Wednesday 31 March 2021
Tuesday 30 March 2021
Thank you to everyone for comments about the remaining Debenham photos. Interesting to hear about another area called The Butts in Brentford.
It's a strange but true happening that sometimes I read a book about a certain subject and then the same subject pops up in another book only a little while later.
I wrote about Richard Osman's book, The Thursday Murder Club just over a week ago HERE It's about a group of friends in a Retirement Village who set out to solve old murders.
Next up was The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths.
It's the second of a series featuring DS Harbinder Kaur who sees nothing to concern her when an elderly lady dies in a block of retirement flats in Shoreham-on-Sea. But Peggy's carer Natalka tells Harbider that Peggy was sure someone had been following her and how is it that Peggy has business cards that refer to her as a 'Murder Consultant' and so many crime novels that thank her in the acknowledgements? Soon Harbinder, Natalka and two more of Peggy's friends are involved with several of the crime writers and end up travelling to Scotland for a Crime Book Festival.
Monday 29 March 2021
Lots of lovely comments after my first post of Debenham photos - Thank you.
So here are a few more photos of this old picturesque village
Another very old property with an interesting frontage. It always looks empty, not sure if anyone lives there. Going by the size of the windows it was probably once a shop
Who knew there was a website called WET ROADS which has details of all the fords in the country.
This ford in Debenham is part of the Deben
The River Deben is a river in Suffolk rising to the west of Debenham. The river passes through Woodbridge, turning into a tidal estuary before entering the North Sea at Felixstowe Ferry 34 miles from it's source. Both the river-name and the name of the village of Debenham are of uncertain origin and relationship, but one theory (of several on offer) is that the river's name was originally Dēope meaning 'the deep one'.The river-name, however, is not recorded in the form Deben before 1735, when it appears thus in Kirby's Suffolk Traveller. The river, though still little more than a stream, is forded twice in the village, with one ford claimed to be among the longest in England
A few weeks ago, after all the heavy rain we had, the water here was a couple of feet deep.
And from the other end showing the ford is nearly 100+ yards long when the water is high.
No surprise on the name of the road here
The Angel pub was still open a few years ago but now closed
Before Covid there were signs on the front wanting support for it to become a community owned pub
Does this road name below date from 100's of years ago, when The Butts was the area on the edge of a village or town where archery was practiced? Archery practice was compulsory for village men back in around the 15C. They could be called up anytime to go to war.
The Derrybrook is one of the small streams that joins to make the Deben
I think this large building was turned into a house a few years ago.
Saturday 27 March 2021
It's the last Saturday in March and completion on the bungalow purchase isn't going to happen next week after all. My solicitor has been offered a "tentative" date of 7th April. This is pushing things toward the last day I can be here on the 12th - 😟. I've contacted the removal company with this "tentative" date and they only have the 8th available until the following week...... yikes......It's been "tentatively" booked. The hold up now is caused by the equity release company's (who are lenders to the bungalow owners) solicitors having to look through all the legal searches of the place they are buying in Kent.
- Getting out on my bike
- Seeing the two nearest grandchildren
- Being warm and comfortable while waiting for my new home
Friday 26 March 2021
Last week after picking up my library books I walked up and down the village street to take some photos of several of the old houses in Debenham. I've lived 4 miles from Debenham for the last 3 years but haven't mentioned it much on the blog so some photos before I move a wee bit further away (only a couple of miles further but on the other side of the main A road).
Debenham calls itself "a rural idyll in the heart of Mid Suffolk" . It's a large village now - population around 2,400 and had 69 households back in1086 which was large for then too.
It's on a B road and busy with traffic (not so idyllic when you are trying to drive through and everywhere is jammed up with parked cars) but in the past still a busy place as it's on the old road that goes from Ipswich to Diss, several of the pubs would have been coaching Inns.
This is in the side window of the Pharmacy and chemist shop. The sign looks very old but the shop is still up and running.
So many half timbered houses in this large village
This house is fascinating. Difficult to get a good photo as the road junction is busy. It has herringbone brickwork between the timber frame and is 3 stories as well as an area underneath.
The Woolpack is now the only pub in the village, there were two open just a couple of years ago and three in the not very distant past. The pub called The Cherry Tree is now occupied by the vets.
The Grade II Listed, late 14C house below was for sale for £400,000 , The description says "The property is situated in the historic part of the village and is of timber frame with rendered elevations and exposed studding to the front. This Wealden house has a later addition with an early-mid C16 wing to the rear, and is located in a prominent position overlooking the medieval Cross Green and former village pump."
