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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 25th August, 2020)


Bales on Landgate Lane.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Fred Mason on 25th August 2020 at 01:09

Oh, My GOD...They've landed...!!!

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 25th August 2020 at 07:55

What a miserable scene. I know its hay for silage but still a miserable field. While we are asked to recycle & try not to use plastic why are farmers not trying too ?

Comment by: DTease on 25th August 2020 at 09:30

Helen, I think you are missing the deep inner meaning behind this work.
The four bales with white stripes are symbolic of man’s yearning to be free of the shackles imposed on him by the sameness of the masses. It speaks of the longing inside that drives the artist to be different from his fellow man.
On the other hand maybe Mick just had an off day.

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th August 2020 at 09:48

Whilst I agree with Helen about the plastic, Peter and I watched similar bales being wrapped at a farm in Bamfurlong some years ago when walking our much-missed dogs and it was fascinating to watch the wrapping machine. The stripey ones remind me of the giant humbugs we used to buy in Blackpool and Southport on day trips. My Mam always asked for a humbug whenever any of went to the seaside. She loved them. Amazing how a picture of something can trigger off a memory of something completely different!

Comment by: David Barker on 25th August 2020 at 10:02

Bag of giant humbugs please, must have been some white left in the machine, when they changed to black. .....different Mick.
Black is better I would imagine it gets hotter in the sun ,which helps to make the silage.

Comment by: Mick on 25th August 2020 at 10:58

Up here in Shevy our bales are green, you can see them being made on this video.


Comment by: XPat on 25th August 2020 at 11:02

A classroom of children would have a 'field' day amongst these...

Comment by: Veronica on 25th August 2020 at 11:52

When you think of the beautiful paintings of people working in the fields amongst the giant haystacks of the past. It was lovely to see the natural bales of hay, I don't think Artists today would get their easles out to paint these plastic wrapped bales. But that's progress...

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 25th August 2020 at 12:47

Dtease, much gratitude for enlightening such a philistine such as myself. Of course I see it all now, all has been revealed like a bright awakening, thanks to your higher self & your wisdom of thought.

Of course Mick was having a bad day, just as you conveyed .

Comment by: Cyril on 25th August 2020 at 12:53

Is that the same farmer who had loads of used tyres dumped on his field and was told who did the dumping, so he then re-dumped them outside of the culprits house on the Landgate estate?

Irene, did I read that you worked at Boots Chemists, do you remember Jim Green who also worked there?
I was looking through some ephemera yesterday and remembered him - what a great man of faith he was.

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th August 2020 at 18:37

No Cyril, I don't recall a Jim Green. I worked at Boots from 1992 until 2007, starting in the Market Street shop and moving to The Grand Arcade.

Comment by: Cyril on 25th August 2020 at 19:29

He'd retired by then Irene and had worked at the Standishgate branch.

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