Monday, November 06, 2017

34th Anniversary

Celebrated our 34th year together by going to the indoor boot sale in town. Didn't get anything but Hazel found a few bits and bobs including some wool for her train knitting project ( another quilt I suspect ) , folding coat hangers for her coat hanger collection. slap bell ( the sort they have on desks or counter tops ) needles and tin toy. In the afternoon we went to Granma's and Audrey's for some coffee and chocolate fingers. A lazy afternoon followed by the fireworks in Gadbrook Park which is always a treat ( and only a quid to get in! ) despite the quagmire and the noisy kids! Our first date was at a firework party in Alsager so hard to forget.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Nice morning in Chester looking round the charity shops etc. ( the photo is from last time when we saw the sculpture exhibition in the cathedral ) . Got a few bargains including Club Ska 67 album for a quid and a couple of DVD's including Simon Pegg in one called The Man Who Was Scared of Everything? Had a vege sausage rolls for lunch sitting in the sunshine by the Town Hall. There was an "art" exhibition on but dreadful tacky prints and sculptures of unicorns etc. Chaotic scenes at the cross roads where the God squad and the buskers were having a shouting and drumming match! Also people dress up in Halloween garb dancing about and pushing leaflets into your face - most unpleasant! Glad to find a spot in our favourite cafe for a hot chocolate and coffee before wending our way home.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Most dreams just vanish as I wake and as I blink and snuffle under the duvet they evaporate into the morning gloom. I did remember the end of this one today though which i will share with you. Set in a strange library come cavern ( hence the collage approximation ) it was about this bottle of old coins that I kept on a library shelf - the purpose of which was to save up and cash them in at some point. Anyway, I crawled into the library through a narrow rocky path - my head just fitted through. Discovered the bottle had been tampered with while I've been away ( in another dream maybe? ) and all the coins had gone - pilfered! The posh librarians - like something out of Hogwarts agreed the bottle was now empty and it should have had a chain on it ( what good would that do?) . I suggested the contents in future should go to charity. How kind of me! Then it was more crawling around caves and pot holes trying to find a way out. Most unfortunate!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Another Visit To Weaver Hall Museum

More from the COLLAGE & CURIOSITY exhibition - on until November 19th.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Boot sale at Tarporley

Slim pickings at the indoor boot sale this morning over at Tarporley community centre. Quite busy but mostly rubbish - even at 5p a pop was too much! DVD's for 10p each but mostly stuff I have already or have no interest in. Just got a stack of blank CD's for two quid. Hazel found some candles, plant, paper lanterns, Sooty eggcup and coronation glass. It's a bit drizzly - big lorries spraying us every five minutes. Glad to get home for half a crumpet and a cuppa!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Boot Sale at Blakemere

Bumper crop of goodies from the boot at Blakemere this morning. Bargains included DVD's of Arrival, Yellow Submarine. Games COD,Dark Sector. CD's of Penguin Cafe Orch. and Majuregenta. Watercolour tubes - and three old National Geographics to cut up. Hazel got some flowerpots, bizarre Oliver twist plates, even more weird egg timer from Rhyl with man in turban? Ring measurer- hole punches, money box and carborundum stone.. The sun did come out eventually. Stall holders were moaning at how quite it was but seemed pretty busy to me.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Boot Sale - Hartford.

Meagre boot sale at Hartford this morning - drizzle must have put some people off. Still got a few bargains including a copy of Inland Empire by David Lynch. Hazel got a stack of candles, two glasses, folding scissors, pens, a handy note pad, labels, magic trick, papers and best of all a plastic illuminated thumb!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

North West Phillumenists

No boot sales today sadly but I did remember the North West Phillumenists at the Memorial Hall ( yesterday and today ). We arrived whilst an auction had just started in the middle of the hall so had the run of the outside tables. Had a good rummage and picked up some lovely old Indian and Dutch matchbox labels for a few pence ( 3p each or 40 for £1 ). Hazel found some rockets and satellite labels for Archie as he didn't want to come for some reason. As soon as the auction finished they all started packing up so just got there in time!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Artisan Market and Plaza Postcards

Nice wander round the artisan market and the Plaza this afternoon. First to look over the swap stall at Transition in the market - all rather soggy because of the mornings rain. Some jazz records but nothing to interest me. Hazel stayed to help out Beth Barlow with some wire stripping. I wandered round the charity shops and popped into the Plaza to see the very nice old postcards of Northwich and area in the foyer. A motley group of musicians on stage playing Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross" as I wondered round. I was reminded of that Monty Python sketch of John Cleese done up like a cinema usherette. I half expected him to appear from the musty gloom!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Walk In Marbury Woods

A nice morning wandering in the woods and fields of Marbury Country Park. Nice sunny day so we thought we'd make the most of it. Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit grim and wet. Hazel also went in the garden centre to get some violas for her hanging basket which is looking a bit sad at the moment. She's hoping the neighbours will take her lead and refresh their own floral hangings. Lots of crazy dogs, crazy cows and birds chirping away merrily. Lifts the spirits to be amongst the greenery. Soon everything will be turning brown.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Snowdonia, Anglesey and Holy Island.

