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Monday, 22 June 2009

WATER, WAKES, WELLS

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So there you are a little Welsh creeps in. It's Wakes week in Tideswell. Wake in this context applies to a holiday week, merrymaking, carnival. Nothing to do with what I did an hour ago, funerals or the track left by a ship.

Well dressing harks back to an age when water was precious and no doubt deities had to be pacified were the wells not to run dry. They consist of heavy wooden trays which are soaked in water for weeks then filled with clay, a design is pricked out and then filled with flower petals, grasses, anything natural. I have been brought up with them and still find them impressive, this years being one of the better ones. It has to last a week so humid cool conditions will be required. Too hot and the clay cracks, heavy rain and the petals will be washed away.

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This is the well in context with it's surroundings. The building behind the well is the bus stop and public conveniences, not too much information I trust. The right foreground has an imitation well built, as you can see for the millennium celebrations. This is artificial, just a pump circulating water. They no longer switch it on as the children delight in putting washing powder in it. Very impressive it is too, foam a foot deep for a hundred yards in every direction. I was a little disappointed when it was unveiled, it took the imagination of class five to realize it's full potential.

Yesterday morning was more than a bonus, the forecast was rain, drizzle but when I went out it was a grand morning so had a wander round Ashford in the Water and Bakewell. Ashford's well dressing is the most famous and arguably the best round here. Anyway will finish off today with a few photographs. These are all HDR images and not too sharp, a touch windy for the job.

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ALL SAINTS CHURCH BAKEWELL.

What a proper church should look like. Then I'm a touch biased as I was brought up in the town.

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PACKHORSE BRIDGE AND FORD BAKEWELL

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SHEEPWASH BRIDGE ASHFORD IN THE WATER

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THE SHEEPWASH ASHFORD IN THE WATER

That's all. Have a good day.

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