Saturday, July 02, 2011
For Fox Sake
One attraction was an exhibition of Zimbabwean sculpture, by several artists.
This one is called "Too many burdens" and is perhaps a self-portrait, representing illness and pain. Visitors are encouraged to touch the sculptures.
I think this one is about sowing seeds, & that she holds a freshly-stripped corn cob in her left hand. The pain and concentration in her face were palpable: expressions that a blind as well as a sighted person could explore.
On the other side of the lawn is this herbaceous border. You can see the big house too.
The title of this was something like “Wishing to fly”.
I don’t remember the title of this. We called it “Mother and Daughter”.
I wish I could remember this one’s title. It wasn’t “women’s cricket”.
Never mind the titles, let’s make them up. This is “Madonna and Child”. The sculptor might not be confident in carving faces.
I want to call this “Dignity in grief”.
I do recall that this was called “The Conversation”.
This one (two views of the same) was called “Boy”.
This was “Blind Man”.
Another part of the garden.
One of the attractions at Waterperry is a museum of country life. We were impressed by the technology. The curator did not want us to miss various exhibits, such as goat and sheep boots, used for veterinary or ceremonial purposes. When the regimental mascot goes on parade, it must of course wear spotless boots. The shelf on the right shows an array of horse boots.
I hope for fox sake they let the wild animals go barefoot, as Nature intended.
The museum man invited us to use the 1922 mahogany cash register, previously owned by the comic actor Ronnie Barker, who also owned an antique shop. It operates like a manual typewriter. The cash drawer is on a powerful spring & contains old money. It’s not totally practical for today, as you cannot ring up any sum higher than 5/11 (that’s five shillings and eleven pence, about thirty cents today). It does farthings though. A farthing is a quarter of a penny.
Posted by Vincent at 6:11 pm