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.

Goodnight all.

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.

Above photy shows meself and senior daughter,  Sarah, at lunch last Tuesday.  It was lovely to see her.her.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019



Above two young ladies sharing an arm chair are great granddaughter  Elsa     and granddaughter  Freja (who starts her long journey home later today) we shall miss her.  The two of them are cousins - well to be accurate they are first cousins once removed.

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


These  are   not really  mystery objects, but can you please tell me in what year they were made?  and where?

Wednesday, 21 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


Soppy JokeTime.

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

Thursday (2)

Snapshot taken of old houses in Stone Street on Tuesday morning.


Snapshot taken from our bedroom window at about 3 a.m. onTuesday morning (in the  midddle of a very dramatic  thunder storm; plus summer lightning/sheet lightning)  It kept us all awake (on and off) until a final flurry at about five in the morning.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019


The above is a photo taken in Stoke by Nayland yesterday on (or rather just off) our drive to Sudbury.   It's a handsome village with a lovely church. Got a bit lost in the lanes, but  eventually drove home via Scotland (see previous entry).

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


Snapshot taken a  few minutes ago in the rose  garden; of S.R.G.D. (Senior resident grand daughter) teaching the roses how to put the best face on things.

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


The other day young Tim (Ann's youngest brother) motored over from near King's Lynn and spent the day with us. He is shown at the left of the above photo.  He is a silversmith. It was good to see him.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019


A plethora of  thrushes.   I seem to remember a 'tongue twister' about "thirty three feathers on  a  feathered thrushes throat". Does anyone else remember it?

Monday, 8 July 2019


Hello Crowbard. The young lady at the  right of the picture is Elsa. Will probably add to  this  tomorrow.

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


Went for a  short walk today (Ruth in  charge of  the  camera, etc (me, that is)..  Haven't walked for a while so - progress of a sort.

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

Friday (2)

Proto Bonsai trees. Been trimming some of the  little trees today which friend John bought yesterday. Won't really be fit to be seen for a  year or so, after which (hopefully) they'll be fascinating.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Thursday (2).

Scruffy ole garden shed - but lovely flowers all around it.  Shed really is falling apart, but as we're planning a move,  I don't think  we'll be doing anything  much  about it.

Good night all.

Snapshots of corners of the garden, and (in the case of the strawberries) garden produce - had the first ones yesterday evening, and quite delicious they were too!  The hanging baskets are starting to look quite nice, too.


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


 These photos were taken a few days ago - all in  the  south of the county.

I don't recall seeing any of them before.

Same with this one. I t is very self consciously pretty.  Worth stopping and snapping though.

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.