And this is the former village pump mentioned above
Below is the large United Reformed Church in the centre of the village Another Grade II Listed building
I've got some more photos to share on Monday.
Thursday 25 March 2021
Last year on the 25th my blog post featured some photos of the flowers on the meadow to cheer us up after just starting the Strange Times of lockdown - never thinking that a year later we would still be stuck at home and I'd have sold the house! It is a relief to know I've not got to take care of so much garden this year but worrying to note that I've not labelled any posts "Strange Times" since 20th February - no longer strange just a resigned sort of normal now.
Lady Day was the day when servants and farm workers made an agreement with their employers that they wouldn't change their jobs in the next year and until the mid 18C it was the first day of the year for official purposes.
According to Chambers Book of Days it was once thought to be unlucky for Easter Day to fall on 25th March
"When Our Lord falls in Our Lady's lap, then let England beware a rap"
The book then goes on to say that over history this has been proved to be false (bit like most of the weather sayings!)
Two paintings of The Annunciation from my book of Saints Days. The top is by Roger A d'Hulst and the bottom one by Leonardo da Vinci.
Wednesday 24 March 2021
Susan asked ........................ I'm coming in late with a question but I wondered what you thought of "The Dig" Netflix film. I was nervous about how the Suffolk dialect would be presented. I thought Ralph Fiennes managed well.
Betty asked ............which room in any/all of your homes (past or future) will be the most important to you and make you feel the most that it is 'home'.
ANSWER - Once I get my things into the kitchen and living room then I soon feel at home everywhere I've lived
Jeannie and Pauline asked.........If one was coming to visit Suffolk, what would be some of the places or things we'd be sure to see?
ANSWER - Bury St Edmunds for the Cathedral and remains of the Abbey. The large church at Blythburgh- one of the favourites I've visited so far along with the tiny church at Thornham Parva. Framlingham Castle. RSPB reserve at Minsmere. Thorpeness for the quirky houses and the mere. Christchurch Mansion and park in Ipswich........ that's just for a start!
FB asked.......I have some questions, hope it’s OK to ask. 1. What are you most looking forward to in your new home? 2. Do you have any plans for changes/alterations to the new place? 3. Will you have time to grow some fruit and veg for the new season?
1. Just getting in and getting unpacked to start with, I seem to have been twiddling my thumbs for weeks.
2.Probably yes - There are some patio doors that would be better as a window. And perhaps a door put in somewhere else. Might have a new kitchen too at some time
3.The first thing I want to do is to get a greenhouse, then find someone to make me some vegetable beds, so not sure about this year. But anyway I need to work out the best places for the veg.beds.
EM Griffith asked .........Will I have a cutting garden?
Quick Answer- No..........No spare room........... but I've decided to treat myself to a bunch of flowers much more often.
Back Tomorrow if I can think of something to write now all the questions are answered
Tuesday 23 March 2021
Monday 22 March 2021
More answers to questions from blog readers to fill a blog post
Judyk asked.........If you could choose one place to visit in the world, where would it be and why?
What era would you like to be a part of if you could go back in time?
I always fancied traveling the length of the USA and Canada in a motor home as I'd love to pop in on Desarae in Alanson and Peggy in Kelowna, see the wide open spaces that we don't have here and I want to go shopping for things the Amish make and sell and see their horse drawn- buggys.
Which era? I would like to pop back to Medieval England.
This is the time when people first lived in a way recognisable to our
way of life now but much more simply. I wouldn't stay long as I like my
modern home comforts!
Bonnie asked ....How, why and when did you get started blogging and what helpful hints do you have for new bloggers?
Joy asked.......What is the holiday let like?
A bungalow squeezed into the corner in a small close of bungalows built in the 80's on land that once belonged to an engineering works in the village. The village is one that I know well having lived near it for the most years of my life.
I wouldn't want to live here permanently! but it's perfect for between proper homes
Out the front
Below is the view from main bedroom window of the back garden(?) over the fence is a road - quite busy at "rush hours" but quiet at night thank heavens. To the right of the photo is a paved patio area for sitting out accessed through patio doors from the living room.
Saturday 20 March 2021
As well as a tree for each of the months in the Ogham Tree Alphabet Book, there are also shrubs or trees that represent other points in the wheel of the year and the other letters of the alphabet.
The Spring or Vernal equinox (meaning equal night) can happen on the 20th, 21st or 22nd March. This year its today.
Represented by Gorse
This photo below dates from January 2019 and was taken a couple of miles from the Cottage at the end of the lane.
