You might think after all the orange of yesterday , Pandemic Pondering #76, that today was going to be all a bit pink. The picture above is definitely significant and the vibrancy of this plant is significant but this is not a pink blog.
Yesterday we parked up in Looe Street , Plymouth.
Even though Lockdown has been eased in England the historic streets of this part of Plymouth were pretty quiet. This is a part of town we know well as The Minerva Inn is a favourite pub to visit.
The Minerva has been here since the Age of Discovery.
It is entirely possible today to walk to the Barbican, harbour, of Plymouth using streets that would be familiar with sailors, merchants and townspeople of that period. Like huge areas of Plymouth , Hitler and town planners have left their mark but we only used cobbled streets to make our journey.
The quietness of the streets made it much easier to feel the history of the streets that we were walking on, until we were stopped in our tracks by this vivid beauty.
Growing in a nondescript flowerbed adjacent to a 20th Century block of flats. Stopping was the best thing we could have done. It sparked our own Age of Discovery!
On one external wall of a building we have walked past , but never stopped at, was a ceramic-tile history lesson about the location.
We had been seduced by a bright pink plant, forced to linger and in doing so learnt a thing or two.
I’m sure these historic streets have seen a lot of seduction and lingering in the past but our seduction and lingering was entirely chaste .
The somewhat dull block of flats was built on the site of The Old Mayoralty House.
There is only so much you can learn from ceramic tiles.
Wool Dyeing in what is now Vauxhall Street
Plymouth at the time of Henry VIII
Lovers and Assassin’s 1591, elderly husband killed by wife and her lover. It didn’t end well.
The moral of this blog is this, you might think you are doing something you’ve done many times before, but just one little thing might catch your eye and a whole different journey happens . Then Covid-19 sneaks in and spoils the trip.
My journey took me to The Plymouth History Association website.
But currently no further.