Richmond Bridge: The Oldest Bridge Across The Thames

This is Richmond Bridge, built in 1777, the oldest bridge across the Thames. When it was built it was a toll bridge, and the tolls repaid the investors, who invested their money as a tontine. A tontine is a kind of a lottery where the last man alive takes the lot. Each year after theContinue reading “Richmond Bridge: The Oldest Bridge Across The Thames”

Animals That Are Comfortable Around People

Earlier today I was watching moorhens coming in and out of the water at the Botanic Garden. They were practically at my feet and not taking much if any notice of me. Later on Mark and I saw a fox, and again it didn’t take much notice of us although we were just ten feetContinue reading “Animals That Are Comfortable Around People”