drakes fighting over a duck and a couple of ducks mating. Well my Beloved said that they were mating, either that or one of them was trying to drown the other by holding its head under the water. Not my idea of safe sex.

Edited to add: Scarlet Blue has provided a link to the official website. Now why didn't I think of that?

18 COMMENTS:

Robin S. said...

Fake cave stuff and sex-drowned ducks - I love it!!

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks, Robin!

Scarlet Blue said...

That's quite clever. I will look up more about it.
Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

HERE.
Sx

Old Kitty said...

Doesn't it look real though? The cave not the nasty drakes - (ps. if you see a small woman yelling "leave her alone" and throwing badly aimed pieces of toast at said drakes and poor female duck - it's more likely me!).

Hope you and your beloved had a great time - I really am most impressed and will now visit the handy link from Scarlet Blue - thank you!

Take care
x

fairyhedgehog said...

Scarlet, thanks! I've added that link into the post (with due credit to you).

Kitty, by the time I'd realised what was happening the half-drowned duck had surfaced and gone off! I'm glad I'm not a duck.

Wings in the Night said...

Are you sure the ducks were real? Maybe you just stumbled onto some pornographic playland for waterfowl enthusiasts?

fairyhedgehog said...

Wings, now there's a thought!

Sarah Laurenson said...

pornographic playland for waterfowl enthusiasts

LOL

I love the idea of making my own 'natural' cave. Might have to do that in my backyard. In my abundant spare time, of course.

Very intriguing place.

fairyhedgehog said...

Sarah, maybe you could do a smaller one. Plaster over a tent, say.

Ann said...

A fake cave. How novel. The ducks, well I think I will that one alone.

fairyhedgehog said...

Ann, I think the ducks will be quite happy to be left alone!

Disgruntled Bear said...

Thanks again for the link last week. The shirts go out today. Oh, and I just nominated you for a beautiful blogger award on my blog. Take care!

fairyhedgehog said...

DB, many thanks! I don't actually do awards at the moment but I'm hugely flattered and enjoyed reading all the other blogs you'd nominated.

Wendy Ramer said...

I found you at Maybe Genius, and decided to follow as soon as I read this description of fairyhedgehog: books, writing, chocolate, cats. You've mentioned my 4 favorite things in life, so you caught me. (If you'd only had a history in Spain instead of France, we would have been soul sisters!)

fairyhedgehog said...

Hi Wendy,I've learnt a teensy bit of Spanish, enough to say please and thank you, and I went to some adult ed classes in Italian. We're not far apart at all, really!

I love your blog. I was in hysterical laughter over the cockroach story and I may use your post on poetry as an inspiration for a post of my own.

Bernita said...

And those look like Canada geese in your last photo.

fairyhedgehog said...

Bernita, I think they were geese although I'm not sure what sort. The ducks we saw were ducks, though!

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