Took this photo of an 'inverted' rainbow (dead centre of picture) over our garden, yesterday. I do remember that the last one of these I spotted Crowbard was able to tell us all about - over to you Brother Crowbard.
Thursday, 25 May 2017
With reference to the clock dial I was writing about yesterday, the point is that if the 'minute divisions' between the hour numerals are examined carefully, it will be found that there are four of them between each hour numeral and the next, and this is because the divisions are NOT minute divisions but quarter hour divisions, and this in turn indicates that the clock was originally a 'single hander' rather than having an hour and a minute hand. It is surprising how quickly the eyes get used to a single handed clock dial, and how easy it is to judge the time accurately with only an hour hand.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
This is a photograph of Ann's herb garden. The white flowered plant to the centre right of the photo is (in my opinion) one of the most useful herbs in the garden (bar possibly mint). It is Sweet Cecily. If chopped and mixed with rhubarb, and cooked, the mixture needs very little sugar to make it palatable. Our good friends Jonathan and Jo came to lunch today, had rhubarb and Sweet Cecily as a pudding, and were astonished at what a good mix this is. The Sweet Cecily, when first gathered (and before cooking) has a not unpleasant liquorice scent and flavour, which doesn't seem to survive cooking, but sweetens rhubarb most pleasantly. Don't know why it's not more widely known and used.
I've been working on the above illustrated clock for the last day or so. As you can see if you examine the dial carefully, this clock started life as a single handed clock. Any ideas as to how we can KNOW this? (Equivalent of a MYSTERY OBJECT, but simple enough when you think about it).
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
With regard to the previous blog entry (Tuesday 2) here is the photo I took this morning of a male blackbird, who is nesting in the vicinity and a young female bird, who is one of his first brood this year, and who is now helping to feed what is the second brood of this year. We are putting out mealworms for their main course, and dried currants for their pudding. Father and daughter are now working very hard scavenging for the present brood. It is, I think, not at all an unusual arrangement for members of the first brood to work hard feeding the second brood. Interesting though!
The chap above is now busy raising his SECOND brood this year. He is being assisted (in gathering food for the brood) by a young female from the first brood - I think I got a shot of the two of them them this morning; whilst the hen bird is presumably sitting on the eggs.
Aquilegia, or, if you're of Norfolk origin, Granny's Bonnets.
Finally managed to make some sort of 'break-through' - been fighting this machine for about a fortnight- then this morning it decided to cooperate to some extent, so I seized the moment, and, pausing only to insert of couple of foties that were handy, I leapt into action and inserted this blog entry. Hope all goes well. Feels good to be back (I hope) in communication with my readers. Warm regards anyway! - Here goes.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
The above two photographs are rather fuller ones of yesterdayday's 'Mystery object', which were taken from a rather different angle. It is, of course, an English coaching blunderbuss with a spring bayonet along the top of the barrel. It was made by J.Wright, of Weymouth, circa 1790 to 1810. I've always liked the engraving round the muzzle, Fly or Dye; in that, if you're close enough to read it, then you've already lost the choice it gives .
Monday, 8 May 2017
Saturday, 6 May 2017
The garden is beginning to look quite festive with the aquilegia (or Granny's nightcaps, or granny's bonnets as we call them in Suffolk and Norfolk) now bursting into bloom. They are of all sorts of colours and quite a variety of shapes.
Having developed the top picture I found that there was a bumble bee in the bottom right of the picture, so I enlarged him for the above picture. He was very active and industrious.
We also seem to have quite a collection of bonsai (or potentially bonsai) trees taking up the space on the garden tea table. They are not 'bought' trees, but raised from tiny seedlings we've found. The yew tree at the back has taken me around ten years to raise. Mostly they are native trees, so they live outside all year round. I must find somewhere permanent (preferably at eye level, more or less) for them. Shelves on a fence or wall ?
Suggestions would be welcome (remembering that it is a very small garden).
Friday, 5 May 2017
On Thursday we motored over to a small village a few miles away to look at a 'Banjo' barometer which needed work - so much so that the visit turned out to be somewhere between a complete washout and a dead loss. However we made a detour on the way home (as is our wont - in this case won't go straight home) and went to look at a village church in Little Waldingfield. This is one of those strange places - common enough in Suffolk- where Little waldingfield is now a much larger village than Great Waldingfield. I should perhaps explain that the top picture is of three early buildings which appear to constitute a small, early, industrial estate. The one to the right of centre obviously having started out as a roadside forge.
The next three pictures are of Little Waldingfield Church, and its contents. The Church is a beautifully proportioned, mainly 14th/15th century (?) building. The font is probably of much the same date, and although the figures on it have been ( literally) defaced during the Civil War, the font can quite clearly be seen to have been a lovely piece of work in its day. The oak chest in the fourth picture is a very fine piece of work, also dating from the 14th/15th century, and English.
I know I've said this, or something like it, a good many times before, but I'm still amazed at the number of village churches we have in East Anglia, all of them with a good number of interesting, or indeed fascinating, contents.
Good Night All.
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
The above object (in the antique trade, anyway) is known by a certain name. Can you give me that name, and when and where the object was made ?
Been a busy day. Drove over to Long Melford this morning and went to the monthly antique fair (as customers this time). Successful visit. Motored home via Stowmarket (where I had to collect a blunderbuss) and also via a downpour (much needed). When home had a nap (also much needed) and have been pottering around the workshop since.
Ready for a more solid and elongated nap now - so Goodnight All.