When I had originally planned this post, I had something a little more light-hearted in mind. Perhaps my mind had reverted straight to a certain dashing-though-dusty group of fellows singing "Chim-chiminey" whilst dancing the night away on the rooftops of foggy London town.
If only it had really been that romantic and jolly. The life of a real chimney sweep was very sad, dangerous, and cruel.
The worst part was that it was very common for children to be used for these tasks. The stories are heartbreaking. More can be read about thier lives HERE.
Yet despite the horror of thier everyday lives, pictures like this one below make me smile. It is amazing what the human spirit can endure...
I've thought a lot about sweeping out the old this weekend. I'm ready for a new start. How about you?
A very Happy New Year to you all!