"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Something you don't see much of nowadays.

Waiting for Collection.
Pen and Ink and Watercolour.180mm x 125mm.

The porch of a barn in Littondale with three milk churns waiting for the lorry from the Milk Marketing Board to collect them.
Well not quite, I think its a long time since these churns contained any milk. Once this would have been a common site at farms all over the country. Now though the milk is piped from the farms into tankers and the milk churns have become redundant. These were actually full of dried dog food for the farm sheepdogs.


Keith Tilley said...

I don't suppose there can be many of those old churns left on farms now. Most are probably in museums.

I use to see the platforms at farm gates, where the churns were stood awaiting collection. They are probably disappearing too.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Hi Keith,

It is surprising what is still around at some of the more remote hillfarms. In the field behind this barn there was an old horse drawn plough half buried in the mud and starting to get overgrown with thistles and such.