Whimsy: pigs


Along the road from the former Blue Boar Inn in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire is the Market Hall where, annually, whimsical giant models are suspended from the rafters for the joy of shoppers. This year’s theme was … porkers and their piglets

Stone heads

Stone head: boar

boar's head

Boar’s head, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales

Though no longer the sign for an inn, this stone carving was indeed probably for an entrance to a pub called The Blue Boar in 1877. Later the building was the site of a coach factory and is now a nondescript shop front located amongst pizza and eastern food outlets.

Doors · Portals

Portals: hobbit’s


False entrance, Llangattock, near Crickhowell Bridge, Powys

There’s a nice local notion that Crickhowell might be the inspiration for Crickhollow in the first book of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (not The Hobbit, as I’ve seen it referred to). Continue reading “Portals: hobbit’s”