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The Village Blacksmith

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 1807–1882 The Village Blacksmith

Under a spreading chestnut tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.

An advert in our local newspaper reported that the village Blacksmith 4 miles distant also had a garden which you were free to look round .
It didn’t take us long to take up the offer we set of with friends to view it ..
When we arrived he was far to busy teaching trainee blacksmiths his ancient art telling us to go through and wander round by ourselves which we did .
We were astonished to find all the flowers & structures were made of iron .
Some of the Shepherds huts are used for the trainee blacksmiths to sleep in . some were also used at the Chelsea flower show ..
Here’s a few photos for you to see


This one was so clever it was like a pendulum we could spin her round she was so well balanced .

Even the umbrella is iron….

As the Blacksmiths is situated next to an old railway line there’s a lot of railway memorabilia scattered around .


I hope you’ve enjoyed this preview of an unusual garden .

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lucky you Amy, what an amazing selection of iron work from the weird to the wonderful, did you buy anything? I know I would have been very tempted! thanks for the visit....

23 Nov, 2016

bjs
Bjs
 

Very interesting like the chickens i wonder what the foxes would make of them if they were in my garden

24 Nov, 2016

 

What a wonderful creative imagination! Love the spiders web and 'pendulum' sculpture particularly . . . thank you Amy for sharing this :))

24 Nov, 2016

 

Very good Amy. Thank you.

24 Nov, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Thank you all , the shop had a closed sign up and was locked Angela we didn't feel that we could call the Blacksmith away from his work to open up for us ,we will do that another day ... there were too many other bits & pieces to show here ,maybe another visit is called for in the summer I loved the Zip who would have thought of doing that ...

24 Nov, 2016

 

Love the flower sculptures, so realistic, idea for a busy person with no time to garden.

24 Nov, 2016

 

Certainly did enjoy it Amy. It must have been lovely to actually be there and wander around. The shepherd's hut looks very cosy and welcoming! The sculptures are so realistic and varied. A wonderful find.

24 Nov, 2016

 

I love this sort of sculpture. was any of it for sale?

24 Nov, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Thanks for your comments it was nice to be able to wander about by ourselves taking our time looking out for the sculptures I'm sure we probably missed a few ,we found some hanging swings which the boys couldn't resist Lol ... ,there was a shop SBG but it was closed we'll go back another day when its open ...

24 Nov, 2016

 

What an amazing place Amy - you are lucky to be within reach of it! ( Looks the kind of spot that would inspire Leigh - have you heard from him lately, he hasn't been on Goy for ages.)
Its not just that the pieces themselves are fantastic, but also the way he's displayed them. I loved the bulrushes and the second butterfly bench especially.
Is it anywhere Burnham Market ?- I have a friend who holidays there sometimes.

24 Nov, 2016

 

Thats a garden with a difference, how wonderful, my favourites are the flowers and the bullrushes but all very good, thankyou Amy for sharing your visit....

24 Nov, 2016

 

PS: that poem always reminds me of my Dad's variation of the end bit - "The muscles on his brawny arms
Stood out like knots on cotton..."

24 Nov, 2016

 

Loved this blog. Very interesting & I would love to go & visit one day. Loved the spider web, but all the rest v. good also. Thank you for sharing your visit with us. Where exactly is the place?

24 Nov, 2016

 

Just noticed Sters's comment. :-)

24 Nov, 2016

 

Well done to the smithy for making them & to you, Amy, for taking some photos & sharing them with the rest of us!

Those flowers were so well reproduced & coloured, what a very clever & artistic guy he must be! I'd have enjoyed wandering around his garden as well!

24 Nov, 2016

 

Oh wow

thanks for sharing

Gg

24 Nov, 2016

 

What a great place to spend a couple of hours Amy, I wouldn`t mind a butterfly bench in my garden, and the spiders web was fantastic ... well all of them were. Glad you took the time to share them. Do you know the blacksmiths name by any chance, I was wondering if he maybe had a website.

25 Nov, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Thank you I'm glad you found it interesting ,Stera -Burnham Market is approx. 30 miles if you are keeping to the main roads but nearer 'as the crow flies' cross country through the lanes ,we were there last Saturday they turned on their Christmas lights ,tell your friend they have finally opened a new car park they will know how impossible it was to find a parking space round the village green ,I like your Dads version of the poem , I haven't seen Leigh for ages he's a summer person when he can travel here on his motor bike .
For your info. everyone The blacksmiths name is Nigel Barnett at Great Fransham ,Norfolk .you can Google him ...

25 Nov, 2016

 

That was interesting. I enjoy seeing craft work.
I'd love to have that railway carriage in my garden :)

25 Nov, 2016

amy
Amy
 

It would make a brilliant studio for you to work in Hywel x

25 Nov, 2016

 

Yes it would ... Thanks :) x

25 Nov, 2016

 

Wow! I'm in awe of anyone who can make something as tough and unforgiving as iron look like flower petals! That zip caught my eye too! Do you see many freight containers in the UK?... they are being used/converted to garages and even into tiny homes over here. Being steel they might lend themselves to iron augmentation. It gives one a good feeling to see a skilled person training the next generation in what might otherwise be a lost skill/art.

25 Nov, 2016

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this blog Amy. What wonderful works of art. Isn't it amazing what can be made given the right equipment. He's a very clever chap. I loved all of it.

25 Nov, 2016

 

Wow what a clever man, I just love everything particularly like the Butterfly Bench , thanks for showing Amy x

26 Nov, 2016

amy
Amy
 

We see freight containers but only being used as storage units Lori I did watch a TV programme about unusual homes where they stacked containers on top of each other to make a home it worked and was quite cosy inside ..
I'm glad you enjoyed it Hb / Carole it takes a lot of years of training to become this good , I think he would miss the bench if it went missing Carole Lol x

27 Nov, 2016

 

Great craft items. Checked out his website but looks as if work has to be commissioned.

27 Nov, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Hr has a shop with other items for sale Eirlys it was closed unfortunately we weren't able to see what was for sale ...

28 Nov, 2016

 

Thank you for sharing this blog Amy. The metal work is amazing and I love it.

12 Jan, 2017

 

An interesting blog Amy. I loved the poppies and what looked like Arum seedpods, beautiful. Now that's what I call art. Thank you for sharing all your pics.

12 Jan, 2017

amy
Amy
 

Thank you Linda and Thorneyside I'm glad you found it interesting :o)

13 Jan, 2017

 

Those Iron Chooks would surely confound the hawks! :o)

15 Jan, 2017

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