Friday, 2 September 2016
I spent some time in central Belfast this morning.
I had hoped to find more heraldic information about the Chearnleys of Salterbridge, though my search in the library proved to be fruitless.
A couple of vintage advertisements in an early 20th century Burke's amused me.
Even the apostrophe is missing on Burberry's name (the founder was a certain Thomas Burberry), so this poor grammatical habit began many decades ago.
I don't suppose too many readers shall recall Hooper & Co of 54, St James's Street.
I did, however, nip into Mark and Spencer's Donegall Place store and made a beeline for the food hall.
On the way home, I passed the new Patisserie Valerie café, located opposite City Hall, at Donegall Square West, where their display of hand-made cakes proved to be irresistible.
I fancied the Mixed Berry Tart.
Incidentally, Patisserie Valerie was established in 1926 by Madame Valerie; and her first café was situated at Frith Street, London.