Thursday, June 05, 2014

A Prosaic Life Of Unwatered Plants




"Will you please send post card from Lucy you will see in letter rack as I want address. Key at Mrs Waites. Write and tell you more tomorrow. Don't forget plants. Love from Mary".

An old picture postcard - acquired who knows where. I have been to Jervaulx Abbey, it is a pleasant spot and this rather rusty photograph doesn't do it justice. The message is prosaic, but so what? Life is prosaic : made up of forgotten addresses and unwatered plants. In the case of Mary we can see what happens when Miss E Craddock forgets to prune the bushes. Here is a picture of "The Rookery" today.


9 comments:

  1. Wensleydale made me think of cheese.
    The Rookery looks like a very fine house behind all that wall and greenery.

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  2. I love the old monasteries and abbeys of Yorkshire, I was at Byland Abbey a few weeks ago - must post some shots.

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  3. Who was Miss Craddock? I like the fact that you went to the trouble to photograph the house, thereby adding to the story. I should add Jervaulx to the spreadsheet for A Bit About Britain - so many places, so little time! Thanks Alan.

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  4. I could see myself thoroughly enjoying a walk on that road where the Abbey is! Wow! I love your photos. Thank you so much for sharing, Alan.

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  5. That looks like my hedges. Unfortunately, minus the wall.

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  6. We went to so many of these abbeys in the 80s that I honestly can’t remember if we saw this one or not. As ever the message on the card tempts us to fill in the gaps in the story.

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  7. Wow! Nice capture, both views have their own magic.

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  8. Strange to see the house where that postcard was addressed and imagine how different it was in those days.

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  9. You have used the the word 'prosaic' on more than one occasion recently, I believe. I would say that your blogs are anything but 'prosaic'. I enjoy most of them enormously. What a good idea to photograph the House to which the Postcard was addressed. Keep the blogs coming, please.

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