Thursday, July 19, 2018

Colours of The Twenties and Danish Oiled Table

Hi Dear Folk,

What a beautiful day, 87F with low humidity, my perfect summer day, blue skies to boot.


Why does honeysuckle always smell more fragrant at night?  It does you know!


I baked some little cakes and added some older blueberries that needed using.  Also made some larger ones wrapped and ready for lunches.


We sold our first house to a friend and one of the things he said he liked about the house was the colour of the trim.  It reminded him of his families farm house in northern Vermont, Island Pond.  It was a trim colour we had painted in one of the rooms.  But in having lived in a couple of 1920's houses and having found this paint colour under other layers of paint, I think it was a very popular colour in the twenties and thirties.  Also it might have influenced me in buying this china muffin pan.  The green was often set off with cream.

 

Not sure if these little garden side tables are from the twenties or thirties, but I think they could be.



Lovely slow morning on the kitchen patio, coffee, reading and communing with Miss Tupp.




I have at last sanded the top of this table I want to put out on the Oak Tree Patio.  It's a nice piece of solid wood.  Mr.B.  must have found this table in the trash, it's been in the garage for ever.



I have added three coats of Danish Oil in medium walnut, now need to fine sand it and add three more coats and do this yet another time, so nine coats altogether and should be good, I hope to withstand water.

I'm not going to bother about the base for now, maybe another year.


Christine

PS:  My son made me laugh this evening.  Every so often we will hear these crazy cries and sentences from our next door neighbors son, Rob said "Mum they remind me of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Every time you hear him think of that and you will laugh"  Sure enough he sounds just like Jack Nicholson in that movie.

These are the neighbors with Kruger the senile pitbull, who never stops barking.  Who is well past his time of when he should pop his clogs.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ticking off Boxes

Hi Dear Folk,

I woke up this morning feeling quite light headed, I honestly think it's the terrible heat we've been having and humidity.  I spent the entire morning in my bedroom sorting things out, because that's where the AC is.  Working out what clothes to take for my trip.  It's hard to think of cooler or even cold weather clothing when it's 95F and even a heat wave in UK, but I must be prepared.  I think the average temp in Bergen is around 60F in September and it rains for two thirds of the year.

Now a storm is crashing through, with thunder, lightening and torrential rains, that should cool it off for a bit and the garden always benefits from the rain.  I heard a crash and it was my bouquet of flowers that fell off the table, never mind.  It is so dark now and it's only 3:30 pm.

I even found a bag of shoes that had become mislaid and sorted out a few things for the thrift.  When your closets are the size of a peanut it's hard to keep track of everything.  Came downstairs and made a shepherd's pie, with mince, onion, left over corn and some Chinese cabbage.  Should go down well now it's cooler.

I did find a handbag for my trip, I think I will like it, not to big, but big enough to hold my camera.  It's Italian leather and has that wonderful leather smell.  I got it at Clothes Mentor.  Nice long shoulder strap so I can wear it across my body.

It seems that the ship we are on the Astoria, is the oldest ship in the world still cruising, and is the smallest ship out of the UK.  I like small I'm not into those mega behemoths that ply the oceans.  Will be interesting to see a cruise ship from the forties, although revamped in 2015.

Now it's cooler I'll get my other fingerless mitten finished that matches the green and blue shawl and beret.

Well must go Mr.B. is home early and need to get some cheese on top of the pie and put under the
grill.


Sunset in Suffolk, near my sister's house.

Christine

ASTORIA | Spectacular amazing aerial views of worlds oldest cruise ship ...

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Flam Railway Norway

Happy Decisions

Hi Dear Folk,

It's been a week of gathering.  All of a sudden it loomed that my trip to the UK is not far off, and many things needed to be gathered together.  When I go on a trip I like to find a place where I can put all the items I will need to take.  I also make lists, it seems to calm my brain.


