Congratulations Perth!

A couple of days ago Perth (the Scottish one) was reinstated as a city. The Queen bestowed this status on Perth as part of her Diamond Jubilee Celebrations this year.

In the late 1990s a list of UK cities was produced which didn’t include Perth, due to the definition of what a city actually was, and quite a lot of people were none too pleased about this. However, now that it is a city again, all those previously unhappy people can be seen dancing up and down Perth’s city streets with kilts a-swaying, playing the bagpipes like there’s no tomorrow. (Some artistic licence may have been used here.)

To celebrate this great event, my delightful assistant and I visited Perth Museum and Art Gallery:

But I’m jumping ahead, because in order to provide ourselves with sufficient energy for the museum, we stopped on the way into Perth at one of our local tearooms. I had a treacle scone, which would have been much better not warmed in the microwave (I think I might need to start a campaign against this dreadful behaviour) while my assistant opted for a pancake (which turned out, as she’d hoped it would, to be two per portion rather than just one – how she knew this might happen I have no idea, to get two instead of one seems remarkably generous to me). The butter was very hard and I was highly amused by her attempts to get it onto a pancake:

Having complained about the scone, I will now rave about the tea. I got a pot of Yorkshire tea which was so flavoursome that if I hadn’t seen the teabag with my own eyes I would have sworn it was leaf tea. I was offered hot water to weaken the brew, but I declined it, because it was perfect as it was.

And so, on to the museum. When we entered through the front doors (in the distance in the photo below), we were met by a large scary dinosaur, and a beautiful cupola:

The museum has all sorts of interesting things in it, as is generally the case with museums, and I took photos of some of my favourite pieces.

A sheep made, by Carrie Fertig, out of blown glass. This sort of glass is more commonly used for making scientifc instruments:

A beautifully constructed nest, made by wasps chewing and pulping dead timber to make a pretty multi-storey paper structure:

A silver bullet teapot (I really would like to have one of these):

And the building itself, with its arches and pillars:

This was my lovely assistant’s favourite item – a glass dragonfly paperweight. You can’t see it very well in this photograph but the dragonfly was suspended in the glass, as if hovering in space:

Across the road from the museum there is a shop that interests me greatly:

When you walk through the door of this shop the smell is amazing. They roast their own coffee beans and sell a wonderful selection of leaf tea and coffee beans, not to mention some nice Moomin china:

Walking along George Street there were some pretty things inside and outside shop windows. A bead shop:

Beautiful blooms:

We had lunch at a nice cafe we’d never been to before as well, but I’ll save that for another post.

For the meantime, congratulations Perth, and happy new city status!


35 thoughts on “Congratulations Perth!

    • Thanks Marian, I like Perth as a city. I thought the pancake butter was really funny. If it had been me I would have had it without butter but my mum can’t pass up dairy products. Incidentally, I got her to press my wrists while typing and it made us both laugh. I had no idea it would be so amusing. (They collapsed, I’m glad to say.)

  1. I’m ashamed to say I thought Perth had always been a city, but I’m glad it’s been reinstated. The museum and shops look very interesting – I don’t remember seeing those on our last visit. And kilt swaying, you say? Suddenly I am inspired to experience the aura of Perth!

    • I must confess, I thought it was a city too. There are signs up around the place calling it a city, and I suppose they were just never taken down in the 1990s. That little street is tucked away and you could easily miss it, it’s off the High Street near the River Tay. I hope the kilts are still swaying when you make it up here.

  2. Perth was on my list to visit, now after reading this I think we will need to spend a couple of days there.
    Do you know why it lost its city status when it did?

    • You should definitely have a wee peek at Perth if you have the time. If you go up Kinnoull hill (you can walk or drive), just next to the river Tay, you get a great view on a fine day. You get a lovely view from the Friarton bridge on the way to Dundee, too. I believe it lost its city status because of some redefining of the word ‘city’, possibly to do with the number of inhabitants. I have heard that anywhere with a cathedral is a city but that would make the very much smaller Dunkeld a city, and it’s barely a small town really.

  3. Microwaving scones and other tasties is right up there for me, along with putting the paper napkin UNDER the food (do you have this brand of madness on your side of the world?) so that it is already mucky and greasy BEFORE you even use it.

    Dear dear, what would the Queen say?
    Still, hoorah for Perth. Jolly good show!

    • Hear hear! Jolly good show!

      Yes! What is this madness with the napkin? I assume it’s to make it easier for the waitress to carry but I agree it is bonkers behaviour. I expect the Queen wouldn’t say anything, being the stiff upper lipped Brit that she is, but she’d be thinking murderous thoughts.

  4. I’ve been having a good giggle over your photo of the pancake dabbed with butter. That butter really was hard! And what a great museum.

    • I’m so glad it amused you, it makes me laugh every time I look at it. This might be slanderous, but I think that if she happened to be pancake- or scone-less, my mum would probably just eat butter straight out of the packet. The museum was lovely.

  5. How interesting that it’s been reinstated as a city – was it demoted at some point? I love Perth.

    • I believe it was demoted in the late 1990s when the definition of a city changed. I’m not sure what’s changed now, if cities have been redefined again, or if something has happened to Perth that means it now meets the requirements.

  6. Lorna, going through your old posts I came upon the wasp nest and thought it was something wonderful and icingy to eat. Almost drooled before I knew what it was.

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