Monday, 16 July 2018
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Youngest daughter Lizzie stayed with us over the weekend. Took the above photie of Ruth, Lizzie and Ann at teatime yesterday. Asked them to look langurous (even I wasn't sure about that word, so changed it to 'glamorous')......... and the above photie was the result of their efforts!!!!!!!!
Liz told me last night that she intended to hit the road this morning at 6.30 a.m. so got up at about five past six to see her off and found her gone. Didn't want to go back to bed as I knew it would wake Ann (who rarely seems to sleep well), so have spent the last hour and a half pottering about the computer. This blog entry is the end result of said potterings.
Must go and get dressed - I shoved on a workshop shirt, trousers and an old dressing gown to come down in --- it's enough to frighten the horses.
Have a good day.
Friday, 13 July 2018
Been a busy day. Early service this morning. This afternoon Ruth ran me into the hardware shop in town to purchase a refill for the gas bottle I use in the forge. Ruth spotted a french blue and white skirt she liked in another shop, so I bought it for her. She has been so good - looking after her parents over the last two or three weeks - that it was a real pleasure to find something for her that I could see she really liked. As you can see from the picture above the skirt fitted her perfectly and really suits her. When senior daughter Sarah was sixteen she asked if she could go on a dress allowance rather than her pocket money. It's a long story and I won't bore you with it; but eventually I used to teach all five of our children that if you are shopping and see a garment that you like, and it suits you, and you can afford it- buy it then and there. If you leave it till you really need a garment, you will never find one that is perfect. It's the old rule of "Bag it when it's by."
Oh Dear! The times I've been reminded of that fatherly counsel!!!!
We've got our youngest daughter coming to stay tomorrow -to help Ruth look after us I suppose.
Ann was very much in demand as a babysitter when our childrens' families were young (actually we both were); but now two of them have grandchildren of their own to baby sit, so we both feel grateful and privileged that they can take time off from work and their grandchildren to look after the great grandparents when necessary.
Must go and water the garden before bed.
Thursday, 12 July 2018
but I think I've shown you most of them. Can't stay awake much longer, so - Goodnight All.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Yesterday was the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the R.A.F. so we drove out to a disused airfield a mile or so from home to see the fly-past of aircraft towards London. It gave us (and around forty or fifty other people who'd had the same idea) a good view of the fly past.. We talked to an elderly lady (even by our standards - she told us she was 92) who wanted to know if any of us knew about her favourite aircraft she'd ever flown in -the Walrus? Well of course I knew of the crate - it was a 'pusher' amphibious aircraft of (I think) the thirties. She also told us (she'd arrived by car - she'd driven herself) that her family didn't really approve of her still driving, but she'd consulted her doctor, who'd examined her, and then given his opinion that she was as safe a driver as she ever had been. I carefully did NOT give my opinion that this remark could be taken two ways. I think her family had shown great restraint by not pointing this one out - they must have spotted it, I'd think.
In the top picture I'm sitting on an old shooting stick I keep in the car, supported by walking sticks - nice and easy to get up from. In the second picture Ruth is holding the shooting stick. A pleasant morning's outing.
Monday, 9 July 2018
Saturday, 7 July 2018
The crossbow illustrated is my next major restoration job to be done. I purchased it last week in one of the major London auction rooms. It was made by J. Blancher of Attleborough (in Norfolk) probably in the mid / late 1600 -s ,and is (in its way) rather a handsome weapon.
Since then I have been studying Sir Ralph Payne - Gallwey's book 'The
Crossbow'. It was first published in 1903, and has (to my mind) never been bettered as a text book on crossbows. There are four small iron parts to be made, which will fix the bow firmly into the stock , and two more slightly larger iron pieces that keep everything firmly in position. All are illustrated in Payne -Gallwey's book, and will have to be made to the correct sizes of the vacant holes in the stock. In a repair job of this sort the holes that remain in the stock, dictate accurately the sizes of the missing parts. It should take a while (and keep me busy). Must try and remember to take 'after' pictures to show when all's done -watch this space.
Just been called up for lunch by Ruth.
Friday, 6 July 2018
Above photo was taken in Cambridge last Sunday beside the river. It is of grandson Tom and meself about to embark on our exploration of the Cam. The two punts held nineteen of us (family) . We were well provisioned with a white fizzy Italian wine (Prosecco, I think) and fresh fruit, by daughter Liz. It was a grand afternoon, made unique in that, unlike other years, nobody fell in!!!
Thursday, 5 July 2018
Very quick blog, thanks to a passing neighbour, who took a quick snapshot of the three of us. Ruth reminds me that we have an early start in the morning - hospital visit for an eye check up -me this time, and that reminds me that after Ann's cataract op yesterday, she has been reasonably comfortable today (largely thanks to doses of Para Cetamol).
