Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday, 17th July

There is an overload of misery in the world, the van attack in France just one more horror in a sea of killing.  The misery it will bring will run on for years, children run down without care or pity, it is very difficult to understand the mindset of the killer.  This morning I made bread, gooseberry pie and a vegetarian gravy, a typically quiet morning and all I can wish for all these people that are so traumatised is the same peaceful life but somehow it will not happen.
So there I will cease, and record what has been happening in this small corner, well the cottage sale has accelerated, contracts exchanged in the next week or so, they wanted the sofa as well but it had already been moved.
My computer still plays up and will soon be replaced, it is just finding the right one.  So to a walk along the river side with Lucy and that calm world of birdsong and wild grasses.  Along this field the wild flowers, a couple of alien plants flourish, butterflies of the brown type flutter around, the bees feed on the thistles, and there is a crab apple overloaded with fruit.  But first there is an oxen yoke, which is still to find a home somewhere in the house.


a very needy spaniel!

the soft down of meadowsweet




thistles

crab apples

mushrooms in the churchyard

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  1. Your Gooseberry pie will go down well with lashings of gravy I am sure :) !

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    1. Delicious never thought of that combination!

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  2. That oxen yoke is so interesting. I have a milkmaid's yoke in my kitchen and I love it, but have never seen one like the one you show.
    I do agree about the tragic events in the world and the mind set of the people who carry these events out - the killing on all sides horrifies me. But I do think that all we can do is to try and get some degree of comfort and tranquility from the beautiful countryside we live in up here.

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    1. LS bought it in Essex, it has still not been hung anywhere yet, it is rather heavy and clumsy.

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    2. I bought it in Felsted thirty-odd years ago. It’s very heavy – seven or eight kilos at least. Never quite knew which way up it went, and the leather strap on the right of the central hole is still a mystery. For years it hung above the fireplace in our old house in Essex (and above the fireplace here is where it’ll be hung again as soon as I can find a bolt and raw plug strung enough to hold it! :-)

      There’s another yoke in the kitchen that I bought in Japan forty-odd years ago. Just a straight piece of wood with two characters branded into each end which read Kawa Oto (Sound of the River). I’m guessing this yoke belonged to a fisherman. Believe it or not (fish?) oil still leaks out of either end of the yoke even today!

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  3. A needy spaniel, but a beautiful, loving loyal friend I bet xxx

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    1. LS calls her my shadow, always there, we would not be without her ;)

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    2. Yes Trudie, very needy indeed! Always bringing what she thinks we need. Tea towels for drying things after we've eaten. T's knitting once we've settled down for the evening. A trowel or something when we're outside gardening. People's shoes when she thinks it's time for them to leave!!!

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