E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


Chicken Wire

This is waiting to be used on a fruit cage

Chicken wire was developed by Charles Barnard who ... " ... built the world's first wire-netting machine in 1844 (based on the cloth weaving machines) and soon the firm of Barnard, Bishop & Barnard were selling wire netting all over the world. The firm had its own foundry, and also made wrought iron gates and structures." (taken from - "A History of Norwich" -)

I can't claim to have researched this all on my own, but by coincidence it was mentioned on Episode 5 of a television series I've been watching called "Victorian Farm" which was filmed at Acton Scott in Shropshire.

It's an excellent six part series, with a team of two archaeologists (Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn) and an historian (Ruth Goodman) living as Victorians for a complete farming year, with all the hardship and disappointments.

They certainly know what they're doing, and have worked hard to research the time they're living in - 1885. It's been refreshing to see "professionals" do something like this, because there haven't been tears and tantrums, just load and loads of hard work as well as an amount of humour.

If you're interested in "catching up" with the series you will find it - here - (Sadly I don't think the BBC video will work outside UK)
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The picture has been converted to mono using Gimp. I thought I'd experiment and add this one to my final group of pictures - "Allotment Art"
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This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009

**** Odd happenings with my blog at the moment - when I reply to comments the page is sticking. When I refresh I get a message telling me the reply has been sent - again.

So, apologies if some of you are getting several times the number of replies as you would normally expect. I'm sure it will sort itself out soon. ****
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At the Allotment - January


Chicken Wire

This is waiting to be used on a fruit cage

Chicken wire was developed by Charles Barnard who ... " ... built the world's first wire-netting machine in 1844 (based on the cloth weaving machines) and soon the firm of Barnard, Bishop & Barnard were selling wire netting all over the world. The firm had its own foundry, and also made wrought iron gates and structures." (taken from - "A History of Norwich" -)

I can't claim to have researched this all on my own, but by coincidence it was mentioned on Episode 5 of a television series I've been watching called "Victorian Farm" which was filmed at Acton Scott in Shropshire.

It's an excellent six part series, with a team of two archaeologists (Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn) and an historian (Ruth Goodman) living as Victorians for a complete farming year, with all the hardship and disappointments.

They certainly know what they're doing, and have worked hard to research the time they're living in - 1885. It's been refreshing to see "professionals" do something like this, because there haven't been tears and tantrums, just load and loads of hard work as well as an amount of humour.

If you're interested in "catching up" with the series you will find it - here - (Sadly I don't think the BBC video will work outside UK)
.....

The picture has been converted to mono using Gimp. I thought I'd experiment and add this one to my final group of pictures - "Allotment Art"
.....

This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009

**** Odd happenings with my blog at the moment - when I reply to comments the page is sticking. When I refresh I get a message telling me the reply has been sent - again.

So, apologies if some of you are getting several times the number of replies as you would normally expect. I'm sure it will sort itself out soon. ****
.....

comments (23)

I've been having problems with replies to the comments as well over the last few days.

Lots of nice texture and detail here Ellie!
EJWilkins: I know they're working on the replies thing, it might be a Firefox problem.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Feb 2009, 01:23
I like this shot a lot, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Kind of you to say so Ray smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 17 Feb 2009, 02:37
Ellie my blog site has been doing the same thing, Your shot adds a lot of interest to plain old chicken wire, very well presented
EJWilkins: They're working on it, might be linked to the latest Firefox update.

The "real" chickenwire in colour) was tinged green, this looked a clearer picture
must have lots of chickens, nice shot
EJWilkins: It was alongside an allotment that had a frame up ready for fruit, they don't allow livestock on this site - something that isn't unusual.
Very interesting picture, with lots of detail. Very clear.
EJWilkins: I think the mono makes it look much clearer than the colour
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 17 Feb 2009, 08:34
They must be owners of quite a few chickens then? smile
EJWilkins: No, they won't be keeping chickens, it will be put on a wooden frame around fruit bushes - to keep the pigeons out! wink
Great capture Ellie. I love the texture and the light!
EJWilkins: Good to hear it Richard, I liked the way the wire looked shiny and new in the mono
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Feb 2009, 11:20
Thanks Ellie for this great information about wire netting
EJWilkins: Well, they say you learn something new every day! grin
I was surprised to see bales of wire. I thought these were bales of hay or straw. What an invention woven wire was to the farm! Fabulous, really.
EJWilkins: Not just for farms where chickens and other small livestock need to be kept safe from foxes, but on fruit farms it was used to keep pigeons and other fruit eating birds away from soft fruits - raspberries, blackcurrants etc. That's what it will be used for here.
Firstly I've only been getting one of each of your replies Ellie. This is a great conversion and idea for a photo. That "Victorian farm2 was a really interetsing series, we caught every episode.
EJWilkins: Good to know I haven't been inundating you with emails.
Glad you like this mono - it isn't something I do often, but it seemed to suit this picture
Absolutely loved "Victorian Farm", one of the best ever of these living in the past type series.
Excellent shot with some great detail Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Bernie, glad you like it
Who would have thought of this as a picture...well seen. Beautiful detail. Great.
EJWilkins: I know, I wouldn't normally have bothered taking it because it's a bit mundane. But, it was there and suited the theme so I lined up the camera and this is the result. I was quite pleased with it actually wink
I don't know if yours has sorted itself out yet but I had the same problem and emailed them. It is finally OK now, so if you still have the problem let them know.
EJWilkins: Yes, I've been sending screenshots and so on and have heard back. They've turned off the notifying pop-up and it seems to be working. Looks like a Firefox update conflict of some sort, which is so unusual.
PS Like the picture. You don't think of chicken wire being invented...it just is tongue
EJWilkins: Yes, it is one of those thing I can't imagine not existing. I was surprised to learn how it was invented, but when you look at it, it's so obvious it's relating to fabric weaving - with very big holes!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2009, 14:17
This is an amazing composition Ellie: love it!
EJWilkins: And an amazing comment Chris, thanks smile
A lovely image ...and I like what you have done to make it so. richard
EJWilkins: Thank you very much Richard smile
Excellent mono Ellie, I like this shot smile saw the history of chicken wire on BBC 2's Victorian Farm at the weekend!
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris, pleased you like this - and you know I'm not normally a mono person, this did seems to show the texture much better than colour.
Excellent series, thoroughly enjoyed it
Amazing shot Ellie.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Feb 2009, 22:42
Unusual shot Ellie that definitely suits B&W. You would be able to keep a lot of chickens with all that fencing!
Fascinating history of chicken wire Ellie, I never knew there was so much to it.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2009, 08:05
B&W suits this very well, Ellie. I like the composition in this and the fact that you've seen a view that I would have have missed.
  • Natasja
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Feb 2009, 09:55
Wow, this is such a great B&W shot! I love the tones and textures!
Grerat again and clever choice of B&W !!

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