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Daily Archives: February 22, 2013

Murdoch House, Cherry Blossom and Bark

1    After some bitterly cold shopping in the town, I called into Murdoch House for a warming coffee.  William Murdock,whose house this was, made the first locomotive and tested it here in 1784. He also invented gas lighting and used it first in this house. According to The Encyclopaedia Britannica ,  ‘he was sent to Cornwall to superintend the fitting of Watt’s steam engines. At his home in Redruth, Cornwall, he experimented in distilling coal and in 1792 lighted his cottage and offices with coal gas.’Murdoch House

Murdoch House
William Murdoch, inventor of gas lighting

William Murdoch, inventor of gas lighting

2   There is a beautiful cherry tree on the walk back up the hill.

Cherry tree

Cherry tree

Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom

3   The delicate pastel patterns on this piece of bark which had fallen onto the pavement caught my attention as the pink echoed the pink of the cherry blossom.

Beautiful pastel bark

Beautiful pastel bark

 

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