and here it is "Venus de Frog",
and here she is, keeping an eye on the frogs, The byre had been built with a stone arched niche to contain the Victorian plaster cast of the Venus de Milo. It has to be kept dry, as must all plaster, and she watches the flow of Clear Beck at her feet.
I would love to know about the Victorian farmer who dreamt up this idea and it does rather typify the wonderful Victorian mindset. Why have a plain structure when there is an opportunity to embellish. The original Hellenic Venus de Milo was discovered in the 1820s and became a sensation so perhaps that might have been something to do with the choice of sculpture. Alternatively as she is Aphrodite (Venus in Roman mythology) who is not only goddess of love but also purity and one would hope the high fell spring water would be pure. I imagine in past times the beck would be the only source of water.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at V here