Wednesday 23 June 2010: DOLMEN?
I got home tonight in record time as the roads were extremely quiet (everyone was probably in the pubs watching England on widescreen television sets). Having got home I took myself down the road for a walk and wandered along the quiet lane that never has any traffic (apart from the odd tractor) on it. You might know that as soon as I turned along the lane a car followed me and I had to dive for the ditch to get out of the way.
For some reason I had it in mind to take a picture of a five barred gate (which were, in my youth, a 'trademark' of this part of Yorkshire). It was not to be though as I could find six barred gates and even seven barred gates but not a five barred gate in sight. It made me wonder if the manufacturers of such things were paid by the bar and so they increased the number of bars in each gate in the hope of increasing their income.
However, upon my return home I saw this 'dolmen' atop the dry stone wall and was taken with the shades of brown in the large slab. I also like the stark contrast between the slab's 'honeyed' tones and those of the grey stone in the picture's right hand corner. The whole thing has a backdrop of a fine example of Yorkshire dry stone walling at its best. I did wonder if someone else had 'seen' the large slab's possibilities and placed it on top of the other stones on purpose.
On another note there was almost a riot at work today as it transpires that the World Cup Adopt a Country project was, in fact, a competition and members of the Retail Board came around each department to view their efforts. Ours were, to say the least, pitiable and so naturally we didn't win but then the younger members of our department were up in arms that we hadn't been told sooner that there was a prize to be won. Recriminations then set in as the department that did win is, at the moment, one of the departments with little or no work to do and so they had the 'free' time to titivate their working environment. Who said "it's only a game?"