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The Cement Menagerie 1

The Cemenrt Menagerie 1The Cement Menagerie is a piece of true folk art set in the village of Branxton, which is at the site of the Battle of Flodden in North Northumberland.  This garden of  animals, people, inscriptions and angels was created by John Fairnington to delight his only son, Edwin, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Edwin lived in the village all his life, looked  after  by John and his wife Mary, and was apparently a happy person.  John Fairnington, who was a joiner by trade, created life-size drawings of all the figures, and his friend James Beveridge, who was also a pensioner, made the creatures out of cement.  The Cement Menagerie is in The Fountain House Garden.  It is a strange,beautiful and touching work of art.

See also: telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardenstovsit/3325952/Incredible-hulks.html

June 17, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Tweed, from Wark 2

Wark 2

April 26, 2015 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Tweed from Wark 1

Wark 2

April 26, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wark in Northumberland 1

awark1A small tree growing on the edge of the mound of grassed-over castle ruins.

April 26, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Signs

Signs

January 25, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Old Entrance

acorn

September 28, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cheviots and a Yellow Field

yellow field

Even driving in the car, with the windows closed, one can smell that rank, sweet, pervasive scent of the oilseed rape. He said to me: “I wonder what Van Gogh would have made of these fields,” just at the same time I was wondering the same thing. Nothing as yellow as this, bad for the breathing, but astonishing to look at (through itchy eyes).

April 24, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

November Walk: Across the River II

anorham2

November 23, 2013 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

November Walk: Across the River I

anorham

November 23, 2013 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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