Monday, 31 January 2022

End Of January

Thank Heavens it's the end of January - not a month I love. Especially as I was feeling under par for the last week. Of course it's quite likely that February will be worse weather-wise - it's more often the month we get snow, but hopefully any snow we have shouldn't linger too long. And it's always getting lighter.
Many years ago I decided the best way to get through January was to accept that it's gloomy and to enjoy indoor time - so there's not much to write about in the summing up of the ins, outs and frugal bits of the month.

Income was the usual 2 pensions and bits of interest from savings bonds, the only extra being the £10 evoucher from the Office of National Statistics.
 Expenses this month were not so bad................  2 lots of diesel for the car, the four weekly electric bill, phone bills. Food spending was low as many of the main things were from the freezer, bought before Christmas. Then  the usual house stuff like dishwasher tablets and washing soda for laundry - boring things that have to be bought.
The raspberry canes,  water butt and fixings and the bird feeding station and feed were the main extras. The bill for the December boiler repair arrived - when I'd nearly forgot it had been done - so that's been paid.
No clothes, shoes,haircuts, make up etc for me but I bought a pair of cheapish reading glasses, the pack of printed Pigeonposted letter and envelope combo, mentioned by Ang at Tracing Rainbows (the writing area were smaller than I thought, so wouldn't purchase again despite the gorgeous Angela Harding prints of hares and birds) and  I might have splashed out on a couple(or 3)  second-hand books - and found one interesting looking book for just 31p +postage (wonder if it will ever go back to the days when some Amazon books could be had for 1p?)
 
The only frugal things I can think of are the usual like mixing milk half and half with water, trying not to use the tumble dryer by picking the right days to do the washing, eating things from the freezer, trying to fill up with diesel at the petrol station that's 4p a litre cheaper than my nearest, using a small light for reading rather than the 10 overhead light-bulbs!,library books for free, charity shop birthday present and home made bread.
 
I'm still making sure that things no longer needed leave the house straightaway so out of the house have gone.................
9 books from my WWII shelves to charity shop
Some Christmas Decorations that I didn't use this year and won't use next.......... to charity shop
Cloth shopping bag to charity shop
 
Looking back at  February 2021 and I spent very little apart from having to fork out in advance for the first stay in the holiday let. Were we locked down through the month? - I can't remember although I do remember we had snow and the drifts against the garage door stopped me getting out for a week.. Hopefully this February will be very frugal too, depends on what exciting things I do!? 
 
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Sue


Saturday, 29 January 2022

Last Saturday of January

Mostly days this week were a bit grey and chilly except for Thursday when the sun shone for much of the day. As I was suffering with tired-itus it seemed wisest to stay at home and hibernate again. I missed the Over 60's Club meeting but there's another one next month! So books were read, blog posts were drafted and TV was watched.

That makes for a  random odds and ends post about nothing much .

A new police drama with Martin Freeman (he seems to be everywhere) started on Monday night - I watched some of it but  a policeman having a breakdown was something I could do without so I won't watch anymore. The new Sunday night bomb-disposal police thing was a much better watch although the bomb at the end was a shock and.... spoiler alert........ killing off one of the main actors in the first episode seems a bit odd.

On Tuesday I thought I saw my cousin on Bargain Hunt. He lives in Ipswich and the programme was from Newmarket and he does sell stuff at Antique Fairs, it probably wasn't him though. I'll have to ask him at the next funeral we meet at!

Wednesday and the grass felt dry enough just to run over it quickly with my battery mower, which because it had been standing in the shed for months, had lost a lot of charge so I didn't quite get finished. Grass cutting in January wouldn't have been a thing years ago. Grass grows at any temperature over 6℃ and there have been many days around that and above.
I got the job finished front and back on Thursday when there was a breath of wind to dry the grass again.
 
Another TV programme I've been watching is Brokenwood which is New Zealand's answer to Midsummer Murders but with humour and better scenery! It's on UKTV Play. The earlier series were on TV over the past years but I hadn't seen the most recent.

The  reading  has been a couple of books from my shelves ready for a blog post next week and this, 
 which is one of those books that made me cross because the language used - for a Victorian lady - was just So wrong! Oddly the book by this author that I read in December, which was set in the London Blitz was much better.

