Sunday, 26 June 2011

Reasons to visit Hebden Bridge part one hundred and one...

Juan, the guy who balances stones is becoming quite a feature of a sunny day in Hebden Bridge. Today he was out in style and had created his graceful stone sculptures along a large stretch of the river.

I was overhearing a sceptical couple watching him and not believing that he could possibly be balancing them without some kind of aid or magic!

But he does. He stays with his stones for a long long time patiently balancing and re-balancing until he can let go and leave them teetering and seeming to defy gravity. His patience is amazing. He has more that most! It reminded me of a quote by Einstein that I read the other day. He said 'It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.' The stone balancing is a kind of meditation. He gets into a zone with the stones and stays there until they balance.

The other great thing about Hebden right now is all the knitting. You see the bunting in the picture? Every flag is knitted and it's part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festivals ( i got the email about it but I'm a rubbish knitter) 'yarnstorming'. Lots of people made garlands and bunting and colourful knitted buns hanging in trees - even all the bollards wore woolly hats. I love living here.

(I just read that Juan is doing stone balancing classes in town too)

4 comments:

thewillowtwisted said...

While watching him in action is pretty cool, I admit a slight disappointment that it wasn't actually aliens doing this, as I decided the first few times I saw the stones. Yes, I was drunk...

Jennifer Tetlow said...

They sort of look beyond belief, and I see the ducks can hardly believe it either! Must get over and see him in action.

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