With daylight hours growing but the weather in general still somewhat wet (sometimes downright cold), I've found myself on the weekends with excellent light but far too wet and/or cold outside to get work done outside the house proper. This combination, however, has made for an excellent environment to pursue various items on the Tanglewood Winter 2012 list--and I thought I'd post an update about that.
Today I was finally able to work a bit more on #3, "Hang Stuff Up". I took the opportunity of a particularly sunny-but-wet afternoon to unpack a bunch of the wall hangings and began to stage them around the house in various locations, looking for places for them to go.
I was almost immediately drawn to my collection of Green Men plaques. The Green Man, for those who don't know, is a pagan figure from Celtic myth who is most commonly associated with the coming of Spring. (In Celtic myth he's more than that of course--he's the Hunter at Halloween, became Kris Kringle at Christmas, and is the iconic New Year babe at the turn of the year). He consorts with the Green Lady (sometimes called Mother Earth) who of course is also heavily tied to the end of Winter and the coming of Spring. I quite like the character and appreciate a good likeness of him, with the result that over the years Colleen and various others have given me several plaques and busts. Given the virtual blank slate I have around this place, I decided that I would focus today's energies on finding a better home for them than the box they'd been resting in since the move.
There was a lot of climbing and hanging, moving and tweaking, measuring and re-hanging before the afternoon was complete, but eventually I found homes for most of the Greens. Some large round depictions (three Green Men and one Green Lady) found their way to the sides of the central fireplace, while some of the smaller plaques were arranged down the stairs. I discovered quite by accident that the smaller ones are the perfect size for covering the blank plates put in near each window for the future roll shutters, and so I'm thinking of trying to order another 50 or so if I can ever track down the source (problematic). Two large Green Men in the Fall Harvest representation (stag horns, lots of berries, etc.) that double as candle holders have yet to find a home as I need someplace where I might nominally light said candles--and besides I don't have any of the proper-sized candles for them yet anyway.
I was also able to identify where a couple of large tapestries are going to go, though by the time I was done with the Green Men I'd mostly run out of daylight. I'll take the whole task up again in the next couple of weeks if I can, though of course once the weather gets decent enough it'll be time to focus on Ye Olde Shed again.
So certainly everything isn't where it belongs yet, not by a LONG shot...but progress has been made! And every little bit helps.
Steven in Colorado
P.S. I didn't think to get any pics, but will try to do so the next time I spend some time hanging stuff up.
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|Some of the small Green Men found a home along the stairwell.|