Friday, 25 May 2012

Rawhide - Sepia Saturday

Last summer when we were in Michigan we had a visit from a little white bull which had decided to wander off.

Little white bull
It may have been a steer but it was enough to remind me of Tommy Steele


But closer to home this cow was photogenic.


Fortunately for her the nearest cattle market at Yarm has been empty for years.

Yarm Cattle Market (c1975)
In fact like many it has been turned into  a car park.

Yarm Old Market (2012)
When I was at Stamford School in Lincolnshire back in the late 40s/early 1950s I use to pass the local cattle market every day. This is the state it was in in March 2010.

Stamford Cattle Market (disused)
(ex geograph; author Michael Truelove; CC A-S A 2.0 generic license)
The description for this photo said, 'Not much changed since previous submissions to geograph. The weeds are bigger but surprisingly the buildings remain intact apart from a covering of graffiti.

How things change and not always for the better.

For more cattle market reflections, hopefully less depressing don't forget to check out Sepia Saturday 127 


21 comments:

tony said...

TOMMY!!!!!!!!!!:)

Anna L. Walls said...

Sometimes I find it amazing that the beef business can stay in business.

Jo said...

Haven't thought of Tommy Steele for years.

I was at school in Lincolnshire too, around '48

barbara and nancy said...

I'm kinda glad the weeds have taken over. The cows must be really happy.
Nancy

Karen S. said...

what ever kind of animal he is, he is just the cutest! I enjoyed Tommy Steele although new to me...and your photos and descriptions are charming, even the last some what sad affair has a certain charm to it for me!

Brett Payne said...

That last photograph has a very rejected/dejected feel about it. I suppose most farmers now send their cattle to huge yards, somewhere out of the public eye, or even direct to the butchers/supermarkerts.

Joy said...

Looking at your pictures I now find it surprising we still have a cattle market here.

Little Nell said...

Bob that 'laughing cow' picture is great, previously I've only seen that expression on the red cow on my box of cheese triangles (La Vaca Que Rie, as they are called here in Lanz)!

BTW I used to live in Stamford :)

Wendy said...

That white bull has a sweet face. Your then/now photos remind me of the song "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Bob, what a delightful song! This is a great post. I really like the picture of the brown bull; he had a nice mixture of colors. You are right, things do change and not always for the better.

Kathy M.

Jo said...

You have been given The Lovely Blog Award. Check mine today.

Gill Edwards said...

How sad to see old buildings in such a disused state, lovely photos, i am glad i joined Sepia Saturday, its fascinating

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

Such a cute little white bull but I don't think I'd want to run into him. He's much better off behind the fence!

Rosalind Adam said...

I don't like talking about cattle markets but Little White Bull and Tommy Steele is my kind of topic. Great memory.

Kristin said...

Seems like things are going downhill in many of our old places.
The little cow looked nice. He is probably ground beef or steak by now.

Postcardy said...

I wonder what took the place of those cattle markets.

Jana Last said...

Nice photos. Interesting to see "then and now" photos of places too! Thanks for sharing.

Mike Brubaker said...

Farm markets and especially livestock markets used to be places where urban and rural culture mixed. Sadly today's supermarkets remove that connection to the source of our food and the people that produce it.

TICKLEBEAR said...

Surprisingly, that last pic appeals to me. I would have fun over there.
:)~
HUGZ

Gill Edwards said...

you've interpreted the theme in a very clever way, i especially love the you tube of tommy steele, he is fab. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day.

Bees Knees Daily said...

Enjoyed the video and your pictures with the contrast of past and present. The little white bull was so cute!