Another job done was to varnish my clay plant labels so they are ready for use when spring and my gardening mojo returns. And finally my £10 reward evoucher came from The Office of National Statistics for doing the survey, I chose Asda and the printer co-operated to print it out.

By yesterday I was feeling fully recovered from tired-itus and beginning to think I could quite get into the habit of being lazy if I stayed at home any longer! So I'd better plan a trip out today - a church visit and charity shops I think.
 

This week I've been grateful for

  • Not needing to do anything urgent
  • Food in so I didn't have to go out
  • Grass cutting done
Have a good weekend
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Sue

Friday, 28 January 2022

Friday 28th

 Nothing to write about today so I shall share this, which Ken Bruce has been playing on Radio 2 this week.  A new release -  The Best Mistakes by The Divine Comedy. Just love Neil Hannon's voice.

I discovered he is on tour through 2022 and at the Ipswich Regent in May although at £28+ a ticket maybe not. That's probably the going price but not for me.

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Sue

Thursday, 27 January 2022

St. Michael and All Angels Church,Brantham

 Thanks for all the comments about feeding the birds - it was so easy at the smallholding, not so easy in a village I guess.
 
Apologies for photos my camera had been in the cold car and seemed to have steamed up inside - and the sun was wrong! 
 
 
This church's reason for being in the 100 treasures book is easy to see....The Jubilee Lych Gate.
Lych is an old English word for corpse and the lych gate gave shelter for the corpse, wrapped in a shroud to be placed on the bier. The prayer book of 1549 required the priest to meet the corpse at the gate, where he would conduct the first part of the service.
This Lych Gate dates to 1897 and is designed in Arts and Crafts style by Edward Schroder Prior and funded by Colonel Montague Browning to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.



 
This is a village I'd never been to or through and finding the church was as difficult as it often is - but this time because the road sign off the main road was on the ground, instead of standing up and pointing me down a little lane. (This is a frequent problem at the moment, I don't think the County Council employ anyone to repair signs nowadays)
Love the weather vane
 
The oak pulpit is also carved in Arts and Crafts style and dates from 1900. It has the Tree of Life over three panels.
The East window had some good stained glass
The Lectern is also beautifully carved, behind it is a colourful painted hanging

These lovely candleabras are fixed on the pew ends all down the nave


The Christmas tree and the nativity scene were still in the church- weeks after Christmas. Perhaps they keep them there until Candlemas - in the old way.


The painting below is huge and is a copy of John Constable's Christ and the Children, painted in 1804. The original is in Emmanuel College Cambridge. East Bergholt, where Constable was born, is a neighbouring village to Brantham.


An interesting and obviously well loved church.

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Sue

 

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

To Feed the Birds or Not, That Was the Question........

........... I couldn't decide, because bird feeding was really Colin's thing. At the smallholding we had loads of wild birds and we fed all year round. Colin bought some mesh and made some huge feeders and we bought peanuts and wild bird seed mix in bulk from the same place that we got chicken and goat feed.

On the old blog I wrote about when he did the RSPB Great Garden Birdwatch in 2015..............

To do the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Col wrapped up in extra layers and sat outside for a while and then came in and sat near the back door. He had put all our feeders in one area during the week so as to be able to see everything at once.
The amount he saw was incredible. I never see this many of anything at any one moment during one hour because I haven't got the patience to stay still long enough!


6 Blackbird, 24 plus Blue Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Coal Tit, 10 Chaffinch, 4 Collared Dove, 4 Dunnock, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldfinch, 24 plus Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Jay, 8 Longtail tit, 1 Magpie, 4 Robin, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker,
4 Wood Pigeon, 4 Wren, 1 Sparrow hawk.

(7 years later I still don't believe that list!)

I wish I still had pictures I took of a feeder completely covered with long-tailed tits but can't find it anywhere on my old blog.

We fed the birds at Clay Cottage too and I carried on for sometime after he died but never saw the variety we did at the smallholding.

Anyway, back to the here and now. From where my chair is in the living room I look out to the big Flowering Cherry and the evergreen Ceanothus and often see blue tits or a wren hoping about on them. I can't see over the fence to find out if the people in the garden behind me feed the birds or not and I didn't see any signs of the previous owners doing any bird feeding. 

After 9 months of living here and thinking about it, I finally sent for a feeding station complete with feeders, a stabiliser stand so it stays upright (unlike the one we had at Clay Cottage which kept falling over) and a small selection pack of different feeds to try and encourage the birds in, without the expense of buying 20kg of peanuts all at once.

