Saturday, 9 November 2019

Saturday 2.

Ann says I can have the smallest of the three bedrooms in the bungalow, as a bookroom. So yesterday evening I spent making/ carving the above  sign  for it on a bit of spare oak; and this morning  Jonathon helped me put the sign on the bedroom 3 door. Looks well. Hope they'll all fit in.

Hope that 'Library' isn't a bit hifalooting for a bookroom? Still, as I said, it looks well - so  - let it stand.


Taken last week when Ruth was with us - Ann and Ruth having a mother and daughter moment.

 Above shows progress on Jack Horner.

Son - Jonathan  -  over for the day -spent the morning doing things to the new bungalow - then returned  home, and Jon helped make  lunch Sausage and mash - delish!!!  I would like to place on record my admiration for - I think the term is - The New Man, and the many skills he possesses - !!!!

He has just assisted me in making this blog entry - the machine is, as usual, playing up rather.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Wednesday, 30 October 2019


Photo of  our present home, showing the two  (mid Tudor) chimneys.

The last rose(s)  of  summer.  The bungalow we're moving into couldn't have a more different  garden. This one is pure cottage garden. The new one is more of  a garden set in a forest clearing. That's not  really so, but gives a strong impression of being  just that.

Monday, 28 October 2019


As promised -different views of the  bungalow we are purchasing- or rather  -
of the gardens of the new bungalow. It gives an impression of  woodland gardens  surrounding the bungalow.  I think I must find a book about  English woodland trees, and familiarise  meself with the  contents  thereof. 

Sunday, 27 October 2019


We've been given the keys to the bungalow we are purchasing. This afternoon we had another look round and took photoes of the garden. About two or three owners ago the chap who lived there for a while was a dendrologist and filled the garden with trees. The above photo shows the bottom of the garden. As both Ruth and Ann have just gone up to  bed, I will try and put up  a few more snapshots of our new garden sometime tomorrow.

Goodnight All.

Saturday, 26 October 2019


I bought this carved horse (probably of silver birch)  some years ago in Sweden  (Jemtland). He is  a Jemtland horse (same colour and shape as a Suffolk Punch, but about half the size - they were bred for pulling felled timber through the forests).   Ruth is  staying with us to the middle of next week, so I've just given her the horse to take home. 


Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Tuesday (2)

Above photo  is  of  Ann and Sarah in  our kitchen.

Above is another photo of  the clock jack (Jack Horner), who I've been working on  for  a while. The bell is a nice early bronze one, of  the correct age and size (just possibly the original bell  ?).   I have got the case 'roughed out', but it  still needs a lot of work.  Will try and keep a bit better track of my progress on it now.


The above chap is the clock jack I've been working on  for  awhile. He's been kicking about my workshop in a fragmentary condition for some years, and I do a bit of work on him, when I've nothing  else to do.  As Sarah (God bless her) is spending the day with us I've got her to help me  put the computer to rights. I'm charging my camera at the mo - then, hopefully we'll take a few more  photies of Jack Horner (above) , and do a further blog entry,  So :- more later , we hope.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019


A couple of years ago this fine medieval building a couple of miles outside Highdale was a derelict tumbledown barn in skeletal condition. It is now (as you can see) a handsome, fully restored, manor house/ farmhouse.  It's had a lot of time and money spent on it to restore it, and must have been   worth every penny of it.


Thank you for the note, Zoe - it will always be good to see both of you.


Carl - would it be possible to see a copy of the the photo you have of  Great Grandpa Horner?

          It's nearly eleven 0'clock pip Emma, so I'm off to bed.

          Goodnight every one.

Thursday, 10 October 2019


Above two pictures are (of course) of Ann, about her housewifely duties. Yesterday two of our neices , Elizabeth and Rebeccah, came over and had lunch  with us.  It was lovely to see them. Ann gave them mushroom soup (with home made bread) followed by a peach  pavlova - a light lunch to drool over. I am reminded of that old (and very true  saying) that the way to an old man's heart is through his tummy. 

