Fish Designs and Designs on Fish – Part 1

fish plateOnto a very proper white wall which was once the outside wall of the original HoBB Cottage, there is a carved plate interrupting the eye yet blending into the surface.

It has an interesting history and still forms part of the wonderful Latham Collection of Fish Memorabilia. From carved fish to paintings, these altogether fishy items were collected by Joyce Latham over many years and have been used by museums, galleries, artists and editorial feature photographers.

At one stage in its life the collection was nearly split up but a large exhibition arranged by Dr. Seddon of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK , placed it firmly back in the public eye in one piece.

Following the publicity, Jocelyn Orchard at the West Midlands Area Museum service, adapted a part of the collection for touring UK wide.

Items from this fishy collection are available for hire to promote and support the fund raising work of the World of Water Charity (WoW Contact)

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant

A HoBB without a round ‘Hobbit Door’? Unthinkable!

A HoBB without a round ‘Hobbit Door’?  Unthinkable!Helen insisted that we build one round door at the HoBB, just in case a volunteer arrived with ‘hairy, leather-soled feet’.

As we were laying the concrete slabs on either side of this door, a ringed racing pigeon landed for a rest, prinked itself, and walked around a bit just long enough to leave its ‘mark’ in the middle of the concrete. I could have towelled over its foot prints, but what a great loss that would have been.

One good thing about it : since the slab was tagged by that one pigeon, no flocks have landed there.

INSET: From a location photo-shoot I recently self-directed (One way of saying that I took the photographs myself!) . These tags are human ones and if there were any pigeon additions I didn’t notice them. The photographs are to be used in a new book of poetry and writings.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant