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May Contain Nuts

Posted in everyday life, Family and Friends, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2010 by suetortoise

It’s May. Time For another update on recent activity. First up, on May Day itself: Eric, my father had his 90th Birthday. Here he is on his special day:

Eric Jones - 90th Birthday Portrait

My sister was visiting from London. So along with my mother and I the whole family were together. Friends kept turning up with presents and cards, relatives phoned. After lunch – Dad’s birthday choice of sausage, mash and peas, cooked by my sister – he found it a bit overwhelming. So he went off to his den for a spot of quiet computer programming.

‘Tis of a fair young maiden, and she lived down in Kent,
Arose one sunny morning, and she a nutting went….

You can’t have May without a spot of morris, can you? So I’ve been adding The Nutting Girl to my guitar repertoire. I am enjoying learning new songs and tunes, especially when I have worked out the chords for myself, as I did with this one. Thanks to inspiration from Graham Higgins, I’ve been tackling La Mer – now that’s tricky to master! But I am getting better at it. I started with chords off the web for La Mer, but Lady Franklin’s Lament is another one I have worked out for myself. It’s a real joy to have a guitar on hand again.

Shropshire Community Flickr Group are doing a ‘Photo a Day’ challenge for May. (Last year we did one in April.) I’m not always remembering to take a photo until the light is fading, but so far I’ve managed to keep up, although they’re not all quality shots! Here are a couple of them.

Another everyday drama
Duckling in the Dingle
The rest are accumulating here.


Monday Again…

Posted in out and about, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2009 by suetortoise

I don’t know where the weeks fly to these days. I seem to have less time now that I only have half-a-job than I did when I was working full time.

Mind you, compared to workers in the Nineteenth Century, I’ve got it easy! Long days, harsh conditions, no comforts….

Quarry Bank Mill

Last weekend I had a trip with the Shropshire Community Flickr Group to Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire. It was a pleasant day – grey in the morning, but sunny and warm in the afternoon. Steve Green has blogged his adventures here. I had a less energetic experience. I paid the entrance fee and saw all the buildings and gardens.

I particularly enjoyed touring the mill itself, which is a massive building. I learnt a lot about the process of turning bales of raw cotton into thread and thread into fabric. These days the old spinning and weaving machines are restored and working, and turn out teatowels to be sold in the National Trust Shop. Some of the looms are once-again powered by a waterwheel, driven by the river that flows through the valley.

The bridge from the cliff

On the steep bank of the river, the mill-owner’s garden is being lovingly restored. Very much a work in progress, but already full of colour in the borders, attracting butterflies and dragonflies, and with the dappled shade of old trees at the top of the garden. I hope I can revisit it in three or four years when the restored beds have matured a little.

Top of the garden

There’s a set of pictures on Flickr, but photography was not allowed within the mill, so I can’t show you the wheel and the machines.

The mill offices have also been beautifully restored. Looking at the high desks and stools for the clerks, and the inkwells, I was reminded of a little piece I wrote a few years ago. It was on my old website, and I have now transferred it to the blog. The Story of Encs. Enjoy.