Thursday, 5 September 2013
Bought this pair of English brass candlesticks at Wednesday's Long Melford Antique Fair. I also bought another four items, two of which are very interesting (one may well feature as a future 'mystery object' on this blog). In the meantime this pair of not particularly good looking brass candlesticks are this week's
They are seven and a half inches high, and in reasonably good condition for their age. The object of this is to guess what their age is. They are quite old. I think it might be quite fun to guess the year of their manufacture. Nearest one wins. No arguing with the umpire and no bad nuts returned.
Went to a memorial service at noon today for a fellow townsman and a friend. He died very unexpectedly about ten days or so ago. He was, I think, one of the most cheerful and sociable people I've ever known. It was always a pleasure to meet up and exchange local news. He was an acknowledged wine expert,and a few years ago invented and marketed a board game about wines and spirits which sold very well in the Christmas season. He will be much missed here in Highdale.
Going back to the mystery object you will see the point of the exercise when all is revealed.
Would like to record one nice little incident yesterday. The oldest of the boys next door (who is twelve) helped us to load the car for Long Melford - as the medicine man still forbids me to do any lifting. When we got home in the early evening, the same chap trotted out and did all the heavy work of unloading the car and carried the goodies in for us; I thanked him for his efforts, slipped him a fiver, and asked him if he'd like to provide the same service for the next Long Melford Fair ? The nice incident is that later in the evening he put a note through our door. In very neat handwriting it said :- Dear Mike and Ann, Thank you so much for the £5 that you gave me for helping you today. I look forward to doing it again. From Tom.
I thought that very civil of him, and, in view of the bad press that today's youngsters sometimes get, it was VERY reassuring.
Good night all.