Monday, December 15, 2008

Annals of the Victoriana, Part Two of Two

We are delighted to note that our archival efforts to restore the records of the Earl's journey have finally succeeded in full. Here, presented for the first time, are the remainder of those records.

11. The Ancients' bridge. From the Earl's notes: "What do the numerals mean? They cannot be Gregorian, or even Julian - that would place them in the realm of the future, which is nonsensical! Perhaps they indicate a time "B.C.", or in some stranger dating system, like that of the Jews?"

12. The Earl, exhibiting his characteristic poise.

13. An artist's impression of the plants that may have grown in Lexington at the time of the Earl's visit, based on the samples found in his collection.

13. The manservant, displaying his long-practiced skill at tableau.

15. An attempt to create a dageurrotype of this very pipe section resulted in the Earl becoming trapped within viscous silaceous ooze, barely able to escape.

16. The manservant before the foundation of one of the Ancients' structures, considering the best methods of preparing tea.

17. More pipes. Their purpose is still unknown, even in the modern day.

18. A view down the reservoir. One servant still present at the Nikolassia estate claims that the Earl's manservant had a framed photograph of this scene above his bed, though it passed to the manservant's relatives upon his death. We were unable to locate the original at the time of this writing.

19. A strange, aged pipe, presumably a work of the Ancients, as it lies well below the water-line. The Earl was unable to fathom its intended use; we now think that it may have been built for religious purposes.

20. The sky above the reservoir, about to rain, just as (sadly) it did upon the Earl.

21. A parting view of the reservoir, taken as our eyes filled with tears. (And rain.)

This concludes our collection, though we will continue to add items as they are discovered. We hope that you were as pleased by this work as we were, and will continue to celebrate the Earl's life and legacy on each-feast day with renewed vigour.