Friday, February 1, 2013

Birdhouse London: "What's a carriage house?"

Over 100 years ago a carriage house was built at the corner of Queens Avenue and Elizabeth St. in the city of London. Today the carriage house is gone and few people, including me, could likely provide a full definition of what a carriage house is, or was.

However, thanks to the internet, one can type the words 'carriage house' and receive 20,000,000 links in less than 0.5 seconds, including one to Wikipedia where I read the following:

A carriage house, also called a remise or coach house, is an outbuilding which was originally built to house horse-drawn carriages and the related tack.

That helps a bit, doesn't it? Though the carriage house at Queens and Elizabeth is no more, two western cedar planks from the old building were given to me last week and the wood will now live on in the form of six sturdy log cabin birdhouses. They should each survive, under a white cedar roof and in a safe place outside, for another few decades at least.

Once I add a bit of colour to the perches I'll see if I can find an appropriate roost for one in Old East London.

Any ideas?

Photos by GH


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