Cee’s Odd Ball photo Challenge – Week 34

Wash-Day

Wash day at a Scottish Fishing Village

Catching the breeze and all that fresh ozone a rather quaint tradition that has stood the test of time, a scene that has probably not changed much over the centuries.

An idea for Week 34 of Cees Odd Ball photo Challenge

Other participants can be seen on :- https://ceenphotography.com/2016/08/24/cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge-2016-week-34/

Odd Ball

26th August

(C) David Oakes 2016

Advertisements

The Bird has Flown……..

DOI_9367_00043-bb

The Birdcage Arbour, Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire

Once upon a time, along time ago….there lived a Blacksmith named  Robert Bakewell (1682 -1752). In 1706 he was engaged to build a Arbour in the gardens of Melbourne Hall.  It was his first major work of art and it showed off his skills as a creative Blacksmith.  The Arbour was built to overlook the main garden pond and to provide uninterrupted views over the lawns to the Hall…

DOI_9376_00052-bb

Descriptively named the Birdcage it was never intended as an aviary.  It is a creative  and intricate construction of interlaced ironwork all decorated with entwined metal leaves and a gilt symbols.

 DOI_9363_00039-bb

In over 300 years the Birdcage has remained unchanged and I guess the view back to Melbourne Hall is also much the same as in 1706…still imposing.

DOI_9386_00062-bb

Robert Bakewell creation of the Birdcage was only the start of a creative lifetime. His Blacksmith skills were used in Churches and Houses across Derbyshire…but along with the Birdcage I guess it is the Iron Rood Screen in Derby Cathedral are the most noteable…and yes, you can detect the same craftsman style, his handwriting so to speak, in what is a very different tribute to his skills.

DERBY-CATHEDRAL-029

The Rood Screen, Derby Cathedral

As for Melbourne Hall….well that is another  piece of Derbyshire history.  I will share that with you tomorrow and reveal its Australian connection.

26th August

(C) David Oakes 2016