Anthony J Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Shropshire was very wet this morning

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Photographed on the 31st March 2018 by Anthony J Sargeant from a the bedroom window of his Shropshire home looking east across the water meadows that surround the small River Corve that normally runs through the middle. This morning after torrential rain and some weeks of melting snow on the hills the river flooded out across the meadows.

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“A Hard Day’s Night”

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On the 24th August 1964 Anthony J Sargeant went to see this film at an afternoon showing at the Streatham Odeon with his then girlfriend, Jo Gamgee, who went to Mary Datchelor’s Girls School in London (there were a lot of boy-girl friendships between the girls who went to Datchelor’s and the boys who went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s which school Tony had attended).

Jo lived in one of those large early 19th Century houses in Lancaster Avenue, Tulse Hill in South London. When he arrived that afternoon her older sister Janice was helping her finish making a flared cotton skirt – remembered as being of a small floral print material (a bit Laura Ashley’ish) worn with white cotton knee socks as was the fashion at that time in the 1960s.

Tony remember both sisters with great affection. He was subsequently dumped by Jo – in retrospect probably quite rightly (but nonetheless greatly regretted by Tony) for being inebriated at a Saturday night party at the Bellingham Road home of one of his friends, Bert Baker.

Tony hopes both sisters had an interesting life – choosing that word with care – it is probably the best for which we can hope.

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Wonderfully fresh wild Sea Bream – caught by a Cornish day-boat

Tail fillet of a very large wild Cornish Sea Bream on a bed of leeks with chilli enhanced potato patties

An exceptionally large Wild Sea Bream was bought from Barkers in Shrewsbury’s Indoor Market and filleted and cooked by Anthony J Sargeant. Sparklingly fresh and absolutely delicious when pan-fried. The fillet was laid on a bed of leeks and served with a few chilli-enhanced potato patties.

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17th Century Oak Coffer — Tony Anthony J Sargeant

Nothing very exceptionable about this small coffer but for Anthony J Sargeant it has some sentimental value because it was the first piece of antique oak furniture that he ever bought before he went into business as an antique dealer. It has since moved with him on a number of occasions. It was bought in part because of the original and interesting carving to the front panel but mostly because of the original c. 1600 owners initials TS – (standing for Tony Sargeant in the 20th Century).

via 17th Century Oak Coffer — Tony Anthony J Sargeant

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Wonderful 12-13th Century Kashan jug from Iran in iridised turquoise glaze

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Bought at auction in Hilversum, The Netherlands, in the 1990s by Anthony J Sargeant as part of complementary stock for the main antique business of 16th-17th Century British Oak Furniture and antique oriental carpets and textiles. Never sold, or even offered for sale, because it came to be known as the ‘Lucy Jug’. Tony was at the auction in person but was standing in the auction house, who knew him very well, when a telephone came through to say that his wife was going into labour – rushing back to the house – everything seemed under control – and so Tony found time to make a call to buy this jug on a telephone bid – now named after his Daughter (thus matching another Kashan jug (The Tommy Jug) bought 4 years earlier  to commemorate the birth of his son.

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Anthony J Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Afternoon Sunshine in a Shropshire Churchyard

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Not far from the Shropshire home of Anthony J Sargeant there is a tiny 12th Century Church which is surrounded by an ancient graveyard. Tony photographed these snowdrops bursting through the moss and grass that lies over the bones of generations of Shropshire women, children and men buried beneath. Photographed on a freezing crystal clear day, February 25th 2018 the snowdrops announce that spring cannot be far behind.

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