The introductory image at the front of my Gallery on this web page has been for too long a painting of a ‘Green Man’. It must be changed; but before it goes, here’s an alternative ‘Green Man’ in stone, a full-blown one of late medieval date in the external top right-hand corner of the original surround to the now-blocked west door of Blaxhall church:
This a a full-on Green Man, for not only do we have a fiercesome face with bulbous eyes peering out of lush foliage but he is sticking out his tongue in classic Green Man mode from a mouth into which fronds either disappear or emanate.
On the left-hand side of the same doorway, about 1 m above ground level, is another face, even fiercer but without the foliage:
The eyes are again bulbous and it looks as if there was a sticky-out tongue which has been broken off; but not a frond in sight. Actually, having a close second look at him, I don’t think he’s fierce at all; he’s pretending to look fierce but that slight smile in his upper lip suggests he is probably just a lovely pussy cat.