I was fortunate to receive several Christmas gifts, several which surprised and pleased me. One was a bottle of Chardonnay left in the porch, wrapped up in festive guise, and wishing Mrs John and me a ‘Happy Christmas’. The sender was anonymous apart from a single letter with a kiss and an enigmatic tally that read: Remembering with fondness old friends. Still trying to work out the kind philanthropist, but the gift was graciously received!
Another unexpected gift was unique, rather special and totally unexpected. It brought tears to my eyes. I will keep you in suspenders and reveal what it was at the end of this blog post.
Welcome back. Last year I wrote a piece entitled The Altruistic Patrick Law. My title was derived from what he said in conversation, “Doing stuff for other people makes me feel good!” Tizer, his Patterdale terrier and detecting partner also featured.
I started the Searcher magazine article in the way reproduced below and then talked about Tizer and Pat’s finds:
It is a fact that amongst the legion of detectorists, that there are some very intelligent and talented individuals, and in varying disciplines. I have been privileged and delighted to tell some of their stories in the pages of this magazine.
I continued …
My talented subject today is Mr. Patrick Law … a stonemason who has crossed the line from craft to art and uses his artistic ability to carve stone into fantastic creations … like the ‘grotesque’ shown here.
Take a stroll around Pat’s garden and you will see examples of his work. There are also functional pieces, like the planters, and other works of art. Here are a few examples for your delight and delectation!
My Special Gift – A Truly Hammered Coin!
In appreciation Pat carved a ‘King John’ twelve inch diameter coin specially for me. The inscription on the obverse reads JOHN THE SCRIBBLER and the ‘coin’ is uniface. 🙂
I love it … my own unique work of art
One of the problems was how to deliver the ‘coin’. Pat lives in northern Yorkshire; I’m in southern Buckinghamshire. Coming to the rescue was Stephen Robinson, Gaffer of the Northern Relic Hunters forum based in County Durham. He was bringing the family down south for a Warner Brothers studio tour of the Harry Potter films, and took time out to visit me. He even took a picture of me resting the masterpiece on my knees, as it was too heavy for me to hold!
THANK YOU to PAT for my SPECIAL GIFT