Sunday 15 August 2010: Life on Jupiter
A lovely sunny afternoon pottering around Jupiter, followed by a belt-busting Chop Chop feast in commemoration of mother's latest birthday.
This is us sitting very still (apart from Her Fidgety Bellaness, of course) inside Andy Goldsworthy's Stone House - a simple, empty stone cottage built around an area of exposed bedrock. I think the idea is that it's kind of unsettling going into a building to discover a more rugged environment than exists outside.
Once of the nicest things about Jupiter is that you can touch, enter and explore all the works without hindrance - there are no health and safety notices or 'do not touch' signs. Apart from on Life Mounds, which you're respectfully asked not to run or climb on (although you can walk anywhere you like on it). I became very irritated therefore with the stupid inconsiderate mum who let her two kids spend an hour running, climbing, jumping and sliding all over them.
I was equally annoyed with the stupid mum I saw at the end of our street on our way there, who stood totally oblivious as her daughter ripped down a sign asking people not to park there on a certain date so they could clean the gutters.
Doomed, so we are.
Oh, and we met another blipper with their mum leaving Jupiter as we arrived. This individual likes to keep their Bliplife secret, something I neglected to remember as I introduced her to my mum as 'a blipper'. Oops... I hope there weren't awkward questions in the car on the way home... "How do you know those people? And.. um... what's a blipper?"