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  1. Image courtesy of Tim Penycate, who writes: “Not so much an English country garden as an English country railway station with an English country garden attached! Some beautiful flowers brighten up a dull day at Ropley Station on the Mid Hants Railway!” The Midhants Railway, in the South of England, is otherwise known as the "Watercress Line." It is very popular with local tourists and day trippers who love to ride the trains which are hauled by some beautiful old preserved steam locomotives.

    © Tim Penycate

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  3. The view from my brother's front garden at Livefoods UK in Rooksbridge, Somerset, in the South of England. You can check out the Livefoods UK facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/livefood/ The pond, surrounded by flowers, contains some nice koi and it is set against a backdrop of beautiful Somerset countryside and farmland on a sunny day in early summer.
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    Cats

    I am not planning to get into cat photography in any big way. Just an album snap shots of the odd cat or two!
  5. From the album: Cats

    Well, not quiet. This cat definitely doesn't want me to do anything with my laptop today... She's almost sitting on the keyboard!
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    The wooden wings

    From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    The view from another of my favourite perches in the Hogmoor Inclosure - this one from a seat overlooking a small clearing in the nature reserve, just in from the Hogmoor Road at the Southern end of the Inclosure. I was just sitting there enjoying an unusually quiet period when the weather was quite overcast with a cool breeze, so not many people about... The sun came out suddenly and very briefly, transforming the view into an irresistible shot!
  7. Just a few photos that were taken in and around the Hogmoor Inclosure in Whitehill, Hampshire in the South of England. artfreaks.com needs a lot of new content, (among other things,) in order to regain any semblance of the search engine rankings which the site used to enjoy years ago. Well... The photography in this album is nothing special - just random snapshots that I took on my cellphone. But I pay enough every month for the server on which this site runs, so I just decided to upload my content to my site - not someone else's... I am sure that Facebook can manage without it!!
  8. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    A lonely, naked man standing on his perch in one of the few permanent ponds in the Hogmoor Inclosure. Most of the other ones - (the ponds, that is!) - seem to dry out when we get an extended dry spell; (which is not really surprising since the underlying soil is just about all sand and sandstone...) The wooden statues were, apparently, created by sculptor David Lloyd. More on this, here: https://www.princephilippark.co.uk/wb-story/public-art/
  9. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    I am not an expert on British wildlife but this looks to me, like an entrance hole to one of the famous badger setts in the Hogmoor Inclosure?
  10. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    Hanging roots and lichen on one of the sandy banks to an old tank track in the Hogmoor Inclosure
  11. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    An old tank track in the Hogmoor Inclosure, now rapidly being reclaimed by nature and turning into a quiet and peaceful path through the woods.
  12. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    A bit of exposed sandstone alongside one of the old Tank Driver training circuits in the Hogmoor Inclosure nature reserve. This used to be a busy military training ground but in recent years, the Army moved out and the area was turned into a public recreation space. The "nature" was always here - it's just a bit quieter these days without the Army tanks...
  13. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    I love the looking at the different colours and textures of the exposed sandstone alongside some of the old tank driver training circuits in the Hogmoor Inclosure nature reserve.
  14. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    A kaleidoscope of colour! An old sandstone embankment where, after years of Army tanks driving past on their training missions, a deep passage has been carved through some slightly elevated ground. I find the sheer variety of mosses and lichens that now cover these banks to be absolutely fascinating - especially when you look at them in close-up detail. The Hogmoor Enclosure nature reserve in Hampshire, South of England.
  15. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    One of the old trackways in the Hogmoor Inclosure, which the British Army once used to train military tank drivers - now a local nature reserve. These trackways used to be gloriously full of deep, water-filled ruts and the sound of the mighty army tanks rumbling by. It's only a few short years since the Army pulled out of the Inclosure but all of the old tank driver training routes are rapidly returning to nature. More information on the Hogmoor Inclosure can be found here: https://www.princephilippark.co.uk/community/spaces/hogmoor-inclosure/
  16. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    All that remains of an old burnt-out car at the Hogmoor Inclosure. It's hard to imagine that these rusted remnants are all that's left of what was long ago someone's pride and joy. Years ago, when the Inclosure was used by the army as a tank driver training ground, it was quite common for old or stolen cars to meet their end in a ball of fire here. Thankfully, the inclosure has now been fenced-off. So there are no more noisy motorbikes careering around the place - and no more burning cars! The inclosure is now a nature reserve which is enjoyed by many walkers; their dogs; joggers and cyclists. More information on the Hogmoor Inclosure can be found here: https://www.princephilippark.co.uk/community/spaces/hogmoor-inclosure/
  17. Work sucks but being out of a job or without work, (if you are self-employed,) sucks even more...
  18. From the album: The statues: Hogmoor Inclosure photos

    Well, in fairness, I have seen enough of his backside whilst sitting at my favourite "perfect spot" bench, up near the radio mast at the Southern end of the Hogmoor Inclosure... So here's a photo of his front end, just for a change of scene!! More information on the Hogmoor Inclosure can be found here: https://www.princephilippark.co.uk/community/spaces/hogmoor-inclosure/
  19. Please feel free to take eight years to respond - as long as you come back to artfreak.com some day. We miss you!
  20. Have you got any news on the book for us yet, Eduardo? So what have you been up too lately?
  21. It's a very moving poem. I hope that things worked out OK for you and your two friends!
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    Garfield

    Nice photo, Jim!
  23. Wow! I didn't realise that you can get premium quality soft pastels on Amazon.com...!! I like Amazon. I have only really ever bought books from them, in the past... I've never had a problem. Those books that I have bought from them have always been delivered on time - (or, very often, in advance of the estimated delivery date) - and in perfect condition. Also, as an affiliate, they have always been very good to me... Even when artfreaks.com had been suffering and referrals dropped to nothing from one month to the next, they never even hinted at terminating our agreement. So yes, I like Amazon! And I am very pleased to see that aside from the Schmingke Soft Pastels and the beautifully boxed sets of Sennelier Soft Pastels that I referred to in the previous post to this topic, I can even order my all-time favourite soft pastels from them... Unison Soft Pastels Unison is a true soft pastel. Very nice to work with. But what I like the most is the super vibrancy of some of their colours... Some of them even seem to have an almost fluorescent glow! The company that makes Unison Soft Pastels is a fairly small enterprise and it is based in the UK. If I remember correctly, I first came across their wonderful pastels in an art shop in the city of Bruges. I have also seen them in Victoria B.C., Canada so they do seem to be exporting them around the world. And, of course, you can always get hold of them at Amazon.com! You can check out the Unison Colour website here: https://www.unisoncolour.com/about-us/
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