The Garden Of Delights


Here is a photograph of yesterday’s Barnet (Cockney rhyming slang – Barnet fair – hair. Geddit?)

This morning Jackie drove me to New Hall Hospital for a physiotherapy session with the excellent Claire who expressed surprise and pleasure at my progress. After she had strong-armed my leg she had taken the straightened knee to just one degree short of perfect, and the bent position to 105 degrees, already acceptable, but aiming for the 120 target.

There had been a nasty motoring accident on the Salisbury road, causing major delays and lateness for my appointment. We therefore took a diversion on our way home. Once we noticed that the signposts in all the tiny villages we wound our way through were pointing to Shaftesbury we realised that something was awry.

Never mind, on the road to Nunton we passed the patterned fields of Longford Farms Ltd,

and the neighbouring rolling landscape.

On the corner of Whitlock rise and the road through Bishopstone, climbing up to the bungalows above, Jackie spotted a sight to behold. She turned the car round and parked in the street beside a garden. I just had to disembark with my camera. At that moment a friendly woman with a small dog carrying out guard duties also left another car. She was the creator of what had attracted us.

She was thrilled that I wanted to photograph this Garden of Delights. She said most people simply take a shot in passing, whilst waving at the figures on the bench, imagining them to be living humans. She asked me to be sure to feature the boy on the donkey. A neighbour had given her the doll to complete the look. The wheels turn in the wind, and at Christmastime the lights are all lit. Local children love it. Having given me the information she entered her house saying she would “leave [me] to it”.

We struck lucky with The Talbot Inn in Berwick St John where we lunched. My pork Madras curry was the best I have ever tasted in a pub, and Jackie found her Italian chicken with spaghetti equally to her liking. She drank Diet Coke and I drank Ringwood’s Best.

(The pictures of the Inn and the meal have disappeared)

Soon after this we found the A30 to Salisbury and set off home. At Fovant we found a good view of the still evident Badges,

which are explained in this plaque. This final image will need the double enlargement to read the detail.

This evening I watched the football World Cup semi-final match between France and Belgium. Following the lunch we enjoyed earlier, we had no further need for sustenance.

P.S. For a short video of the badges see the comment of efge63 below.

