I cannot believe that the weather here is still so wonderful, we had a few days when it seemed as if Autumn had arrived but the sun returned and everything is still growing and full of colour, long may it last!!!
There are two things that would like to mention this week that are things little known about but well worth seeing. One is Little Venice, so because it resembles Venice itself. Situated just North of Paddington in London this gorgeous area is a pool of water where the Grand union meets Regents Canal and is home to a number of interesting cafés, pubs and eateries where it is pleasant to sit and while away the time watching the boats and people. The waterway snakes it’s way through the heart of the city and feels a million miles away from the hubbub of the surrounding streets and roads. As you can see from the photos, the boats that line the banks create a very pretty and colourful backdrop. The boat owners are very proud of the boats and most are kept in beautiful condition with flower pots adorning the decks and the painted designs are a sight to behold.
The second event took place today and is a old tradition, in fact 125 years old! Founded in the 19the century by Henry Croft, an orphan street cleaner in London. Henry wanted to help those in need as he himself had been helped. Inspired by the Costermongers, a close knit of market traders who sewed buttons on their clothes in order to recognise each other, as he swept the streets he searched for buttons. He eventually had enough to cover his whole suit and sewed them on carefully. He became a familiar sight dressed in his pearly suit and collecting money for needy causes and became so successful that he had to enlist the help of other like minded people and thus the first pearly ‘family’ was born!
Today there are hundreds of Pearly kings and queens and the titles are passed through the families. Every year they hold The Pearly King and Queen festival, a real sight to behold as they attempt to outdo each other with more and more elaborate suits, some costing hundreds of pounds.The whistle and flutes (suits, for the non cockney speakers) will usually be predominantly black and white.
My next blog will be the day before my return flight, very excited about it! Have a wonderful