Any idea what a pomander is? Me either. Thankfully, Google does know. According to my in-depth internet research, a pomander is:
- A ball or perforated container of sweet-smelling substances used to perfume the air or (formerly) carried as a supposed protection...
- A piece of fruit, typically an orange or apple, studded with cloves and hung in a closet by a ribbon for a similar purpose.
I don't have either of those things, preferring to rely on the more 21st century solutions of scented candles, regular washing of clothes, and sticking to well-populated areas. What I do have, not so far from where I live, is Pomander Walk.
I had no idea this was here, even though it's in my neighbourhood, until A Cup of Jo mentioned it on her blog. And let's be thankful she did, because isn't it amazing?
You can't actually get into Pomander Walk proper unless you live there - it's locked (reasonably enough). You can peer in, though, and you can also see the outsides of it, where the little Tudor-style houses mix and mingle with more typical New York architecture.
I'm a fan. New York is home to some of the most amazing little secrets.
What secrets does your city harbour?