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[61] Joshua Fit the Battle

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[61] Joshua Fit the Battle – a Picture Blog about Walls

I love the textures we see every day, some of which have to be looked at closely. Walls are an example and they are everywhere. This blog post will not be much more than a lot of pictures of walls.

What you might think of as fairly modern ‘ordinary’ brick walls actually come in many variations.

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And there are older stone versions of bricks.

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In the country here most of our country walls are dry stone – Cotswold stone.

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Some may be very old, covered in moss and almost invisible.

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Of course, not all walls are stone or brick.

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[I took a series of these at Newnham-on-Severn, all in one street. The textured walls were painted blue, green, buff, pink and white but my camera adjusted its white balance settings so that they all came out just light grey.]

Here are some more types of walls, some a mixture of two walls.

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I’m nearly done. Next some more specific walls. The next picture shows part of the walls of Cheltenham Station made of very old, large bricks. Just a few yards away a metal wall makes the road bridge over the railway.

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The old Honeybourne line from the station, which goes under this bridge has now been converted into a footpath and cycle path. A little further away one side of the path has a wall like this.

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On the opposite side the wall has not been cleared so it looks like this!

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The footpath splits here, near to the modern Waitrose building, where there used to be a station. There are two short tunnels that offer tempting surfaces to graffiti artists. Under the tunnels they have proper graffiti style artwork. It has to be re-done often. This is a section of wall between the two tunnels.

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This is a little of the artwork just inside one tunnel, near enough to the end of the tunnel for reasonable lighting.

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The next series of pictures shows an old wall, which has become a listed ‘building.’ It is all that remains. The rest was demolished to make way for a Tesco building now behind the wall!

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I have to admit that the next pictures came as a revelation to me. Sometimes very old brick walls look as if they are covered in white paint that has faded away in places. But as I discovered in doing this blog, it’s actually an incomplete thin covering with white lichen – as shown in these pictures.

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That’s just some of the walls I found in November! There were a few others in local housing developments that I didn’t feel happy photographing. I didn’t want to get too close to private houses.

I could have done a lot more but I suspect I have already lost most of my (very small) readership.

 

When I thought of walls I thought, of course, of the Wall of Jericho, famous from the Old Testament, the Book of Joshua. But my quotation, as a change, comes not from the Bible but from the song sung by Elvis Presley. A quick search on the Internet seems to attribute the words to him but I suspect it an old traditional song, maybe sung to a more modern tune.

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho.

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho,

And the walls come tumbling down

 

Author: Alan

Retired, currently living in Cheltenham.

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