A visit to Bristol and a look at Isambard Kingdom Brunel

We  recently visited Bristol for a few days. We had a great time and went across the Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by one of my heroes; Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We also found several appropriately decorated Shaun the Sheep dotted around the city; Bristol’s answer to Norwich’s dragons.

bristol suspension bridge at nightThe Clifton Suspension Bridge; an iconic symbol of Bristol

Sean the sheep brunelShaun the sheep- another famous Bristolian ‘does’ Brunel

I looked at Brunel’s birth chart; he was born at 0; 55 on 9th April 1806 in Portsmouth UK. This makes him an Aries with Sagittarius rising and moon in Sagittarius. He had a very fiery chart suggesting an enthusiastic visionary. Most of his planets fall in the Eastern hemisphere of his chart (left hand side) again suggesting a self motivated energetic pioneering individual.  Indeed he was a pioneer and designed the first steam powered transatlantic ship the Great Western which also won the Blue Ribband for fastest transatlantic crossing. He then went on to design the Great Britain the first iron hulled propeller driven ship to cross the Atlantic. He was also courageous and actively involved in building his designs and was not afraid of dangerous situations. Indeed, he was injured and almost drowned as a young man whilst working as assistant engineer in the Thames Tunnel. Later he was hurt in a fire on the Great Western but this did not deter him.

He is famous for his works on bridges, tunnels and viaducts designed and constructed for the Great Western Railway where he became chief engineer in 1833. He transformed Victorian Britain and created lasting structures that are still in use today. Unfortunately, the building of the Clifton Suspension Bridge was delayed due to riots and then a lack of funds so Brunel didn’t live to see it finished. It  was completed after his death as a tribute to him, the design was altered from his original specifications but the bridge  is attributed to him.

He was known to be a workaholic existing on about 4 hours’ sleep a night. Jupiter, planet of expansion rules his chart and is in hard working and ambitious Capricorn. It is interesting that inventive Uranus is conjunct Saturn planet of building and time in Libra in his 10th house, the house of career. Mercury which rules the mind is in Taurus, another earth sign so it is fitting that he was an engineer creating buildings, they are also very attractive and Venus planet of beauty rules both Libra and Taurus.

He was known as a very kind person and had Venus, planet of love and friendship in Pisces, a very gentle and loving placement. Unfortunately he died at 53 from a stroke but packed an awful lot in to his life and provided a lasting legacy for Great Britain!

References

Photo of bridge http://c1038.r38.cf3.rackcdn.com/group1/building2642/media/media_62723.jpg

Photo of Shaun

http://www.instagramal.com/tag/shaunthesheep

www.astro.com/astro-databank/Brunel,_Isambard_Kingdom

www.bbc.co.uk/…/brunel_kingdom_isa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isambard_Kingdom_Brunel

In pursuit of the ‘blue moon’.

HI there,

I went looking for the blue moon and am fortunate to live in the sticks so I soon found it. My short walk up the lane was rewarded with a wonderful view of a beautiful luminous golden moon rising. I love watching the moon and always get a buzz when I spot it, definitely a magical moment.

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   Blue Moon July 31st 2015

Talking of magic, my son and I followed the popular interactive art trail in Norwich and went in search of dragons. There are 84 GoGo Dragons dotted all around the city which have all been decorated by different artists and sponsored by local businesses in aid of Break a children’s charity. The dragons are beautiful; very varied and great to search for, we had fun. Two of my favourites are;

Dragon Fly by Ross White in the Forum

dragonfly gogodragon

dreamland gogodragonand  Dream Land  by Hannah Nelson in Castle Mall.

If you are in Norfolk why not go on a dragon hunt too?

Claire