Monday, 21 May 2018
I have been working on the above (and below) illustrated clock , and today we took it back to its owner (and its home). Having delivered it, and eventually reinstalled it, we (the clock owner, Ann and meself) were having a coffee, and chatting; and came up with the facts that I have been attending to its needs, and doing any necessary repairs for over forty years now. It is a great favourite of mine . It is a very English clock. It is an oak cased thirty hour, long cased clock with a single hand and an alarum train that, when used, sounds like an old fashioned fire engine coming along over the cobbles. However, I have now retired on medical advice, so will (in all probability) not be seeing much of the clock in the future. Its owner issued us with a general invitation to call on her, and take coffee with her whenever we are in her area. She then went on to say that we could do any necessary adjustments to the clock on these visits. I'm not at all sure that she took the retirement bit in, and even if she did, she didn't seem to take it too seriously, I'm afraid. But Ann nearly always answers the 'phone as I can't really hear it (well not until I put the loudspeaker on, and not always then), so I'll have to leave Ann to persuade our friend that I really have retired. Oh well - we'll see.