Sunday, 25 September 2016


This morning we went to the harvest festival at Aldham Church. I read the first lesson, a very long one, 31 verses from Exodus. After the service we stayed on for a 'shared lunch' when we all bring something in the way of food. It always surprises me at what a well balanced selection this produces, and a good lunch was had by all. Been at work in the workshop most of the afternoon, but as today is my birthday, I've been constantly interrupted by the 'phone, all by the family wating to wish me many happies. Very nice of them all, and as I've been asked the obvious question several times I may as well confess that I'm seventy four today. Even the Minister at church this morning knew it was my birthday. I asked him how he knew and he told me that it was on Facebook this morning. "In some ways", he said, "these modern forms of communication are nearly as good as the village grapevine used to be". I'm now going to try and put up a photograph; in the meantime I wish you all a very good night.

Saturday, 24 September 2016


The above photos are more ipomieas, a good pub at Horningsea near Cambridge, where Ann and her three siblings (and partners) got together for a monthly lunch. I'd recommend the place once I can remember its name - good grub, excellent service, and not tooo expensive. On the way home, Ann was driving, I spotted part of a rainbow way up in the sky and on ts back, as best I can describe it. It was still visible when we got home, so I took the above photo of it. I expect there is a proper meteorological name for this sort of phenomena. Does any one know it please? P.s. I think the name of the pub is The Crown and Punchbowl?

Friday, 23 September 2016


Dear Crowbard, please have a look at these two pictures. You can see that the Italian crossbow has now been strung. It looks better, doesn't it? In both pictures I hope you will be able to see a bronze age short sword (the blade being about eighteen inches long. I bought it at a country auction where it was catalogued as Chinese. I think it might well be Persian (Luristan), and would value your opinion? Over to you.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


Very quick blog this evening. I think you'll soon be fed up with photos of the ipomeias ? But they're still flowering, and look like doing so until the first frost, and they are very photogenic. The other snap is of meself making up a jug of Pimms, back in august when we had friends coming for lunch. The photo is a bit misty because I'd left the camera in the car overnight and the lens got a bit damp. A tip I was given by my old (and now late) friend, John C.T. about making pimms was not to use lemonade as a mixer, but tonic water. It makes the pimms a bit less sweet, to its great advantage. Goodnight All.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Been a lovely year for Ipomeia (I think I may have said that a day or two ago, still, this photo came up, so I may as well use it). Spent today making a trigger for a Spanish miquelet flintlock pistol, and replaced one or two screws, etc. This afternoon Ann went to Mothers' Union meeting; I made meself a cuppa, and sat down to read the rest of the newspaper - woke up an hour later, with the tea on the table beside me - cold. Could have been worse - could have dropped off holding the tea, and woken up with hot tea in me lap. Wooden hill time, I think. Goodnight all.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Yesterday we motored over to Wisbech to see our accountant, Elizabeth. We do this twice a year, the first time to take her the books, the second time to pick them up after she's passed them as being correct. She has been keeping me on the straight and narrow way (business wise) for the thick end of forty years now. We then drove to the Woolpack Inn, which is an hostelry between Wisbech and King's Lynn, where we met up with my old school friend, Roy, and his wife Janet. We shared a very good lunch there. We all had roast beef (grand beef it was, too, as Parson Woodford said) followed by jam rolly-polly pudding and custard. We all four of us had a drink with, and then coffee after, the meal; all of which set us back just over forty pounds, including the tip. These days that is really very good value for money. I think we'll make that a regular meeting and eating place. The above photo is of cottages at Polstead. Been a good, busy day - then spent an hour this evening helping next door's three boys take the wheels off an old bike, to build, they said, a 'go-cart'. They know I keep a fairly good range of tools so if they get stuck on that sort of job it's "Mike, do you have a wrench that would fit this, please ?" As there isn't a man about the place, I try and oblige, and have usually been able to help, so far. Bedtime now, I think, so Goodnight all.

Sunday, 18 September 2016


As you can see, I'm still experimenting with photographs for the blog. The one shown is of a dolls' house that we took to Sweden for Ruth's daughters a couple of years ago. The problem I seem to be having is that I put loads of photos into the machine, which swallows them gladly, then refuses to tell me where they are or to regurtitate them, for use on the blog. This means that you, the readers will probably be limited, for the time being, to a diet of old photies. But I'll keep working on it. At the moment, as the more astute of you have probably realised, I'm trying to put up a blog entry daily, whilst I can still remember how to do it.

