Jan 5, 2007

Dickensian nature

Eden Mill bill's itself as a nature center, and I'm sure it's a very good one, but I never think of nature when I'm there - I think of Charles Dickens. With it's big blue mill sitting there in a dark hollow, and the ritzy owner's mansion sitting right on top of the place, it's hard not to think of Oliver Twist or Great Expectations. I'm always half expecting to see some creepy girl staring out of one of the mansion windows.
Back in town, there's a local theme restaurant chain made up to look like a 19th century coal mine. I find it appalling. Nobody else seems to mind. Maybe I'm just a wet blanket.