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happy new year

I put a bit of paint on my sheep sometime during the past few days. Baaa.

Stuart & I went on a wander in Bermondsey, South London, and discovered where Alaska was manufactured.

I was curious and just looked it up on Google: The Alaska Factory in Grange Road was the premises of Martin fur merchants which made sealskin jackets. The entrance gate dated 1869 has a depiction of a seal. The factory was rebuilt to the designs of Wallis Gilbert and is now apartments. (Wallis Gilbert are the same guys who designed the amazing Hoover Building in west London.)
I didn't spot the seal, but it's kind of interesting anyway.

And the last one's a photo of a blooming cherry tree in Greenwich Park. (Is it spring already?!)



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Jan. 1st, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!
I was hoping that the buliding would turn out to be the former Alaskan Embassy! "When you are on the grounds of this building, you are as good as standing on Alaskan soil."
Jan. 1st, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy New Year!
Yeah, there's a Texas Embassy right next to Trafalgar Square, but it's a restaurant. (I wonder if current politics put people off going there.) But happening upon such a big Alaska building I'd never heard of felt a bit surreal.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
i like the sheep.

there is a buttercup blooming in our garden. one lonely little yellow light. bizarre.

and... it's high summer in brisbane (where i'm from) and they're all wearing cardigans when usually you have to have the airconditioning on to breath!
Jan. 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Anne! :-)
So odd, when things bloom in the dead of winter. After I posted that, Stuart told me that some cherry trees DO bloom in winter, so maybe it's not an unnaturally warm corner of Greenwich Park.... Not to be mistaken, I think, with Winter Cherry, which must be my favourite little potted plant. We have one with red, orange, yellow and green Christmas-like berry balls on it, next to our front door.
Jan. 12th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
it sure is freakishly warm for january!
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
hey sarah, haven't been round for a while but seeing this is a happy memory! did you know this is right next door to our old flat?? what is that sculpey clay it is brilliant....?! alice x
Mar. 6th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: memories....
Oh, wow! I didn't know you lived right next to there! I'd be really curious to see what the flats in the Alaska building look like!

Yeah, Sculpey's amazing. I get it at Atlantis (behind the East London Mosque) for about £8.50 a box, and you can get about four of something like that sheep out of them. (You stuff the body with aluminium foil.)
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