Tuesday, 19 February 2019

19th February 2019 - Memories - Part 1

Thought for the day: "My wife misses me. But her aim is steadily improving."

Meeting in Caerphilly yesterday for Court of Penychen - an instruction and went very well.
And the dining finished well within the time of the Hour Glass...

Almost caught up on some paperwork... 

First page of Memories - by John Weston transcribed - though I think that Susie wants to improve her touch typing so she may well decide to type the remainder... but here s a starter...

My Memories

1905 - 1967 by John Weston


I was born at 56 Meredith Street, Crewe on the 18th of November 1905 , at 5 o'clock in the morning. I was told later that there was a severe Frost the previous night, and my dad  dashing up the street to fetch the midwife slipped on a sheet of ice and sat down heavily on the Pavement.  a good start.
My parents were both of Anglo Saxon stock, my ancestors having lived on the north Shropshire plain for generations. In fact the family can be traced back to Saxon times. I consider that I have lived through a period of one of the greatest industrial and social revolutions plus two wars, in the history of our great country. I will now describe incidents that have happened in my life during this period. Some will be amusing, some sober, some tragic but all will be interesting to the reader.

My father left Crewe in 1907 where he had been employed for several years in the railway work shops, and just took a job at Norton, Shifnal On the estate of mister W H Foster. My father remained in the employ of the Foster family until his death in 1949. He was buried at Stockton in the new cemetery on the north side, a curb in polished granite marking his  last resting place

My first memory

It was spring 1908. I was in the garden with my dad who was preparing the ground to plant potatoes when he cut of stick to act as a marker for setting potatoes. Dad made the trenches and I set the potatoes measuring the distance between them with the stick. I was 3 years old then, in successive years I took a bigger part in the gardening programme

Village life

60 years ago everybody in the village had a large well kept garden this was an absolute necessity as wages were low and it had to keep the family in vegetables all the year round and also grow sufficient potatoes to feed a pig. every cottager fed a pig as that was relied on for the next year's bacon. As children we had to pick wild ash from the hedgerows and nettles to feed the pigs. The pigs were bought from the farmers in the spring when they were about 8 weeks old and fed on through the summer by the cottagers. About the end of November the pic killing season started the pigs were killed at night hungup and allowed to set until the next night. 

more to come...

Monday, 18 February 2019

18th February 2019 - Monday Morning Blues ? - No Greens !

Thought for the day :"saw a man walking down the road with a sign under his arm that read, "& Emergency". "Where did you get that from?" I asked. He said..."I found it by Accident." 

Monday - so week 7 profile and Facebook cover changes ....

In the news we still are heading towards Brexit with the same uncertainty as a year ago ...

But looking through a box of old cutting last night I found my grandfather's book that he was writing about his youth and young days - A Shropshire Lad ...  A good read ! and one that I think I will try to transfer to a web page in memory - 

Went to the Greenfield Pub last night for the open mic, and got invaded by some Scottish people staying in the area - ended up doing most of my Glaswegian Street Songs and a set of "Donald whar's your trousers" and "Cambleton Loch" - Well they enjoyed even if no-one else knew what we were singing about ...  I do enjoy having a varied repertoire already in my head - without needing the words. Sadly - it later turned into a karaoke session and singing to backing tracks which wasn't really my cup of tea.. But they all had fun .. 

Court of Penychan this afternoon - Athelstan - a normal instruction meeting so looking forward to that - will have to present some Grand Court Certificates - so will be checking my ritual

And so I shall share a pig - because I can ...

and with those few words ...
Cheers !

Sunday, 17 February 2019

17th February 2019 - The Day after and another Grand Rank

Thought for the day: "My wife said she was leaving because I was obsessed with the Monkeys.. I thought she was joking … then I saw her face!"

A couple of nice pictures popped up in my birthday wishes yesterday - these are from the viking wedding I sang at earlier in the year...

Probably should not have taken the belt off at that time !! But it was heavy !

So, several hundred good wishes for the birthday boy yesterday ...  and another birthday present from St Jame's Street in London...

