Cobbled Path | A cobbled pavement in as good a condition today as it was the day it was laid over a hundred years ago. By hand, and built to last out of local materials, it puts the blistered and fractured tarmac pavement of our more technologically advanced age to shame.
Gate latch | The pride taken by the blacksmith in his craftsmanship is evident in the scrolled end forged onto this humble gate catch. But it is not decoration for decoration’s sake. This extra arm helps to brace the catch against the force of the shutting gate and latch.
Haycock Asturias Spain | Passing through the Costa Verde, Asturias, Spain one wet summer, I spied these wonderful haycocks. Evidence of a cultural practice shared by communities forced to make hay in Atlantic conditions.
Haycock ready for transportation | Freshly raked-up hay ready for immediate transportation before the weather turns. In the distance, conscious of the job that awaits him, Smiler, a Swedish Ardennes heavy horse lumbers over to be ‘tacked up’ ready.
Loaded hay bogie | This Shropshire hay-bogie is a northern type of hay transporter that shares a common ancestry with the Icelandic variety. Smiler stands ready between the shafts with Mr Thomas Stackhouse-Acton esquire at his head.
Clovis Spear | A worked flint blade hafted to a shaft, a technology that dates back at least 300,000 years. This is a replica of a stone spearhead that is over 13,000 years old and found in Arizona. © Tim Rast