Spent this  morning working on a clock jack that I've been restoring  lately. It's been kicking about my workshop in a very fragmentary state for some  years. Once it's reasonably  complete I'll  probably  take its photograph for a blog entry. Don't think  I'll sell it  though. It will never be complete enough to be a particularly desirable collector's  item.  Might be a good advert though for my restoratory skills, but probably not as I've retired now (of course).  We've got two lovely early clockjacks in Suffolk  Churches - Southwold and Blythburgh.They've both  lost their clocks, but both are used to ring in the start of services (and are well worth a look at).  I suppose the  one I've been restoring ought to be known as 'Jack Horner'  ?

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Tuesday 2.

Upper picture shows Sarah and  I  holding the house  up.

I've shown you  this before. It's a snapshot of Ann's  English version of  a 'Nuremberg kitchen'.  needs 'enlarging'.


Took this  a  few days ago in the village of  Stowupland just outside Stowmarket. It's a  lovely  little cottage - best of  both worlds (past and present). Sorry I've not blogged lately. Senior  daughter Sarah's here at the moment, and is sorting out the computer (and meself   - I'm not good with the machine). 

Monday, 23 September 2019


These two pictures were taken  on Sunday morning in Aldham Church. The top one is dated 1537. The date is the earliest I know in arabic (as opposed to roman) numerals. On English 'hammered' silver coins, I think the earliest use of arabic numerals, occurrs in the year 1560.

This rather gothic looking bench end carving, is at the end of the dated seat.


Drove into our town centre last Saturday and found that a large bunch of elderly gentlemen were doing a Morris dance near the Market Place. Never did  find out what they were celebrating, though. Perhaps they were all just a bit dotty.

Friday, 13 September 2019


Heard recently that an  old  friend (and customer) of mine (Guy Ackers) had died.  Shortly afterwards I heard from one of  his  sons that Guy had left me a  clock. This morning Guy's  son, Jon, and his wife, Ann, called to  deliver the clock (pictured above) and stayed about an hour, coffeeing and chatting. Jon is very like his father - and that is  a  compliment to both of  them. The clock is one  I've always liked. It is an English timepiece alarm, also fitted with a single passing strike on the  hour.  The maker's name is on the lower part of the dial. It was made in England in the early 1700's. Guy purchased it  from me about twenty years ago (or so).  It was lovely to see it again -shan't sell  it this  time - one so rarely gets a second bite of the  cherry..  It's now on my cellar wall, going well  and keeping reasonable time, as far as one can judge of a single handed clock over a few hours. At the moment I'm having thoroughly mixed feelings about it - It's lovely to have the clock again, but shall miss Guy  to talk with about  clocks.  We really must call on his widow, Gwen, soon.

Goodnight all.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


I'm not sure that I've put this  down before -I think  probably not,  so here goes -  I'm still  recovering from a busted hip, and one of the results of this is  that  we've decided  that a bungalow will be safer for us. We have found  a bungalow (our children all  seem to think it  ideal for us)so now we're planning for one  last (we hope) move. Any comments  gratefully received  (sensible ones only please, Crowbard and Rog)

Saturday, 31 August 2019


Above photo is of my  favourite tree. It is about a mile  from here (as the crow flies). It is completely hollow, but appears otherwise healthy. There are three large holes for accessibility - so if all else fails we could go and live in it.

Above photy shows meself and senior daughter,  Sarah, at lunch last Tuesday.  It was lovely to see her.her.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019



Above two young ladies sharing an arm chair are great granddaughter  Elsa     and granddaughter  Freja (who starts her long journey home later today) we shall miss her.  The two of them are cousins - well to be accurate they are first cousins once removed.

Must knock off now - we are motoring Freja to the airport.

Saturday, 24 August 2019


The illustrated pair of  brass candlesticks (yesterday's 'mystery object')  were made and sold (probably in Birmingham) to celebrate King George III's golden jubilee year in 1809. I have had a good many single candlesticks of this type, But this  is one of the few pairs that I have seen. I think they are quite rare.