I fixed the darn thing together (not straight-forward as some of the wing-nut fixings were too stiff to turn! and I had to find the WD40 and a pair of pliers) and put a little of everything in the feeders.



 Got back indoors and straight away there were 2........................Pigeons!  Huge fat pigeons who have no need of any feeding by me or anyone else as they are munching their way through an oil-seed rape field just up the road!
The pigeons were able to sit on the flat feeding dish so I moved it up and closer to under one of the hanging branches, I thought would make it difficult for them to get an easy landing, but no........ they were still able to land. I opened the window and shouted at them and a few minutes later they were back again.
I've moved the feeding station a bit closer to the tree where I'm still seeing the blue-tits but although a robin and a female blackbird visit the flat tray, the peanuts, seed feeders and the fat balls, which the birds went crazy for at Clay Cottage, are so far un-touched and that blasted pigeon is still filling his fat tummy!
 
Have to be hopeful.............
 
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Sue




 

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Charity Shop Find and ONS

Why are there so few recent posts with the label "charity shop finds"? I thought to myself, as I looked back through old posts.
 I always do a tour of the charity shops when I go food shopping to Stowmarket or Diss although 'looking' hasn't resulted in 'buying' much at all recently. 
But there was a good find in Diss last week, this Basildon Bond writing paper and envelopes are the same colour but the smaller size to the ones I had on my wish list and received for Christmas..They were in the Oxfam charity shop but un-priced, so I asked and happily paid 99p. I've put them in the drawer for now. I'll probably keep them or they might become a raffle prize for WI. (We all have to take something once or twice a year)

 

On Saturday morning I decided to do a 1 mile detour on my way home from a church visit and went in the Sue Ryder charity shop in Needham Market. They always have a huge selection of nice things although tend to be very expensive (I looked at a pair of 'Brand New With Tags' oven gloves - which were priced at £6 - which in my opinion is quite a lot for something that has been donated).

But a better find was a favourite  Herbal Essences shampoo for £1.50 and this big box of Duplo which will be ideal for Middle Grandsons 2nd birthday next week. It is labelled as "complete except for dog but has extra bricks" and was £8.
I had to think for a second if these prices were cheaper than new and decided Yes (I was right when I looked them up online  and found the shampoo is usually £2 and the Duplo train is £15ish)


 The pricing in charity shops often puzzles me and the £70 pound! for a set of slate table mats that I saw in the EACH charity shop in Diss seemed rather excessive.

The postman brought me a free cloth bag from the Office of National Statistics along with the code

to do another online survey. This will be the 3rd one I've done, all have been connected with finding out peoples response to covid. I should receive another £10 voucher sometime. I'll be passing the bag onto a charity shop as I always seem to get in a tangle trying to load these cloth bags with long handles.

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Sue

Monday, 24 January 2022

Last Week at W.I.

 W.I. last week was all about  SERV. Service by Emergency Response Volunteers. One of the Suffolk motor-cycle volunteers did a presentation. They are a Nationwide Charity. The short video shows what they do......

The speaker( a recently retired teacher) said that actually they are less likely to be delivering in emergencies now as they are not allowed to break speed limits or use blue lights, so anything that was a real emergency would be done by the police. He often picks up blood to take to Ipswich hospital to replace what was used in an emergency ready for the next days operations. Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge is the source of many things he collects or delivers and East Suffolk volunteers tend to meet a volunteer from the Cambridge area halfway (In a supermarket car park in Bury St Edmunds) to exchange whatever they are carrying, this cuts down the time taken. 
Each volunteer is on call a few times a month and they contact the controller ( another volunteer working from home) to tell them they are available. Sometimes he doesn't get called on at all in his 12 hours and gets a nights sleep that he wasn't expecting but on the other hand he sometimes goes out 2 or 3 times.

 We got the 2022 programme for WI and I was a bit disappointed at the things planned but often the dullest sounding subject is most interesting, so we shall see. There was coffee and cake of course and the raffle (didn't win anything again- never do!). The committee are discussing if we should move our meetings to the large hall at the community centre/primary school from March (costing more and awful acoustics) so we can spread out as there are about 10 people too frightened to come to meetings in the small United Reformed Church since Covid.

