Monday, 15 December 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
This has not all been routine but punctuated with some top quality live music and as you know you have to make the most of the opportunitieswhen they arise so we have been doing just that.
The first concert was at the beginning of November when we saw Sigur Ros in Bristol it was a fabulous experience there was even snow showered on us the audience!
A week later we say Jools Holland with his Rhythm and Blues orchestra in Plymouth and that was a really good concert too.
Last night we went to Bristol again with friends this time to see Runrig, yes again, another brilliantl live event with lots of audience involvement which makes for a great evening.
So you can see there has been a lot of important stuff happening and after all quality if life is so important!
Sunday, 9 November 2008
There is a local historian who has done an extraordinary amount of research into young men from Stoke St. Gregory who were touched by World War I. From the names on the war memorial he has discovered where they fought and were killed and also about those who were injured.
My personal story was about Frank Barrington Chedzoy (my grandad). He joined the army in January 1918 and was sent to northern France in April that year. He then fought in the battle of St. Armand and was injured so very badly near a farm at Quenoy. He was gassed and received 3rd degree burns to 60% of his body in fact the left part all the way down. Unable to talk, in shock and with pain controlled by morphine he must have been terriby ill.This meant he was shipped back to UK and spent time in hospital in Bradford and then was taken to Dublin for a long slow recuperation and return to health. He never returned to full health and was unable to ever work however he did use the skills learnt on the first part of his building apprenticeship which had to be interrupted when he went to war. He built the house he shared all his life with my grandmother and where I spent so many happy days of my life. Until yesterday all I had known of his experience of The Great War was that he had been gassed. Yesterday I found out so much of what this young man -my grandad -had experienced when he was only 18.
It was never spoken about and all my father was told as he was growing up ,when he had asked about the war, was the mud.
Thank to this historian I know so much more about how WWI affected my family directly. It has affected me deeply as the wonderful old man, my grandad, kept this secret from all of us except perhaps my grandmother, for the duration of his life.
It has given me so much to think about.
Monday, 20 October 2008
P came home on Saturday after a cold wet morning on his sailing cruiser.
M came in hungry and wet late last night.
They both had a hot drink acccompanied by a piece of Brownie.
Monday, 13 October 2008
The weather was too good to stay indoors so we went out doors!
to Helston which is beyond our patch so we were exploring pastures new. It is about 20 miles from home and in a direction we don't often go.
We parked the car and walked and very quickly in front of us was this ruined mine head. It is the ruins of Castle Wray also known as Wheal Pool and was a silver/lead mine belonging to Helston Valley mine company in times long past.
Imagine the miners.
Saturday, 4 October 2008
We found this lane not more than 2 miles from the house. The nearest habitation is Trelucky Farm so to us it is now known as Treluckey Lane seems to make sense. So armed with kilo size boxes we set to picking the fruit gathering scratches from the briars as we went.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
The winner is "Greek Rural Postmen and their cancellation numbers" by Derek Willan which has been voted the oddest title of them all in the last 3o years.
2nd was "People who don't know they're dead "- Gary Leon Hill
3rd -"How to avoid huge ships" - John Trimmer
The presenter interviewed a startled elderly 91 year old Derek Willan who needless to say was delighted with this unexpected accolade.
Here are a few past winners.
The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year:
1980: The Joy of Chickens
1984: The book of Marmalade
1988: Versailles: The View From Sweden
1992: How to Avoid Huge Ships
1994: Highlights in the History of Concrete
1995: Reusing Old Graves
1996: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers
1999: Weeds in a Changing World
2002: Living With Crazy Buttocks
2004: Bombproof Your Horse
2006: The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America
Comprehensive list at theBookseller.com
I'm off to Truro later today so a browse in the bookshop is a must perusing titles for their quirkiness!
Monday, 1 September 2008
The Fal ruan estuary at high tide just as the light was beginning to fade.
This cob and pen made their way up river with the background sound of the calls of Greenshank and Blacktailed Godwit. Just a chorus of natures spectacular music.
To anyone reading this from outside the UK - The reigning monarch (Queen
Monday, 25 August 2008
Same place but turned through 180 degrees.
It looks good twice after all !!
Close up of the river.
Then to Hartland Quay. This is a wild place and always amazingly impressive. All four of us just love it. You hopefully will see why.
The was a bank here which even printed its own notes. There is a lighthouse around the corner where the Bristol Channel meets The Atlantic Ocean and the colliding currents are ferocious.
Astonishing geological features.
Now the end of the road.
Monday, 11 August 2008
*1. I enjoy the smell of bacon grilling in preparation for the construction of a bacon buttie almost as much as its consumption unless I am ridiculously hungry.
*2. I wish I had a beautiful singing voice that would allow me to entertain audiences in enormous venues with the voice that everyone would delight in hearing. I have a voice where cats put their paws over their ears!
*3. I like to read widely and my next challenge will be the great Russian writers, Tolstoy,Dostoyevsky and so on but I will start with Boris Pasternak as a gentle introduction.
*4. I love to eat left overs cold from the fridge they always taste so delicious.
*5. With hindsight I wish I had gone into broadcasting, radio in particular or been a cartographer although my work as a primary teacher was rewarding and fulfilling.
*6. I have seen The Aurora Borealis from here in Cornwall one night when the conditions must have been freakish, the sky was a deep red with streaks of shooting light probably shooting stars. I have seen it from North west Scotland where it was green shimmering waves but all too transient. These two events were so thrilling I now would love to see it from the very far north, well Tromso in Norway. I have never been there so that would be wonderful.
Thursday, 7 August 2008
First we paid for a tour of The Scottish Parliament Building. This is a wonderful place we loved it.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
On Thursday we are going to Edinburgh for a few days. This is to go and see our favourite rock band who any regular readers will know is the fabulous Scottish band known as RUNRIG. All their concerts are fantastic but this one should be fantastic x 100 as it is live from Edinburgh Castle esplanade on SATURDAY 26TH in the evening. Now that is excitement number two.
Monday, 14 July 2008
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
The Golowan Band led the last procession of the day.
We were standing watching the gathering and I saw this bottle and paper placed in the little nook in the wall. I just wondered which weary reveller had put it here.
SO MUCH GOOD HUMOUR AND THE ATMOSPHERE WAS FANTASTIC.
WE WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR DEFINITELY.