Drove across with Elaine to the Talos Art Foundry this morning, located outside the village of Quarley, Hampshire, near Andover.
Nicola (Godden) was putting the final touches to the first two castings of our Green Swan trophies. Wonderfully, one of the first two awardees, Sasha (Dench), had also driven across from Dartmoor to see the pieces come together.
Delightful team at the foundry, which itself is part of a cluster of artistic studios and endeavours at Lains Farm. Geoff Moate took us under his wing and steered us around the various stages of the mould-making and casting processes.
Had genuinely never realised how much effort goes into making a bronze sculpture. Afterwards, Elaine, Nicola, Sasha and I repaired to The Hawk Inn in the nearby village of Amport.
Wish I had had time to tramp down to see the swollen stream that runs alongside the village, with glorious kingcups (aka marsh marigolds) flowering on its banks. Seemed a little early for them – but happy to see them whenever they grace the landscape.