Next month I've got to remember to go early, as I'm on the rota for helping, and to take a raffle prize.

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Sue

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Made Cards and Plant Labels

Another week mostly hibernating through January, except for a trip to Diss for shopping and to meet up with Rachel-from-Norfolk for our regular catch up in Morrisons cafe. (BTW in my defence, I only have a bacon roll and 2 coffees if I've not eaten breakfast before going up to Diss!)

It's been a cold week but there were several spells of sunshine and I got out for a quick walk most days to catch some vitamin D - I work on the principal that a mile is better than nothing! 

I finally got round to making some terracotta plant labels for myself after finding the pack of air-drying  Das clay at a car boot sale last year. (I made some the same for the Hampers in 2020)

Yes, there is one printed the wrong way round.

These are now drying, they will just need a little sanding on edges and then I have to find the tin of clear varnish - hope it moved here with me - I shall be very cross if it didn't.

I also made up the 3D Decoupage cards ready for Christmas and, with what were left from this year, I don't need to buy any unless there are any cheap charity packs at a boot sale.



And, with all the reading I mentioned yesterday, that was another week gone.

This week I am grateful for

  • Good books again
  • Sunshine
  • A Warm house
Hope you have a good weekend 
I shall be back Monday
Sue

Friday, 21 January 2022

Racing Through Crime Fiction

Thanks to everyone for comments yesterday and apologies for not replying.

 It's crazy how many books I've read since I picked them up from the library van. All due to snooker being on TV which is something I can half watch but read at the same time and the books being crime fiction which I tend to race through as they don't take a lot of effort to read.

Marion Todd - In Plain Sight.  This is the second story featuring DI Clare Mackay and set in St Andrews Scotland.
In Plain Sight: A page-turning Scottish crime thriller (Detective Clare Mackay): 2 When a baby disappears from her push chair at the start of a charity fun run - there seem to be no clues and no reason for her being snatched. But why are so many people hiding things and is the appearance of a known drug dealer in the area relevant.

As Clare investigates she realises this victim wasn't selected at random. Someone knows who took the baby girl, and why. But will they reveal their secrets before it's too late?

 So similar in many ways was this one by  Ros Watkins - The Devil's Dice.
The Devil’s Dice: The Times Crime Book of the Month: Book 1 (A DI Meg Dalton thriller)  The debut crime thriller from this author. Featuring DI Meg Dalton a police officer returning back to her home county of Derbyshire. When a lawyer is found dead in a cave some people think it's connected to a curse.
Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch – chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century.
As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it's clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg – and the dice are loaded…
 

Totally different, even though it's crime fiction, is this by S.J. Bennett - The Three Dog problem.

A Three Dog Problem: The Queen investigates a murder at Buckingham Palace This is the second in a series in which Rozie Oshodi, The Queen's Assistant Private Secretary, assists the Queen in solving a mystery.
 
 A referendum divides the nation, a tumultuous election grips the United States - and the body of a staff member is found dead beside Buckingham Palace swimming pool. 
Is it a tragic accident, as the police think? Or is something more sinister going on?
As Her Majesty looks for answers, her trusted assistant, Rozie, is on the trail of a treasured painting that once hung outside the Queen's bedroom. 
But when Rozie receives a threatening anonymous letter, Her Majesty knows dark forces are at work - and far too close to home. After all, though the staff and public may not realise it, she is the keenest sleuth among them. Sometimes, it takes a Queen's eye to see connections where no one else can .
 
This book was written before the death of Prince Phillip and his intelligence and the humour between Prince Phillip and the Queen in the book which the author guesses at, were proved to be true after his death when we learned so much more about him.
These have been compared to Richard Osman's books  because they are both totally improbable but I reckon SJ Bennett writes totally improbable in a much better way than Richard Osman!
 
 
I couldn't get into two of the other library books  and fancied a change from crime so picked one of my own Home Front books, that I've had for years unread, off the shelves.
Despatches From the Home Front: The War Diaries of Joan Strange 1939-1945 
It's a wartime diary written by a lady living in Worthing on the south coast. She is a physiotherapist and also very involved in refugee work involving people who escaped from Germany and Austria. I have several war diaries and anything written at the time seems more real than books of memories written years later. Once this is finished I'll get back to the rest of the crime from the library.

