In February, I posted about the railings of Aberdeen that had been sacrificed as scrap iron in World War II. A few days ago, I walked past the same place I’d taken the top photo in my earlier post, only to discover that the Jewel in the Crown restaurant has erected some splendid replacements!
Until recently, there were only holes in the low wall in front of the two houses on the left. The railings in front of the third house (with the wheelie bin) are original. Now as you can see, the replacement railings are grander than even the fanciest Victorian railings would have been. I like their Indian flavour, pardon the pun, and at the same time I think they go well with their gold-tipped neighbours. Here’s a closer-up view:
I will just say here that I have a great affection for the Jewel in the Crown restaurant. Michael and I treat ourselves to lunch there every December: our annual date! (Our son was very puzzled by this when he found out: “but you’re already married – why do you need to go on a date?”) They serve delicious food and the staff are unfailingly kind and knowledgeable. I highly recommend their vegetarian thali, although to fully appreciate it, you’re better off not eating a thing for about six hours beforehand. So I am well-disposed towards their contribution to restoring the lost railings of Aberdeen.
What do you think?