Category Archives: Wiltshire

Friday Bench: Remembrance

 

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Topsy-turvy

A different way of seeing Lacock Abbey… from inside a camera obscura placed in the grounds. The projected image is always upside down, hence this topsy-turvy view. William Fox Talbot used a similar one at the Abbey for his research into photography.

It would be great if the National Trust moved theirs in front of the window which Fox Talbot used to produce his (and the world’s) first print from a photographic negative. It would have a sense of the world turning full circle.

It was a strange feeling to be in what looked like a shepherd’s hut and to find this projected image when the door was closed. Even stranger to see other visitors upside down as they passed by!

The National Trust have at least one example of a camera obscura view of the Abbey in their archives. This one is a view of the cloisters.

 

Friday Bench: Rosa ‘The Fairy’

Rosa ‘The Fairy’ has gone a bit bonkers this year. She’s in a pot, goodness knows what she’d do if she was in the ground!

It means the bench is out of bounds for a while whilst she sprawls about and makes herself comfortable.

Update: I’ve always been a bit uneasy about a rose which has 3 different colourways on offer in the catalogue. According to the RHS, the pink version is ‘The Fairy’ and I see the online offerings now show this as ‘Red Fairy’. Looking at my rose and their photos, I think I may have a case of Rosa mislabelledanthicus!

Friday Bench: With cowslips

An unexpected continuance of last week’s bench with spring wild flowers theme. I’ve been meaning for ages to photograph the restored ex bench in the Donkey Field nearby.

A walk back from town in the spring sunshine last week provided the ideal opportunity… and the discovery of a flash of butter yellow cowslips to brighten my view.

Looking at the previous photo, it’s interesting to see how the bench’s surroundings have changed. When it was an ex bench there was lush growth around it. Today’s bare ground and a stray pop bottle suggests it’s well used.

It’s that usage which probably allowed the cowslips to re-emerge or take hold for the first time. Around here they thrive and provide delight where the grass is kept relatively short.

Friday Bench: In the news

It’s not often that a bench hits the international headlines. Even less so when it appears to be at the centre of a spy drama. The fact that it’s such an ordinary bench and around 40 miles from me means it just had to feature as a Friday Bench.

There’s no photo as they’re copyright, so you’ll need to take the link.