Monday, 30 May 2011
As you can see - roses are now in full bloom in the garden.
Spent this morning labelling and wrapping goodies for Long Melford on Wednesday. This morning Ann 'phoned Sue and David (who we've not seen for a week or two) and asked them to come and have tea with us, it being the bank holiday. They turned up at three o'clock as arranged, and as it was a nice afternoon we decided to have tea in the garden. Sue asked how I'd got on with last Saturday's Telegraph prize crossword (I'd done about two thirds of it) so I produced it and between us we soon completed it. Just as we finished it, Sheila (who lives about two hundred yards away) came in through the back garden gate, with her copy of Saturday's Telegraph under her arm, and wanted to do swapsies on the crossword (swapsies Lori - very dated schoolboy term for exchanging one thing for another). Had to tell Sheila that we'd just finished the crossword, so she came and joined us, Ann produced another cup and plate, and we compared notes on the crossword. Very pleasant and sociable half hour or so. We count ourselves fortunate to live in so friendly a little town.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Two last photoes from our Annual Show a week ago. One's of a dog (a bull mastiff I think) and the other's of a horse (a Shetland Pony). Very little to choose between them in size or weight, I should think.
Been a good busy weekend. Ed, Jo, and Darcy stayed over from Saturday until this morning. Ed was photographing a wedding over near Stowmarket, so Jo dropped him off, and drove over to us. Should mention that they'd stopped off en route to view a flat. Jo had a bite of lunch with us then went off on a walk (she'd got this well planned - she went by the farm tracks and public footpaths) across to Kersey, taking Darcy with her. I always say that the best houseguests are the entertaining ones who don't feel the need to be entertained. I then went off to scrabble club for my weekly three games. Jo got back just after five, so we had tea together, then ate later. Jo went off to Finborough (I think) to pick up Ed, they came back here, we had a nightcap, chatted for an hour, then crashed out at nearly midnight. They breakfasted with us this morning, then hit the road just after nine a.m., as they'd another flat to view on their way home to Wiltshire. I said to Ann later how much I admired their energy, but she pointed out that they're forty years younger that we are, and that forty years ago we could easily have kept up with them. I'm afraid I could see what she meant and had to agree. O well!!
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Top photo is of a Suffolk meadow fairly near garden centre.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Above snap shows Ann, her brothers Mick and David, and David's wife Maureen. Next photo shows the nave of the church where the baptism took place. It's a lovely great building, set on its own in the fields. Mossy's grandfather Tim is Ann's youngest brother and has been the Churchwarden here for a good many years. I don't know if you've kept count, but by Norfolk reckoning Mossy is Ann's youngest brother's youngest daughter's (Harriet) youngest son. All clear now?
Oh by the way, the top picture shows Harriet's oldest brother William playing the organ for the service (this is considered, in Norfolk, to be that desirable element known as 'keeping it all in the family').
After the service Tim and Sue's family had put on a very fine tea, to which we all did ample justice. We finally got home at about 6.30 p.m. after, as I said earlier, a very pleasantly hectic weekend.
On Saturday morning we all walked down to the showground where the Annual Agricultural show was being held.
The next photo shows two very well groomed creatures in the main ring. Never found out which of them won a rosette but feel sure that one of them must have done.
After dinner, and before we drove home, took the above snapshot of evening sky at Monks Eleigh. In every sense a lovely evening.
Friday, 20 May 2011
Probably shan't blog until after the weekend, as we will have senior daughter, her husband, two grandchildren, and two dogs staying with us, in order to go to our annual agricultural show tomorrow. Will try and take lots of photoes and show you them on Sunday (or more probably Monday).
The above photo was taken last Monday and shows the Market Square (or rather triangle) at Woolpit.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
I seem to remember putting up a photo of this rosebush last year. Much more vigorous this year. It's a Ferdinand Pichard (similar to the old Rosa Mundi). It's a 'striped' rose, with a glorious scent when the sun's on it as it was early this afternoon.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Set out just before eight this morning and motored over to Bury St. Edmund's where Ann had yet another eye 'check up' at hospital. All seemed fairly stable but they want another check up in two months. Then drove on to Littleport (Cambridgeshire) where I put an eighteenth century long case clock movement I've been working on (by Samuel Buxton of Diss) back into its original oak case. Had lunch with Ann's older brother, Mick. Then drove back to Ely where I combed the antique centre and purchased a powder flask by Sykes and a pair of early nineteenth century brass candlesticks. Walked round to tea shop in the Maltings, where we met up (and had tea with) daughter Kerry and granddaughter Laura. Ann's brother Mick then joined us and we spent forty five minutes or so catching up with family gossip around the tea table. Finally arrived home just after seven. Been a good, busy, day.
Took the above photo of a pre-Tudor farmhouse somewhere in the back lanes in the Lavenham area. Saw the place about a year ago, and been vaguely looking out for it ever since. Came round a corner earlier, and there it was waiting for us. Not sure I could find it again, though.
Been a long day, and got an early start tomorrow, so - Goodnight all.
Sunday, 15 May 2011
P.s. For the benefit of my younger readers (if any) the joke about Mr. Pierpoint's well hung meat is that a Mr. Pierpoint (another one I hope) was, for some years, the hangman. Slightly black humour. Sleep well.
Friday, 13 May 2011
Above snap shows Ann and her cousin Sheila outside Sheila's house. Should perhaps add that Ann and Sheila are first cousins (once removed), and that Sheila and I are about third or fourth cousins (via Great Grandmother Fuller for the benefit of family historian Crowbard). Whilst Sheila prepared lunch (main course- pork in a sweet-and-sour sauce) I checked out her grandfather clock, which I have been ministering to for over forty years, and her late mother's mantle clock, with which I have been intimately aquainted for about as long. Spent lunch (and the next hour or so) picking up the threads, and swapping any news of increasingly far flung relations.
Bloggery seems to have been switching itself on and off regularly over the last twenty four hours, so had better make the most of the fact that it seems to be having a lucid moment at present. Back in a min.