Friday, 12 October 2018


Here is a better photo of the pile  of  treen bowls refered to in my  previous blog  entry.  I hope this  will give a clearer  idea of  the  mystery  objects  I  was trying to describe. I'm beginning to  think that  the old adage about a  picture  being  worth  a thousand  words  is a load  of tarradiddle -  it is just that  a  picture is about a thousand times more  difficult to transfer to my screen.

Goodnight All.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018


Mystery Object. Usual Rules.

P.s. Tee Hee.

Friday, 5 October 2018


Must just record that I had a most pleasant surprise yesterday morning at breakfast time when Thomas Del Mar joined us. He had 'phoned Ann the previous day to ask if he could call, and Ann had decided that what her husband needed was a nice surprise - so had not told me. We've known Thomas a good many years ; he is in charge of what used to be known as Sotheby's Arms and Armour, and is now known as Thomas Del Mar, Ltd. Antique Arms, Armour and Militaria, London. I had just finished (earlier this week) cataloguing some forty items for him, so went and got it, and (as the poet said, and I'm misquoting him) 'just in time to save the stamp.' Spent a very happy half hour swapping news and views, discussing some recent additions to the collection, and I then had to rush off to the surgery for a routine blood test. Thomas too, had to push on so we said our goodbyes and a very social brekky was a good start to the day. I rather envy Thomas his extremely accurate memory - he reminded me that twenty years ago I'd helped catalogue the Albert Littler Collection - could hardly believe it was that long ago, but knowing Tom, I've no doubt he is right. Later in the day Sarah and Mikey came, and we spent a very good day with them. This morning, Sarah, Mikey, Ann, meself and grand daughter Freja, , motored over to the Suffolk Punch Trust, near Woodbridge, and spent a couple of hours or so pottering round looking at Suffolk Punch horses, Suffolk red poll cattle, and Shetland ponies. Got back here at about 4p.m. Then Sarah and Mikey, accompanied by grand daughter Freja, drove off to their South Midland home. Freja is going home to Sweden , via her cousins in London. She's stayed with us for about ten days, helping about the house, and more than pulling her weight !!! So now we're Darby and Joan again for a few days. Sounds good to me, although we've both thoroughly enjoyed having company for the last few days.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


Great excitement here this morning (well, I got quite excited, anyway). Part of my cellar needed repairing (a few days ago I put my hand through the old plasterboard) and today our specialist in repairing old houses (who lives about three doors along from us) has come in to effect repairs. He was getting on with the job, and I was working hard playing Scrabble on my computer and being thoroughly thrashed by Z, a fellow blogger, when Cliff called me across to show me something interesting. He'd removed some of the damaged plasterboard and uncovered part of the very early stone wall. The other end of the cellar is of flint cobbles with very early brick stringing, plus some courses of tiling. I've been told (I think reliably) that the old tiles are probably Roman ( and also probably reused). He'd now uncovered another area of flint cobble, with brick and tile courses in it, abutting on the base of the Tudor chimney, and almost certainly earlier than the chimney. I've also taken photos of the newly discovered wall (discovered in both senses) and I hope the two of the photos accompanying this blog, give a good idea of the old walls. The problem is that our architectural experts are very 'expert' on early timber construction, but not nearly so good (or keen) on early stone/brick walls. I do hope that some of my readers will feel able to comment on these photos. Just after we moved here (about twelve years ago), Crowbard visited us and came up with the suggestion that the work on the end wall of the cellar appeared to be late Romano British, and one or two others have supported this view. I look forward to getting your opinions.

Monday, 1 October 2018

The photo of the garden I took this morning is to prove that we STILL have (in October!!!) Morning Glory in flower, as we have had since JUNE! so that it's been blooming during FIVE different months this year. I took the back view of the present resident granddaughter because I have always liked to see ladies with loooooong hair. It reminds me of an incident in the nineteen sixties when the mini skirts were (quite literally) at their height. An elderly Scottish friend of ours was having a moan about the matter :- "When I was a young man" he lamented,"all the lassies grew their hair until they could sit on it! and now they cannae sit on their skirts." On our way home from Sudbury last week, we took a back road, and I was able to take the above photo of a thatched cottage just the far side of Kersey, which I've always liked the look of.

Saturday, 29 September 2018


Two clocks on workshop wall. One is a small longcase clock (sounds like a contradiction in terms, but in fact would make sense to any traditional horologist.


Photograph shows Ann, friend Helga and granddaughter Freja, grouped around a life sized Zebra head recently crocheted by Helga.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018


Morning Glory still performing, although a neighbour told me there was a slight frost last night, so these are probably the last Ipomia (morning Glory this year) .

Friday, 21 September 2018

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Tuesday, 11 September 2018


Another corner of the garden. The flowers illustrated are, mainly, Cyclamen, or, as a plant grower in this area used to write of them, handy-cycle-men. I inquired about these handy-cycle-men, and found that this was her version of Hardy Cyclamen. And then they say, 'normal for Norfolk', we are in Suffolk. You will notice how beautifully typed this is. I dictated it, to Lucy who typed it.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Wednesday. (2)

Of the two photos,the above one one shows Ann's middle brother, David, and his wife, Jo. Jo had rather a nasty fall a fortnight ago, which has left her with a 'lovely black eye' (the right one) and I have, I think, very cleverly posed her to hide her right eye. They motoredover yesterday, and spent the day with us. The first photograph shows our youngest daughter, Lizzie, Lizzie's youngest daughter Beth, and Ann. Lizzie and Beth came to us this morning, arriving nicely in time for breakfast. We all four motored over to Clacton to investigate a shopping trolley that Ann had seen advertised; examined, approved, and purchased one, then had lunch,at a very pleasant sea-front hotel, then motored home (in our car, but with Lizzie driving). Granddaughter Beth has been instructing me in the use of the computer; or, more exactly, how to insert photographs in blog entries. You'd think I'd know how by now, but I make the most of any assistance offered. I'm lost in admiration for Beth's computer skills; and she's very admiring about my spelling skills! Goodnight All.


With the assistance of granddaughter Beth I have at last managed to put a photograph on screen. It is as usual a corner of the garden. I hope this works. As you will have gathered I have been having the usual difficulties putting photographs on my blog. Here Goes!!!!