Bunker Abstract

Here is a close-up of a ww2 bunker that is close to my local beach, its quite a small bunker and has been left pretty much intact apart from the front being blocked up.

Abstract of ww2 bunker

The close-up makes a good abstract shape, this area is part of the entry doorway and I like the way the shadow falls on the and the angles created.

Up the Wolves!

AJS (Wolverhampton)

AJS built in Wolverhampton

I saw this example of a classic motorbike made by AJS of Wolverhampton, it was so well made and probably state of the art about 100 years ago! It still looked cool with it’s classic lines, silver trim and it’s black paint job though.

Wolves win the FA Cup!

Wolves win the FA Cup

Yes I know that its hard to believe with the current performance but here is the evidence (and the camera doesnt lie) this is from when the boys bought the cup home in 1960 when the final ended Wolves 3-0 Blackburn Rovers.

Canal Art

Art on the Narrow Boats

I saw a fine example of a once working narrow boat that had been restored, the painting and art work was impressive.

Canal roses

The owner was really into the boat and its history, the barge was built in the 1930s and worked up to the 1960s transporting fuel oil.

The water jug below was once a functional item, enamel or whatever paint was available, was used to prevent rust and protect the steel.

Enameled water jug

Check out the detail, the castle could represent the one at Dudley which was a major hub for canal boat transport in the area.

There is a river Stour which runs through the area, this boat was also named the Stour.

Entrance to the cabin showing decorations

These photos are from the family area, this was an incredibly small space where officially two adults and two children where allowed to live on the boat. There could have been more children resident than the regulation two on this boat though, its hard to imagine.

The owner explained how the family would sleep with a series of fold down boards to convert the area into two main bed spaces divided by a curtain.

Inside the living quarters

The colour of the art work and the plates, oil lamp and other fittings gave the tiny cabin a kind of homely feeling.

Some of the interior paintings where original, again castles feature, the owner explained how damage to the art work could be touched up in the spare time by the resident family.

Making chains

Chain Production

Closing the chain link

This is the kind of ‘cottage industry’ that was going on in the black country about 150 years ago, chain making. These are photos from a demo that I watched where a chain link was made for us.

My brother Paul was involved with installing this forge that is being used here from another site as an enginerring project in the late 70s. It would have been about the time when the museum was being set up.

I can also remember my gran talking about chain makers when she was a girl growing up in what was then a village called Lye.

Chain makers where paid by weight of chain produced, they worked at the forge for approx 6 hours a day and where paid above the average wage.

The finished chain link

The guy demoing the technique said that sight problems probably resulted from working with hot metal for such a long period. Here is the finished link.

Living in the past

Preedy & Sons Ltd

Life in the Midlands

These are photos from my weekend trip, I was at the Black Country Museum for a day out whilst in the midlands.

This photo is from the village at the museum and this shop front is Preedys Tobaconists where my father worked many years ago, well not actually here as this isnt a real shop.

Below is a hardware shop from the same village, tin baths, brooms, all you need for modern living!

Hardware c1850s