Friday, 13 September 2019
Heard recently that an old friend (and customer) of mine (Guy Ackers) had died. Shortly afterwards I heard from one of his sons that Guy had left me a clock. This morning Guy's son, Jon, and his wife, Ann, called to deliver the clock (pictured above) and stayed about an hour, coffeeing and chatting. Jon is very like his father - and that is a compliment to both of them. The clock is one I've always liked. It is an English timepiece alarm, also fitted with a single passing strike on the hour. The maker's name is on the lower part of the dial. It was made in England in the early 1700's. Guy purchased it from me about twenty years ago (or so). It was lovely to see it again -shan't sell it this time - one so rarely gets a second bite of the cherry.. It's now on my cellar wall, going well and keeping reasonable time, as far as one can judge of a single handed clock over a few hours. At the moment I'm having thoroughly mixed feelings about it - It's lovely to have the clock again, but shall miss Guy to talk with about clocks. We really must call on his widow, Gwen, soon.
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
I'm not sure that I've put this down before -I think probably not, so here goes - I'm still recovering from a busted hip, and one of the results of this is that we've decided that a bungalow will be safer for us. We have found a bungalow (our children all seem to think it ideal for us)so now we're planning for one last (we hope) move. Any comments gratefully received (sensible ones only please, Crowbard and Rog)
Saturday, 31 August 2019
Above photo is of my favourite tree. It is about a mile from here (as the crow flies). It is completely hollow, but appears otherwise healthy. There are three large holes for accessibility - so if all else fails we could go and live in it.
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Must knock off now - we are motoring Freja to the airport.
Saturday, 24 August 2019
The illustrated pair of brass candlesticks (yesterday's 'mystery object') were made and sold (probably in Birmingham) to celebrate King George III's golden jubilee year in 1809. I have had a good many single candlesticks of this type, But this is one of the few pairs that I have seen. I think they are quite rare.
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Sunday, 11 August 2019
Above photo shows granddaughter Freja and youngest daughter liz, together with the Sunday lunch they'd prepared and left in the oven to cook whilst we went to Church.
It consists of :- stuffed roast chicken, vegetables and cauliflower /flour cheese. With a bottle of Cotes-du- Rhone, and a jug of water.
Thursday, 8 August 2019
Today we again motored over to Polstead and had lunch at the Cock Inn pub on the village green. We'd been reading up on the Red Barn murder of 1827, and found that the inquest on Maria Martin was held in the room where we were lunching. When we'd finished lunch and returned to the car we were much impressed by the little wagonette and pair parked on the green outside the pub. We talked for a while with the owners (and the horses) , found we'd a couple of aquaintances in common (one living, one not), and eventually over took them in the lanes, and waved enough not to frighten the horses as we passed them. Freja (who used to ride as a child) made great friends with the horses, whilst we'd been finding common aquaintances with the owners. A very pleasant encounter.
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Freja :- "Pa. What are those rather pretty pink flowered shrubs called?"
Pa :- "They are called Hibiscus- until they fall to the ground."
Freja :- "What are they called when they fall to the ground?"
Pa :- "Lowbiscus."
Freja :- "Oh Pa! That is terrible!" Then giggled over said terrible joke for five minutes.
P.S. Does anyone else find that when grandchildren come to stay they have to revert to schoolboy sense of humour????
Sunday, 4 August 2019
Yesterday we motored over to Polstead and grand daughter Freja took the above photo of Polstead Church and other ancient monuments, like say frinstance - ME. Had a quite acceptable lunch afterwards in the pub on the village green. Very pleasant outing. Had to tell Freja all about the Red Barn murder, of which she'd vaguely heard (surprising, considering she lives in Sweden, and the murder took place in (I think ) 1827).
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
These two characters are (or when completed will become) clock jacks. That is misleading. There is only one of him, and I hope he willl become a clock jack. I'm putting them up mainly for the information of daughter Ruth, who was in at the beginning so knows about him. As you can see Roo, he is progressing nicely. especially the tricorn hat. Lots to be done still, but he is, I think, off to a good start.
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Had a drive round this morning. Took above photo on the way home (next village to us) very good pub in photo. Landlord a most obliging bloke, but not going into details because you'd all flock there, and I wouldn't be able to get in.
This is known in the area as Scotland (Can see how it got the name, although it's a bit more civilised than that, really).
Monday, 22 July 2019
Saturday, 20 July 2019
Above Photo is of Ann sorting through some old tatting. Senior Resident Granddaughter thinks she may be able to get enough out of it to make a lace blouse. Knowing her skills she will probably be able to.
