What links Norwich’s favourite chef and parapet gable ends?
My favourite TV ad at the moment has to be the one featuring our very own Delia Smith. Excitedly shoving an onion up the backside of a chicken prior to roasting. While Kevin Bacon (who never seems to age) is extolling the virtues of watching football on telly using wi-fi.
Needless to say, Delia is wearing her Norwich City FC scarf. In fact she is rarely seen without it. And you have to admire her unwavering love of the Canaries. As a true Canaries fan too, this endears her to me and, by this most recent collaboration, Kevin Bacon too. Do I dare admit I have seen ‘Footloose’ more than twice. I even tried to recreate the basic buoyant dance moves when I was a teenager, until realising my 6’4” frame was not engineered for any particular dance moves – however basic or buoyant!
I was fascinated to learn that the ‘Canaries’ nickname comes from the many Dutch and Flemish traders. These traders arrived in Norwich in the 16th and 17th centuries and brought their pet canaries with them, which they bred and sold. Another enduring Dutch influence that can be appreciated around the county are the parapet gable ends. These always look so attractive on buildings (Wiveton Hall is my particular favourite, overlooking the marshes and out to sea).
I feel very lucky to view so many different and varied styles of architecture in the houses I buy and sell for my clients. I really enjoy imagining how they can be improved or renovated to suit my clients’ particular needs and requirements. This is where the architects come into their own and translate these ideas into practical reality. I like this quote from Frank Lloyd Wright – “Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods and men, to put man into possession of his own earth.”