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  1. MaryEditCan’t believe I am the first derrick. Great ride today, always love the countryside photographs. But today was special with all the neat Garden of Delights! Great to read how well your recovery is going.Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, Mary. Congratulations on being the first ????Loading…Reply
  2. merrildsmithEditI’m glad your recovery is going so well. Funny t-shirt.
    The garden of delights is–interesting. ???? I think the dolls on the bench are creepy.
    Thank you for including the explanation for the patches. I didn’t understand what they were until I read it.Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknightEditMany thanks, Merril. The dolls are rather creepy, but I can see why people in passing cars would think they were real. The title is a bit tongue in cheek. I think patches should be badges – WP autocorrect?Loading…Reply
      1. merrildsmithEditYes, I meant badges. My mistake. I can’t blame it on autocorrect. ???? Loading…Reply
        1. derrickjknight Edit????Loading…Reply
  3. OsythEditHigh as a kite here …. allez les bleus!!!! It’s always distressing to read that there has been a nasty road accident. I hope there were no fatalities and injuries only to the vehicles. But what a find in both the entrancingly eccentric garden and the pub grub extraordinaire. I also must say that your hair looks extremely chic and that t-shirt is a corker (or is it a caw-Ker in honor of the carrion crow?)Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknightEditThanks, Osyth, for your usual thorough reading and commenting. This is the position I hope to be in on Sunday:…Reply
      1. OsythEditThank you for linking me to that – I loved it, of course ? Loading…Reply
        1. derrickjknight Edit????Loading…Reply
  4. Jill WeatherholtEditWhat a lovely road trip…the Garden of Delight looks like a magical place. That’s a great photo of you!Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, JillLoading…Reply
  5. rabiriusEditAmazing.
    Interestingly, the lion in one of the photos reminds me on one I bought in Eastern Turkey a while back.Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, RabiriusLoading…Reply
  6. SusanneEditThe windmill thingamajigs are really clever. It looks like she made them out of recycled stuff – water or juice bottles, old hard plastic balls? Its kind of a gewgaw garden, eh? You like quite dashing with your new haircut. Carrion t-shirt most appropriate given the crow that likes to hang around Jackie. Are they plotting something?Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditA nice set of comments, Susanne. There was a lot of re-cycling stuff going on – bikes and all. The T-shirt was a gift from Becky and Ian. Thanks very muchLoading…Reply
  7. ivor20EditI think I’m still a child at heart, I absolutely loved all of your photos of “The Garden Delights”, so beautifully creative .Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, Ivor. It must appeal to the plumber ????Loading…Reply
  8. ByungafallgrenEditNice photo of you and the garden.Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, ByungLoading…Reply
  9. LordBeariOfBowEditYou’re a modest little chappie; aren’t you?Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditSo pleased you appreciate that, Brian. Many thanksLoading…Reply
  10. thecontentedcrafterEditI’m soooo late visiting today! Amazing garden of whimsy! The badges are interesting I had not known of them before. So happy to hear all the good news re the body – but don’t sign up for a marathon just yet …… xoLoading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, Pauline. I was a bit late in posting ????Loading…Reply
  11. JoAnnaEditOh how I love it when people re-purpose junk into art! Now, I have some ideas for the old bicycles in the backyard. Congratulations on the progress in physiotherapy!Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, JoAnnaLoading…Reply
  12. umashankarEditI am so glad about the progress of your knee. The Garden of Delights is surely a delightful place to be and you have certainly utilised the moments you were there. Jackie has a sharp eye for the wondrous and unique.Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, Uma. You are right. Jackie often spots my subjects – and she is driving ????Loading…Reply
  13. Garrulous GwendolineEditGood to hear you recovery is proceeding well. Thanks for the haircut shot, and I love the t-shirt! I’m not sure about the Garden of Delights. It’s quirky and fun but I wonder if ALL of the neighbours love it? Must take a battering in the storms. Anyway it’s nice to see familiar objects being recycled and re-purposed. The badges display is special. My eye immediately fell on the Rising Sun, so it was interesting to read the placard and understand the background. I notice they left Tasmania off the map of Australia ????Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks a lot, Gwen. The title, rather tongue in
      cheek came from
      delights-triptych/02388242-6d6a-4e9e-a992-e1311eab3609 by Heironymus Bosch who inspires, in me, similar ambivalence. That was a good spot about Tasmania.Loading…Reply
  14. Lavinia RossEditI’ve been away for a bit, and it is good to see you and Jackie again, and I love your t-shirt! Glad to hear your physiotherapy is coming along nicely.The badges are interesting.Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknightEditThanks very much, Lavinia. I trust you are OKLoading…Reply
      1. Lavinia RossEditAll is well here. Life is moving far too quickly these days, though. ????Loading…Reply
        1. derrickjknightEditAnd it seems to get quicker as the years go by ????Loading…Reply
          1. Lavinia Ross EditI took some time to go to harp guitar retreat amid all the work here. I got way behind, but am so glad I took the time to go. For a few days, I forgot about almost everything but music. Rick took good care of the cats (all nine) for me, although it wore him out. ????Loading…
          2. derrickjknight EditHow apt – to have 9 catsLoading…
  15. efge63EditGood morning!!!!! I share a video with you as i search to learn what is Fovant Badges also enjoy the garden !!Thank you for sharing all these beauties!! Kisses to Jackie!!!Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditWhat a splendid supplement to the post, Efi. I am alerting readers with a postscript. Thank you so much.Loading…Reply
  16. arlene EditNice adventure after your hospital visit. Those are such lovely garden features.Loading…Reply
  17. doesitevenmatter3EditOH! Garden of Delights…what whimsical and fun creations! I would definitely want to stop and look and chat with the creator! ????Sounds like a wonderful day! And glad your PT session went well!
    HUGS!!! ????Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, CarolynLoading…Reply
  18. jfwkniftonEditI love people who do have gardens like that. Modern life is in grave need of eccentrics before social media turn us all into obedient little ants.Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight Edit???? Thanks v very much, JohnLoading…Reply
  19. Pleasant StreetEditI think I would have been frightened of all the plastic faces, but wouldn’t be able to resist checking out the garden either.
    You must be proud about how well your knee is progressingLoading…Reply
    1. derrickjknightEditMany thanks, Pleasant. I am pleased about the knee, but it is not so good today. Strenuous physiotherapy, walking without a crutch, giving up pain relief, all suggest I should take it easy today.Loading…Reply
      1. Pleasant StreetEditOur bodies do tell us when to take a breakLoading…Reply
        1. derrickjknight Edit????Loading…Reply
  20. AmyEditThat is a delightful, lovely garden. Thank you for sharing, Derrick! ????Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, Amy. It’s fascinating how varied responses are ????Loading…Reply
  21. DymoonEditnow that was fun… thanks for the smile today xxLoading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditAnd thanks to you, Dymoon XLoading…Reply
  22. Lynz Real CookingEditSounds like things are going well derrick! Looks like a gorgeous day for taking pictures and very interesting things to look at!Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditIt was a good day for pics, Lynn. Thanks very muchLoading…Reply
  23. Laurie GravesEditThe Garden of Delight is fascinating, if a little creepy. Imagine them all coming to life at night, the way the toys do in “Toy Story.” No reports of weird activity in that area? ???? Glad the knee is progressing so well. Onward, ho!Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknightEditThanks a lot, Laurie. I was fascinated by the range of responses to this oneLoading…Reply
      1. Laurie GravesEditOne person’s creepy is another person’s charming? Somehow, old dolls frequently creep me out. ????Loading…Reply
        1. derrickjknightEditMe, too, especially realistic babiesLoading…Reply
          1. Laurie Graves EditThey are the worst! Just thinking about them gives me the creeps.Loading…
  24. InfiniteZipEditgreat shirt and what a magical little garden you found too, great for new images ????Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, KimLoading…Reply
  25. MeRawEditYou are looking well and glad your recovery is coming along nicely.
    Love the plaque about “Wasps can bugger off”….. too true.
    x Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditThanks very much, Melanie. I liked that, tooLoading…Reply
  26. WiddershinsEdit‘Keep Calm and Carrion’, eh? ???? … that Garden is spectacular, as are the badges on the hill.Loading…Reply
    1. derrickjknight EditMany thanks, WiddersLoading…Reply
  27. Rob McShaneEditYou’re looking good Mr Knight! So pleased to see and read how well your recovery is going ??
    Love the landscapes and what a very different garden you found!
    1. derrickjknight EditVery many thanks, Rob
  28. quercuscommunityEditWe saw the Fovant Badges years ago when we were on holiday down that way and spent time looking at various chalk carvings. For some reason the kids were more impressed by the Cerne Abbas Giant.
    1. derrickjknightEditMany thanks, Quercus. It must have been the length of his cudgel.
      1. quercuscommunity EditI never thought of that…
  29. aussieian2011EditFantastic pictures Derrick, and more so to see the Australian Rising Sun Badge in one of your pictures, must be a story in there somewhere mate.
    1. derrickjknight EditI’m sure there is, Ian. I double checked the plaque. Dated 1917 but no explanation as to why they were there. Cheers


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