Wednesday 22 February 2012: Here's looking at you ....
Many years ago a very good friend bought me a dream catcher. It worked so hard it deteriorated in time, and sadly most of it went on the bonfire on Monday. The peacock feather remains, rather bedraggled but still looking at you.
Useless factoid: title phrase is of course from the film Casablanca in 1942, Rick's toast to Ilsa. Not in the original script, attributed to Humphrey Bogart saying it to Ingrid Bergman as he taught her to play poker between takes.
The answer to yesterday's little puzzle was 17 palindromes including the date. Congratulations to Grandmama who came closest. Reproduced below with palindromes in bold.
21.2.12. A palindromic day, in Britain at least.
Went to Guildford on the bus.
Very mild weather and the shops still baking hot, kept having to bob outside to cool off.
Lunch about noon next to the River Wey. Not enough sunshine but I've put up a shot anyway. The long boat was a bonus with its bit of colour, though it would have looked redder if the sun had decided to pop out.
Did some shopping. The High Street is lovely but I wish it was on the level.
Here is St Nicholas Parish Church whose tenet is 'Going for growth for the sake of others'.
Bishop Nicholas lived in the 4th century. He was known for his generosity and there is a story of how he gave 3 bags of gold to 3 girls as dowries. Some refer to him as the true Santa Claus. The building one sees is Victorian, the third on this spot which has been a place of prayer and peace since at least 1300.
The church's burning question is 'Do geese see God'.
And there's the Town Bridge. This is on the site of the old Golden Ford, to which Guildford owes its name. The colour gold is thought to relate to the sand on the river bed. Can still be seen further along the river today.
Think the white building is some sort of civic building, maybe council offices?
The willows are greening already, won't be long before the leaves are too thick to peep between.
My good deed for the day was helping an old man decide between M&S and Debenhams for lunch. How could I resist when he addressed me as 'madam'.
I'm sure there are better sagas to be had, but this is mine for today.