Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on 25th February 2018 this quiet churchyard sits on a mound overlooking a tiny Shropshire village whose inhabitants have been buried in this place for century upon century. The church itself dates from the 11th Century and some of those who were baptised therein were among those who left on the Mayflower for America in 1620. Although still in the grip of icy winter winds the skies are blue and the turf that covers the bones of so many is dressed with the nodding heads of snowdrops pushing through the grass and moss to announce that soon it will be Spring.
This supper fresh Cornish Lobster was bought at Barkworths Fishmongers in The Indoor Market of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. Anthony J Sargeant cooked this using that retro-recipe for Lobster Thermidor. It was delicious – and by the by Barkworths is one of the best fishmongers in the UK that Tony had ever found – highly recommended.
It was just a month ago that the late flowering honeysuckle was scrambling through the hawthorn hedges of the Shropshire lanes. Photographed by Anthony Sargeant on one of his early morning bicycle rides in September, the hedgerows have now been cut back and the blossom and leaves have gone as the first frosts of winter bring all growth to a halt till next Spring.
Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on 13th August 2017 the butterfly is feeding on the Buddleia which forms a wonderful boundary hedge at his Shropshire home. The buddleia (known as the Butterfly Bush – not for nothing – it attracts hundreds of butterflies in a good season). There have been fewer butterflies this year – the weather has been rather cold and wet.
This photograph taken by Anthony J Sargeant in 2011 shows an archway in the ruined 12th century Cistercian Abbey close to Ironbridge in Shropshire. Although without a roof the basic structure of this magnificent church is intact. The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary and St Chad was founded in 1135 by Roger de Clinton, Bishop of Coventry (1129–1148) as a Savignac monastery and was inhabited by a small community of monks from Furness Abbey. The stone from which it was built was quarried in the nearby settlement of Broseley. The abbey was closed in 1536 by the order of Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph during an early morning bike ride along the Shropshire lanes close to his Home. In the distance is the Brown Clee Hill with mist still clinging to the fields below the top. The sun just clearing the horizon at 5.42am sends shafts of gold onto the field beyond the gate (27th August 2017, Shropshire, England)
Aubretia spills over the old stone wall that forms the boundary between the garden of Anthony Sargeant and a quiet Shropshire lane. It is mid-April in England and the Aubretia is in full bloom on a cool English Spring day