But first just a few things this week.  This was a dress that I thrifted last year and it was too big in the top, first I was going to put darts in, then thought to take the skirt off and make a skirt.  But after looking at it my first ideas was the best.  I put two darts in the front, two darts under each arm, and four darts in the back, two either side of the zip.  These were very small hand stitched darts and they pulled it in just the right amount.  I like it now.



The marble topped outside bar counter.



Drying out my lovely bouquet to make it live a little longer.  I love it outside.  I sit on the Pond Patio and there it sits, and brings me joy.


I worked on these IKEA cushions.  They were quite cheap and I use them on my outside sofa.  They needed a nice wash after having sat in the garage all those years.  One opened up in the washing machine, so had to gather all the stuffing and sew it up.  In fact they almost all needed some sewing and the buttons added to pull them in again as all the stitching had come undone.  That's when your glad you keep all your old buttons.


I don't think I mentioned this a few weeks ago a form was left in my front door, did I want to enter in for the Borough garden contest, and I thought I might as well, since I'm gardening in any case.  Last Wednesday was the judging, there are several categories and I won third place in the back garden category, not bad.  They will have a slide show presentation of all the gardens at their Garden Club Meeting in September, but I will be in Europe.


My Miss Tupp.


Using my new walnut spatula, we got at the Kutztown Folk Festival.

I am so excited about my trip to England and Norway, but also feeling over whelmed and when that happens I know I must not procrastinate, but just get stuck in and get things done.

First we had to make a few decisions about our cruise to Norway, did we want to buy any additional packages and did we want to take any side trips at the ports of call.  These can be quite expensive, we opted for one onboard package, which included remuneration and since we would tip in any case, it seemed to make sense to do this, some other perks come with the package.  A port of call side trip we decided to take is the Flam Railroad, all the other ports of call we will use local transport and do our own thing.

For the cruise I had to get travel insurance, it was one of the requirements.  I can't say I've ever bothered with this, I guess all these years I've being flying by the seat of my pants, so this was a new experience for me and not cheap.  I called around four different places and found what I hope is good, if I have to use it.  It seems to be much cheaper in the UK for travel insurance.  So glad that is done.

I went to my local library to pick up some travel books on Norway, there were not many for some reason, even the librarian acknowledged this.  He said he thought he had some older editions in the discard area and I said would I be able to keep them.  Next day he phoned me and said he had one on Norway and one on Scandinavia for me to keep.  That is great because I can just take out the pages I need.

Rob has bought me online two batteries and a charger for my camera.  The other thing I need to do is to order cash, sterling euros and kroner, then besides the packing, I'll have it together.  Got to work the handbag thing out.

I have a journal I bought in Bury St Edmunds at Paperchase several years ago, it has all sorts of pockets and artwork of London on the front, so I think I'm going to use this and maybe a separate one for my trip to Norway, decisions, decisions, but all fun.

Well must go lots to do.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Christine




Friday, July 6, 2018

My Grandfather Clock Loves The Hot Weather and Watch Where Your Park in the UK

Hi Dear Folk,

My grandfather clock loves the hot weather.  How do I know?  Our grandfather clock sits in the hallway, it's something we bought many years ago and is an American Boston design.  We saw a long wall version of it almost identical at the Baltimore Rail Museum, years ago, an original.

It hasn't run for years, nothing major wrong just needed a tuneup and for that you need a guy to visit the house and clock repairers are few and far between these days, so it has just sat.  I was walking past and thought let me just push that pendulum, it was already partially wound.  You can guess what happened, it has been running ever since and keeping perfect time.  The only conclusion we could come to is that in all this heat the oil is thinner and lubricates and therefore runs with more ease.

It is lovely, there a three different chimes, Big Ben, St Michael's and Whittington chimes.  I left it where it was, not wanting to mess anything up as it's running.

Today Friday started of with thunder and a big flash, plus some heavy rain.  Everything is growing well, what with the nightly thunder storm, then today will be an overcast day of rain, but cool days are ahead.

