Monday, 23 April 2018
Going to be rather busy over the next few days, as we are having a new bathroom (or rather - I'm told it will be a 'wet room') installed. I hope we'll both like it when done. We know the chap who's doing it. He built our friends (John and Milly) a new kitchen and made a lovely job of it, so fingers crossed.
Above is a snapshot of our garden pond. It's an old rubber horse bucket which I inserted into the garden last year, but our resident goldfish seems to like it.
Not been too well over the last few months, but seem able to get on with things a bit better now. Basically Anno Domini, but the medicos call it different things these days. I really don't like medispeak. Unnecessarily offensive. Won't go into that just now; might when convinced I'm completely better, but I really don't think even the cleverest medicos can do much to stop the march of Anno Domini.
Been reading the Forsyte Saga again - last read it about forty years ago- do you know, the characters haven't changed a bit in those forty years. Will try a Dickens or so next I think. Warm regards to you all. Mike.
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Wandered round the garden the other evening (well, a day or so ago) and took photies. The garden is really starting to look quite colourful, and as grand daughter Lucy is here this morning, nominally keeping an eye on the old man, we discussed the matter and decided to make a 'blog entry' of the garden. The top picture is of wild violets (I think 'dog violets' is the correct term) They started to come into flower early in January then we had a good deal of snow, and they changed their little minds about the matter, but they've all decided that perhaps it really is spring, and have all flowered again.
Should perhaps have explained that, ordinarily, Lucy is at Liverpool John Moores University, reading history, but she is enjoying the Easter holiday, and as her Mama (our senior daughter, Sarah) is taking Ann to hospital for an examination of one of her (Ann's) eyes, Lucy is staying here with me pro tem- she is nominally looking after me - but I shall have to make her a coffee in a min.
More later, next time I have someone here who can make the computer behave itself, as Lucy can.
Friday, 6 April 2018
Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Can anyone tell me why someone writes the above photographed doggerell ? It is awful stuff. In the first two lines there is a false rhyme - home/own- dreadful! And as it goes on it gets worse. In my opinion an intelligent seven year old could better it. I'm a reasonable chap as a general rule, but this sort of rubbish makes me think that I'll try being cirmudgeonly for a while.!!!!!
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Friday, 9 March 2018
Above is a photo taken a few days ago of Ann's blackbird. She has been feeding him mealworms all winter, so he should be in good fettle for raising more families come spring (which , come to think of it, is already here).
Above is the latest snapshot of Ann's Nuremberg(type) kitchen. It's now getting a bit crowded. As you've probably guessed, we've had Ruth and one of her girls staying all week, and today Ruth is again showing me how to subdue this machine and making it return to its duties.
So... here goes.
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Early Alarum Gun. Probably English. Probably 16th/17th century.
Small (but probably very effective) alarm gun, which I have been working on lately, with assistance of Grand daughter Lucy who has been staying over the last few days. I wanted to mount the gun on a wall without marking the metal, and Luce (who has the gift of seeing the easy way of doing things (if or when there is an easy way) spotted the one we used here immediately. which was tying the barrel to the wall with a leather thong or bootlace - very simple and easy , and with a certain amount of 'give' to it. Works well and demonstrates that the simple way of doing a thing is usually the best.
The barrel is three inches long, with a one and a half inch bore. I think it would have been fired with match- cord, or a red hot iron.
The above photograph is of senior daughter Sarah and her husband Mikey. It was taken during the weekend of 19/21 January, which they spent with us. It was taken in my cellar. My 'library' consists of two parts - the passageway at the top of the cellar steps (which contains books for reading), and the 'office' part of my cellar - which contains my 'reference library' - books on clocks, guns, weaponry and early metal-ware. I would be lost without it. Grand daughter Lucy and I are in the reference part of the library now, writing (and correcting) a blog entry, as you can see. We are being summoned upstairs for lunch by Ann. Will complete this later.
It is now 'later' so will publish :-
Tuesday, 6 February 2018
A regular visitor, a friend of Ann's. Last year - spring, summer; this character raised FOUR broods . (I'm not at all sure that they were all by the same lady blackbird, although Ann tells me that she is sure he is a high principled bird)
The above is a photo of 'the blue moon' which I took the other evening - Don't we live in a wonderrful world these days ?
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Saturday, 20 January 2018
Saturday, 30 December 2017
The pictures below all refer to the Christmas just past and were mostly taken in or around our kitchen. The two Christmas trees were made by our two Swedish granddaughters (made in Sweden) The creature on the cake on the right is of a Grinch (no, nor do I, but at least I can keep up a pretence of knowing, and I suggest you all do the same.