Saturday, 17 September 2016


This morning we motored over to Martlesham, where there was an auction taking place. I always keep an eye on local auctions (you never know what might turn up); if there is just one interesting item I usually leave a bid on it, but there were several items which I quite liked at this one, and as I am really quite low on stock, we'd decided (after viewing some few days ago) that it would be worthwhile to attend this auction, which we did this morning and eventually purchased five lots, four of which I am pleased with, and the fifth was a book (which I've not read- it's about bayonets, and looks quite scholarly). Called at a garden centre on the way home, then a quick lunch, and out again to Scrabble Club. Usual three well fought games - modesty forbids me telling you who won (but only just) all three. The photos are of Polstead, which we visited about ten days ago. Good night, all.

Friday, 16 September 2016

The top picture is of an Ipomia plant ( the Morning Glory) which has been flowering profusely this year. The flowers are between four, and five and a half inches, across. The higher flowers tend to be the larger. This plant, in my experience, only comes to full flower in hot, dry summers, but in a good year, is very well worth the trouble. The second picture is, of course, of our old friend the goldfinch. The third picture is a long overdue MYSTERY OBJECT. What is it?(this is the easy part), where and when was it made?; and (this is the hard bit) of what was it made? It's nice to be blogging again (If I am blogging - not over confident about the matter, you notice). Good guessing.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Wednesday (2)

Just ran upstairs to tell Ann that I've finally manage to publish a blog. "Quick" she said "Run back down and see if you can do another one, then write down how you did it". So I did and I could ! now I must run back up and tell her. It's jolly good exercise, this blogging...... Good night All.


Hello, any readers. I've just started (I think) to understand my new computer, a bit, but not, I'm afraid, to the extent of being able to put photographs to it. I've got old friends of ours (John and Margaret) coming over tomorrow to offer help and assistance in the matter- John has been playing with - and building- computers since the early days. Fingers crossed, and please can you tell me, via the usual communicative method, if you can receive this. Warm regards, Mike and Ann.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

tuesday. /

Still trying . This is a photograph of Snailwell Church near Newmarket. It is well worth a visit. The tower was built in 1070 and the rest of the church appears to date from the 1400s (they tell us).

Thursday, 28 July 2016


Not sure if this is going to work out. Still puzzling over photoes for the blog. Been a busy week or so.This morning a 'friend of a friend' has been trying to advise me (or rather 'educate') me regarding photos for the blog. Hope it's going to help. The photo is of a small area of our town centre.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Friday, 15 July 2016

Friday A

Still experimenting . Photo of Ann and three guests, last week.


This is an experiment re the new machine. I have an expert behind my right shoulder directing operations. Yesterday we motored down to Snape and took photos.

Mystery Object.
when, where. (I know you must all have been pining for one of these )
short experiment.  Back soon.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Still having trouble fastening pictures to Blog.  This morning decided to give ourselves a day off and a day out (all same day though); got in car, motored  up to Yoxford where we trawled antique shops and antique centre; did reasonably well for this day and age;   bought some pewter (two pieces with George IV Excise marks).   Then went on to Aldeburgh, walked along sea front, and back through Main Street. Drove on to Snape,  bought bits  Antique centre (not much though), then went and had lunch in snack bar - cold but good. Eventually drove home via Woodbridge. Pleasantly relaxing day out.

Being called up to supper by Ann, so will wish you all a very goodnight.

Warm Regards, Mike and Ann.

Monday, 11 July 2016


finally purchased a new computer. Still got  an awful lot  to   learn about it, but  I think I'm going to enjoy it.  Been a very busy last week or two.  Had Ruth and her two girls staying,which was lovely. We've both had chest  infections and then antibiotics,which  wasn't quite so lovely. Finished my course today - Ann  has a few days to go before hers is completed.

 Bough the new  computer from B.T, etc. ,who were most obliging, and promised all  sorts  of  assistance , but seem strangely reluctant to  complete that part of the deal. Ah well,plan to pop round and see them in the morning.  Not too sure about how to put photos to entries Blogwise, so will close now

Good Night all.