At the Allotment - January
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. ****.....