What I know of the divine sciences and Holy Scripture, I learnt in woods and fields. I have had no other masters than the beeches and the oaks.

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153), France

Golden Glow

8 Comments CherryPie on Jan 18th 2015

Portsmouth Command Field Gun Crew

THIS BRONZE STATUE AND FIELD GUN
COMMEMORATE THOSE MEN FROM PORTSMOUTH
COMMAND WHO COMPETED IN THE ANNUAL FIELD
GUN COMPETITION AT THE ROYAL TOURNAMENT
AND TRAINED AT “ROYAL NAVAL BARRACKS”
PORTSMOUTH FROM 1947 UNTIL CESSATION OF
THE TOURNAMENT IN AUGUST 1999

Memorial

THE PANELS AROUND THE PLINTH DEPICT THE
HISTORY OF FIELD GUN AND COMMEMORATE THE
BRAVERY OF THE BLUE JACKETS WHO TOOK PART IN
THE RELIEF OF LADYSMITH 1899. THE SAME COURAGE
AND COMMITMENT WAS SHOWN THROUGHOUT THE
YEARS OF THE COMMAND FIELD GUN COMPETITION
UNTIL ITS CESSATION IN 1999.

6 Comments CherryPie on Jan 17th 2015

Figurehead of HMS Benbow

The figurehead is of the bust of Vice Admiral John Benbow, the commander-in-chief during the War of Spanish Succession in the West Indies where he subsequently died from his wounds in 1702. He wears a wig and cravat as shown in contemporary portraits. The figure wears armour and the lower part is draped in red cloth.

Vessel history:

The ship, a 3rd rate, 72 gun vessel, was built at John Brent of Rotherhithe’s private yard and was launched from the same location in 1813. HMS ‘Benbow’ took part in the Syria Campaign in 1840 as part of an Anglo-Austrian-Turkish fleet. In 1848 the ship became a marine barrack vessel, then later in 1854 accommodation for Russian war prisoners and finally in 1859 a coal hulk at Sheerness. She was broken up by the Castles of Woolwich in 1895.

10 Comments CherryPie on Jan 16th 2015

Stray Ram

Intervention

The Run Around

Evicted

14 Comments CherryPie on Jan 15th 2015

Mother & Child

Sheep may safely graze and pasture
In a watchful Shepherd’s sight.
Those who rule with wisdom guiding
Bring to hearts a peace abiding
Bless a land with joy made bright.


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8 Comments CherryPie on Jan 14th 2015

Hidcote

Hidcote was aquired by the National Trust in 1948, when Lawrence Waterbury Johnston, who made the garden the garden at Hidcote departed permanently for his garden in France.

It was an important acquisition, important not only because of its quality, but because it was the first property that the Trust acquired specifically on account of its garden. Here the Trust learned to garden.*

Hidcote

Hidcote

Hidcote

Hidcote

Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.

Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It’s the perfect place if you’re in need of gardening inspiration.

Find a quiet spot and sit on one of the ornate benches and watch green woodpeckers search for their lunch or listen to the calls from the buzzards circling overhead. Time it right and you might catch a glimpse of the elusive hummingbird moth.

Meander through the intricate gardens and into the Wilderness. This secluded stretch of tall trees is just right for a picnic. Take a glimpse beyond the boundary and see the garden blend effortlessly into the countryside beyond.

The Monarch’s Way path runs close-by. Follow it for a brief time from the car park and into the chocolate-box Cotswold hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim. You’ll be treated to traditionally thatched stone cottages that were once home to Johnston’s gardeners. They’re now owned by the Trust and rented out.

Hidcote

*From the Hidcot Manor Garden National Trust Handbook

14 Comments CherryPie on Jan 13th 2015

Gieve & Hawkes

‘A man from Gieves, the naval outfitters, came to measure me for my uniform, the trying on of which my father personally supervised. I was proud of the blue, round jacket with its brass buttons and cadet’s white collar tab and of my naval cap, and paraded in them before my sister and brothers.’

11 Comments CherryPie on Jan 12th 2015

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