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"The Stackyard", Grange farm, Newton Solney, 1959

Boy in the photo is Mr John A Thickitt with the farm dog Flossy. The photographer is Mrs Ruth Thickitt, John's mother. Flossy's job was clear from the strong (and long) chain restricting her - she was the farm's guard dog (in reality a friendly, excitable dog who barked readily). In the background the contents of the heap appear limp, and look the mid-green colour of grass, rather than stiff, paleā€¦