Yesterday an old school friend of Ruth's motored up from her father's home on the Suffolk coast, where she has been staying. It was lovely to see her again. She lives and works in Yorkshire these days, It was good to see her again, and reassuring to hear her cries of "none of you have changed a bit."
This said a great deal about her good manners (but, I'm afraid, very little about her common honesty). Still - we all enjoyed her visit immensely, and she'd changed very little from the schoolgirl of thirty years (or so ago, who we all remembered.
Being called for lunch now - More later (perhaps).
Monday, 15 July 2019
Senior resident grand daughter did the above pencil sketch of meself a few days ago. I intended taking it down to 'the Frame Store', and having it framed, but S.R. G.D. dissuaded me, and found the above oak frame, then framed and presented me with the picture. We love it! The grandchildren are generally very gifted.
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Senior resident grand daughter spent part of today making the above photographed hat she is wearing in the photos - it is reversible, so, in effect she made two hats today. Clever dressmaker, isn't she? The hats (?) look very cool and summery. She didn't work to a pattern either, just worked from a paper drawing she made first.
Thursday, 11 July 2019
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Monday, 8 July 2019
Sunday, 7 July 2019
Above is a Swedish savoury sandwich cake. The Swedish contingent made it to celebrate Great Grandaughter Elsa's fifth birthday (which we were celebrating - along with our anuual family get-together), Our friends Ross and Simon Cook (very aptly named) did the catering generally (all were very impressed with the above, delicious, savoury cake). Being told of the imminence of breakfast-so morelater perhaps.
Friday, 5 July 2019
Senior resident grand daughter went into town this afternoon and purchased this rather posh yoyo at a newsagen'ts shop. It does all sorts of clever things, which she has already mastered. I had one of these things towards the end of the last war. I was taught to use it by an elderly uncle who'd had one at about the time of the Boer War. They are a toy that has been invented and reinvented since the eighteeth century. Anyway - a good deal of fun was had with it.
Thursday, 4 July 2019
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Resident Grand daughter spent part of this afternoon painting the above roses from the garden. The result is to the left of the picture. She (like her mother and sister) is a very good artist. We have a good many of their pictures about the house, which we both enjoy.
We are having a family get -together this week (more pictures (I hope)tomorrow. ) This replaces our usual expedition on the Cam. There should be about seventeen of us we think. Should be fun.
More in a day or so, we hope.
Monday, 1 July 2019
Above and below photographs are of a young thrush which is, I think, helping its parents to raise a second brood of fledgelings. We both love the idea of thrushes around the garden. They have been in very short supply over the last year or so, so we're both keeping our fingers crossed that these youngsters make it.
'That's the wise thrush -
he sings his song thrice over,
lest you should think he never could recapture
that first fine careless rapture.
Ode to autumn, I think ?????????
Friday, 28 June 2019
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Yesterday our good friends John and Margaret Tinworth came and spent time with us. It was lovely to see them. John had bought with him a couple of small ash trees, which he has started to bonsai, knowing I shall enjoy turning them into miniature Japanese gardens. I have about ten of these trees, from a small yew tree which I have been 'bonsaing' for about ten years now, through to the two ash trees John bought over yesterday. Oh well - keeps me off the streets, I suppose. (Grandaughter (who is reading this epistle over my shoulder, is, at this point, murmuring "True, true' in grndmotherly fashion rather than grand daughterly. She has just capped it with a "Youngsters these day!!!!"and an implied "Tut tut."
Monday, 24 June 2019
This is a photograph of present resident granddaughter- in- charge. She came to us on Saturday, and is photographed preparing yesterday's lunch . She is wearing a frock she threw together earlier (and very elegant she looks in in too!!! Takes after her Granny (and her mother, I suppose) - gifted bunch my lady relations!!
More later perhaps.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Above is a snapshot of Cavendish in Suffolf, which lays claim to being the prettiest village in Suffolk, and is indeed, quite nice (so there!!!) Ann says "Kersey's better!!" Recovering (I hope) from having left femur pinned - but seems a long job. Resident Grand daughter Beth is keeping an eye on this epistle and rushes in a bout every few minutes to hit the 'save button, which seems to keep things generallly 'on course'.
A few days ago Zoe and her husband, Tim, came for a 'soupeee lunch'. It was lovely to see them. Going to press the 'send button' now to stop this letter from escaping again.