Improved animals, when walking around a gallery sometimes you come unexpectedly on an 18th century portrait of a grotesque pig or cow, extolling the virtues of of their fat for eating I presume, these first illustrations show genetic engineering of which we are all aware of nowadays. Actually delving round pictures reveals that such paintings are very rare, once bought the owners keep them according to a Bonham catalogue.
Well that was not what I was going to talk about, but the strange religious practice of of early Iron Age Durotrige people in Dorset. Weird animal burials, where the bones of cow, horse and dog were mixed up together to produce what? The Independent calls them 'Hybrid Animal Monster Myths'
but journalism of course does like to go down darker pathways, interesting though, wonder where all those gargoyles and strange animals on churches originated from, is there some weird religious 'meme' that somehow has to distort the real world into monsters.
Celtic Art is becoming fashionable again though, and the British Museum is putting on a show which will move to Edinburgh next year. But for a taste of what there is, and thanks to John Hooker (Past and Present Tensions) for this the Daily Mail has done a splendid article on it.
And now to things nearer home: We went a walk yesterday, along the fields at the back of the house, really to find out how the river behaved and if it did flood! Well it would have to rise about 15 feet to do such a thing, so unless the waters coming rushing off the moors over winter we will see. A somewhat disappointing, dark ribbon of water hemmed in by tall weeds of nettles, policeman's helmet which had gone over and the giant 'rhubarb' leaf of gunnera. We did see a flash of blue so kingfishers might haunt this stretch. On the far side of the river is an embankment (bund a word I much prefer) that stretches for miles, I presume to protect the fields.
We also went to Malton Food Market, pretty place the centre of the town but the food market was disappointing, too much meat, pies and cakes.......
|Looking over the fields|
|The farm with the 'bund' in the front|
|the 'bund' stretching back|
|Malton food market|