But the title is the giveaway for we are in the garden of Sedge Lynn* and the open land beyond is not the meadows. We are facing Oswald Road, and the long roads of Newport, Nicholas and Longford and the year is 1882.
In fact to be exact it is August 11th 1882 which was a Tuesday and judging by the light sometime around midday, but I could be wrong about the time.
It is the third of my pictures by Aaron Booth of Martledge where he with his family lived during the last two decades of the 19th century.
And then there is the view. Back then it was open land popularly called the Isles because of the large number of ponds and small streams that crisscrossed the area. The land here is clay and for centuries it had been dug up to make bricks or as marl to spread on the fields. The pits then filled with water and gave the place its distinctive feature. I counted 17 such ponds around Oswald Field in 1841, and they were a mix of the small and very large.
All of which makes our picture a poignant image and one made a little more special because the photograph was donated to the collection by one of five daughters.
* Sedge Lynn stood on Manchester Road on the site of the old cinema which is now the Funeral Directors
Picture; from the Lloyd collection