Thursday, 10 October 2019
Above two pictures are (of course) of Ann, about her housewifely duties. Yesterday two of our neices , Elizabeth and Rebeccah, came over and had lunch with us. It was lovely to see them. Ann gave them mushroom soup (with home made bread) followed by a peach pavlova - a light lunch to drool over. I am reminded of that old (and very true saying) that the way to an old man's heart is through his tummy.
Spent this morning working on a clock jack that I've been restoring lately. It's been kicking about my workshop in a very fragmentary state for some years. Once it's reasonably complete I'll probably take its photograph for a blog entry. Don't think I'll sell it though. It will never be complete enough to be a particularly desirable collector's item. Might be a good advert though for my restoratory skills, but probably not as I've retired now (of course). We've got two lovely early clockjacks in Suffolk Churches - Southwold and Blythburgh.They've both lost their clocks, but both are used to ring in the start of services (and are well worth a look at). I suppose the one I've been restoring ought to be known as 'Jack Horner' ?
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Took this a few days ago in the village of Stowupland just outside Stowmarket. It's a lovely little cottage - best of both worlds (past and present). Sorry I've not blogged lately. Senior daughter Sarah's here at the moment, and is sorting out the computer (and meself - I'm not good with the machine).
Monday, 23 September 2019
These two pictures were taken on Sunday morning in Aldham Church. The top one is dated 1537. The date is the earliest I know in arabic (as opposed to roman) numerals. On English 'hammered' silver coins, I think the earliest use of arabic numerals, occurrs in the year 1560.
This rather gothic looking bench end carving, is at the end of the dated seat.
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.