Good Morning Everyone,
A title with a double meaning!
This is a well that is dressed with a flower picture which commemorates the centenary of the First World War.
The well dressing is from a beautiful little village called Tissington in Derbyshire. There are several wells within the village and each one has its own well dressing on the same theme.
There is no definitive explanation as to why well dressings were started. It is thought that they originated in pagan rituals or sacrifices to water gods as a thanks for past supplies and a request for continuing future deliveries. With much of the Peak District residing on porous limestone, water could, at times, be in short supply. The scarifies are thought to have been replaced by the colourful decoration as a tribute to the gods. It is known that the Romans made similar offering to their gods and one theory says that they probably brought this custom to Derbyshire. Unfortunately, no similar custom exists in modern Italy. So, the most favoured theory has the custom originating before the Romans and that is was a Celtic custom that managed to survive the successive invasions of Romans, Saxons, Danes, and Normans. From 'Derbyshire Guide'
If you follow this link there is a very easy to read explanation about how the well dressings are made.
As a w/s, I will add another of the well dressings.
The photograph was taken during our little TE Get-together in Derbyshire. Jasmine (Tigerlily) met us here and we spent the day exploring the village and its well dressings.
I hope you have a lovely day. We have endured thunderstorms and hailstorms but hope today will be much brighter, Bev :-)
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emka (72098) 2014-06-07 23:55
Hello Bev, I am sure you had wonderful time and great fun during this annual British meeting. Interesting memorial.
WArm regrads MAlgo
photographer_sg (2540) 2014-06-08 0:14
Your beautiful pictures - both main post and worksop - introduced me to a custom that I had never heard of before. Set up to commemorate the great war with its heroes and nameless soldiers they serve no less a purpose today. Excellent post with great photo quality as always.
Have a nice Sunday.
jemaflor (79872) 2014-06-08 0:48
Good choice for this pov, well framed, perfect contrast and light management, interesting contribution.
Tigerlily (2847) 2014-06-08 1:07
Two wonderfully taken images. Fine colour and POV. You recorded the weather very well..:-D.
Yeah, it would be nice we could see the wells under the blue sky..despite of the rain, rain, and rain... we had a lovely day with you both and John. A great pleasure to meet you all.
Have a good day today.
COSTANTINO (50543) 2014-06-08 1:33
Good morningn dear friend
I read your useful notes and I found as
you wrote the title with the double
meaning its is a welldresse with flowers
this picture but the reality is the
centenary of the First wordl war
good choice for this pov
and well framed
thanks for sharing your thoughts with uregards
have a nice time
ikeharel (51369) 2014-06-08 1:49
Good morning Beverly,
Well taken well, a nice adorned stoney surroundings of the well, with a strong promemoria, and in ancient English verb: The last time saw the word "lest" was on some Shakespearean reading's I did.
Fine taken the sight, interesting note and a WS.
CLODO (28504) 2014-06-08 2:26
Just back home with sun and 29°C!Summer is really there in South West of France!
This was a nice walk in the village, looking for the many dressed wells, an interesting way of invite the tourists.
Thank you for hosting a frenchy during these 2 wet English days
timecapturer (44265) 2014-06-08 3:06
this is just wonderful. A fitting tribute and beautifully conceived commemoration. Captured perfectly and an original presentation. Really like it!
Have a great Sunday - B.
really warm here at the moment. Heading for the beach.
Sergiom (53605) 2014-06-08 4:52
Je viens justement de terminer la superbe télé série française: Apocalyspe qui parlait en 5 épisodes de la guerre 14-18. Quelle inconscience de la part des dirigeants de l'époque et surtout quelle boucherie.On pouvait espérer que plus jamais, mais je crois que ce ne sera jamais le cas.
Nicou (115124) 2014-06-08 7:19
Très bel hommage et vue pour cette guerre terrible de 14-18 qulele vue ce pavage ce rendu dans le tons et sur la pierre merveilleux.
bravo et belle soirée
Noel_Byrne (19957) 2014-06-08 7:37
Interesting custom, until I saw Jasmines post yesterday, I had never heard of this well dressing. Great idea though and a very good way to add color, life and art to a daily scene. For the beauty of the colors of this, the central part is quite a dark scene, suitable for what it remembers.
I never stop learning on this site :)
Thanks as always
rychem (18729) 2014-06-08 7:48
This is a significant place and monument, let it be a warning for future generations, very good photo to celebrate fallen soldiers and civilians, great post regards Ryszard
mjw364 (6992) 2014-06-08 8:32
Well... this is... well... erm... a well! A timely image and an interesting note one that is certainly a good deal less dull than the weather we encountered on the day!
It was great to meet up with everyone and I had a blast! Hopefully not for the last time.
Great record shot commemorating the war appropriately and peacefully.
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2014-06-08 16:10
Bev, a very complete work here as far as the note, the explanation and the image to go along with it!
I followed the link and it is a truly remarkable explanation..your image speaks for itself!
jcpix (11018) 2014-06-08 19:29
I'm sure everyone had a great time getting together for a TE meeting, and it's sure been fun seeing the different pictures from each one of you. :)
This is a very nice tribute to the memory of WW1, one which almost seems forgotten!? One of my grandparents actually served during the war, so it's always been in my mind. A lovely setting this is, and one which you've captured the simple beauty and essence of the subject. A well balanced composition and solid presentation for all to enjoy and reflect upon. I particularly like the multiple shades of green spread throughout.
Whatever the reason behind these well dressings, at least we're able to admire their result...even if only through a picture, and from across the ocean. :) Have a great new week. Take good care.
photoray (9793) 2014-06-09 7:07
Fine view of the 'well dressing' commemorating the lost from WW I. An attractive stone arch dominates with the artistic country flags surrounded in green. The well's foreground of rock pavement appears much older than the 20th century.
Thanks for sharing,
fabbs99 (15659) 2014-06-10 22:45
Great shot of the the monument which reminds us of the awesome cruelty we can inflict on ourselves in the form of wars.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.Keep sharing.
SWEETFREEDOM (21512) 2014-06-13 0:48
very nice well dressed. fine details and colors.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (25884)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-04
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-07 23:45