Tuesday 25 October 2022

Tuesday 25 October 2022 - where has this year gone??

Hello everyone. I've finally got this *( thing to work),  I think, but I'm not over confident 
The picture is of  a Clock Jack that I have restored over the last couple of years. He has a rather satisfying bong on the bell above his head!!!

Tuesday 27 July 2021

 Hello all,

Mikes daughter Sarah here...attempting to attach/share some photos of Mike, Anne and Great Granddaughter Astrid.....fingers crossed! 

Mike and Anne are both well and have had an awesome day with a fellow numismatist (again fingers crossed that I have spelt 'coin collector' correctly (not sure wher the spell check is on this PC).

Much love to all



Tuesday 6 April 2021


These three photographs were all taken a few weeks ago, and show bits of our garden during the one and only real snowfall we've had this winter.

astrid horner

This is a photograph of  meself and Great Grandaughter Astrid (Astrid to the right of me.)  Taken a year or so ago.  She is now a numismatist -collects coins- as I collected coins at a similar age, we had a lot to talk about. I was able to find some Roman coins in the depths of  my bureau, I was able to improve her collection a bit. Wish she could improve my typing for me in return.

Saturday 5 December 2020

Tuesday 3 November 2020


 Sarah  motored over this morning and spent the day with us. She' about to set out on the return journey, so must go and see her off. More probably later.    Lot later now. Sarah 'phoned a while ago to say that she'd got home safely. I'm always glad when they do that --- although it makes me sound like an old worryguts, I know.

Goodnight all.

Tuesday 20 October 2020



Mother and daughter (Sarah and Ann) in the kitchen. Sarah motored over from Milton Keynes this morning and is spending the day with us. She has already subdued my computer into a state of muttering submission (which is better than its  usual state of  open  rebellion).   

I never seem able to achieve a state of  being able to reproduce a state of agreement with it ( i.e. its reproducing photos to illustrate my blog .)  Still it seems to be trying to please this time. So I suppose I'd better knock off while I'm ahead of the game. 

Tuesday 6 October 2020


Snapshot of part of the front garden (tree lined).  

Below - Part of the library - showing 'Jack Horner' - I'm thinking of fitting a second bell, so that he does a sort of 'ding dong'  alarm on two bells of different tones. Will show you yet another picture of him of it works out.  Sarah has motored over and spent the day with us. It's been lovely see her.   In fact she's  about to motor home to Milton Keynes in a min, so must knock off and see her away. More soon (if I can make the machine behave.)


Thursday 24 September 2020


 Snapshot of Ann in  kitchen/diner.


Mystery  Object. Made of wood. Measures one foot by eleven inches, and is probably about a hundred and fifty years old. Would probably have been referred to as treen in its day  - That is - made  of wood - or   tree en.      Clue - would probably have been supplied as a set of four when new. 

Going to leave this for a day or so now - so that everyone can have a guess (probably a soppy one- mine would have been, only I've seen them before, and happen to know what they are - tee hee !!!)  No guesses allowed by my senior  daughter, as she's having lunch with us today, and I've shown her the item and told her what it is.

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Tuesday afternoon/

 More younger goldfinch.

Goldfinch on Tuesday

 Took the photo of the goldfinch on the birdbath a day or so ago. Isn't he a little beauty?

Saturday 29 August 2020



Young tree sparrow (I think).  Son  Jonathon has very kindly spent the day with us, terminating it by doing his usual  trick of forcing the computer to return to its duties (by magic of course). I think the above photo is of a young tree sparrow (but don't put any serious bets  on this, because I'm not sure).

Tuesday 18 August 2020



Four generations of Horner.....plus Clayton/Henshaw/Penny/Hughes!

Posted by SH when Pa wasn't looking.....sorry Pa!!!



Above picture shows  two goldfinches  feeding. 

This one shows a young green finch (left) and a goldfinch.

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Tuesday 2


Just been clearing out the garage and found the above illustrated  single handed wall clock- got a good deal of character and a ten inch dial, of mid eighteenth date. Some work to be done on it, but could do with the odd job to be done - still, I do like having the odd job in hand.


 Ann, in garden with friend Sue.

Tuesday 28 July 2020


Both these are photographs of the same item - a Mystery Object, made mainly of brass.  Please give the object's purpose, rough date and location of manufacture.


Monday 20 July 2020


Snapshot of part of  back garden. Garden contains largely shrubs and trees. Still, it should be interesting to see what's in it as the year rolls round.
I think most of you will have seen this. It's Ann's English version of a Nuremberg kitchen. It;s becoming rather crowded, but I think this type of toy probably looks better for being a bit squashed. You'll have to embiggen it to see it well.