Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Lots of Bishton


The rooms of Bishton Hall have been turned this week into the repository for an enormous bric a brac sale.

The family have moved out earlier in the summer and the place has been sold, to make a hotel, probably - so all the contents have been put up for auction. Lock stock & barrel. There are so many pieces that it will take a week to finish the auction process.
Viewing the lots has proved a sombre activity.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Knot no longer


'Match Of The Day' is back tomorrow, as Premier League football returns.
But this screenshot of one of the programme's opening credits (from last season) is now quite redundant, sadly, and will never be seen again.
It features the Stafford Knot and the iconic bottle oven, both signifiers of Stoke City Football Club. Which was relgated to the Championship last season.
Sob.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Algae tracks


The hot summer means lots of algae growing in rivers. It is so solid here on the River Sow at Shugborough that the ducks make tracks through it as they swim.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Yellow golf course


Just so hot...!
Even the grass at an expensive golf club, like this one at Pattingham, is dry and yellowing at the perimeters.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Hot WW1 day


At the annual Draycott Fayre, we found a gentleman in full World War One uniform, explaining the function of a forward-position observation dugout. It was a fascinating, fear-inducing insight.
The poor man was incredibly hot in his heavy uniform & cap - but refused to take even the jacket off ... "out of respect".

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Peak strolling


Walking down to the river bridge from Alstonefield... in the Staffordshire Peak District

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Pink runners


A view of Trentham Gardens round dusk. The pink band on the right-hand side of the photo is a group of runners, competing in The Race For Life

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Bishton colours


Bishton Hall, home to the Stafford Northcote family (and a Catholic prep school) - in its autumn colours

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Fine art borders

Art-work, part of the Foundation Year exhibits, at the Staffordshire University Fine Art Show 2016

For all the talk about migration, not one of us would want to be out there on the migrant road, existing in squalid, horrible conditions.and fleeing from them too.  Behind all the rights & wrongs, and all the arguments, it's no place that any of us want to be.
This installation art-work, part of the Foundation Year exhibits at the Staffordshire University Fine Art Show really brought this home, I thought.  
What a horror to have to be in a world where no-one wants you.  Pity The Poor Immigrant, as Bob Dylan said.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Fine art rabbits

Staffordshire University Fine Art Show 2016

The Staffordshire University Fine Art Show for its final-year students should be a glorious romp of creativity; and fizzing with original ideas.  You're only young once!
But for the past few years, it has been rather dull and uninspired in my opinion. Some stuff looks very professional, yes - but flat - while the rest is just take-it-or-leave-it.
The university has also hidden the exhibtion away, off the main site, as though somehow this work doesn't fit with the smart design courses in the rest of the institution.

The work of Lisa Nash (above) did seem striking though. She is trying to grasp just how and why animals have become so central in our imaginations.
The figure is holding a new-born/foetus rabbit.