Well, here I am, back from our nice long oliday, and ready to get properly organised for this week’s ABC Wednesday!Â Fear not, gentle readers, I shall be getting around to read other blogs this week and answer comments – at last!
And we’ve reached the letter ‘O‘.Â Not the easiest, but a glance through my archive folders revealed some interesting things.Â For a start, I went to Oakham earlier this year, when I was mourning the loss of our two dogs and needed to get out of the house.Â Oakham is a pretty market town, and not only is it on a local branch line, but the railway station is very close to the town centre, so I took the train.
Looks to me as if there’s a definite orange tone to that brickwork – what do you think?Â And you have to love that old-fashioned overhanging canopy.
Talking of overhangs … here’s a road sign I found in the pavement just around the corner from the station.
Not something you see every day, is it?Â But what does it mean?
Well, Oakham is a very old town, and some of the older buildings do lean a little.Â This is one of the oldest, I think, and it’s a bit of an oddity.
No, not just for the overhang, though it does make it look a tad precarious.Â What you can’t see in this shot is the blue plaque on the front.Â They put blue plaques on buildings in England to mark the site if someone famous was born there, or lived there. And someone famous – in a small way – did live there!
Poor Jeffrey Hudson.Â I wonder how often he got overlooked in crowds, or in shop queues?
Actually, his story is interesting, since he became a courtier in the court of Queen Henrietta Maria, fought in the civil war, and killed a man in a duel, despite reportedly being only eighteen or nineteen inches tall.Â Later, after being captured and enslaved by Barbary pirates he was ransomed and returned to England having grown to 45 inches!Â This, apparently, suggests he was suffering from congenital hypopituitarism, since not only did he not show the classic signs of skeletal deformity usual in people of limited stature (dwarfism) but it isn’t unknown for people with hypopituitarism to suddenly produce growth hormones much later in life and grow some more.Â Nothing to do with ‘O‘, but interesting, don’t you think?
Anyway, moving on ..
There are many very old walls in Oakham, as you might expect, and I found this one in a side street – well, more of an alley, really.
And look at that!Â The lichen in that picture is a distinctly orangey shade, isn’t it?
Talking of orange, here’s a yacht with beautiful orange sails.
This yacht is sailing on Rutland Water, which is literally just outside Oakham, which is the county town of Rutland.Â It all ties neatly together, you see.Â Rutland is England’s smallest county, which is why it says what it does in that blue plaque.
Now, orange is the colour of autumn, as I’m sure you’ll agree.Â Fallen leaves, dead plants, autumn flowers … and of course pumpkins!
Happy Halloween to all my readers!
Oh, but wait!Â Here’s another picture.Â One which was taken a very long way from Oakham indeed, in the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.
Well.Â I couldn’t disappoint my Johnny Depp fans, not when I had an orange-tinted picture with a Johnny Depp connection, could I?Â It’s not manipulated in Photoshop, this was the cast it acquired through the lighting in the basement room where it was displayed during the triple showing of the Pirates OF the Caribbean movies.
And I’m not going to apologise for working that one in, either!Â It is, after all, Johnny Depp’s pirate outfit.