Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Bits and Bobs, Birds and Books.

Thank you all for so many interesting and helpful comments yesterday, food for thought.

We listened to Radio Suffolk yesterday to hear our son talk about the work he is doing recording the details of what's left of the Air Force base at Martlesham on the edge of Ipswich. He is teaching volunteers from the General Public how to record historic buildings. Each week for the next couple of months he'll be doing the same thing at all the airfields that were used by the USAF 8th in East Anglia. He then came over here for dinner and to bring a couple of loads of washing because their washing machine packed up. Mums are still good for doing the washing even when their children have been moved away for more than 10 years! He brought a beautiful bunch of flowers as a thank you, there were enough for two jugs absolutely gorgeous!
While here he helped Col move a few heavy things onto the trailer ready for moving to the bungalow and other stuff into the horse box trailer for storage.

I fancied a trip out so went to Woodbridge this morning, stocked up on more prunes from The Grape Tree and did a tour of most of the charity shops. A few years ago I would have relished a morning wandering round the shops but the chances of finding anything exciting in charity shops has diminished so much that's it's hardly worth the effort. All I picked up was a hardback copy of Agatha Christies "And Then There Were None' from the Oxfam Bookshop for £1.99.
 This was on TV over Christmas but we didn't watch it and I'd not read it. I hadn't realised this was originally called " Ten Little Niggers" and when that was a word that wasn't polite to use it was changed to "Ten Little Indians" which then again had to be changed. The TV film must have renewed interest in the book as there is a new paperback edition coming out next month.

Ipswich hospital join with MacMillan Cancer Care and Suffolk County Council to provide help and information for people with cancer and after a call from Col's link nurse, she sent forms and a phone number and Col rang it yesterday and it looks as if we are entitled to a bit of money - Good news indeedy! We thought that because we have savings we wouldn't qualify but maybe we do. Lots more phone calls, forms and information to sort and a meeting with someone next week, but anything that helps the savings stretch will be good.

 The weather has been really rough here today and the birds have been backwards and forwards to the feeders non stop.

Just wish they'd keep still long enough to get a decent photo.

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  1. Every little helps and it can help a little when money is not a worry. Macmillan nurses are a great team to have on your side we found. X

  2. Lovely to see your son, when we move again I will make sure it is somewhere not so busy, we might get more birds then x

  3. I love your new header! Especially nice as I live now in the US (originally from Wiltshire), I can refresh my knowledge of locations.
    Good luck and best wishes to you and Col, I enjoy reading your posts each day.
    Pam in TX.xx

  4. Your map looks interesting, I can now see where my family comes from, Needham Market and Stowmarket.
    I have taken to reading the Miss Marple books again
    Julie xxxxxxx

  5. I love anything Agatha Christie and have read and watched this one,,
    you have a well supplied bird feeding station, wonderful to see!!!

  6. Love the new header too. My father's family hailed from Thraxted I think. They were farm labourers.
    It's lovely to get flowers occasionally isn't it - cheers you up. Take things easy in this wild weather :)

  7. Beautiful flowers such deep colours. I'm pleased you're entitled to something. I always feel a little aggrieved that you bother to save and therefore not entitled to help. But if you blow your money they will help you! Children always turn up with black bags! My youngest left home only to return home 20 months later with 25 black bags un tow!

  8. So interesting how sensibilities are different on the east side of the pond, I haven't seen "the N word" written in a long long time.

  9. I have similar problems taking photos on my nut-nets and seed feeders - a constant blur of movement.

    I have a theory about the lack of decent stuff in charity shops - I know that in these parts when they get decent stuff in a rubbishy shop it gets sent on to a good one, and likewise the more rubbishy stuff gets farmed out to the Valleys (poorer area). Then certain people I know volunteer and get first pickings on stuff that comes in. One chap is the sweetheart of the old ladies in several shops and gets ALL the Welsh blankets. Another woman I know gets the best jewellery. Us lesser mortals don't stand a chance.

  10. Yes Sue, sons can always call on Mum in an emergency. But wasn't he nice to bring you those flowers.

  11. First things first ... love the new picture of the lovely map of Suffolk. Oh, it brings back such wonderful memories of our visits there, but not for many years. I have a friend who lives in Woodbridge, and our first stop in Suffolk was in Long Melford and then we stayed in Aldeburgh. A wonderful county, but so far from where we are in S Devon.
    I don't go into any shop, charity shops included, unless I'm actively looking for something. That way I only buy what we need, not what I rather like the look of! We do have some really good charity shops in Totnes, and one excellent one in the posher end of Torquay. I have bought some nice costume jewellery there, and a very nice Jaeger silk square.
    Do keep that header, I love it! Only a super view of Snape Maltings or the view across the marshes would be better. I once saw two film on TV called One Summer at Snape. I then knew someone in the BBC who managed to get me copies but they're on video and we no longer have a player. They were lovely films and showed how Ben and Peter transformed the Maltings and started the Aldeburgh Festival. I know that Jessye Norman sang in one of the films - what a wonderful soprano she was in her day, I believe she teachers now.
    Lovely flowers from your very kind son.
    Margaret P

  12. Love the map, I spent a good few minutes looking at all the places that I know. I remember my youngest brother coming home for a meal and with a weeks washing on Sunday's when he first left home. After about a month Dad met him on the doorstep and had a few words about piling work on Mum, and the cost. The next weekend he turned up really early on saturday with all the makings of a roast dinner for Sunday and spent the day helping Dad in the garden. I have given up trying to take photo's of the birds, they will cluster round the feeder and the minute I step out with my camera they soar over the fence and head for next door but one.

  13. Good news that you might be able to claim some money, every little helps. I remember reading Ten Little Niggers (as it was then years ago) and re-read it on my Kindle last year when of course it was And Then There Were None. A very clever story, think it is my favourite of the Agatha Christie books that I have read, xx

    1. And I read the word again. I told a Canadian friend that the original title contained the "N" word, she was shocked - felt that 10 Little Indians was bad enough.

      Remember then brouhaha over Clarkson using or not using the word on a segment of Top Gear that wasn't even broadcast?

  14. Your flowers are beautiful, what a thoughtful son. Your bird feeders are huge! Xxx

  15. Good news about the Macmillan nurses and the extra help financially.

    Your son`s work sounds really interesting. Lovely of him to bring you those bright roses in return for washing machine duties!

  16. Love the new picture header. Glad to hear that Macmillan is on the case for you.

  17. I am so glad that you are in touch with the Macmillan people, they are wonderful and will help you and you should certainly claim anything you are entitled to. Also, see if you can claim for travel to the hospital and parking costs. Oh, and ask about prescription charges too! xx

  18. I like your new header. I'm also glad to read that you have had some help from the Macmillan people. Sending lots of love, Jx

  19. Interesting that your son is speaking on radio about the USAF bases in East Anglia. We were stationed at RAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge in the late 70s and I often wonder if the park and museum ever came about,that was in the planning stages there on Bentwaters. I know people are living in the houses on base now. Would like to hear more if at all possible. email is snapperbeck at gmail dot com I like your header as well. Thanks, Becky