Our daughter Kerry, see photo above, has just spent the weekend with us. Came on Friday evening, went back after morning service today (Sunday). Very pleasant (and relaxed) weekend.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Above photo shows back of our home after I've got out and re-erected last year's bamboo trellis work. Plan to train up it this years sweet peas and Morning Glory, both of which put out a very good display last year.
On the way home earlier this week we stopped and took above photo in village a few miles from here. It shows daffs on the village green, surrounding what's left of the village pump (I think).
P.s. Note the two Tudor brick chimneys at top of first photo.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
We took these two photographs on Monday morning before setting off for Ely. This morning I'm in the middle of a pig of a job I'm doing for a neighbour on his rather nice long case clock. It looks and sounds easy enough - the hand beating seconds and its arbour has come apart. Sounds easy BUT.... it has been mended (soft soldered) twice already, so I am fast coming to the conclusion that the easier way to do the job might well be to make a complete new arbour for the seconds hand to ride on. Whilst making up my mind about the job I've knocked off for a few minutes to do a quick blog entry whilst I calm down and make my mind up. Back to the workbench now - I'll report back on progress re the clock later today.
P.s. before anyone else reminds me - yes, I know I'm supposed to be retired, but it's a neighbour, asking me to do a simple little job (tee- hee).
Monday, 20 March 2017
Motored over to Ely this morning for a sibling lunch with Ann's three brothers and their partners.
Lunched at the Fire Engine house - the meal was as good as ever- in one sense rather better, in that when the time came to deal with the bill, Michael, David and Tim refused to let me pay our quarter on the grounds that it was Ann's birthday (her 77th !!!!!) later in the week, and this was their joint birthday present to her- very civil of them and much appreciated. After lunch we set out from Ely at about 3.30 p.m.
Turned off the A14 this side of Bury Saint Edmund's and came home by the back roads and lanes. Somewhere near the village of Drinkstone (strange name for a village- must look it up) We saw an early (well, 18th century, anyway) post windmill,
and, about 100 to a 150 yards from the post mill, a rather rarer (but slightly later)
smock mill. Why they should have been built so near to each other, I don't know so can't say - but interesting.
A few miles further we came across Saint Mary's Church Gedding, which dates from the 12 century. It's a pretty little church, with some 15th century pews inside. It's a bit of a job to find this church, but it's well worth the effort.
Fom the Churchyard can be seen, about half a mile or so away, the below photographed, Gedding Hall. It was built around the middle of the 1400s.
Friday, 17 March 2017
We have had hellebores (Christmas Roses) in bloom in the garden since the middle of December. Last Wednesday we gave a small dinner party for three friends and Ann wanted to make a floral table centre using flowers from the garden. The problem with hellebore is that they are modest flowers which hang their heads humbly so that the faces cannot be seen. Ann gets over this by cutting off the flowers leaving about a third of an inch of stalk, and then floating the flowers (face up) in a bowl, see the two illustrations. The flowers can be arranged on the surface of the water (they'll float). They will last like this for three or four days, and make really attractive and unusual table decorations, as I think you'll agree.
P.s. The glass bowl shown is about six inches in diameter.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
This morning we motored over to Bury St. Edmund's, as the car needed seeing to (one minor problem righting and a service). Took the car to the garage, then one of the mechanics drove us into the town centre, dropped us off near the Angel Hotel, and arranged to pick us up at two pip emma. This gave us four hours (more or less) to explore a lovely old town, take some photographs, do a little shopping, then have lunch. The photo above shows Moyse's Hall on the Market Place, and is, as far as I know (and Churches aside), the only Norman building in Suffolk. It's now used as a museum (with an entrance fee of FOUR pounds, which rather shocked me).
The building, above centre, is The Nutshell, which was known for many years as the smallest pub in Great Britain. I think a building somewhere in the West Country now holds this title (after a good deal of work with a tape measure, and long discussions, I should imagine).