Oh dear!  Another letter from UK, related to the first letter, this from Hertz rental company, notifying Rob that they have charged his credit card 48.00 pounds for the effort it took them to give away his personal information to the parking authorities.  I was cross and then I thought it's no good getting all het up over these corporations and what they do, because they can do just what they want and there's not a darn thing you can do about it, except not give yourself blood pressure.

The moral of the story is take the train in the UK and don't rent a car, or if you do watch very closely where you park.

Yesterday was another busy day, Mr.B. stacked up the breeze blocks for the outside drinks counter, I'm not totally happy with the way he leveled it, we will wait for it to settle and may do it again, but the overall look is good and will be handy.

I cleared out what I call the dog kennel.  We have two com posters, a round one and one that looks like a dog kennel, but years ago Mr. B. filled it with kindling, needless to say after being left for so long, it was nasty, including a mouse nest. It was ruining the view from my new patio area, and I had meant to get to it for ages.  It is all disassembled and what I could use is on the ever growing kindling pile.  Let alone the boxes of kindling in the garage.  The bush in the corner now falls over that area nicely.  Mr. B. cut up some old pressure treated wood posts and put that out for the trash.  They are not going to be happy with us this week, there is quite a pile out back.

As it is raining we will work in the garage, cleaning and sorting all the things we need to keep.

I have a month until I'm off on my travels, so just want to get this all done.  Who knew retirement could be so busy.  I tell myself it's good for body and soul.

Thinking of my trip I need to start making a list and think about what I want to take, plus I do want to work on a journal.

Have a great weekend, ours should be cooler, Yay!

Christine



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Us Americans At Play - Kutztown Folk Festival

Hi Dear Folk,

Mr. B. and I went to the Kutztown Folk Festival today.  I don't think I have been here since BR, before Rob, so over twenty-five years.  It is the oldest continually running folk festival in America.  We got an early start and were there before the gates opened.  It was not crowded at all.  When we spoke to one vendor he said the hot weather had kept people away.  Hopefully they will make up for it as the festival runs to the end of the week.  But is was nice to walk around without a crowd.



You see everything including a Rooster who walks around on a leash and is a ring bearer at weddings, what ever floats your boat.


This post is picture heavy and gives you a little view of a Pennsylvania country festival and the local crafts.



This little girl was so sweet eating her sandwich sitting on her dads lap and he has a nice smile too.


Lots of food and crafts local to the Berks County area of Pennsylvania Dutch.  The original people of this area were of German descent.  Dutch being a corruption of Deutsche.






Here I am talking to an old timer.  They had lots of little engines that chug along all up to about eighty or more years old.  Connected to a belt, they could run just about anything, a corn husker, a butter churn, an ice cream maker, a washing machine.  They were just ported around from one piece to another, where ever they needed to use them on the farms.








We had a nice typical Pennsylvania Dutch lunch, ribs, corn fritters, butter beans, followed by apple dumpling and a Kolo drink.




This bread oven has stood on the fair ground for over fifty years.



Country and folk music



Quilt section barn AC and all the quilts are for sale.  Quilt lovers may like the following photos and I always think it's interesting to see prices in different countries.






Isn't this lady so sweet, I loved the way she was dressed.  Step back sixty years country America, I can just see her pottering around in the kitchen, with the formica and chrome kitchen set.



The petting area.


What a face and what teeth.




These little rabbits were rather hot.



We bought a walnut wooden spatula, that Mr. B. wanted for the kitchen and we got our name burned on the handle for free.  Also I bought two little pots of goat milk lotion, one lavender and the other rose.  It was lovely to be out together, we seldom seem to have a totally free day into the evening.  I do now but Mr. B. doesn't.

On the way home we bought some local grown tomatoes and had bacon and mayo sandwiches, so good.  When I first came to the States in the seventies I couldn't believe the size of the tomatoes.

All these very hot humid days end in a 7:00 PM thunder storm, you can almost count on it.

Christine
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