Painswick; village of Pan.

Painswick Rococco Gardens. Highly recommended if ever you get the chance. The area has a surprising history of association and involvement with Pan, from a book written about Pan terrorising the villagers of Painswick (written by a resident), to the construction of a ‘house of Pan’ in nearby woods, as a site of invocations to Pan and neo Pagan rituals by the local gentry in the 1930’s (or thereabouts) and the local church once having, incredibly, a statue of Pan on its tower. The statue is now buried ; whereabouts unknown, after a particularly sour vicar ordered its removal. The associations go deeper still; the village and area seem steeped in Pan worship. Oddly, when I reached my starting point for a walk to visit the site of the old ‘house of Pan’, my iphone was playing a song called ‘we are all Pan’s people’. A good omen I thought.

The Great God Pan himself, in Painswick Gardens.


The folly tea house.


The plunge pool.


Painswick church, 1930’s style.


Yew walk.


The onanistic gargoyle.

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Bluebells and Arums

May means trips to WestWoods for the famous display of bluebells. It really is a natural wonder though; to see nothing but an ongoing carpet of blue-ness rolling on beneath the trees as far as one can see. Amazing. Walking through the woods around Barrow Common today though I was struck by how they play host to a similar spectacle: Wild Garlic or Ramsons. In just the same way, the forest floor there is just a mass of white flowers everywhere. Just as amazing as the bluebells.

I’ve scaled these images at 100% so apologies if you are viewing on a smaller screen as they probably wont fit (but honestly, they wouldn’t look that great small anyway).







The Arums are back, though I can’t seem to find any larger ones that haven’t been eaten. The quest continues.




For Aaron, English Woodland Springtime (enjoy):







And finally; not a great picture but I just wanted a shot of nothing but ramson flowers:





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