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 Photo-a-Day      (Wednesday, 25th March, 2020) Views: 1,365 
Ancient and modern
 Ancient and modern   by David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
The heap of rubble was The Hermitage, which was the Presbytery for St Marie’s Standish, until the new Presbytery - seen dimly through the trees, right of centre, was built.

Comment by Helen of Troy on 25th March 2020 at 07:40
I think nature will always have the upper hand David. We mess with it at our peril.


Comment by Poet on 25th March 2020 at 08:49
As a boy the old house was a den.
It stood empty in the trees for all my childhood.
The stairs and floorboards creaked as we moved in the silent rooms. One cold winter we lit a fire in the big grate.

Looking at this photograph feels like that final scene in Blackadder when the lads ' go over the top ' then slowly fade to poppies and birdsong.


Comment by Mick on 25th March 2020 at 09:13
Always a lot of Daffodils in these trees.
A few years ago I was having a wonder in the rubble and picked up a old piece of Hermitage roofing slate, which is now used at the side of my pond as a frog and birds platform>


Comment by Veronica on 25th March 2020 at 09:15
I agree, nature will always clear up after us, even if it's all swept under the carpet of greenery and bracken. We are only visitors, mucky ones at that!!!


Comment by XPat on 25th March 2020 at 11:04
Poet, Sounds like the opening lines of a book.


Comment by Philip G. on 25th March 2020 at 18:16
An appealing post, Mick. And your 'pond and friends' scene also reminds me of the Holiday Poster by Septimus E Scott (you'll love it) titled 'New Brighton & Wallasey'.
I must say, though, that at first glance David's photo struck me as being one that had got through the net: I thought it was a photo of Carr Mill Dam when seen from the seat of a 352.


Comment by Philip G. on 25th March 2020 at 18:47
… for all my childhood.
Nicely Poet.


Comment by Poet on 26th March 2020 at 09:09
Legend tells of a secret tunnel.

Perhaps a half decent opening line XPat , but every Standisher will know tales of underground escape routes running from here .


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