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.
Still having problems with this disobliging machine, i.e. computer, mainly re photies, now. the ones above are old stock - taken a year or so ago; but it's being a lovely summer re roses this year, so that although I took the photoes a couple of years ago, the roses depicted on it are again in full bloom, so not really cheating ?????
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Been a pleasant day. Had lunch in Saint Mary's Church- ham, cheese and salads. Shared a table with friends. Photo of Saint Mary's below. Looked round four gardens, then back to tea with next door neighbour. Her mother who is Italian is the best pastry cook in our area. I'm glad to say that some of her mother's produce put in a brief appearance. Very civilised tea.
At present our garden (admittedly very small) is full of roses in bloom. Today is 'open garden day' in our town - Highdale, an anagramatic form of its proper name. Plan to have lunch in the church, then this afternoon, to go on an open garden crawl. We have thrown our garden open for the last two years, but this prevents our exploring our friends and neighbours' gardens, so this year that is what we intend to do. Shall take the camera along and ask permission to use it.
Friday, 8 June 2018
Looking through old photographs and found the above. Can't remember where I took the photo but it must have been within a few miles of home- which just goes to prove how spoiled we are for lovely old buildings in Suffolk. Been working on a silver clock hand pendant for a granddaughter earlier today. I've always made them for daughters (et cetera) when they hit fifty, but if I'm to make them for granddaughters when they attain that age, I shall be in my nineties, and I'm not sure that I shall be a reliable silversmith by then. So, at Ann's suggestion, I think the rising generation can have them at thirty, and as two of them are fast approaching that point, I'd better start now. Gives me something to do, and keeps me off the streets.
Off to bed now. Goodnight all.
As you can see still lots of goldfinches about.
Just got back from Church; attended a Communion Service in the Lady Chapel, whilst a coffee morning went on in the Nave - not altogether a happy mix. Could wish there was a way of holding these two , plus sometimes a market in the nave, at different TIMES. The nave is, I think the second longest in Suffolk, but..... Being called upstairs for lunch now- more blog later perhaps.
Thursday, 7 June 2018
Yesterday morning we drove over to Long Melford, where an antique trade fair is held on the first Wednesday in every month, and bought quite well. Between us we bought five items. Ann bought a small horn beaker, engraved with a sporting (in this case - shooting) scene, of about 1810 - 1830 date; and a set of nine silver teaspoons, hall marked for the year 1835 (William the fourth). I did my sums afterwards, and found that Ann had paid about scrap silver value for the set. I thought she'd bought them for one of the children (or grandchildren) but she said "No. I bought them for use. We're getting a bit short of decent tea spoons". About half way through looking for goodies, we adjourned to the lounge bar , of the Bull Hotel opposite and ordered coffee. We were joined by five other customers from the fair, all old acquaintance. Very pleasant half hour followed- strolling down memory lane.
Yesterday morning, first thing, we motored over to Long Melford, where a monthly antique fair is held on the first Wednesday of every month. It is very much a trade fair, and we purchased, between us, five items. Ann bought a small horn beaker, engraved (rather naively) with a sporting (shooting) scene, and a set of nine silver (William IV) tea spoons, for around (or rather below) their scrap silver value. I thought she perhaps wanted them for one of the offspring, but she said "No. For use. they're good big ones, and we're running a bit short of decent tea spoons."
Being called upstairs, as we should be driving into Ipswich- routine hospital appointment, I think.
More later, I hope.
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Been a good day. Our friends John and Margaret came to lunch. After lunch (roast chicken) John and I retired to the Armoury to compare notes on recently encountered blunderbusses (blunderbii ?? No, I don't think so. Looks awkward). Both very military looking, both English, and both probably of naval origin.
Ann's just called me up to supper. More tomorrow, possibly. In the meantime -Goodnight All.
Monday, 4 June 2018
Just had a pleasant weekend. Ann's middle brother David. and his wife Mo spent Saturday with us.
David, who is five years younger than I, retired at much the same time as I did, and I asked him how he is managing his retirement; and how he's managing to stay retired? He said something like :- "Mike. I think I know what your problem is. You've spent the last few years dealing in, and restoring, high quality antiques, and I know you're missing that. I think you've now got to turn yourself from a specialised dealer into a specialised collector". I must think that one out very carefully. It ties in with something my accountant said a few months ago. That brings me to the two photographs. The top one shows (from left to right) a candlestick of the thirteen hundreds, a candlestick of the fourteen hundreds, a candlestick of the sixteen hundreds, and a candlestick of the fifteen hundreds. The candlestick shown below is of the mid seventeen hundreds. It is an English chamber candlestick, dating from circa 1740-50, and is fitted with a pair of wick trimmers of the same period, and a slightly later douser, douter, or putter outer.
Between them they cover five different centuries. They are of great interest, but not of tremendous value., and I think a similar approach to collecting may well be my way forward.
Comments from my blog friends would be welcome.