London – A view from the river.

Susan Nolen's Photograph of St Paul London England

St Paul’s still stirs my heart. I was on the river desperately hoping it would not rain as the sky was dark and was that a funnel cloud to the left? Best get indoors for a cup of tea! This week’s black and white photograph. A view from the river Thames.

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Tales from the City–Mr. Post Man Please…

Susan Nolen's London Red Pillar Post Box PhotographOne of the things I marvel at is my life on both sides of the pond. There are so many little differences we  take for granted. For example, I was giving my dear friend my new address for the farm in Washington State, and she stopped me in my tracks with this question…what’s a ZIP code?

Oh sorry… Post code.

I do forget which side of the pond I am at times! But I have to confess I had no idea why in America we call it a ZIP Code, and why in the United Kingdom we have POST CODES.  Same thing…different words?  Those of you who know me, know that I wasn’t about to let this rest, so this is what I have discovered.

They are of course both numerical formulas to let the post office know where to deliver that letter. ( Do we still send letters in this age of multi media?) The post code was originally called the mail code, a very unglamorous name. So heads together, they came up with the snappy little moniker of  ZIP Code. The ZIP Code I was quite surprised only started up around 1963.  ZIP is a lovely little acronymn for ZONE IMPROVEMENT PLAN. An interesting choice, as it makes one wonder, was the plan ever implemented?  But it was chosen to persuade people that the post ( UK) mail ( USA) would travel at the speed of light if those numbers were added to the address. Hence it ZIPs along!  Forget to add it…and that urgent letter might end up in the slow lane around the world and back again.  They even came up with a Cheeky Chap to get people used to the idea of adding all those numbers at the end of an address!

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Mr. Zip Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Now in Great Britain we use numbers along with letters in our codes.   For example in the United States the ZIP code might be…123123  but in the UK the post code always start with letters followed by number,  for example ABC123 . All of this coding first started in London about 1857.

But call it a POST CODE or a ZIP CODE, it’s all the same at the end of the day, a way to speed up all that junk post!  We can’t have any of that go missing, can we?

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London Iron Railing

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I love wandering about London and finding places that still have the old Iron Railing. So much of it was taken down during the war. Here is a beautiful Iron Fence and window box for this week’s black and white … Continue reading

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100 Years of Mother’s Days- Happy Mother’s Day to all Mum’s

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I’ll confess, I’m just a little spoilt. In London, Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday is on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It’s three weeks before Easter Sunday which usually falls in late March or early April, but in the Seattle, it’s … Continue reading

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Sail Boat in Whitstable Kent

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  It’s wet and windy and it’s May. So I thought a broody photo of the beach in Whitstable Kent would fit the day! Here’s this week’s black and white photograph. Boat on Beach in Whitstable Kent…brrrr…..someone put the kettle … Continue reading

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A Gondos Margarita in Mexico

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When I was in Mexico I had a fabulous margarita made from the local Gondos Berries (Ardisia Compressa Kunth) which grow in the area of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo Corrientes.  The mix of this berry and the local  blue agave … Continue reading

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A Cheerful Dutch Door

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  There was so much I loved about this door, the yellow, the rich green, the plants, the brilliant sunshine, it was hard to just focus on one feature. This door in the Hague, Netherlands is so cheerful, you just … Continue reading

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