A couple of days ago Perth (the Scottish one) was reinstated as a city. The Queen bestowed this status on Perth as part of her Diamond Jubilee Celebrations this year.
In the late 1990s a list of UK cities was produced which didn’t include Perth, due to the definition of what a city actually was, and quite a lot of people were none too pleased about this. However, now that it is a city again, all those previously unhappy people can be seen dancing up and down Perth’s city streets with kilts a-swaying, playing the bagpipes like there’s no tomorrow. (Some artistic licence may have been used here.)
To celebrate this great event, my delightful assistant and I visited Perth Museum and Art Gallery:
But I’m jumping ahead, because in order to provide ourselves with sufficient energy for the museum, we stopped on the way into Perth at one of our local tearooms. I had a treacle scone, which would have been much better not warmed in the microwave (I think I might need to start a campaign against this dreadful behaviour) while my assistant opted for a pancake (which turned out, as she’d hoped it would, to be two per portion rather than just one – how she knew this might happen I have no idea, to get two instead of one seems remarkably generous to me). The butter was very hard and I was highly amused by her attempts to get it onto a pancake:
Having complained about the scone, I will now rave about the tea. I got a pot of Yorkshire tea which was so flavoursome that if I hadn’t seen the teabag with my own eyes I would have sworn it was leaf tea. I was offered hot water to weaken the brew, but I declined it, because it was perfect as it was.
And so, on to the museum. When we entered through the front doors (in the distance in the photo below), we were met by a large scary dinosaur, and a beautiful cupola:
The museum has all sorts of interesting things in it, as is generally the case with museums, and I took photos of some of my favourite pieces.
A sheep made, by Carrie Fertig, out of blown glass. This sort of glass is more commonly used for making scientifc instruments:
A beautifully constructed nest, made by wasps chewing and pulping dead timber to make a pretty multi-storey paper structure:
A silver bullet teapot (I really would like to have one of these):
And the building itself, with its arches and pillars:
This was my lovely assistant’s favourite item – a glass dragonfly paperweight. You can’t see it very well in this photograph but the dragonfly was suspended in the glass, as if hovering in space:
Across the road from the museum there is a shop that interests me greatly:
When you walk through the door of this shop the smell is amazing. They roast their own coffee beans and sell a wonderful selection of leaf tea and coffee beans, not to mention some nice Moomin china:
Walking along George Street there were some pretty things inside and outside shop windows. A bead shop:
We had lunch at a nice cafe we’d never been to before as well, but I’ll save that for another post.
For the meantime, congratulations Perth, and happy new city status!