Thursday, April 06, 2017

Vintage Family Photos

My sitser Barb found some great old family photos in her album this week which Ive had to doctor a bit to make them less faded looking. Loving the one of me with a quiff at Butlins back in the the 50's looking all too much like the grumpy teenager! The others in the back garden in Basildon are great too and bring back some happy memories, when Basildon was more of a village than the sprawling new town it is now.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Boot At Vagrants

Nice day for a trip to Vagrants boot sale on the cricket ground near Crewe this morning. Archie was keen to buy some things to fill the newly emptied shed up. He found some wood glue, hinges, fasteners, screws etc. Hazel found him a tin box to put stuff in. other bargains included a glass lemon squeezer ( we already have one but it's chipped ), a free biscuit tin, fish lures, a free "Exit" sign, candles and a free black slate. Obviously people were desperate to get rid of all this stuff even to the point of giving it away! I didn't find anything , not even free stuff! I did have a good rummage through several boxes of DVD's and CD's but nothing caught my eye - maybe I'm getting more fussy about what I accumulate in my old age? The main field was off limits due to recent rain so the cars were all along one edge of the field where the punters usually go so not much room for parking. First we were waved away at the gate and some confusion as to where to park - the pub opposite seems to have gone and replaced by some bijou dwellings with wrought iron gates - mini stately homes by Wimpy? After turning round in a rather busy side road we managed to get back onto the cricket ground and found a space quite easily. Phew! We came back via Winsford Football Club where another boot sale was supposed to be happening but the little community hut was deserted 'cept only for a man with a sack and pair of tongs who ignored us as we peered into the gloom and realised it was empty.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mother's Day

Mothering Sunday and first an indoor boot sale at the Memorial Hall. Found a nice big heavy frame for my railway tickets. Painting it black ( now in summer house ). Also a double CD of old Beach Boys stuff "Friends" and "20/20" which came out in the late 60's. Overlooked at the time and contain some nice tracks not heard before. Hazel got a tin photo of a little girl and keyhole cover. Archie found a musty frame. Archie had made a delicious carrot cake with cream cheese topping which we took over to Granma's in the afternoon to have with coffee. hazel and Archie did some gardening - planting some flowers they bought. I read the local paper. News isn't good - banning parking on all roads round Hartford Station - new shopping precinct stays empty - local Tory MP gets away with murder etc. The collage above is my Mum when she was a young woman back in the 40's on her wedding day.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Amsterdam

Nice to get back to Amsterdam if only for a short weekend. Tried to recreate the photo in the middle of the bench we took 31 years ago. Not quite the same but a nice dutch girl took one for us. Great flea market reached by free ferry from behind Central Station on Saturday - got lots of bargains including a tin house, tin signal, tin rocket for Archie ( who had to stay at home and paint the bathroom floor. ) tin electric bell for dolls house? and numerous other gew-gaws and stuff. Loved every minute of it except the walking and the sore feet!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Berlin

Just a few random images from the many photos I took in Berlin last week on a 5 day (four nights) trip with students from MMU. Saw so much great stuff including the Technik Museum , Museum der Dinge ( Museum of Things ) and Berlinisher Gallery to name but a few. So warm we even had waffles and ice cream outside in the sunshine one day! It was snowing in Manchester apparently. Managed to find some nice food places too including a great pizza , celery burger and chips, a Turkish bakery where they sold cream cakes, only one cafe was rubbish so won't mention them! The hostel was OK - very cheap and cheerful - a bit noisy but Hazel told the students next door off and they reduced the noise considerably. Managed to figure out how the Ubahn and Sbahn worked and only got lost twice. Berliners are usually very helpful and speak some English so always found our way eventually. One kind lady went out of her way to lead us up lots of steps to the Ubahn platform we needed. Of the art we enjoyed John Bock's playful junk sculpture/film/installations at the Berlinisher Gallery and Christian Falsnaes videos also in the same place. Good to see again the Twombly's, Beuys and Warhols etc. at the Hamburger Bahnhof, also installation by Adrian Piper.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Indoor Boot

Nice indoor boot this morning at the Memorial Hall - lots of bargains including some old bus tickets, ephemera, dice, Coronation mug, thermometer, box with wiggly bug etc. Then to Boots to get Haze's glasses mended which took ages as they couldn't find the right screw. We waited in the Works where I got some felt tip pens ( 8 for a quid!) and then Quality Save for inner soles. Home now for egg mayo. sarnies. We know how to live

Monday, February 20, 2017

Alsager

Always a treat to see our old chums Tony and Pene in Alsager. Our last visit was cancelled at the last minute as Pene was ill with a tummy bug but thankfully she is recovered and able to cook a delicious lunch. Tony made the nut roast which was delicious also - with all the trimmings. Apple tart and selection of home made ice creams for "pudding". We had to have a walk afterwards to feel like some of the calories were burnt off! Down the Salt Line nearby for a stroll past many walkers and dogs, cyclists etc. and back again round the lake and over the fly invested field near the local tip. (This bit wasn't the best!) I shouldn't have had the beer for lunch as it made me sleepy. Archie too who was suffering from post driving stress as he bravely drove all the way. Although it's not far ( 15 miles or so ) it felt like a hundred to him! Anyway, slumped on the settee having tea and lemon drizzle cake ( back come the calories!) we watched some old video Tony had found of us back in our courting days of the 80's looking very young and fresh faced - watching the rabbit scamper across the Eve's carpet. Also old film of kinetic scupltures made in Tony's first year at Falmouth art school back in the 60's. Quite a nostalgia fest! Considering a soundbar for our less than adequate TV so Tony checked out the Which guide for best bargains. Looks like Samsung do a cheapish one. Something to consider. Back home my 4.30. Hazel drove.