January 24, 2014

George E. Howard, Inscriptions on stone tablets in his shell garden

all pictures courtesy of Ann Davey

In February 2001, George E. Howard's Shell Garden in Southbourne, UK, a site beloved by locals and holidaymakers, was suddenly destroyed.

Howard loved to adorn his site with inscriptions, mostly carved into stone tablets. Here is a selection of these inscriptions, from the weblog Cream Tea Club, republished here with friendly permission of its author Ann Davey.

Above inscription says:
It's not the man who knows the most 
who has the most to say.
It's not the man who has the most 
who gives the most away

And this tongue-twister:
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you
Keep on smiling and the world smiles to

A quote from Shakespeare:
To see much is to learn much

About a wise owl:
A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke,
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we be like that wise old bird.

And to conclude:
The dawn of the morn for glory,
The hush of the night for peace,
In the garden at Eve says the story,
God walks and his smile brings release

More inscriptions on the Cream Tea Club website. Enjoy !


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  2. Line 3 of the conclusion, should that not be 'In the garden of eve says the story' rather than 'eye'?