Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Found in a wall



Both in Saltaire. And I can't decide which is the more attractive... the link with the past or the sight of nature asserting itself.  I think I'm right in saying that the sliding metal plate is a coal-hole, through which they used to deliver coal into the coal-shed in the terraced property's back yard.  As for the ferns, I remember being entranced as a youngster, learning about the mysterious life cycle of a fern.  Often overlooked, I find them really pleasing plants, especially contrasted with the rough stone as they are here.

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  1. Ferns are always impressive, aren't they? But I'm really struck by the design that makes a simple metal plate a little work of art.

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  2. Isn't it amazing how a fern can cling onto nothing and grow except when I put it in a pot and then it dies.

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    1. Ha, yes, I've noticed just the same thing!

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  3. Great finds. I'm always amazed when ferns (or similar) seem to grow straight out of stone...

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  4. The coal-hole cover is art, isn't it. Today such a plate would be plain metal without any ornamentation. While I'm not a great fan of Victorian design, I do miss the need to put a little extra touch on the purely functional.

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  5. A coal shute, what a fabulous find from days gone but Jenny, I would have been thrilled to find that. It's so fascinating where you see plants growing, I've seen them growing out Tarmac in the road..weird!

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  6. I love both these images, Jenny! The days of coal are long gone here and most places I think.

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