Didn't read it right first of all - and had to be pointed out to me that it is an Active Rank !!!

So that is two in two days - not bad - though the fees of honour are rather steep !
I suppose you have to pay for fame and fortune !
Adds another one to the CV.... 

For no good reason - here are some Roman Soldiers... Circa 1910... So our crazy hobby is not new it seems ...

And so - back to normalcy and maybe a trip to the Greenfield this evening to play at the open mic...
Haven't go into the basement for a week to play with the birthday present pedal - ho hum ...

Cheers !

Saturday, 16 February 2019

16th February 2019 - Birthday - not only that but 65 !!!

Thought for the day :"What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? SUPPLIES! "

So - it is my birthday
I have had to get up first and get a cup of tea
I have had to pop around the shops to get some tea and coffee and biscuits
Set the Lodge up
Serve Tea and coffee
Do the ceremony
Do the festive board
run the bar
Do the washing up
clear the building

Which part of "have a good 65th birthday" is all this ???

Never mind - always a sucker for duty ...


Meanwhile - for those who are careful of money...

And I thought the birthday should have a Daily Trump...

One last attempt t see if we can get the songs on spotify before the getaway
If not - moving to Sören in Germany to sort things out...

And on the subject of Music - there is a song for everything - even Brexit...

So - having answered 209 Birthday wishes - back to Facebook

Cheers - seems to be a fork in the road..

Friday, 15 February 2019

15th February 2019 - Travelling, Sunshine and 31st Degree

Thought for the day : "Too many dogs ? Roverdose!"

Well - a couple of fine days travelling around the country - up to Bangor for an installation and collecting the venison for the weekend getaway... Weather so fine on Thursday morning that I found myself sitting in the car park at Bangor in my shirt sleeves having my breakfast outside the Bothy.

Parked up at Bangor Masonic Hall - Wednesday Evening

Bangor Masonic Hall

Maybe a Gin and Tonic and a quick check on the ritual

Thursday Morning - resting in the sun 

View from the Bothy into the woods - Breakfast

En route from Bangor to Aberystwyth

And some nice Views
So back to Aberystwyth for the Scarlet Cord and Secret Monitor where I stood in as DC in the one and ADC in the other...  Managed to find a parking place for the Bothy near Tescos in a back street and home by 11.30pm  - A good day out...

Meanwhile - as I get up this morning I find a letter in the post...

Seems I have promotion in the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England Wales and its Districts and Chapters overseas to 31st Degree....  An unexpected and delightful surprise....   Sadly the meeting is in May and I will be in Crete - but apparently I can now wait until October 21st instead ....

Eye test today - will see how my eyes are doing ....

I think I have a day off from Masonry...  !!!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

14th February 2019 - Valentines again

Thought for the day: "If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?"

and on the road trip ... Bangor to Aberystwyth...

Bangor to Aberystwyth - 83 Miles

And back to Aberystwyth for the Scarlet Cord Grade 3 and Secret Monitor...

and for dinner ? why not use a solar powered water driven spit roast...

This is our water wheel rotisserie spit made from Furphy beer cans. The water is pumped up the pipe from a solar pump submerged in the bucket at a rate that makes her spin a the right speed for the pork. Cans are mounted on a bike wheel. We cooked a 6kg rolled pork..... to perfection!

And then I saw this one - using the stream ...

hmm - feeling hungry now !


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

13th February 2019 - Road trip Bangor and a few wise words

Thought for the day:"The universe implodes. No matter."

Found this nice list of strange place names. Some of them are well known - one or two are a little different...

Some words of wisdom from the young...

Saw this nice reposte to the unwanted caller ..
"Is Mr A there please?" "No..the bastard walked out on me yesterday after 25 years." Call ends.

And so - another road trip - Bangor for Installation today and on to Aberystwyth tomorrow..

Llanelli - Bangor Masonic - 146 miles

And so I leave you with this thought.....
"How can you tell if someone is a Vegan? - THEY WILL TELL YOU !! "