'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Monday, 30 March 2009

Beauty in Unexpected Places

Rye, England.


  1. You mean beauty is unexpected in England? This could cause an international incident of far more serious import than the famous attack on "The Rainbow Warrior" in Auckland a few years back!
    Seriously though, that mosaic of shingles is definitely and accidentally lovely.

  2. wow - you have an eye for picture taking - I'm always amazed when I see the photos on your blog.

  3. Katherine I was in Rye in 2006 and saw some wry humour (maybe you saw this yourself?) - On one of its very picturesque streets was a building which had above the doorway "The House Opposite" and another building housing two residences which had on one door the address "44 The MInt" and on the door right next to it "44 1/2 The Mint" which I thought was wry Rye humour indeed!

  4. Thank you YP, Tony.
    Alden. I will hunt up that house. I have it somewhere.
    There's also a story associated with the St Mary's bell tower...
    I was leaning out over the parapet to take a pic of the golden cherubs who ring the bell with their little hammers... and my glasses tumbled off my head to the roof beneath. 'The man with the ladder ain't in today' said the lady who takes the money at the door. So I left £5 and the case, and my address, and they turned up, scratched but otherwise not too worse for wear...
    I got a great pic, 'though!

  5. Yes - you're all right, it is lovely :)

    There's what looks to me to be a rather boring bungalow beyond the bottom of our garden. My mother though, sat in our conservatory staring at their roof, and saying how pretty it was - and it is, actually, although they're not old tiles. About 50 years old maybe. But until she looked at it, and said that, I never really saw it before.

  6. Your Mum sounds like my kind of lady :-)

  7. I take lots of photos of walls, especially stone ones with lichen on. Good to see this brick one. I've never been to Rye, though.

  8. Well you postings certainly engender thoughtful comments. I certainly agree that this is beautiful.

    And I've been given the idea by Alden for a posting when I get back to Eagleton and am writing on Eagleton Notes.