Wednesday, May 14, 2008

WoW at Crich - Y rambles from Hucknall

After a false start at Alfreton Park WoW decided to go to Crich Village. A typical Derbyshire Village really and picturesque although most webpages want to tell you about the Tramway Museum rather than the village. We spotted this architecturally interesting building which we eventually learned was built in 1720. The owner was very prickly and reluctant for us to take photos but eventually calmed down when we explained our strictly amateur status and our interest.

The bottom portion of the roofing was stone-slabs not slate and we also liked the look of the dove-cote holes. Perhaps the 'architectural desk' could pen us a paragraph about stone-slabs as roofing. Each picture above is separately click-able.

There were six of us today. Brian looked very well after his Gran Canaria holiday and it was great to see Roy. Up and about again and walking with a will. Helen is getting to grips with her new camera and, we all think, achieves some first-rate results. A smashing day out. We chip-cobbed at The Peacock and enjoyed a most enjoyable chat. Nice link that - it includes a 360 degree moving webcam. They all pull my leg about my 'wheels' and Brian says I am getting about so well he expects me to be doing acceleration 'wheelies' soon. I don't mind at all, everyone is so helpful and kind.

This evening Y went with Joan on a Notts County Council walk organised and led by Chris. A good gathering of 20/30 people and they walked round the Misk Hills. Y founded Hucknall Ramblers and was its Chairman for many years.

And one cannot visit Hucknall and drop someone off in the Market Place without sneaking a look at Byron's Statue above where the Co-op used to be. It's made of concrete and went A.w.o.l for some years. He's back now though, thank God.

Comments..... Bungus ..... and others .... Thanks for the work on 'painted sweetlips'. What a weird name for a fish. Nice tasty creature though and I shall have it again.

I don't think Christina Rosetti was the 'closing the stable door after the horse has bolted' author and I can't find out who was. Probably Chaucer. But maybe a case for 'nifty-googler' if he can work out whether or not he is at work, or even has a job ? The rest of us are confused.

Glad you enjoyed the 'If' reading. As I said, personally I find it mawkish.

I've lost count of the times I've driven off with something on the roof. The most recent was a walking stick a few weeks ago. Y went to recover it seconds after an articulated lorry had driven over it. She rescued the bit with the rubber ferule though !

Bungus ..... and Jill ....If you click 'help' in Picasa, and then 'Help contents and Index' then 'Picasa help' you should have this page please click. Full of useful information and easy to access. Anyway, save the page I've sent you the link to because all it's links are live, and should be of assistance. Good luck.

AnonymousRob..... Rather than the 'tart' being Kipling's legacy, I'd go for the 'cherry bakewell' anyday.

Jill ..... I've probably been unnecessarily harsh on Kipling. I agree that the Just So stories were first rate and he wrote much of such high quality. We can be proud of him.

The DUKW sounds marvellous. 'Chugging along' sounds just right.

We knew who you were, even as anonymous. And if Ro wants Tomato Ketchup or HP Sauce by the bucketful why not? 'Free the Chiswick One'. And I seem to recall somebody who likes their meal floating in a lake of gravy !

Roy .... tells me he has been trying to leave a 'comment' but seems not to have clicked the right buttons. Stick at it Roy ! Everybody would like to meet you herein, and your comments would be valued. Likewise Brian and Mike and Helen. Reg appears from time to time, when we all need putting right.

Quotation time...... Back to 'Fern Hill' and a favourite couple of lines :-

"Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
Time held me green and dying,
Though I sang in my chains like the sea"

Dylan Thomas

And try not to let the stupid animated figure spoil it because this link following will take you to a recording of Dylan Thomas himself, reading Fern Hill.

Sleep tight. Thursday BJ day tomorrow, and if we are up to it, we might go to The Forester's for an hour for EPS informal chat. Chances are though we'll be past it. Y likes the train too, so here goes.



bungus said...

Stone slabs are common as roofing in parts of Yorkshire but that is about all I know. Are the upper tiles pantiles?
It was a common traditional practice to finish pantiles with 2 or 3 courses of plain tiles at the eaves to distribute the water flowing into the gutter. I adopted it when I had my own house built in Farnsfield (1963) for my first bride (who only stayed 14 months). I stayed until 1972 when I moved with my second wife (are all second wives a dreadful mistake?) into the Durham Ox at Wellow as licensee.

Glad to hear that you are doing wheelie well.

Perhaps I was unclear, but I too tend to the mawkish, re ‘If’.

I’ll try the ‘help’ in Picasa and report back. I clicked on your link and it worked in that.

I too know people who like gravy swimming to the edge of the plate. Many of them either eat what remains with a spoon or dip their bread (the latter used to be very common in north Notts).
Granddaughter Jessica (12) likes just a dessert spoonful on the side of her plate, not touching anything else, and treats it as others treat mustard or horseradish.
I fall in the middle (not of the gravy) and like a moderate amount on my meat, Yorkshire and mash (but I very much prefer to put it on myself).

The Dylan Thomas himself reading of Fern Hill was to me like music. I could not distinguish or understand the words but let myself just go with the flow.
I didn’t know he looked like that though!

Brown sauce with fish!?! Tomato ketchup yes, but not BROWN!

Now for one of the master mysoginists, WC Fields:
“I believe in tying the marriage knot, as long as it’s around the woman’s neck.”

Jill said...

I think I prefer Richard Burton reading Dylan Thams - I remember going to a theatre where he and others just stood and read their way through 'Under Milkwood'.

WC Fields said a lot of memorable (and stupid) things, but don't think he was a very happy bunny....

Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Masons today - very posh - glass of champagne to start with, lovely tea, and such civilised surroundings, armchairs/sofas well-spaced apart, someone tinkling on the piano, such beautiful porcelain china and linen napery and heavy silver cutlery. A major part of the overall pleasure, even if expensive (it was a Golden Wedding gift). A long time since I have seen sugar tongs! American people on the table nearest us didn't know what to do with them, but a very polite waiter came and demonstrated.

No, Bungus, they didn't do chip butties (or brown sauce, at home R would have had some on the savoury tartlets).

Looking at the photos (once I realised there were two of them) did you say someone lived there? Must be very draughty with no windows....