Saturday, 20 July 2019


Above Photo is of Ann sorting through some old tatting. Senior Resident Granddaughter thinks she may be able to get enough out of it to make a lace blouse. Knowing her skills she will probably be able to.

Yesterday an old school friend of Ruth's motored up from her father's home on the Suffolk coast, where she has been staying. It was lovely to see her again. She lives  and works in Yorkshire these days,  It was good to see her again, and reassuring to hear her cries of "none of you have changed a bit."
This said a great deal about her good manners (but, I'm afraid, very little about her common honesty).  Still - we all enjoyed her visit immensely, and she'd changed very little from the schoolgirl of thirty years (or so ago, who we all remembered.

Being called for lunch now - More later (perhaps).

Monday, 15 July 2019


Senior resident grand daughter did the above pencil sketch of meself a few days ago. I intended taking it down to 'the Frame Store', and having it framed, but S.R. G.D. dissuaded me, and found the above oak frame, then framed and presented  me with the picture. We love it!  The grandchildren are generally very gifted. 

Sunday, 14 July 2019


Senior resident grand daughter spent part of today making the above photographed hat she is wearing in the photos - it is reversible, so, in effect she made two hats today. Clever dressmaker, isn't she?   The hats (?) look very cool and summery.  She didn't work to a pattern either, just worked from a paper drawing she made first. 

Thursday, 11 July 2019


The other day young Tim (Ann's youngest brother) motored over from near King's Lynn and spent the day with us. He is shown at the left of the above photo.  He is a silversmith. It was good to see him.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019


A plethora of  thrushes.   I seem to remember a 'tongue twister' about "thirty three feathers on  a  feathered thrushes throat". Does anyone else remember it?

Monday, 8 July 2019


Hello Crowbard. The young lady at the  right of the picture is Elsa. Will probably add to  this  tomorrow.

Sunday, 7 July 2019


Above is a Swedish savoury sandwich cake. The Swedish contingent made it to celebrate Great Grandaughter Elsa's fifth birthday (which we were celebrating -  along with our  anuual family get-together),  Our friends Ross and Simon Cook (very aptly named)  did the catering  generally (all were very impressed with the above, delicious, savoury cake). Being told of the imminence of breakfast-so morelater perhaps.

Friday, 5 July 2019


Senior resident grand daughter went into town this afternoon and purchased this rather posh yoyo at a newsagen'ts shop. It does all sorts of clever things, which she has already mastered. I had one of these things towards the end of the last war. I was taught to use it by an elderly uncle who'd had one at about the time of the Boer War. They are a toy that has been invented and reinvented since the eighteeth century. Anyway - a  good deal of fun was had with it.

Thursday, 4 July 2019


Went for a  short walk today (Ruth in  charge of  the  camera, etc (me, that is)..  Haven't walked for a while so - progress of a sort.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019


Resident Grand daughter spent  part of  this  afternoon painting the above roses from the  garden.  The result is  to the left of the picture. She (like her  mother and sister)  is a  very  good artist.  We have a good many of their pictures about the house, which we both enjoy.

We are having a  family get -together this week (more pictures (I hope)tomorrow. ) This replaces our usual expedition on  the Cam.  There should  be about seventeen of us we think. Should be fun.

More in a day or so, we hope.

Monday, 1 July 2019


Above and below photographs  are of  a young thrush which is, I think, helping its parents to raise  a second brood of fledgelings. We both love the  idea of thrushes around the garden.  They have been in very short supply over the last year or so, so we're both keeping our fingers crossed that these youngsters  make it.

'That's the wise thrush -
he sings his  song thrice over,
lest you should think he never could recapture
that first fine careless rapture.

Ode to autumn, I think ?????????

Friday, 28 June 2019

Friday (2)

Proto Bonsai trees. Been trimming some of the  little trees today which friend John bought yesterday. Won't really be fit to be seen for a  year or so, after which (hopefully) they'll be fascinating.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Thursday (2).

Scruffy ole garden shed - but lovely flowers all around it.  Shed really is falling apart, but as we're planning a move,  I don't think  we'll be doing anything  much  about it.

Good night all.

Snapshots of corners of the garden, and (in the case of the strawberries) garden produce - had the first ones yesterday evening, and quite delicious they were too!  The hanging baskets are starting to look quite nice, too.


Yesterday our good  friends John and  Margaret Tinworth came and spent time with us. It was lovely to see them. John had bought with him a couple of small ash trees, which he has started to bonsai, knowing I shall enjoy turning them into miniature Japanese gardens. I have about ten of  these trees, from a small yew tree which I have been 'bonsaing' for about ten years now, through to the two ash trees John bought over yesterday.  Oh well - keeps me off the streets, I suppose. (Grandaughter (who is reading this epistle over my shoulder, is, at this point, murmuring "True, true'   in grndmotherly fashion rather than grand daughterly.  She has just capped it with a  "Youngsters these day!!!!"and an implied "Tut tut."

Monday, 24 June 2019


This is   a photograph of present resident  granddaughter- in- charge. She came to  us  on Saturday, and is photographed preparing yesterday's lunch . She is wearing a frock she  threw together earlier (and very elegant she looks in in too!!!  Takes after her Granny (and her mother, I suppose) - gifted bunch my lady relations!!

More later perhaps.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019


 These photos were taken a few days ago - all in  the  south of the county.

I don't recall seeing any of them before.

Same with this one. I t is very self consciously pretty.  Worth stopping and snapping though.

Thursday, 13 June 2019


Above is  a  snapshot of Cavendish in Suffolf, which lays claim to being the prettiest village in Suffolk, and is indeed, quite nice (so there!!!) Ann says "Kersey's better!!"  Recovering (I hope) from having left femur pinned - but seems a long job.  Resident  Grand daughter Beth is keeping an eye on this epistle and rushes in a bout every few minutes to hit the 'save button, which seems to keep things generallly  'on course'.

A few days  ago Zoe and her husband, Tim, came for a 'soupeee lunch'.  It was lovely to see  them. Going to press the 'send button' now to stop this letter from escaping again.

Above is a photo  taken a few days ago of  the village green  of Cavendish (one of themany villages inSuffolk which lays claim to  being  the prettiest villages in the  world/Great Britain/ England/ East Anglia, et cetera., and is, indeed, a very pretty village. 

Had my broken left femur pinned about three weeks ago.  I think matters are improving but it feels  a long drawn out process. Had a very kind visit a few days ago from Zoe and Tim.   

Sunday, 19 May 2019