Compton Acres Revisited

A few months back, I wrote about my efforts at digitising a few dozen of my grandfathers ancient photos using little more than a cardboard box, some sticky tape and my mobile phone. A lot of the photos taken on his holidays in Europe. Others were from his home in London and around the UK. One batch were from some unknown gardens.

It turns out that Unknown Gardens is also known by the name of Compton Acres. Which happens to be just a stroll away from my home here in Bournemouth. I’d never been, so I didn’t recognise it. Yes, of course I have now paid the place a visit. It would be silly not to. It was a great chance to do a ‘then and now’ comparison.

1cI must admit, I’m a little jealous of the greens in my grandfather’s shot. And also a little envious of the fact that he obviously knew the best time to visit. His photos were graced with a substantially more colourful array of flowers. But he, in turn, would have been rather jealous of my iPhone, I dare say he might have found even the very existence of such a device as likely as aliens landing.

1bAll good photos need a good model. Allow me to present, on the left, Mrs P senior, and on the right, Mrs P junior. Ironically, Mrs P junior is substantially older than senior. In the photos, anyway. Not so in real life.  Although you cannot see the spot I am standing on, it is, thanks to shrubbery and a single paving stone in the middle of a stream, the only spot to take this shot. That is the case today and it was the case 50 or so years ago when my grandfather took his photo. I will admit, it was a little strange taking this shot, knowing that he had stood on exactly the same stone nearly half a century earlier to create his photo.

1aCompton Acres is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon. You can see the rest of my photos on Flickr by clicking here. And who knows, maybe in another half century or so, Mexile Junior will be able to turn this photography theme into a trilogy.

9 Comments

  • Wow, I think the most incredible shot is the one you took standing on the stone in the stream…they were all incredible comparisons! So, are you saying there is a baby Mexile brewing?

  • How cool that you figured out where the shots were taken, and then could revisit and re-photo.

    So what do you think of the FIFA indictments? I have to say that I was rather proud that it was the USA that finally brought down these bastards. I hope the rest of the civilized world appreciates it.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we need to do some more photography stuff soon.

    • Fortunately, the gardens aren’t huge. It was just a matter of studying the photos and keeping my eyes open.

      As for Fifa….lordy, lordy. My views? Stay tuned, as our favourite blogger from Escondido and Veracruz would say!

  • Looks like a lovely place that has retained its beauty over the years. The English have a well-deserved reputation for their gardening.

    P.S. When’s the trip to Istanbul coming up?
    ¡Saludos!

    • We are indeed. Napoleon had it all wrong. We are, in fact, a nation of gardeners. And collectors. I once read that more species of flora are to be found in England that any other country on earth. Little of it native. Most of it, of course, gathered from around the world.

      Istanbul? In exactly 9 days time!

    • I hope to still be around to see the now, then and future shoot! But it was nice to find that some of those photos from my grandfather were taken so close to home.

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