More comparisons between the British countryside of today and that from 1959-1961 in the paintings of Charles Tunnicliffe in the Ladybird "What to look for..." series of books.
"Whole ages have fled and their works decayed,
And nations have scattered been;
But the stout old Ivy shall never fade,
From its hale and hearty green.
The brave old plant, in its lonely days,
Shall fatten upon the past:
For the stateliest building man can raise
Is the Ivy's food at last.
Creeping on where time has been,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green."
From: Charles Dickens "The Ivy Green"
(Copyright: Ladybird Books)
Summer Picture 9
A sunny day at the foot of a wall, we see a song thrush cracking open a snail shell on a rock “anvil”, while a common lizard and two Wall butterflies bask in the warm sunlight. A number of plant species tolerant of the dry conditions and poor soil conditions of wall environments frame the picture: some ivy (on the right) and wall-pennywort (in the centre) are creeping up the wall, while some herb-robert with its pink flowers hangs down from the top-left and the yellow flowering smooth hawksbeard is growing up from the bottom left.