Saturday, 04 September 2004
Same Old Place-Same Old Grandeur
CREDIT: © Tony Richards/LakelandCAM.co.uk
WHERE: Little Langdale, Cumbria, England. WHAT: miniature Lakeland delights.
MAP: Little Langdale. Thumbnail pops-up larger image.
It is easy for us to forget that those living among the kind of scenery depicted in yesterday's Bryce Canyon feature are attracted to things less grand, less awe inspiring, and frankly in many cases much prettier. One of our unvirtual visitors saw today's feature picture of the Three Shires Inn displayed on our computer monitor, and was entranced. Tony Richards from LakelandCAM.co.uk took the picture, in a place familiar from his rounds for the Royal Mail as a postman.
For all those virtual visitors habituated to Rocky Mountain grandeur, or whatever the local equivalent is where you live, please enjoy this scene from the garden sized English Lake District. Although only about fifty miles square, and no higher than 3,210 feet of altitude, Lakeland is full of delightful miniatures. It seems that around every corner is another tiny gem of a place waiting to be discovered.
The three shires in the hotel name are Cumberland, Westmorland, and the Furness District of Lancashire. Administrative boundary changes lumped all these together in the new Cumbria. Old allegiances die hard, so Appleby, after Kendal the second largest town in the former Westmorland, in an act of civilized civil disobedience promptly renamed the former county town to Appleby-in-Westmorland!
The point where the three shires meet at a single point, known as the Three Shires Stone, is still acknowledged by locals. With typical English sang froid (so much so that even the emotion has a French name) they make little fuss. In the Rockies of the USA, the Four  Corners has exotic Navajos selling fried bread and First Nations crafts [pictures from Klaus Lux & Felix on their huge picture page visit to the area]. Perhaps one day the Three Shires Stone will boast booths selling Kendal's famous mint cake, or even the pork pies that miraculously contain cylindrical eggs!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)