29 January 2017

Outlook

Above, the garden view from our bedroom window yesterday afternoon. You can perhaps just make out our pet sheep - Beau and Peep and the path that leads to our vegetable patch and the compost bins. Our rear neighbours' houses are a hundred yards beyond our back door.

Below, from our window I looked to the right where you can see the telecommunications mast on Tapton Hill and the "Ranmoor Village" University of Sheffield halls of residence below it.
Sheffield has some great street artists. I don't know about you but I rather like murals by skilful street artists. In my opinion, they make the urban scene appear more lively and attractive. In contrast.I think that hastily sprayed tags and unskilful imagery look horrible and rather spoil our environment.

One of Sheffield's best known street artists is known as "Phlegm". Finally, this morning. I got round to taking some pictures of one of his  newest murals. It appeared on Snuff Mill Lane last October. These strange black and white elongated figures are typical of Phlegm's distinctive style:-
And here's a detail from the same mural. Phlegm has cleverly incorporated the television aerial within his overall design:-
Here's another detail in which an intruder alarm and a security light  have also been embraced as part of the design:-

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  1. Yes! I know Phlegm! (Well, not personally, but I mean I know his work.) He's had several pieces in London that I've photographed. I agree about skillful street art -- I think it brightens up the urban scene quite a bit!

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    1. Phlegm has also made great street art in Toronto, Berlin and other faraway foreign cities.

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  2. Someone's very keen on precision hedge cutting! Interesting art, shame about his name.

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    1. That someone is me. I am a bit OCD re. our privet hedges. In medieval times, "phlegm" was associated with a calm temperament - as in "phlegmatic".

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  3. I was also impressed with the sharp lines of the hedge. My dad used to do that on their front and side hedges many years ago. Those paintings on the house side are amazing. Nothing like that round here!! Are you watching Apple Tree yard? I just finished the book yesterday .

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    1. I tend to avoid TV dramas that are about crime/detectives - that kind of stuff Frances. There's far too much of it in my view.

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    2. I know what you mean. I struggle to follow most of those crime dramas these days so don't bother with a lot of them..... too clever/intricate for the average person to follow!! Apple tree isn't one of those. More of a psychological thing!

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    3. Okay. I stand corrected. The previews misled me.

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  4. Phlegm is talented. I agree about good murals; they can add greatly to the attractiveness of a place.

    Are Beau and Peep real or statues? I assume the latter! Love the names. Your garden (we would say yard in Canada - here a garden is where we plant our flowers or vegetables) is very orderly and serene. How on earth do you get the hedges so square??

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    1. How do I get them so square? Years and the will to make them square Jenny. It also helps to be a little mad/OCD... nd square yourself.

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  5. I agree re "street art" versus graffiti. Graffiti is pure vandalism...no ifs and no buts.

    Well done with your hedge, Yorkie...precision-trimming!

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    1. Ladies often employ me to trim their gardens.

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  6. You live in a beautiful area and things are green! I like murals. Yes tagging is just a mess.

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    1. England is very green. I notice it most when I have been away.

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  7. Great view of your backyard. Do you have any fruit trees? I'd love to have an apple tree ( though I think you may have to have more than one ??)but of course we only can grow mangoes here and they take up a lot of space.

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    1. We have four apple trees and a plum tree. Three of the apple trees produce cooking apples and the eating apple tree is rather small - producing only around twenty apples each year.

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  8. I like street artists. But, I don't like this one. At all! There is no life or color or "umpth" to his work. But, how I love your estate!! Bo and Peep are just wonderful tenants and I would love to sit out there with you and Shirley and have a cuppa!!!

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    1. A cuppa? No way sister. If you were here there'd be champagne!

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  9. Monica (DawnTreader) has shown us some great murals and other street art from around her hometown in Sweden, as I am sure you know.
    Phlegm's art reminds me of Hieronymus Bosch, just without the colour and the religious element.

    Good to see Beau and Peep in such fine fettle!

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    1. I have never visited Dawn Treader Meike. Thanks for the "heads up".

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  10. It is so evident just how much you love your home and your environs YP..and that is how it should be. You have all that you need in life and celebrate it everyday. I am impressed by your greenhouse/shed, and your hedge (although a little too straight for me) is certainly an achievement. The decking must be flooded with sunlight at times and enable you and Shirley to sit with a drink and be content....how lovely. I like the artwork too...very creative and accomplished.

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    1. Our garden faces west so we enjoy afternoon sunshine in the summertime. Our little greenhouse came from B&Q and was a nightmare to erect with much accompanying salty Anglo Saxon expression... like "gosh" and "dash it".

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  11. I just love street art YP - and particularly love this one.

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    1. Phlegm's street art is filled with fantasy and can be quite disturbing. I am glad you like it. Is there any street art in Bellerby?

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  12. I wish blogger would allow "insert photo" as there is a lot of really good street art in Perth and Fremantle!

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    1. Blogger does allow you to insert photos Margaret. When making a new post go to the "Insert Image" icon, then to "Choose Files", then to your "Pictures". Click on your chosen picture and then go to OK to insert.

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  13. I meant the ability to insert an image into the Comments.

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    1. Maybe that works, too, using html? I have never tried it, but I do use html in my comments sometimes, when linking to a post on my own blog, for instance.

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    2. Thanks, Librarian, but I don't know how to write in html.

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