The spring equinox still determines when Easter will be....the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the spring equinox. Hope the weather improves before then as it's been a dreary week weather wise in Suffolk until at last yesterday we got some sunshine. I've been mainly reading and watching too much TV again. I'm in Sicily now with Inspector Montalbano - haven't quite decided if they are meant to be a bit funny in places or if that's how the police work there!
I've been doing a short walk each day....I am so unfit it's frightening..... although there really isn't anywhere to go in this village, there are footpaths beside the roads in some places but in others just grass verges or high banks and a surprising amount of traffic. My bike is still a few miles away in BiLs garage as I didn't want to bother him to bring it then have to move it again if I wasn't going to be here long but no sign of completion yet so I'll get him to bring it when he has time.
Thank you to everyone for comments and more questions for me to answer when I'm short of ideas for posts.
Have a super-douper weekend
Friday 19 March 2021
At last 4 months after P, a lovely blog reader from Wales, sent me a copy of the Richard Osman book
I finally got around to reading it. I kept putting it off because some people said it was rubbish yet it has had a lot written about it. Did I read it's going to be turned into a TV series?
So what did I think?.................well, if you want a serious police procedural story then don't bother but if you're prepared to suspend reality of how the police work then it's just a bit of fun.
I have no idea if retirement villages like the one in this book actually exist (swimming pool, umpteen clubs, sports facilities, posh restaurant and a murder on the doorstep) but it does sound like a fun place to live. The four residents of various ages and backgrounds who meet on Thursdays in the Jigsaw Room, in a two hour free slot between Art History and Conversational French, bring different areas of expertise when looking at old unsolved crimes.
When a murder happens right there in the Coopers Chase the club soon acquire a couple of tame police officers to help them solve the crime and when a second murder happens it all gets very complicated.
I enjoyed reading but have to say there are many other crime authors with better written meatier stories out there.
I promised to pass this on to someone else but all my packaging materials are in storage at the moment so I'll offer it to another blogger once I get settled again.
Thursday 18 March 2021
Continuing from Tuesdays post ..............
Answers to my questions - Seems the TV sound problem on ITV catch up is a Freeview problem and quite common. Annoying but only for a few weeks. My own TV watching through Freesat didn't have the same problem
The oven heating problem.... I tried various positions of the right hand dial and the temp. dial, going away and leaving it each time and eventually I found how it works - just takes forever to heat up - seems even more slow as I've cooked with speedy gas for more years than electric.
And answers to some of your questions.........
Betty Asked .............. I have a question for you on moving house: if you could only take 3 non essential items on your house move, i.e. beautiful, loved, with memories, what would be your three most treasured possessions?
ANSWER Oh my goodness, I haven't a clue. After lots of thinking - I still don't know. Need to be at home with my things around to choose I think.
Rachel asked where is Polly?
Wednesday 17 March 2021
Many countries are better than England at celebrating their Saints days and Irish people around the world will know that today is St. Patrick's Day.
This is what my book 'Calendar of Saints' says about him
Monday 15 March 2021
Did you know that the 15th of March is a day that we need to beware of...... according to Shakespeare in his play.
When you think about it how amazing we know something that happened on a specific day over 2,000 years ago............... providing the Roman historians and Shakespeare got the date right.
Saturday 13 March 2021
- Getting settled in my temporary home
- Not having to go far in the very cold windy weather
Friday 12 March 2021
Thank you to everyone for comments and sympathy. I promise not to moan about house move hassles ever again!.............unless................
I still haven't come up with any bright ideas for blog post topics so just a little local news gleaned from the local facebook page who took it from the East Anglian Daily Times who got it from the last District Council meeting.
"A sum of £239,000 was granted to ********** Health Centre for an extension that will accommodate new clinical space, improved car parking and a new waiting room.
The centre, which serves around 8,000 people in the nearby communities, will allow additional services to be carried out such as ultrasound, physiotherapy, clinical pharmacists, phlebotomy, chiropody clinics and mental health support services.
It is hoped hospital outpatient clinics can also be carried out there."
This is good news as it's in the village that I'm about to move to and the doctors I've been registered with for the last 4 years .............
Although they are already short of Doctors/ Nurses/Pharmacists, so it might be all talk and good intentions.
Thursday 11 March 2021
I shall never ever again try and do all the business of moving by myself!
It didn't help that just as the removal men were finishing loading on Tuesday, the postman brought me a letter from my solicitor requiring me to go and swear a declaration at a solicitors in town to say that I've never had any problem with using the lane to the house. (I've mentioned before that the track that serves the 4 houses isn't owned by anyone ). So instead of doing some hoovering and cleaning and then a relaxed 15 minute journey to the holiday let, I had to find a phone number, ring for an appointment and dash to Stowmarket for a solicitor, swear the declaration (£5 charge) and then get the signed thing in the post by special delivery (£6+ postage) so it got back to my solicitor for completion midday yesterday..... No idea who to blame for it being left to the last minute!
