Minus the Haywain
Flatford Mill yesterday evening. Only slightly changed from 1821 when John Constable painted The Haywain.
The water level is higher in East Anglia than it was 200 years ago. The view of the watermeadows beyond is now obscured by a defensive bank built mid 20th century. The trees are not the originals although the National Trust have planted similar specimens and keep them pruned to about the same height. Constable himself altered the roofline of Willy Lott's house to suit his composition.
And the place is more peaceful than it would have been when the mill, which was behind me, was a hive of industry.
Posted on 05/31/2009 9:23 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
31 May 2009
Good point about the peace and quiet. People who idealise the rural past forget that it was a place of work - and they can't smell the horse manure.
Very beautiful, though.
31 May 2009
Esme, Your photography is coming on in leaps and bounds !
Get your husband to buy you a better camera, You deserve it.
1 Jun 2009
Thank you Trevor.
My husband also says I should upgrade, and I do have access to better cameras. The reason I use the FE230 so much is its weight. At less than my reading glasses it lives permanently in my handbag ready for anything interesting that might occur.