Friday, September 23, 2016
The lanterns either side of the entrance had to be lit by hand and a lamplighter would be assigned this duty. When the occupants of the house were out in the evening the lamplighter would go on ahead of them for the return trip to light the lamps. Then he would extinguish his torch by inserting it into one of the blue iron 'flutes' either side of the path.
And you thought it was just a picture of a blue door.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Just like today, speed is everything when goods are to be shipped and Cutty Sark was a very fast ship. Her name comes from that of witch Nannie Dee in Robert Burns poem 'Tam O'Shanter'. Sark is an old Scots word for a linen under garment and Cutty simply means that it is too short. The bow of Cutty Sark features a figurehead of a Nannie Dee clutching a piece of horse hair. In the poem, the sight of Nannie Dee dancing in her short under garment prompted Tam to shout 'Well Done Cutty Sark!'
In this photo, Nannie Dee is getting a fresh coat of paint on a warm English afternoon.
Friday, September 9, 2016
One of our favourite stops in London is Borough Market. It is open every day but early in the week there are fewer vendors on site; the number increases as the weekend draws near. Nonetheless a visit anytime is worthwhile. There are numerous food stalls and many options for in formal eating. Borough Market is mostly open air but it's covered so even in dodgy weather spending time there is always fun.