Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Long Axis through the Espaliery

This week's blogging will provide more information on the Axial lines that underpin the entire design concept of the House Gardens. These Axes were all designed to reflect the annual movement of the sun, marking the passage of the solar year,  as described in the section referring to The House Gardens on the page  Garden Design at The Drip

The gate that leads from the turning circle in The Forecourt is the beginning of the Long Axis that was the subject of last week's blogging. On the Midwinter Solstice, the sun sets at the end of the Long Axis. Conversely on the Midsummer Solstice the sun rises above the head of this axis.

Open the gate, and you enter The Espaliery.  In this photograph you can see the solar panels that harness the power of the sun and generate all our electricity; on the Autumn Equinox ten days ago,  Clive noted in his journal that our solar power system generated 132 amp hours. In the centre of this axis a Sundial is intended to mark the intersection of the Long Axis with the Minor Axis that runs from The Old Cottage Garden into The Espaliery.

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