April 22nd, 2017

Rain At Long Last

Rain- a very soft rain- but persistent. This is the first proper rain we've had for weeks. It's been an exceptionally dry April.

My instinct was to pull a face and complain but then I remembered how much planting we've been doing and how much I'd been hoping for this.

One More From Kemsing

Another headstone from Kemsing. Clearly from the same workshop- and using much the same pattern as the Wigzell stone- but, equally clearly, by two different hands- with the carving on the right appreciably less naturalistic than that on the left. I wonder whether master and apprentice worked side by side or separately- perhaps with an interval of years.

It's a double headstone, commemorating husband and wife, with a heart/cherub's head in the middle, linking the two roughly symmetrical halves at the top. Double headstones are common enough but I don't think I've seen anything like that linking motif before. It's like a Valentine's Day card in stone.