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Sue

Thursday, 20 January 2022

St Andrew's Church Alderton

 On the wettest and gloomiest day of last week I went to Alderton to visit another of the 100 churches mentioned in my book.

Apologies for the quality of the photos - it was just too grey and wet to get anything decent.

 Difficult to get a photo of the whole of the outside of the church, and I wasn't going to keep trying different shots in the rain!

 

This church is featured in the 100 treasures book for its alter frontal. Designed by Lida Lopes Cardoza Kindersley and made by Maureen Rasmussen in 2004, it's theme is 'the light of the world' and the fish symbolise St Andrew.


 But I think it should get a mention for the tower which finally collapsed in 1821, supposedly killing a cow. I assume the cow was in the churchyard rather than inside the tower!

leaving this amazing ivy covered ruin, surrounded by fencing and trees

 

 From inside the remains of the tower have been bricked up and painted. It's all rather odd.

 The oldest part of the original church is the medieval porch


with it's very old door

Inside the church, apart from the altar frontal, there doesn't seem to be much of interest. No stained glass, the font is ordinary but the war memorial is well carved



And these old choir stalls are interesting


 

 Not the most interesting church I've visited.

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Sue

 

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Shopping Lists

 Move house and there's usually something that needs buying or work that needs doing. 

In my case this time it was a fridge/freezer, a dishwasher, two pairs of black-out curtains for my bedroom, a heavy duty dirt trapper runner mat for the hall, a whirly washing line and an extra long curtain rail for the living room and more recently a small chest freezer to put in the garage. No furniture, no painting and decorating, no carpets............... I reckon I got away lightly!

But and it's a big but  (or even 4 Butts!) there have been a few expenses for the garden and I use the word 'few' with my fingers crossed.
 
The most expensive purchase was the greenhouse and it's concrete base. The only expense for making the raspberry bed and the 3 vegetable beds has been a bag of soil and some bags of compost. The wood edges were all recycled. I've bought 2 pear trees, 3 Minarette apple trees, 15 for the price of 10 Raspberry canes and a gooseberry bush. I don't count the odds and ends of decorative garden plants because they've been the sort of purchases that I might have bought anywhere and many have come from boot-sales anyway.

Thank goodness the garden shopping list has now shrunk to............................
 
  1. 3 (or maybe 4)water butts with taps and stands and the connections to greenhouse guttering and house down-pipe(s) (first one for Greenhouse now on order) Once I get the water butts set up I can sort out getting a water meter and save on the cost of my water supply and sewerage charge.
  2. Wire for tying in the raspberry canes in the new bed
  3. Netting to cover the long thin raspberry bed
  4. Netting to cover the other raspberries up against the fence
  5. Automatic window opener for greenhouse 

What a good thing it was a down-sizing move leaving some money spare!

Then there is the  one list that's needed all year round.......... the general shopping list. I keep it in the kitchen with a pen and add things as they are needed, before I run out. This month  very few things needed as the garage freezer still has some of the things I got in for Christmas when I didn't know who was where and when.

And talking about shopping lists, it will soon be time to start thinking about what I need to look out for at car-boot sales. The first sales are noted in my diary for the beginning of March, and the way time flies by now I'm old, that will be here in no time.

 
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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Another Old Post Box

 Finally, weeks after my other Post Box posts, (Which are Here) I got to Bawdsey to take a photo of a very special postbox. This is the only known survivor of the Ludlow wall boxes with the cipher of Edward VIII.

Edward VIII was only king for a few months before abdicating so only 161 postboxes of any type with ER VIII were made. Ludlow boxes - named after it's Birmingham manufacturer were made specifically for sub-post offices in rural areas. They started production in 1885 and closed in 1965.

The building this is in is no longer a sub-post office or even a shop. Bawdsey is a small village at the end of the road before the river Deben and is better know for Bawdsey Manor, the home of the development of Radar during WWII. 

The Wolf Moon was huge and the sky was clear last night.The photo is taken from my front path, just after 5pm, far enough away from the front door to make the (annoying) security light go off.


I've taken photos of the full moon before when I was at Clay Cottage, and I'd love to know why my camera takes better photos of the moon than it does churches, views or  flowers in the back garden!

 

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Sue



Monday, 17 January 2022

Full Moon

 Full moon tonight at 23.48 but whether we see it or not is a different matter. There have been more nights cloudy and mild rather than clear and frosty this winter so far.
 
