Thursday, September 30, 2010

Theme Thursday - Fence

Well, this was an easy one for me. Newport is full of interesting decorative fences, and enough are within easy reach for them to be the focus of my morning walk. So here are some fences along my usual routes.

Along Dearborn St.

Marble House, Bellevue Ave.

The Flower Cottage, Bellevue Ave.

Music video time! Of course, the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the theme was Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In". And my favorite version is the late great Ella Fitzgerald's!


And here's the trailer for one of my favorite movies: Rabbit-Proof Fence. It's about the government program in Australia in the first half of the 20th Century to take mixed-race children - half Aborigine and half white - away from their Aboriginal mothers and place them in a school to bring them up to be servants to white Australians. They became known as the "Stolen Generation", and the movie is based on the memoirs of one of those stolen children. I first learned of it through Peter Gabriel's website; he composed the score to the movie. By all means find out if your public library has a copy of this; it's well worth watching!


Don't forget to take a look at the other Theme Thursday entries this week!

Photos & text © 2010 by A. Roy Hilbinger

15 comments:

  1. I want a fence just like that one at Flower Cottage when I grow up! Two thumbs up indeed for Rabbit Proof Fence! Cheers!

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  2. One of my favourite singers, and songs! along with some great pics!

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  3. hi roy!! loverly fences!! and the movie is also one of my faves!

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  4. I like your presentation of different kinds of fences. Not all are what you think. And that trailer is very compelling. I never heard of it before.

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  5. What a variety of textures and contrast!

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  6. I Must Watch That Movie.I Love Peter Gabriel,So A Bonus!
    I Like All Your Fences Roy!!

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  7. wonderful photo of the cottage fence; my kind of sweet look.

    I've heard the tale of the Aborigine children but haven't seen the movie which I'll have to order if I can watch w/o crying (doubtful).

    Lately, I've been hearing alot about the Eugenics movement in this country during the first half of the twentieth century. Another shameful chapter. NPR had a discussion about it this week and said the Eugenics theories motivated the Nazis to "cleanse" the German people and make way for the Aryan race. I'd never heard that before.

    The sum total of man's ignorance is continually astounding, isn't it?

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  8. CAN NOT BEAT ELLA! Love the pics Roy. As usual great job.

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  9. I'm glad the pickets of the Flower Cottage fence still show through the roses.

    I've seen Rabbit Proof Fence and found it very powerful - it was sad but mostly it made me angry (and I am not Australian)

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  10. Thanks Roy for the pictures and the music. And the movie - haven't seen it, will put on the list!

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  11. Oh the beautiful fences! :)

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  12. love the second one a lot, and the third - seems more to keep the burgeoning garden in than people out...

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