Good night all.
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Been a hectic day. Ruth drove Ann into Ipswich this morning to have a cataract removed from her left eye. The above photo was taken when they arrived home this afternoon. All had gone well at the hospital I'm glad to report.
Daughter Liz, her three children, Matthew, Georgia, and Beth; and her granddaughter, Elsa, whose fourth birthday was today, came to lunch, bringing it with them.
Just before they went home this evening, the above photo was taken of great granddaughter, Elsa(the birthday girl) with her great grandfather Mike, meself, your blogger.
Good night Readers, God Bless you all.
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
The roses are now blooming so heavily that Ann found a few breaking off, and brought them into the kitchen as cut flowers. Ruth took Ann into the local hospital this morning for an eye check-up today, and they learned that Ann is to go back in tomorrow to have a cataract removed from her left eye, at 3p.m. Ruth will drive her in. I will stay at home, as Liz is bringing her older daughter and our great
granddaughter, Elsa, who is celebrating her fourth birthday tomorrow, and going to school (a Church school) in September. Liz is bringing lunch with her for all of us. Must just try and clear a few scrabble games, then bed.
So - Goodnight All.
Monday, 2 July 2018
Above photo shows our two great granddaughters ( they are second cousins and very good friends) enjoying a family high tea beside the river Cam at a hotel in Cambridge, yesterday,
Around mid day today, we motored out to the building shown above and below. It is the Bell Hotel in Kersey, where we had lunch in the garden. We have been using this hostelry for over fifty years. Ruth who is staying with us has always loved it.
The two antique items we purchased (by 'phone) arrived by carrier this morning. One of them will need a good deal of work doing, which I'm already planning. It's good to have something in prospect.
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Today we met up with as many of our family as could make it (nineteen of us) to Cambridge, where we'd hired a couple of punts, complete with an undergraduate each as an outboard motor, and went quanting on the Cam. The young gentleman, on our punt, let two of me daughters (senior daughter, Sarah, and youngest daughter, Liz) have a go at quanting. Neither of them disgraced themselves. After that we had tea outside the hotel, on the riverbank, before returning home. It was a lovely afternoon out, which we all enjoyed thoroughly. It has a long family history, which started by taking everyone to a pantomime, but has changed a good many times over the years; but we think we may change our arrangements next year. We'll see what everyone thinks. I know they all like to get together with all the cousins and exchange family news and gossip.
Friday, 29 June 2018
Our daughter Ruth has been staying for a few days. It has been lovely having her here. Her daughters flew home earlier in the week. Ruth can always see a job and get on with it, and Ann loves going shopping with her. Usually I'll go with Ann and push the trolley for her, but other than that I know my limitations, and serious shopping is one of them; although one of my acknowledged jobs is buying wine, when we are having friends for a meal. We have just had one of my favourite suppers, which consisted of cold leftovers and tea.
Ruth has also been giving me an intensive course in blog writing and keeping the computer under control. It does seem to be behaving better than it has done at any time this past two years.
Going upstairs now to be sociable. So- Good night All.
Thursday, 28 June 2018
This is a photograph I took last week of the Guildhall at Lavenham. It is a magnificent building, which was built, I believe, about 1520. Our guildhall is about two hundred years earlier, double jettied, but not so well known as the Lavenham one.
Been a busy week; as recorded earlier, nephew William very kindly ran me into London on Tuesday to view an auction sale. Then on Wednesday I made postal bids on seven items in the sale, and secured two of them. Today we've been on the 'phone arranging payment, then more 'phoning to arrange collection and delivery by carrier. A certain amount of work to be done on one lot, but a good clean is all that will be necessary on the other. Seems to be a good method of bidding and buying . Not too tiring, either. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and well within my capabilities. Supper time, I think, so will wish all my readers a good night. Then upstairs, supper and an early night.
Ipomia (Morning Glory). This is a favourite plant of ours. I grow it most years, but it is fairly picky about growing up the bamboo lattice work that I've fixed up for it's convenience. The year before last it grew very well, and was an absolute picture. Last year it did blossom, but never had more than five blossoms open at any one time. Yesterday (27th June) it had the one bloom showing , as above. The flower was four and a half inches in diameter, but the real surprise was the date it opened, 27th JUNE. I can't remember seeing one of these in flower in June before. It will (in theory) now bloom until the first frosts! I should, though, point out that the folk name, of Morning Glory, is quite accurate, in that the flowers will have died by late afternoon/ early evening. I shall, of course, now follow its future progress with great interest, and probably put up further photos of it as the year progresses. In fact I may well bore my readers rigid with photos of the Morning Glory, before the first frosts.
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Photoes of front hall.
