Deer me, what fools these humans be. Free etching …& bonus quizzes.

Deer course yesterday, photo report.  Above Harvey learns the old art of releasing the hodfast.  Like the nu mallet, WW1 style?

The soup and home-baked roll went down well. Yes some work was done too and everyone went home with a new pet:

But how it will fit in Harvey’s bedroom alongside his 6 foot t. rex head, I’m not sure.

David put a nose on his deer.

So these were sensible people spending a wet Saturday under cover learning hand drilling and round mortise and tenon joints and designing to their taste.  Some space still left on next Saturday’s course and a Christmas present one coming up in January.

However, blimey, sometimes people just are too difficult to understand.  Like the ones who use a flail machine to “trim” hedges, which involves thrashing small saplings half to death. O man! this really hurts me having to drive past the results every day.  I’ll spare you a picture.

Then there’s the ones who just don’t put the right values on stuff.  I found this in a skip.

I used to pass this house name when I was a boy, and at some point it was replaced by a pottery one.  OK I don’t care for the pottery one, but why throw away this old etched and enamelled one? Really, I’ve got to find a home for this without either confusing the postman or changing the name of my business.  If anyone wants it, drop me an email.

I’ve been having a little exchange with Tico Vogt about yew, its sources and uses as I’ve recently acquired a quantity of this poisonous stuff, I had a walk up to see what the grove of yew looks like at the top end of Strid Wood, where I rarely go.

(OK, there’s a massive oak mixed in there too.)

There are some that would be suitable for making longbows, I think, not that I know much about that, but again, why is this nice butt wasting away?  And it will take some time!


Anyway, there are some good vistas up at that end of the wood, no wonder people are always coming here for walks.  Here is a view of ruined Barden Tower, once the home of the Shepherd Lord.

Spot the fisherman.

Also there are some softwoods up there, which are getting to look rather majestic.

Also up there is this building:

I’m glad to see the roof has recently been repaired – but riddle me, riddle me, what was it for?

Have a think and I’ll edit the post with a clue tonight.

OK, above’s the clue.

8 thoughts on “Deer me, what fools these humans be. Free etching …& bonus quizzes.

  1. Great post Richard,

    Fisherman – are you sure it’s a ‘man’ we’re looking for ? Strange upside down reflection in the bottom right corner makes me think we might be looking for a well hidder fisherbird? Heron perhaps?

    Building – errr. no answer but very intriguing. Judging by the lack of windows I guess it’s either for storing or doing something site specific. But what’s the site? With stones that large it’s not something you build by accident so an industrial process? you’ve chosen to show us the view with the openings under what I assume is the floor level, so that must be to do with the function. Assuming its not a reinvention of the hypercaust (under floor heating) for a shed, then I guess the openings are to remove something, maybe falling from the shed above. Big old lumps of stone as well. Hmmm, b@*Gered if I know. Go on give us a clue!

    No landrovers in the post though!

    by the way I assume you are monetarising in some way as there is a jiggly advert thingy claiming I’ve won an iphone at the bottom – what’s that all about then?



  2. The fisherman’s in the lower right corner?

    I’m always asking you about vocabulary. What is a “skip”?

    Could the building have been used as a smokehouse of some sort with clean-outs on the bottom?

    Questions, questions.

    • Hi Tico!

      Yes, I always seem to be using strange English, huh? A skip is what you chaps call a dumpster (at least if I understand that properly – a large steel open container most often parked outside buildings where work is going on to take all the rubbish). Skip has a very ancient parentage, going back as far as Old Norse. It used to be a specific measure of dry goods, or the vessel used for measuring that quantity.

      I must say I do like the sound of dumpster, very visual too.



  3. Ha! Great clue. Are we talking about a palatial stone double throne room here? Seems I might have been close with something falling from above though not such an industrial process perhaps? Either raked out or perhaps a small pigpen below.



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