Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bolsover

Nice jaunt to Bolsover Castle last week. Impressive, but too large and unfortified to ever be a real favourite of mine. I'm definitely more sold on the more bijou castles such as Orford and Stokesay. However, Bolsover did yield a few surprising treasures, such as the depictions of lesbianism on the walls of one chamber, and numerous other bawdy pictures such as the one below.



The really crowning glory, though, was the Venus fountain.



Which on first appearances is a fairly impressive, if ordinary fountain, that is until you get up close and can see what's going on below ground... Let's just say this fellow was accompanied and his fellows were equally upstanding. There were swans involved too...

4 comments:

Lucy Felthouse said...

Ooh, that's on my list of places to go... potentially even this weekend! :) Will know what to look for now.

MB (Leah) said...

Europe has such interesting places. So many places to capture the imagination.

Love those little devils or whatever they are with their little peeny fountains. LOL

Love the bawdy pics as well. A chamber of bawdy pics... hmm... where have I read something like that?... ;)

I can imagine that some Americans would make such a big stink over this if they were over here and want to cover them up with a banana sack or insist on taking them down. *sigh*

Madelynne Ellis said...

I can imagine that some Americans would make such a big stink over this if they were over here and want to cover them up with a banana sack or insist on taking them down. *sigh*

I find that attitude completely baffling, but I guess it's no different to all the statues missing their genitals and covered with fig leaves. What's so damn frightening about a naked body?

Janine Ashbless said...

Love these pictures!