Posted on 21 November 2014A Spaniel in the Wood The muddy entrance to Coxley valley. I walked along this makeshift duckboard but I would have felt safer wading through the mud. A neighbour’s spaniel shortly before he provided me with a soft focus photographic filter by pressing his nose against the lens. Even his owner’s tell me they’ve never succeeded in taking a good photograph of him. He usually ends up barking. Stagshorn fungus growing on a log in the quarry. Sandstone boulder, Coxley quarry. J Ellis lived in one of the cottages near Coxley Dam. Out of work during the 1930s recession he had plenty of time on his hands to carve this inscription. I once met a man here who said that J Ellis had rescued him when he’d got into difficulty swimming in the dam.