"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Walled communities

“…And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go…”

Good walls are said to make for good neighbours.

But a little paint can draw attention from their function.

They may be neglected

Or apparently abandoned.


Or overhung.



Down on their luck

Or possibly a crime scene?


Or under construction.

Vibrant with colour

Or protected by Saints

“…Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offense…”

“Good fences make good neighbours.”

All quotations from: Mending Wall, Robert Frost, 1914

3 responses

  1. Jolyon

    I love that version of Mad World – so haunting, and just right for Johnnie Darko.

    March 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm

  2. Jolyon

    Correction: I meant Donnie Darko!

    March 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

  3. These are fascinating …

    March 28, 2010 at 5:39 am

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