That meant that I had to go back earlier and for longer yesterday morning to finish cleaning and read the electric meter before completion.
It then took me an 52 minutes to get through to Eon to give them my final meter reading. I couldn't do it on line because I needed to query a couple of emails telling me I'd not paid my last quarterly bill 10 days ago.....even though I'd got a confirmation reference number. ( Is this all a sly plan to get me to have a smart meter?)
So after all that I'm now on "holiday" in a small bungalow in a small close of similar small bungalows in a small village 8 miles from where I was, 1¼ miles from Son, DiL and my bubble grandchildren and 4 miles back to where I will be. It's comfortable and warm and has everything I need for a months stay although the weather isn't exactly holiday weather ....with gales forecast and plenty of rain. But I finally got connected to t'internet, the TV is a smart TV so I can carry on watching all the crime dramas and I have books to read and puzzle pages to do but what on earth can I blog about?
Oh, nearly forgot...........Thank you to everyone who clicked me past that frightening 666 number! Hope you know I wasn't being that serious although I have to admit I love to see the numbers going up! 😃
Now to think of a topic for tomorrow.
Tuesday 9 March 2021
When I looked at the blog yesterday I noticed the number of followers is 666 - someone please press the follower button as I don't want to be stuck on that number for too long!
Thanks for comments, I decided to take some things to the holiday let yesterday and the key to the Estate Agents, that will give me more time today and tomorrow.
Monday 8 March 2021
Just a quick post scheduled today............
After taking the topless and bottomless old rusty dustbin to the tip, there was then nothing to force the rhubarb this year so I wasn't expecting to eat any before moving . But it looked nice and pink so I pulled a few bits and made a Lazy Fool in a Jug. ...Twice......Delicious.
Today is my last full day here, lots of last minute stuff to pack and load into the car. Tomorrow the removal men come to take everything to storage and on Wednesday I hand over the keys. I'll be back after settling into the holiday let - provided I can get the internet to connect!
Saturday 6 March 2021
- Finally clearing the last things from the workshop and garage
- Losing myself /filling time with a Very long Italian crime series on TV (36 x 45 minute episodes!)
Friday 5 March 2021
The tree that represents the 3rd Lunar month from February into March is the Ash.
Here's a word I didn't know........ "samara". It is the name of any dry fruit that has flattened wings attached so that it can be dispersed by the wind.
Thursday 4 March 2021
Primroses have spread like mad in the oval rose garden and have been in flower for weeks, way before the snow.
On the sunny side of the ditches around the lanes Primroses are everywhere and I'm sure there are more than years ago when I was small. Nowadays they always seem to be a very early sign of Spring.
Wednesday 3 March 2021
Thank you for comments since Saturday and Apologies for not replying - my mind is as blank as my days and in a way I'm regretting packing so many boxes several weeks ago as now I've nothing to do except wait, in a home that doesn't feel like mine anymore.......it's very unsettling.
Consequently more TV has been watched than ever before and my latest virtual journey with the police has been to Italy.....mainly Turin..... with "Thou Shalt Not Kill". I wonder why the police in all these dramas always have "issues". They are never happily married or settled and so many of them seem quite unstable! I suppose like soaps.....a normal life would be boring. I've also watched the first two in a short series "22 Kids and Counting"... are they mad? - Well they certainly don't seem to be and Sue Radford, the Mum, doesn't look like someone who's had 22 children. 22! Heck!
The owner of the holiday let asked if I wanted to go and look at what things of my own I might want to take as I'm going to be there for a few weeks. She has had to pare down the kitchen equipment due to covid and having to clean every single thing in the house between guests. I'm taking my breadmaker and will need a few other things - including (as Sue in Lancs. suggested) my own Big mugs.. I'm also taking my own bedding as normally she would come in and change sheets each week. The holiday let has a washer/dryer and no washing line which I'm not used to - I prefer to hang stuff outside whenever I can.
The 6 mile circular bike ride on Sunday was in lovely blue sky and sunshine.....and no wind.
Despite good intentions I'd left it several weeks between cycle rides so six miles was plenty. One of the things about living in a relatively flat area is that it's easy to see the weather coming over the horizon. All the way round I was watching clouds that seemed to be building up in all directions.
But thankfully the sun stayed shining for most of the day. It would have enticed me into the greenhouse for early sowing if I wasn't about to go off and live in limbo for a month!