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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in High Cross House |

A rainy August day

A rainy August day

This is my last official week at the House. It’s possible that I may stay a little longer as I prepare the sound installation which goes in the first week of September, but I may not. It’s a mild, drizzly August day: farmers who have not yet cut hay are now kicking themselves as they watch crops soak up moisture just at the time when moisture is not what’s wanted. Many have, however. We’ve felt surrounded by the noise of combines, and have met combines or massive tractors or massive lorries loaded up with hay just once too often on the back lanes. Summer is feeling both ripe and a little tired. Even the corn fields are getting up to head height, which after the past few years of rotten summers feels like a major achievement on their part.

Onward with the tea set. It arrived yesterday so I was finally able to see if the various electronic bits will fit inside. I think they will, although there will be issues around the wireless charging and whether it will work through two layers of plastic. I’ve taken the ‘PowerMat’ apart and it seems like it will be relatively easy to repurpose it. Unlike a completely home-brewed system however I’m limited by the maker’s design which is to restrict the range of the device. This may make it more difficult to use.

I’m also going to have to have two tiny buttons showing, which is a shame in terms of design. I’m hoping that these will be visually very minimal, and I don’t yet know where they will be. Hopefully I’ll be able to have them available without too much compromise to the design and without compromising the structure of the cup itself.  The cups are rather beautiful, although they would for decades have seemed naff. Hard to estimate the age, but sometime in the 1950s or 1960s is probably a good estimate.