Tuesday, 22 April 2014

S is for Sing a Song

A-Z Challenge.

Random Sightings No 20.

Here in Leicester we like a good pork pie. Although traditionally associated with the Leicestershire market town of Melton Mowbray, where they have Protected Geographical Indication status*, similar pies are produced elsewhere in the county. The giant specimen pictured below with it's distinctive fluted pastry (Melton pies have a different style of pastry) was on display over Easter in Walkers Pie Shop in Leicester.

The old children's nursery rhyme begins:

    Sing a song of sixpence,
    A pocket full of rye.
    Four and twenty blackbirds,
    Baked in a pie.

    When the pie was opened,
    The birds began to sing.
    Wasn't that a dainty dish,
    To set before the king?

Walkers Pie Shop and below some normal sized pork pies.

*Protected Geographical Indication status, means that only pies made within a designated zone around Melton, and using uncured pork, are allowed to carry the Melton Mowbray name on their packaging.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Q is for Quaffing

A-Z Challenge.

Random Sightings No 17.

Beer quaffing that is. Some pictures taken at the National Winter Ales Festival in Derby this February. The festival was held in the Derby Roundhouse, a former Victorian railway locomotive works and is conveniently close to Derby train station so no drink driving back to Leicester I'm glad to say. These pictures were taken on the final day and, as you see from the sold out signs, some serious quaffing had been going on. First up though, a picture of the amazing roof.

Friday, 18 April 2014

P is for Pharmacist

A-Z Challenge.

Random Sightings No 16.

Slight cheat today – apologies for that – as I've posted a picture of this before. It was a long time ago though. The sun is out and I should have been out with my camera taking pictures for the challenge but prior commitments have kept me indoors I'm afraid. Very frustrating.

So here's one from my travels round Leicester last year. It consists of a glazed tiled advertisement for 'headache drink Sea Breeze' with a depiction of a medieval alchemist above. It was part of a shop premises built for TE Butler, Son and Co., Chemists; dating from 1903 (although the business was established in 1840). The shop is situated on the corner of High Street and Cart's Lane. The building is Grade II listed.

I've a brief explanation of the listing of buildings here:


Thursday, 17 April 2014

O is for Overhead

A-Z Challenge.

Random Sightings No 15.

Today I'm posting some random pictures taken of the skies above.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

N is for Narrow Boats

A-Z Challenge.

Random Sightings No 14.

A few pictures of narrow boats taken on the the canals of the Midlands.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014