Today I was taken to London by nephew William, to view forthcoming auction . One or two possibles, so made arrangements to bid by 'phone. William, God bless him, then drove me home to Suffolk, had tea with us, then drove back to London as he has a business appointment in the morning. He is such a good natured chap! It's been a lovely day, but tiring. So off for an early night.
Monday, 25 June 2018
Saturday, 23 June 2018
Friday, 22 June 2018
Machine is again playing up, and being very reluctant to accept photies. On Tuesday we motored over to Fordham (the one near Newmarket) to meet up with daughter Kerry at the local garden centre (and also to give her lunch at the garden centre restaurant). On the way there we motored through Lavenham town centre, because our usual short cut around the town was closed for road repairs. Took advantage of going through the middle of this lovely little town to take photoes of half a dozen or so of the earlier buildings, for eventual use in the blog.This evening, having transferred the photoes from the camera to the computer, the computer swallowed the photies, gave a quietly satisfied burp; and that was the last I've seen of the Lavenham photies, although I've searched the computer for them. Ann says her Ipad is also playing up badly, so I must supose it's not just my computer (or me) getting it wrong. Ah well! Must just keep trying, I suppose, but will be issuing blog entries unillustrated until I can find a way round problem.
Monday, 18 June 2018
We (I think it was Ann, though) bought the pedlar doll pictured above about thirty years, or so ago, with very little stock left. It was a real family effort to put her back in business, though. All five of our children made items of stock for the pedlar lady to carry. Ann repaired her dress, and I restored her tray. About a year ago, we were doing a little clearing out, found her in a box, and I finally made her hanging case out of an old picture frame. She now hangs in our hall, just inside the front door, and is admired by all, well all of good taste, anyway.
It's always worth doing a bit of clearing out - you never know what you'll find.
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Above shows one corner of our withdrawing room, plus its newish occupant. We have not had a television set for the last twenty five years or so. By the way - the very worst conversation stopper is when someone says "Did you see such and such on T.V?" and you have to explain that you haven't had a T.V. for the last umpty five years. Any way when I was rather poorly just before Christmas, Ann 'phoned the local electrical machine vendor and ordered one. It's a sort of psuedo- company of an evening, and some programmes are very watchable. Having found the right place for it, and common honesty compells me to confess that Sue (Ann's lady who helps about the house) found the right place. I put it in front of the fire place, and Sue said (the next time she came in) "Mike, you can't put that television set right in front of that lovely great fireplace, and I asked her where it should go?
"Leave it with me and come back in ten minutes" says Sue - so I did. She'd moved an old oak chest from in front of one of the windows, where it didn't show, into a corner, with the telly on top of it.
The chest looks better there than it has done since we moved here (about ten or twelve years ago), and the telly looks well on top of the chest, in its corner.
Got to go out to morning service in a min. Reading second lesson. More when I get back.
Half past twelve. Back now. Found above glass water (or wine) jug in local antique/junk/second hand shop. The jug is rather an old beauty . Pre Victorian, probably Regency (got a 'ground out' pontil), and holds a good couple of pints, or so. Hand made, and doesn't drip. Never know what's going to be in the shop, but always well worth a look and a potter round..
Friday, 15 June 2018
Thursday, 14 June 2018
Earlier in the week we attended a choir concert held in a local church. The lower picture is of the
programme . Good, solid, singable stuff. My only objection is that when the National Anthem is sung -the first item on the above programme, I'm glad to say, and the audience joins in (as we all did) the third verse of the Anthem is NEVER sung. It goes, if memory serves :-
Oh Lord, our God arise,
scatter her enemies,
and make them fall.
Confound their politics,
fustrate their knavish tricks.
On Thee our hopes we fix.
God save us all.
Fine stirring stuff, you'd think; but we're never allowed to sing it- politically incorrect, I suppose. What a lot of lily livered poltroons we have become. The Victorians had far more honest ideas than we do! And the Georgians would probably have itemised 'her enemies' as 'the French and other low forms of pond life!'
P.s. I am quite prepared to find that the last paragraph has been 'removed by a blog administrator.'
Our delphiniums (delphinia ?) are putting on a very fine display this year , having spread themselves naturally from one stem a few years ago. The ones pictured above are a goodish five foot tall. I do particularly like the white centred ones (which we put in last year, I think.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
This morning daughter Sarah and granddaughter Lucy motored over from Milton Keynes and spent the day with us. As always it was lovely to see them, and a very pleasant time was had by all. Both of them spent a good deal of time educating your blogger in the ways of the computer. Many thanks to both of you.
Above are two photos of the same weapon, which has recently been through my hands (for repair). Quite small, it has a sixteen inch brass barrel, a flintlock, and a walnut stock. It is, of course, very much a military piece (note the 'brown Bess' layout and proportions), and was probably for naval use. It was made about the year 1780 to 1790.
I must say that I learned a great deal from the gun during its repair.