These two set up home in the park in November, I've only just remembered to post them on the forum. As our neighbourhood is called Craig-y-Don, we have called the top one Craig and the one in the hole Don.
They are the work of Mark Earp, if you google his name you can see more of his work on his Facebook page.
Lots going on at the park the last few weeks. Here are some of our volunteers saying Diolch yn Fawr, thank you very much, to Calor Gas for awarding us a grant of £2,500 from their community fund, to replace the outworn safety matting under some of the play equipment. Lots of community groups had applied for grants, and Calor Gas put all the proposals to a public on-line vote. So we chivvied all our friends and relations to vote for us, and we came out on top.
Our Victorian drinking fountain is sadly no longer functional. We asked the council if we could get it restored to working order, but were not allowed for fear of legionnaire's disease. Still, it's quite a handsome landmark, with a Bible verse inscribed above the water outlet - Jesus' words to the woman at the well, about "living water". So we suggested to a local church they might like to clean it up and remove the dirt and lichen that were obscuring the lettering. That was done one balmy evening, with a couple of the park volunteers joining in, and we made quite a difference - this is the "before" picture.
The Calor Gas result came out just in time for us to announce it at the Party in the Park, our annual summer fete, in which the local beekeepers took part for the first time. Peter went home pleased with the day, having sold all his honey. Lots of local charities and businesses took part, the sun came out after a drizzly morning, everyone had lots of fun and we raised over £2k for the park funds.
Some of that came from people paying £1 to guess the name of the boat. This outworn dinghy was freshly painted and presented to us by a local children's hospice. We are calling her "Crest of a Wave". We bought in a few tons of topsoil and the council nursery supplied the plants. We are having a brass plaque engraved and when that's ready we will have a naming ceremony.