Weather Vanes (5)
Stephen and I must have been sniffing around this rather sweet weather vane at about the same time. I confess I’d never really noticed it before, but now I have I look out for it every time.
In case you’ve not seen it before either, I’ll widen the angle:
The delightful little tea pavilion at the top of Greenwich Hill, near to the Observatory.
I mistook at first the little chap looking out across London (or into a bunch of trees, depending on the way the wind is blowing) with his spy glass – I thought he might be General Wolfe (given the proximity of his statue) or a Greenwich Pensioner – they used to hire out telescopes to visitors so they could get a better view of pirates’ bodies swinging from gibbets on Bugsbys’s Marsh. But I was wrong. He is, apparently Lord Nelson.
According to the Friends of Greenwich Park the Pavilion Tea House was built right in the middle of the Edwardian era – 1906/7 and actually, when you look at it, it’s obvious. Can’t you just see ladies with ridiculously tiny waists, monobosoms and giant picture hats enjoying tea and scones there with gents in tweeds after having fed their intended picnics to the deer as they wandered up the hill?
Apparently it was originally two solid floors, but back in 2003 they took the middle out of the top floor to create a sort of balcony that never seems to be open when I’m there. Of course it’s still nice enough (just about) to sit outside just now (the hedges stop the wind howling too much) and you get a good view of the dovecote just below the weather vane. I can’t tell if it’s operative or not. I suspect not – I’ve never seen a dove in it, though the pigeons are happy to hang about waiting for scraps - but I don’t really care. Neither do I care whether or not the weather vane itself is very old (I doubt it is original) – it’s just right.
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