All of my LJ entries this year have been written from the House of the Red Roses. Which makes it ironic that this post -- which is about the House -- is written from Zurich.

Recently, [ profile] dragonmamma said: I am amused by the name of your house since you are in White Rose country!

Well, that's a fair comment, since we live in Sheffield which is [nominally] in Yorkshire[*] -- the home of the White Rose!

Given that we do not live in the House of the White Roses, it seemed worth clarification. Our house name has nothing to do with its location. Rather, it derives from the stained glass decoration:

A Red Rose

There is such a red rose on all outward facing windows (except on the converatory), with a more ornate version on the three outside doors. You can sort of see what I mean in this picture, taken from our back garden:

House of the Red Roses

From a distance, it is more difficult to see detail, but the top portion of each window contains a rose like the one seen in the above picture.

Thus, as you can see, it would be a tad strange to refer to our home as the House of the White Roses!

(Hmmm... I think I need to make a red rose icon from the stained glass to use in future house-related posts.)

I hope that all of my dear friends are having a lovely weekend!

[*] Personally, I tend to think of us more like being in the now-defunct Hallamshire than Yorkshire. Being in the south of South Yorkshire, Sheffield is about as far out of Yorkshire as you can get and still be in it!


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I love stained glass, and how lovely it must be to have stained-glass roses in every room! Your whole house looks very charming, at least the bits of it you've show us so far. I don't think I've ever been in a house that has a conservatory!

P.S. Happy day-before-your-birthday! Whatever you're doing in Zurich, I hope it involves cake :-)

From: [identity profile]

Thank you, Ace!

The stained glass roses were definitely one of the selling points for this house. The conservatory was another!

Zurich was nice, though I was only there for a day this time. Then I spent a week in Venice, which is where I actually celebrated my birthday.

From: [identity profile]

Just what do you conserve in the conservatory? :-)

And I hope you had a nice gondola ride on your birthday!

From: [identity profile]

*grin* Conserves, of course! ;-D

I did indeed have a lovely gondola ride in Venice! I also popped over the the nearby island of Murano to watch the glass furnaces in action (and buy a bit to take home for myself and [ profile] cheshcat.

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Glassmaking - especially using the old hand-working techniques - is absolutely fascinating to watch! There are a lot of YouTube videos. (Back in the previous millennium, when I took freshman chemistry, we were taught a very little bit of glasswork, for making our own experimental tools. I don't remember all of it, but I do remember it was fun.)

Do you know that glass is the perfect expression of the metaphysical "elements"? It starts out as sand, which is produced by the action of Water upon stone (Earth); it is then melted by Fire, and blown into shape by Air, as directed by the artisan's Spirit.

(And lightning is also the perfect expression of the metaphysical "elements". It begins when droplets of Water are tossed about by currents of Air, creating an uneven distribution of electrical charge. This charge eventually strikes the Earth, creating a high-temperature plasma (Fire), and causing awe in the Spirits of those who observe it. (I once had a friend who could prove the same with Guinness...)

From: [identity profile]

Oh you lucky Wandering Knave of Numbers! I LOVE stained glass and to have such a lovely piece in all the windows and doors and your back garden!


*twitch twitch twitch*

From: [identity profile]

Mmmmmm - I can't wait to show it to you when you come to visit next year! *smile*

(Meanwhile, I can look forward to seeing you in half a year's time.)

From: [identity profile]

I was away travelling in USA when you posted this and , not having sufficient technology with me,(or the time!!) was unable to read and reply at the time.
So........... firstly, Happy Belated Birthday to you. I hope it was awesome.
Secondly, thank you for the explanation of the house and it's name. I do see exactly why now, and I agree. A pity Hallamshire not longer exists isn't it?
It does look like an awesome house indeed and I am so glad you found it and that it makes you all so happy.

From: [identity profile]

Thank you much! My birthday was indeed lovely. I celebrated in Venice, which is a wonderful city. I'd not been there for many years, and it was delightful to return and spend a week.

(Being a water sprite, it will come as no surprise that I have always loved Venice!)

I'm glad that my explanation helped clarify the name of the house. I now have a new picture of one of our red roses that is more suitable for an LJ icon. Must get around to making that for future house-related posts!

Glad you had a good trip to the USA! I've not yet been to Trumpland. I would avoid it if I could, but professional and personal connections make that impossible. My first trip is coming up next month.


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