Just back from a lovely few days in sunny Wales - first in the depths of Snowdonia National Park at Linda Merriman and Ivor's place and then a few days in Anglesey at Trearddur Bay where we stayed last year. The weather was kind to us on the whole despite some light drizzle. Yesterday was scorching hot as we drove round the Island looking for likely spots to have a picnic. Cemaes was very nice , as was Plas Newydd with it's lovely Rex Whistler room with massive mural, love letters and childhood drawings. Sad that his love for the Marquis's daughter was unrequited and he died young in the 2nd world war. Holyhead has a few charity shops but we didnt find much. On the way home we stopped off at Llandudno, another of our favourite places, for toasted tea cakes and more junk hunting. Hazel found some blue and white Lambeth jugs for a quid each ( slightly crazed ). Also got some old postcards from the collectors shop. Open exhibition on at the Oriel Mostyn - an interesting mixture as always.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

From My Gander Bag

Firstletter to Hazel back in 1983 after she wrote to ask about mail art network.

Monday, July 31, 2017


Nice morning over at Frodsham after dropping Archie off at Sainsburys. Marveled at the olde worlde 17th century buildings but only managed to take photos of the electricity sub station on the Sandstone Trail which seemed more relevant somehow?! Not many bargains to be had though Hazel was tempted by the eye glass thingy in Roy's Relics. Roy was very amiable and told me all about his massive record collection and pointed us at the bakers opposite when we asked if he knew any good eateries. It turned out they did a very nice breakfast and sold delicious wholemeal bread ( expensive though at £3.50 a loaf!) Then to Lady Hayes antique emporium for a wander, but their prices have shot up over the years so we didn't buy anything. Home for lunch.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Hazel's Birthday

Hazel's birthday which we celebrated with Tony and Pene, light lunch and ate some of the delicious carrot cake that Archie made. Sadly he had to work but was back in time to go out in the evening for a pub meal at the Golden Pheasant in Plumley. More cake later at Granma's. Time to go on a diet again!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Whitegate Boot Sale

More bargains from the boot sale this morning at soggy Whitegate. The football ground was only a third full because of the possibility of rain -but the rain held off thankfully. Got 3 DVD's for a £1 from Bob's stall and had a chat to him about the exhibition which he hoped to see tomorrow - but realised later that it doesn't open on a Monday. He supplied some of the rare artifacts that Hazel is displaying. He used to work at the Museum back in the 80's he said before half of it was knocked down. Its a shame they couldn't save the other part as the smaller space doesn't attract that many visitors now the the Lion Salt Works has opened. Also bought cheaply were some ceramic pot stands, large reel of twine, a razor doo-dad thingy, and a trivet. Archie decided not to come as he was working this afternoon and needed his beauty sleep.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Private View

Nice evening of chat with old friends including Tony and Pene Eve and surprise guest Bob Nancollis who was at Manchester College of Art back in the 60's. Nice to see our neighbours Richard, Mark and Eilain turn up too. Archie was working so couldn't be there. Charlie Holt did a good introduction as did the nice lady who's name I forget from the museum. Hazel gave Gina , who organised the show some flowers to thank her for her help. Hazel's Mom and sister Audrey came too which was a surprise as they hardly ever go out in the evenings.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Collage & Curiosity Exhibition

Coming soon to the Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich if you are ever passing through during the next three months. Collage work by Charlie Holt ( pictured ) and metalwork/ inventions by Hazel Jones. Also collages on the theme of "museums and collecting" by yours truly. Putting it up next week. Should be fun!

Monday, June 26, 2017

More Birthday Photos

Lovely day out at Anderton Boat Lift with Barb, Dee, Des, Steve and Hazel. A river trip and lunch afterwards in the Salt Barge again as the Stanley Arms was closed for refurbishment. Later went to Granma's for a slap up feed. The next morning we met up again for breakfast at our place so everyone could meet Meriel who was over for a couple of days from Dublin. Sisters and other halves went back to Essex soon after. Such a great weekend!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Early Cinema Memories

"Attached photos of a small village cinema in Pitsea, Essex. that I used to frequent as a child. They had a wonderful Childrens Matinee Club ( you even got a badge!) back in the 50's and 60's. In the B&W photo you see it in its heyday and today its sad new role as a Bingo Hall - the fate of so many old cinema's in the U.K.. ( The one in Northwich is also a Bingo emporium despite being a beautiful old listed building )." "The first film I ever saw was probably elsewhere but here was my first real interactive cinema experience with all those kids screaming and shouting for the heroes and villians and the sound of sweets,bubblegum, sherbet dabs, gob stoppers and fizzy pop being slurped, sucked, gurgled and used as a projectile! The clean up afterwards must have taken an army of usherettes all afternoon to clear the debris of wrappers, boxes and bottles. The wonderful films included all the old favourites- Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, Wizard of Oz, Roy Rogers, Robin Hood, Pirates, Cowboys and Aliens. Also with a feature film came a weekly serial like Captain Marvel, Batman ( when he was rather chubby and in black and white!) Captain Video and Rocket man. Those Republic serials from the 50's were wonderful and made a big impression at the time as we'd rush home to make our own ray gun from cardboard or a sword from an old bamboo cane etc. a pillow case for a cape and utility belt from Dad's old braces!" --Michael Leigh--

Thursday, June 22, 2017

70th Birthday

Gosh! How did I get to be so old?! Despite this alarming knowledge I did have a very nice day with friends , first at a pub lunch by the Trent & Mersey canal. Al fresco in the beer garden which was very hot and I caught the sun on my arms. Old chums Tony Pene and Trevor turned up which was a nice surprise. Had fish 'n chips and mushy peas swilled down by half of shandy. Prostate doesn't allow me to drink vast quantities anymore. The joys of growing old! Hazel had to drive Archie to work sowhilst she was doing taxi duty we went for a walk along the canal. Later went to Hazel's Mom's and sister nearby for tea and cake and blowing out of candles etc.