Monday, 24 February 2014

Monday.


This morning had to motor over to Sudbury to have my ears tested (yet again). Stopped and shopped in Waitrose on the way. Once again, even more powerful hearing aids are on order. They'll probably help for a while.  Drove back via the back lanes , taking photos through the car windows on the way. Pretty thatched cottage above, Pleasant village manor house below.  This has had a fine Georgian facade nailed onto a timbered , earlier house (probably Tudor). If you look to the right of  the house, the end of a small, white, mediaeval house is visible, at right angles to the road.  A lot of our earlier houses (including the one in which we live) seem almost organic in the way they've grown and developed.

Village back street scene of various periods below.


We really are spoiled for lovely old houses in Suffolk.

A mile or two further on we stopped for lunch at our favourite farm shop. The hot dish today was beuf  Bourginon (sorry - never could spell  in French) , so we each had a dish, so generously served that Ann could not finish hers (and as I was quite replete - could not assist). Quite delicious.

                                           Good night All.

9 comments:

Rog said...

I normally spell "Bourginon" as "S-T-E-W" in a blow for Anglo pride!

Mike and Ann said...

Thank you Rog. I will remember that.I suppose the same rule holds good for casserole, casoulet, etc.
All spelled s-t-e-w?

Crowbard said...

I think the Froggies spell it Bourgignon, Mike, but they can't spell for 'caramel au beurre'!
And don't let Rog kid you into spelling everything as if it were a house of ill-repute or you'll end up in a stew. (And Annie would probably give you a roasting).

Crowbard said...

HI MIKE,
WILL IT HELP IF I WRITE IN UPPER CASE LETTERS UNTIL YOU GET YOUR NEW POWERFUL HEARING AIDS?

THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE AN EMBOLDENING METHOD FOR COMMENTS EITHER.

WOULD IT HELP IF YOU SQUINTED YOUR EARS? YOU'RE PROBABLY DOING THAT ALREADY THOUGH!

Back to Mr. Sensible for a moment, could facial muscle exercise and massage tone up the mechanical vibration transmitters within the lug-'oles? Or is it an entirely neurological matter?

In any case I don't know what Nero has to do with logical, he just fiddled about while Rome burned.

Could you sue the Alma-Mater for the price of lug-'ole transplant surgery? I'm sure all that bellowing and ear-pulling and bren-gun drill is at least partially causal to your diminished hearing!

Mike and Ann said...

Hi Crowbard. Thank you for your efforts to assist my hearing by typing in capitals' But DON'T go and give yourself a sore throat with all that shouting. I really don't think the Alma Mater's habits had anything to do with my deafness. If you cast your mind back down the family history I'm sure you'll agree with me that it's due to herediary lugginess, and therefore not to be avoided or sidestepped. Blooming nuisance though! You'll be interested to learn that I've now got to answer an email from Dizzy Withers regarding horology.

Crowbard said...

With a dial like his (permanent grin as I recall) I can't think that he would need your professional ministrations

Mike and Ann said...

Point is - He has a great interest in elderly mechanical items - chuffer engines usually. Since retiring he's been helping with the Nene Valley Railway line. Since then, he's been taking an interest in the clocks installed in early motor cars. Real problem is that the poor old boy now has arthritis in his hands, which is curbing his practical interests in automobile horology. We tend to correspond on the subject still.

Crowbard said...

I can recommend a teaspoonful of cider vinegar in a cup of hot water for the arthritis. It appears to have no deleterious effects on anybody and gives notable improvements in some cases. Where there is improvement I would suggest gentle and intermittent exercise (marbles or darts perhaps). No more plate-laying Dizzy!

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Crowbard. I know of a similar nostrum to yours which is the cider vinegar in HOT water with a spoonful of molasses stirred in. Might work - so might yours; but there's a character, an old 'wiseman' farmer/herbalist in'Tom Brown's Schooldays' who says (rather grimly) that the only cure he knows for rheumatics in old folk is 'Churchyard mould'.