300314 Vulcans were here

By March 30, 2014 zBlog Archives

300314_LRYou learn something new everyday and today I learned inter alia that the meaning of the word “vulcan” is not limited to Mr Spock. Although the OED chose the meaning ‘Roman Mythol. The god of fire and of metalworking, the son of Jupiter and Juno, and the husband of Venus, identified with the Greek god Hephaestus’ (OED) for its word of the day, it does list a whole load of other meanings, including a blacksmith. Today’s pic is taken outside the Horse & Groom in Groom Place, SW1 and I took it not only because I like the juxtaposition of Taittinger with the dustbins, but because it suited the vulcan theme. The mews is called Groom Place, since it was where the horses and attendant staff used to live in the days when Britain had an empire. I figured that there must have been a blacksmith hovering around there somewhere and so it would tick enough boxes to fit today’s task. Perhaps the pub will think about re-naming itself as the Horse & Vulcan! It was either this or the man I followed down Kinnerton Street with very pointy ears, but that would have been mean. Elsewhere, big thanks to Jenny and her Footprints walking tour – it was fab! Lots of history and anecdotes, lovely weather and a jolly good pub (albeit haunted) as the finishing point.

Day #89 of a 365 project, where the daily pic is informed by theĀ OED word of the day.