And who wouldn’t want to be a Unicorn?
And you can hardly walk down the street without seeing them!
I met this one last week on the Isle of Wight.
He lives on top of the entrance of a Victorian Arcade with his companion the Lion…and therein lies the problem.
The lion and the unicorn as they appear on both versions of the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. In the Scottish version (shown right) the two have switched places and both are crowned, and the lion on top is coloured red (Wikipedia).
The whole Coat of Arms business is quite complicated (see here and here if you have time on your hands) but the long and short of it is that, whilst my lucky blog friends Nicky and Fiona get to be unicorns, I have to be a lion :(
In case you are wondering about inside the Arcade, here are some pictures.
|an ornate ceiling|
|a quilt inspiration, maybe…|
The shops sold a mix of both genuine and reproduced vintage collectables and bric-a-brac but I thought the more interesting finds were at the pub where we stopped for lunch.
|Those were the days!|
|so much more character than a play station|
|this was my favourite!|