The blog has been very quiet during June and July as it’s been quite a couple of months! At the very end of June the sale of our house was completed. Since then Karin and I have been staying with family and friends, doing some house-sitting and living in Air BnBs as we completed work commitments, and traveled around the country seeing people, prior to our departure to Denmark.
During a trip to London last week we managed to squeeze in a side trip to a place that I have longed to visit for over 30 years: the tomb of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton and his wife Lady Isabel Burton. As I recounted in a post a few years ago, Burton’s life and exploits have long been a subject of fascination for me – see: Sex and drugs and the source of the Nile.
The couple’s burial place is in Mortlake – check out the Burtonia website for details. The mausoleum, designed by Lady Isabel, is in the form of an Arabian tent, and features both Christian and Islamic imagery – very fitting for a man who converted to Islam and was given Catholic last rights on his death bed at the insistence of his wife.
An unusual feature of the tomb is that there is a set of steel steps leading to a glass window at the rear, through which one can view the devoted couple’s coffins and grave goods. It’s a poignant and touching experience. Below are some photographs that we took on the day.