Monday, February 19, 2007
Two pictures today from a visit to Port Sunlight on saturday. Port Sunlight is a garden village which was founded in 1888 by William Hesketh Lever, a successful soap manufacturer, to house his soap factory workers. In line with his ideas on prosperity-sharing, the building maintenance and upkeep of the village was subsidised with a portion of the profits from Lever Brothers Limited. With his own money, Lever financed the church, technical institute and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Lever took great pleasure in helping to plan this picturesque garden village and he employed nearly thirty different architects to create its unique style.
Phil and I celebrated our wedding at an evening reception at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight. We always enjoy a visit here. The houses are lovely and all different. It's a great place to walk around and photograph.
There is also a beautiful art gallery, the Lady Lever, which has an excellent cafe!
I have had a busy day today although I seem to have spent lots of it on the phone talking to various people. I managed a long walk this morning, with lots of thinking time - something I always relish.
One song I kept listening to on my MP3 player was Bette Midler's "From a distance" - i find it really inspiring. This is my favourite verse....
From a distance you look like my friend,
even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for.
From a distance there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
And it's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves,
it's the heart of every man.