I love the predominant colour - white, the facades of the older buildings and, above all, the huge variety of ornate chimneys.
Lately I have been taking my camera on my walks. I get some odd looks from the locals but so far nobody has called the GNR!
Only one old lady spoke out when I was pointing my camera at her neighbour's rooftop. And she invited me to take a picture of her orange tree! She thought it would be more interesting than the roof! When I gracefully declined and explained that I was only interested in the chimney, she just laughed.
|Would you really prefer a photo of an orange tree here?|
Only on two occasions have I felt the need to ask people whether they minded if I took a photo of their chimney. "Of course not!" was the answer on both occasions.
|Still in working order!|
The other, an elderly lady, told me proudly that her chimney had been built in her grandparents' time, before she was even born.
Chimneys everywhere are built to serve a practical purpose but around here they are a status symbol, too.
|Passers-by take note - 2 ornate chimneys = very rich person's house|