British pub signs #10


At the sign of the round table, May 18, 2017

The round table would be none other than King Arthur’s of course, which–who knows?–probably never existed, but this sign is based on a reproduction of the legendary original designed by Edward I around 1290 in honor of the betrothal of one of his daughters. It’s known as the Winchester Round Table, and you can read more about it here.

At “The Rose” ~


Collage, May 17, 2017

A veritable cabinet of curiosities: bust of Queen Victoria, pointing finger, round convex mirror, and blackboard listing bar food options, including (third on the list, scotch eggs). What are scotch eggs? A curiosity in themselves! Wikipedia defines a scotch egg thusly: “a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried.” Read more about all kinds of versions of them at this site here, which also notes, “one can judge a pub’s level of culinary ambition by its attitude to scotch eggs.” We didn’t try The Rose’s scotch eggs so couldn’t vouch for its culinary ambitions.



Picturesque view, May 16, 2017

View from our digs for a few days — in a flat in a building that used to be a warehouse (along with this building across the street, perhaps?). It’s super convenient to all kinds of places and right in the shadow of the recently completed “Shard,” previously featured in these pages here and here.

The drying rugs sign ~


Rugs drying, May 13, 2017

What are drying rugs a sign of? That they’ve just been washed (at the nearby laundromat since they’re too heavy for our machines) as a part of the general spiffing up of the premises for my subletter … in other words drying rugs are a sign that I’m about to leave!

Back-lit spring green leaves ~


Spring green, purple, May 12, 2017

Pretty, sunny late afternoon, as witnessed by the light shining through these fresh new green leaves. The tree is next to First Presbyterian church on 5th Avenue, which has been featured in these pages before (here). It turns out it’s quite a historic building, and the church/congregation as an institution has even more history than that! Read all about both here.