The world's first ever telegraph pole restoration project.
You may recognise this telegraph pole. Yes, it's the one that lives across the road from our fields. And the very one which forms part of our iconic logo. And it's also one that I've admired for many years... Until recently.
I'm always alerted to a BT techie in the area by the sudden loss of what passes for broadband around here. (If we all concentrate very hard and think pure thoughts, we can get speeds of up to 200Kbps) ...
Sure enough, I looked across the fields and there he was, up a ladder, attending to "my" pole - initerrupting my internet supply. I didn't have time to go pester him as usual as the cat had been sick in the yard and I had to clean it up pronto.
But Shock! Horror! When I next looked over, the BT man had gone but so too had the head of my pole. Replaced by a simple, single plastic box.
I was bereft at such wanton despoilation of our telephonic heritage. That is until serendipity stepped in. You see, our BT guy is a slovenly git and was too idle to dispose of the remains properly and had just hoiked it over the hedge and into my field where, to my delight, I found it a couple of weeks later among some trees.
Reunited with my favourite telegraph pole, I took it inside for a warm, a cup of tea and the chance to dry out. It was wet, slimy and covered in green algae. It was then that I decided to restore it to it's former glory for display at the most appropriate place on earth - the headquarters of The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society.
Above - the still wet, dripping and slimy pole head on my bench for inspection.
Below - a close up of the decay and neglect.
Before something can be restored, it must first be dismantled. Tune in for Episode 2, on a website near you, soon.