A pretty poor picture, but needs must.
Mrs. Kinch and I were down in Cork for a wedding a while ago and we enjoyed all the hospitalility that Cork city is known for. The bride was beautiful, the groom was lucky and I had a happy excuse for wearing dress uniform during the Guard of Honour. Mrs. Kinch and I danced the night away and had a simply wonderful time, which while entertaining for us, probably makes for dull reading.
But, what is probably of more interest to readers of Joy & Forgetfulness is Engine No. 36, a restored Victorian steam engine which sits in Kent Railway station. I know nothing about trains, other than that they are infinitely preferable to car in my book, but I'm told that if one likes trains this one is of interest.
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Engine No. 36 was built in Liverpool by Bury, Curtis and Kennedy in 1847. She cost £1,955 sterling and was brought to Ireland to run services between Dublin and Cork for the Great Southern and Western Railway. She remained in service until 1874.
The engine itself is quite big, though smaller than the contemporary types, and just looks great in its green paint and gleaming brass.
The staff of life
One things we did learn while we were in Cork was that "Gurr cake" was called "Chester cake" in the south. For those who are unaware, Gurr cake is a sort of compressed fruit slice made up of the remainders of other cakes, dark rum and raisins. I used to get mine from the small shop behind school and it is indelibly linked with that time and place in my mind. Wonderful stuff.
To learn that that it had a different name in Cork was an awful shock - I'm anxious to try some next time I'm down there, just to confirm that it is inferior to the Dublin made variety.
Chester cake indeed.
It'll be dogs marrying cats next.