Last week we were away visiting friends in W Somerset ( That's why even fewer posts than usual). Stuart is an artist (with his own shop in Porlock) and Christine is a County Councillor. Both are Christians - that's how we met them. Every time we catch up with them they take us into very different worlds. On arrival they gave us a roast meal welcome and he presented me with a book :A field guide to Exmoor's traditional roadside fingerposts (2019). You see what I mean by different worlds!
On page 15 Stuart is pictured up a ladder repainting one of these posts. A campaign was launched in 2017 to repair these cast iron signposts many dating from the beginning of the twentieth century. They looked to retired volunteers to take on the task. The book gives exhaustive details about their designs and the process of cleaning and rubbing down with a wire brush, treating bare metal with a primer and undercoat, applying top coat and then the black lettering. Several signposts are featured because of special historical features and oddities. Only one is painted red at Luccombe. Stuart told us that we would pass this red post when we drove to our lodgings. He also mentioned the only post with one moveable finger on our route. It says: Porlock 3 miles but because it is on the corner of a narrow lane it has to move to allow larger vehicles pass.
Never having given much thought to these fingerposts I now noticed them every time we drove around. The moveable finger to Porlock was often pointing in a completely opposite direction (apparently the wind will move it as well as mischievous passers-by). The red post gleamed!
Reflecting on this holiday experience I thought how marvellous to keep so interested and involved - two folk in their 70's so zestful for life. I preached in their local church and there was Stuart playing the flute and Christine greeting everybody. A great example of ageing! Yeah!
Monday, July 22, 2019
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