Andy was a rescue dog – a great big irrepresible blond dollop of a dog. Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of him – he was an Alsatian cross of some kind. The rescue kennels had tried to rehouse him on 3 or 4 occasions but he was returned each time because the families could not cope with his size and energy – fortunately living in a big house with fields behind we could. He was irresistible on our first visit to the kennels bounding out to greet us. He lived to a good age for a big dog but it was heart wrenching when he died.
The lanes around the Shropshire home of Anthony Sargeant are full of snowdrops at this time of the year (February 2017). This small clump was photographed in the hedgerow just opposite the house. There are a remarkable number of different varieties – this one has delicately green tips to the inner corona.There is a local story that in the 19th Century a man from the nearby hamlet of Morville walked the lanes planting snowdrops in the hedgerows.
Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of Shorty the grey cat looking relaxed but alert. Shorty is a very friendly cat who was the pet of Tony’s daughter but when she left home she was unable to take Shorty with her and so – as often happens – parents have had the ‘pleasure’ of looking after Shorty these past 5 or more years.
Sensational evening sky photographed from the garden of the Shropshire (UK) home of Anthony Sargeant a few weeks ago. The old Oak tree silhouetted against the evening sky is part of an ancient hedgerow separating two fields where sheep graze.
In response to the Ex-Prime Minister of Belgian and now EU Parliament negotiator for Brexit talks, Guy Verhofstadt, likening the UK leaving the EU to “rats leaving a sinking ship”. Anthony Sargeant comments as follows ….
A English petal footed brass candlestick dating from about 1780 which was bought many years ago at auction by Anthony Sargeant. It is made using a seamed construction where the two halves of the stem are brazed together (it is sometimes possible to see the seam that runs the length of the candlestick – made clearer if you breathe on the stem). In this example the seam of the sconce at the top has started to split apart with use. When polished the colour of the brass (copper and zinc alloy with some lead and possibly tin added) is a light golden colour.