January's full moon is called the  Wolf Moon, named by Native Americans and medieval Europeans due to the howling of hungry wolves coming close to the villages looking for food. Other names for this month's full moon include old moon and ice moon.

With only a cheap diary this year it doesn't have the days for full moons etc so I found this  moon phases calendar online and of course I have the moon phases gadget on the right which changes as the nights roll by each month.

2022 Moon Phases Calendar
Jan2:,    9:,  17:,  25:
Feb1:,    8:,  16:,  23:
Mar2:,  10:,  18:,  25:
Apr1:,    9:,  16:,  23:,  30:
May9:,  16:,  22:,  30:
Jun7:,  14:,  21:,  29:
Jul7:,  13:,  20:,  28:
Aug5:,  12:,  19:,  27:
Sep3:,  10:,  17:,  25:
Oct3:,    9:,  17:,  25:
Nov1:,    8:,  16:,  23:,  30:
Dec8:,  16:,  23:,  30:
 
This below is from my book "The Illustrated Country Year" by Celia Lewis

It was youngest Granddaughter who gave me the idea for this post as she pointed to the moon appearing as they were going out the front door last week around 4pm. Why is the moon there when it's daytime she wanted to know. Good question. Then she was saying something about the boy who lived on the moon? And I tried to think of the nonsense rhyme..........

The Man in the moon came down too soon
And asked the way to Norwich,
He went by the south
and burnt his mouth
by eating cold pease-porridge 

Which ever bit of memory did that come from? and does it, like so many rhymes, have some sort of historic story . Daughter in Law said she'd never heard of it, but thanks to Listen With Mother, probably the only children's radio programme in the late 50's, I seem to remember all sorts of children's nursery rhymes. If only I'd kept a book I once owned on the history of children's rhymes by Iona and Peter Opie, then I might be able to look up the origins, but the book has gone and the origins are probably lost in history.

The entry on wiki mentions countries all round the world that have traditions about the man in the moon and JRR Tolkien joined in with a poem......... 
 
 
There is an inn, a merry old inn
  beneath an old grey hill,
And there they brew a beer so brown
That the Man in the Moon himself came down
  one night to drink his fill.

The ostler has a tipsy cat
  that plays a five-stringed fiddle;
And up and down he saws his bow
Now squeaking high, now purring low,
  now sawing in the middle.

The landlord keeps a little dog
  that is mighty fond of jokes;
When there's good cheer among the guests,
He cocks an ear at all the jests
  and laughs until he chokes.

They also keep a hornéd cow
  as proud as any queen;
But music turns her head like ale,
And makes her wave her tufted tail
  and dance upon the green.

And O! the rows of silver dishes
  and the store of silver spoons!
For Sunday there's a special pair,
And these they polish up with care
  on Saturday afternoons.

The Man in the Moon was drinking deep,
  and the cat began to wail;
A dish and a spoon on the table danced,
The cow in the garden madly pranced
  and the little dog chased his tail.

The Man in the Moon took another mug,
  and then rolled beneath his chair;
And there he dozed and dreamed of ale,
Till in the sky the stars were pale,
  and dawn was in the air.

Then the ostler said to his tipsy cat:
  'The white horses of the Moon,
They neigh and champ their silver bits;
But their master's been and drowned his wits,
  and the Sun'll be rising soon!'

So the cat on the fiddle played hey-diddle-diddle,
  a jig that would wake the dead:
He squeaked and sawed and quickened the tune,
While the landlord shook the Man in the Moon:
  'It's after three!' he said.

They rolled the Man slowly up the hill
  and bundled him into the Moon,
While his horses galloped up in rear,
And the cow came capering like a deer,
  and a dish ran up with the spoon.

Now quicker the fiddle went deedle-dum-diddle;
  the dog began to roar,
The cow and the horses stood on their heads;
The guests all bounded from their beds
  and danced upon the floor.

With a ping and a pang the fiddle-strings broke!
  the cow jumped over the Moon,
And the little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the Saturday dish went off at a run
  with the silver Sunday spoon.

The round Moon rolled behind the hill,
  as the Sun raised up her head.
She hardly believed her fiery eyes;
For though it was day, to her surprise
  they all went back to bed!

Thank you granddaughter W for giving me an idea for a post!

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Sue