This is Timothy the tortoise in the garden of Powderham Castle in 1993. Despite the name, Timothy was actually a lady - and a rather special one. Her little tag reads: ‘My name is Timothy. I am very old – please do not pick me up.’ She was indeed very old, in fact a veteran of the Crimean War where she found herself the mascot of HMS Queen during the first bombardment of Sevastopol in 1854. She had been
found aboard a Portuguese privateer the same year by Captain John Courtenay Everard, of the Royal Navy.
Later she sailed aboard HMS Princess Charlotte and HMS Nankin, exploring the East Indies and China from 1857-60.
She retired from naval service
in 1892 and found herself in the care of the Courtenay family,
taken in by the Earl of Devon. From then until her death in April 2004, she lived at Powderham Castle. On her underside was etched the family motto, ‘Where have I fallen? What have I done?’ This little veteran was approximately 165 years old at the time of her death. She was the last survivor of the Crimean War.
It’s Belmont Day! The last jewel of this year’s Triple Crown is rather unusual in that none of the expected favorites are racing: Always Dreaming (the Kentucky Derby winner), Cloud Computing (the Preakness winner), and even Classic Empire are all not in the field today. The field is wide open!
We think the horses to watch today are Irish War Cry and Tapwrit. Irish War Cry is up-and-down, but he is due for a good run and has a good post position. Tapwrit is also looking strong, although he will be starting from post 2. If we had to choose, we would probably pick Irish War Cry as the more likely winner today. But, Mom has a soft spot for grays, so my new gray friend and I will be rooting for Tapwrit!