Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Motored over to Sudbury yesterday to purchase provisions for the coming invasion (of family). On the way home took the above photos of fields full of oilseed rape. I was told once that from four or five acres of  oilseed rape enough deisel  can be processed to fuel a medium sized family car for a year. Don't know if that's true. I do know that the stuff  causes hay fever !!!

Sarah, Mikey, Lucy and Guy turned  up a bit after eleven this morning. Ann bought out the simnel cake she made yesterday, which features in the above photo. Granddaughter Lucy then produced the chocolate chip biscuits that she'd made (shown in the photo below). Cake and bickies both delicious.


                                     Below is this weeks MYSTERY OBJECT. It is a nice, uncomplicated object, the purpose of which should be fairly obvious.  It is made of bronze. Purpose, where and when made, please?

Below is the same object next to a shilling or rather a ten pence piece, to give an idea of scale.

Supper is soon about to be served so I must knock of now and get meself upstairs to it..


Crowbard said...

I note you have been bamboozled by rampant inflation Mike! 100%! A ten pence piece is a florin, the first British decimal coin. The shilling had its advantages, I recall as a child going into a baker's and asking if my shilling might be changed for pennies. I was heart-broken when the baker defied his trade duty and only gave me twelve pence instead of the baker's dozen I had anticipated!
Lovely little thingummyjig, initially it looked familiar but it quite escapes my memory pro-tem!

Crowbard said...

Could this be a sewer's anvil? A miniature form of the darning mushroom for embroidering fine lawn?
With the extra benefit of the waxing crease to lubricate and tighten the twist of the thread?

stigofthedump said...

Simnel cake and cookies - perfect. Stig x

Tim said...

Is it for cleaning your fingernails?

Rog said...

Given your predilection for items of violence and warfare, could I make a stab at an early "knuckle duster"?

Pat said...

A knuckle duster? Oh bother!¬!!!
Rog has stolen my thunder. That'll teach me to read comments first.

Mike and Ann said...

If you go to Wednesday's blog entry, all will (I hope) be made clear. The object is a British Archer's thumb ring, dating from the 1100 to the 1300s. You were, of course and very aptly, shooting all round the mark. It could, as both Rog and Pat, point out, double as a knuckle duster, but it's primary purpose was as a bowstring release. I think all will be made clear when you go to the next blog entry.
P.s. Rog also accuses me in his guess of a predilection for violence and warfare. I will prove him wrong(?) when we next meet by beating him up.