A bit of local colour…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is pursuivant – an officer of the College of Arms ranking below a herald. The four ordinary pursuivants are: Rouge Croix, Bluemantle, Rouge Dragon, and Portcullis… Gosh, the language of heraldry is so impressive! Imagine being called Portcullis!…
‘Hey Portcullis, do you want sugar in your tea?…’

DSCN4163What do you think of this photograph of mine from last October?
It’s just a couple of ordinary buildings along the side of a main road here in Dulltown, but I think there are some bits of eye-catching detail here which make the picture worthwhile. How about the cafe (unfortunately now closed down) which can’t decide whether it’s the Rose Cafe or the Rose Cottage Cafe – I think I like Rose Cottage Cafe best, it’s more ‘homely’ – look at the nice bouncy lettering on the window too – I love amateur sign-writing!
Then there’s the bookmakers next door – those dashing red riders on black horses against a bright yellow ground are terrific, I’d have one of those on my living room wall. As a child I was always puzzled by the term ‘turf accountant’ – I pictured a chap in a smart suit who comes round with a clipboard to check that all your lawns are up to scratch, and haven’t increased or decreased in number, but I ramble…
A fairly interesting photograph… Perhaps it would have been improved if I’d waited for a passing scruffy human to stroll into shot, or even a mean-looking dog or a snooty cat, to animate the scene; it has a nice selection of colours though, some bright jumping out ones and some dusty hues too…
‘”Dusty hues too,” Dave?’
‘Yes… I think so…’
‘Did you mean ‘dusky’, rather than ‘dusty’?’
‘No… ‘dusty’ is fine thank you…’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to A bit of local colour…

  1. What a great shot – a lot of reds in there which balance it nicely (gosh did that sound pretentious? I hope not) Anyway, its got a lovely ramshackle feel to it. 🙂

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