The above building is a non-conformist Church of some description (sorry, I forget exactly which sort). It was raised in the time of Queen Ann (1702 - 1714) I think, and is a very pleasing building (easy on the eye, I mean).
The building above is a campanile (a bell tower), which is of pure Norman work. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning. Bury is a lovely town. In the year 630 A.D. Sigeberht, the King of East Anglia, founded a monastery here. Some centuries after that a good deal of plotting and arguing about the form of Magna Carta took place in Bury Saint Edmund's, so that although it's now considered a country Market Town, in its day it's been deeply involved in English history.
P.s. As you can see from the photies, this morning was a fine, sunny one, and walking round Bury in the mid- March sun was a great pleasure.
Above picture shows yesterday's 'mystery object' with the door open. It is, of course, an English spice chest. It is of oak, with wrought iron hinges, etc. It was made in England, circa 1680. It is at present in daily use by the senior medical adviser (Ann), as a medicine store. Thank you Crowbard and Rog. Between you I think you got all the relevant points. Well done.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Haven't had one of these for a while, mystery object that is. What is the above? When was it made, where, and for what purpose (quite a specific one). Eggs should give a fair idea of size. They are ordinary, standard, chickens' eggs. Good guessing. You'll probably all know, anyway.
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Took a few snapshots of corners of the garden this morning. Much as in previous years. I hope that our resident goldfinches are thinking of breeding again this year. They give every indication of being in the mood for raising another family. Most years they raise a brood of four or five youngsters.
Above photo shows our quince tree climbing all over our older garden shed. We put the tree in four years or so ago, and although it has loads of flowers and small fruit, so far the fruit have always been shed long before they are of a useable size. We'd both like to make quince jelly later in the year, but we've been unable to do so as yet.
We have a good many flowers in bloom in the garden, looking very spring - like.
Scrabble club is now to be held in Hilary's house every Saturday afternoon. We both went there this afternoon, but played at different tables (three players at each table). I won the first two games at our table, but Doris, who tells me she will be ninety- seven a little later this year, won the third game. All three were good, close, well fought games.
Friday, 10 March 2017
This afternoon we motored over to Sudbury to do what Ann calls 'a big shop'. We came home a different way to our usual, and a back road out of a small village (off the beaten track) awarded us with- not another village, but an even smaller hamlet. It had about a dozen small cottages in it.
All were of ancient date; most had been repaired, or restored at various dates, and all were quite charming.
It's what we most love about Suffolk (and remember that we are, by origin, Norfolk people) - that if you can take a small back road out of a little known village, you will often find yourself in an early settlement that you had no idea was there - and usually with delightful discoveries to be made.
Like, say, for instance, the above.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Monday, 6 March 2017
The three photographs shown here are all of old parts of Wells next the sea taken the week before last, and all show windows onto the street which have obviously been built as shop windows, and are now windows in the fronts of domestic residences (homes). They are all of late eighteenth century through to early/mid nineteenth century appearance. This would appear to indicate that Wells next the sea was (at the period mentioned) a much busier market town than it is now. A small fishing village would be a more apt description of the town now.
This last weekend we drove down to Hampshire to attend a meeting of the Early Metalware Society. We stopped over on Saturday and Sunday nights at youngest daughter, Liz's home; slept there, and drove home this morning. Good, informative (and rather tiring) weekend.
Friday, 3 March 2017
These three photos were all taken last week at Wells-next-the-sea on the Norfolk coast. The above photo of a very fresh looking rose and rosebud, taken in a very sheltered spot, was taken on 23rd February, which seems very early indeed for roses ????
The above picture is of a 'green lane' very near the town centre.
Above shows a cormorant hanging out his wings to dry. Again very near the town centre (just across 'the Creek')
The computer is still, I'm afraid playing up. I don't think it's just this one, but is general to the area, I'm told. Still, we'll keep trying.