Thursday, 30 June 2011
Must just record that yesterday morning we were having coffee in the garden when I spotted the above photographed insect. It looked very like a small humming bird as it hovered in front of the lavender flowers and fed. I got a couple of photoes, neither of them good. This morning it turned up again, I got a better look at it; was still unable to get a good photograph, but when I looked it up found that it was a humming-bird hawk-moth. Beautifully marked and it's action when feeding was exactly like that of a humming bird. Apparently, because of the warm weather this year lots of them have flown up from North Africa.
Unless, of course, it was really a humming bird, which because of the warm weather had flown across from North America ????????
Ann's brother Mick came to lunch and stayed until about four p.m. After lunch we sat round the table and put the world to rights. Hope the world appreciates our concern and efforts.
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
For the benefit of Christopher and my old friend (well, early middle aged friend) Forde-Innes (and it's good to hear from you again, Neil), the two photoes show a snaphaunce lock (above, as befits its seniority) and, the one below, a flintlock , both detached from their guns. The below picture shows the outside of the locks, and the above picture their innards. The differences between the two then become so obvious as to require no further explanation; except perhaps I should say that the snaphaunce has a pan cover separate from the steel, whilst the flintlock has a combined pan cover and steel.
Perhaps though, I should also say that the above picture makes it clear that the true flintlock employs a vertically acting scear, whilst this snaphaunce lock (being early Italian) uses a horizontally acting double scear, rather like, as you've probably already spotted, the wheel lock does.
P.s. I should, perhaps, have made it clear that I am, of course, using Torsten Lenk's definition of the true (or French) flintlock.
All clear now chaps?
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Mother and daughter - niece Jessica and great niece Charlotte (now generally known as Lottie).
Last Friday to Cafe church, then on to Lavenham where we had excellent lunch with friends John and Margaret, retired dealers. I have always said that antique dealers never really retire; they just get steadily more in keeping with their stock. John proved the truth of this by (despite having retired some years ago) selling me two swords and a flintlock pistol (to be pedantic- it was a snaphaunce lock pistol).
After usual excellent lunch provided by Margaret motored over to the midlands. Rotten journey. A14 blocked solid in Cambridge area, as was every other road we tried within miles of Cambridge. Finally fought our way through St. Neots, Kimbolton, and back to reasonably clear A14. Arrived at Carl and Judy's just after eight p.m. Had lovely weekend with them, and motored home this afternoon, Ann driving. Good journey. Stopped in nice, shady, lane just outside Milton for a quick zizz (both of us). Then I took over the driving for the rest of the way home.
Thank you Margaret and John for a superb lunch; and thank you Carl and Judy for a lovely weekend.
And, of course, I wish all my readers a very Good Night.
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Now to try and catch up a bit. On Saturday last motored over to a school reunion. Above photo shows group of doddering old greybeards bellowing away at the school song ('Fory Years On' - although it was fifty some odd years on in fact), photo taken by Ann, who obviously felt that soft focus might be kinder. Stayed over with old school friend (and childhood neighbour) of Ann's.
On Monday morning Ann dropped me off at Manningtree Railway Station, where I caught a train to Liverpool Street. Ann stayed at home because we were having a new gas boiler delivered and installed. I was in London (staying over at youngest daughter Lizzie's) to view two auctions at Christie's. At the second viewing (of Christie's Arms and Armour) I ran across Thomas Delmar (Sotheby's Arms and Armour) who kindly offered me a private preview of his next week's auction (thus saving me another two days in London next week). On Tuesday morning therefore viewed Sotheby's Arms sale with grandson Matthew. On asking Tom for a bidding form he suggested that it was probably time Matthew started bidding for me!!! Matt (who will be eighteen in August) shied away from this idea, but when he realised that there were only half a dozen lots that interested me, thought that perhaps he might be able to cope with these. So yesterday afternoon at Christie's Arms sale (to give him a bit of practice) I handed my (clearly marked) catalogue, and bidding number over to Matthew, and told him to get on with it, which, rather to the surprise of both of us, he did. We were in the front row (so I could hear the auctioneer), and he (the auctioneer) helped. He took Matt's bids, glancing at me for confirmation of the first few, then we all three found it was going well and relaxed. Matt bid for seven lots, didn't get any of them (although he was under bidder on two of them); But it has given him (and me) confidence for next Wednesday when he'll be bidding on his own- again with a clearly marked catalogue. Anyway I know Thomas will be keeping a helpful eye on him. Filled my three days in London to the full. Yesterday, before the sale, which was an afternoon one, gave Matthew and granddaughter Beth lunch at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where there is a good (and not too expensive) canteen. Caught the seven thirty train from Liverpool Street. Ann met me at Manningtree, and we were home by nine.
Spending today catching up (and catching me breath, if I'm honest).
Friday, 17 June 2011
Just got in from a quiz we took part in this evening as two of a team of six - didn't do very well - still it was good fun. Goodnight all.
Got up early this morning - ostensibly to make us a cup of tea, but as Ann was sound asleep when I came down it seemed a pity to wake her. Been pottering about my workshop/study for a while- looking through old blogs. It's now nearly quarter to eight, so I think it's now a respectable time to be presented with an early morning cuppa, so will go upstairs and make one (or rather two). I wish any readers a very Good Day.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Still life I think - corner of the dining table - not the photo I meant to publish, but can't be bothered to cancel this one and start again, so I'll let it stand.
Spent this afternoon clearing out and tidying up my workshop because yesterday I'd cleared my backlog and completed ALL the work waiting for me. I found this thought rather depressing so I started looking round and - guess what ?- yes, I found I'd got plenty of work left to do. So I've started on it, and feel the better for still having something to do.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Early service this morning, then spent most of the rest of the day in the workshop, finishing one fairly major job, and starting two or three minor ones. Ann has been working in the garden this afternoon, planting out some chard seedlings into the rose bed. Bit of an experiment. I'll let you know if it works out. We're both fond of chard. It's the best (certainly the most colourful) of the brassicas. It's a bit of a 'cut and come again' vegetable and the only spare space in our tiny garden is the space between the rose bushes. We'll see.
The above blob by the way, is a summer pudding that Ann made yesterday, and has, with a little cream, done us two days for pudding.
Been a long day, so - Good Night All.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Sorry about the delay in bloggery lately. Not that I'm getting lazy. Rather the reverse in fact; seem to have been too busy to blog of late.
Anyway, just to prove that all is well with us, here are two snapshots taken today whilst having lunch in the garden. Meself ( Still I'm afraid in me workshop scruff) having just come upstairs from workshop to partake.
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Monday, 6 June 2011
Snapshot of a neighbour's roses riotting joyously over his garden fence. As well they might. It rained heavily last night, continued raining most of this morning. Stopped about 1 p.m. and by tea time the garden furniture was dry enough for us to take tea outside. Garden looks so refreshed and smells good and clean. Our part time jobbing gardener Ken, who is a traditionalist, came in on Saturday (Derby Day) to cut our box hedges. So garden looks and smells pretty good.
Bit early, but going up soon, So :- Goodnight All.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Been a good, busy, reasonably successful, day at the Long Melford Antique Fair. This evening took the above snapshot- through the kitchen window - of Pa and Ma Goldfinch (bottom right) on the bird feeder, getting in supplies for their family, whilst a member of their family on the crossbar (top centre) flutters its wings and demands sustenance.
Sooner or later must think about getting a better camera with a 'close-up' facility (probably the wrong term but you'll know what I mean).
Been a long day (up at six - loaded car- and away by seven) and I think we're both ready for bed, so - Good night all.