Sunday, 3 May 2020


Snapshot of  inlaid gunstock. English, circa 1590/100.

formerly in my gun collection - sold via Sotheby's last December. 

What a weird world we seem to be living in at present. The whole town seems to be something of a 'ghost town ' now. Earler this week, walking across the market place, there was ONE car parked  in the town centre.   Glad we saw it. In  a few years time we shan't believe it.  Must knock off. Ann's calling me from  the kitchen  to lunch.  

Speaking of Ann -must record that yesterday (for the second time since we've all been under house arrest, Ann has cut my hair,  and trimmed my beard- no barbers are open in town, so (all bar the moustache, though) Ann did the job, adding to her wifely skills, and I must stress that she aint at all a bad tonsorial artist !!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rough said...

"tonsorial"? Surely she didn't stick the scissors anywhere near your tonsils?

Mike said...


Mike said...

Tonsorial - A topnsor is the round, bald patch on the top of a monks head. Hence the term tonsorial artist, or ...... a barber.

Crowbard said...

A barber of course used to be a person who cared for peoples' beards, but they've now carelessly fallen into the trap of cutting gentlemen's hair as well (these days, mainly their hair).

Tonsure (both a noun and a verb)is the practice and result of cutting or shaving some or all of the hair on the scalp as a sign of religious devotion or humility. The term originates from the Latin word tōnsūra (meaning "clipping" or "shearing") and referred to a specific practice in medieval Catholicism, abandoned by papal order in 1972.

Z said...

Tim permitted me to cut his hair a few days ago, mostly because it was curling over his ears and glasses and he found it annoying. I rather like it longer, so gave him the lightest trim I'm told not to expect a beard, though.