The Hairy Bikers - Simon
"Si" King (born 20 October 1966) and Dave Myers (born 8 September 1957) - are British television presenters
who have fronted a number of cookery/travel series including The Hairy Bikers'
Food Tour of Britain.The BBC is now
showingHairy Bikers' Northern Exposure
which takes them around the Baltic.It
is a brilliant show and sadly the last one (Southern Sweden) is on TV this
morning - I shall miss watching the series.
I may have some difficulty hearing this
morning's programme because I am deaf - both ears are waxed up because I
couldn't get a nurse's appointment before Christmas due to an ear infection
which had to be cured before she would syringe them. I think Partner-who-loves-tea is working (she
even worked the Bank Holiday this week!) in which case I might put the TV up to
full volume and hope the neighbours don't complain.
Relatives have called round or are expected soon. The house is filled with the smell of fruit. The nutcrackers have been brought out of hibernation (or æstivation ) and nuts are spread around. Cards and postcards have been sent and many that have been received are hanging on strings. There is a decoration-covered tree in the conservatory. Presents are wrapped. The cats are enjoying chucking new things onto the floor. So this is Christmas.
May you all have a super holiday and we wish you all the best for 2016
I think my
first diary was begun when I was about eight or nine years old. I kept it going, on and off for about six
years but sadly I destroyed it when I was about 17 on the basis that it might
incriminate me (and at least one other person). I expect it was in a manner I would consider pretty
trivial nowadays. My second
serious diary was begun when I was at college but that was more a work of
fiction because I had the sense to leave out anything that could be harmful or
hurtful to others. Nevertheless, as a reminder
to myself it works quite well. From then on
the camera became my ‘diary’ and I tended to rely on pictures to tell the story
of my life. Occasionally interspersed
would be little bits of diary but anyone trying to piece it all together in
order would have a fun time – not!
recently Partner-who-loves-tea and I have tried to recall when we did such-and-such
a thing and have had great difficulty working it out. So we have decided to create a brief but indexed
diary of our years together. I have also
decided to make a great effort to keep a diary in the future. One which doesn’t just cover
the main events - like where we holiday - but also all the little bits of
trivia like local shops closing down. News
of friends, both home and abroad, will also go in it. It is the sort of resolution I have made on
many a January 1st in the past.
I wonder how long it will last?
(pronounced "Hunnicutt") in the parish of Selworthy, West Somerset,
England, is a historic estate consisting of 12,420 acres (5,026 hectares) of
land, much situated within the Exmoor National Park. We visited it in October.
This is the
village of Selworthy.
one of a number of hamlets within Selworthy.
One of the hamlet's main attractions is the much-photographed packhorse
Built as a crossing over the River Aller (from which the village gets
its name), it is thought to be medieval in origin. Originally the bridge was 12 feet (3.7 m)
wide but another 6 feet (1.8 m) was added in 1866. The packhorse bridge is an Ancient monument
and has been added to the Heritage at Risk register.
A sight that
is getting increasingly rare is that of a forge but Allerford has a most active
one. Whilst we were there we replaced
our much abused poker. Other traditional sights in the village include thatched cottages and an old-fashioned red telephone box. The nearby hamlet of Lynch also had one.
One of the thatched cottages at Allerford operated as the
local Primary School between 1821 and 1981 and is now a museum containing the
West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian School. The museum houses the
West Somerset Photographic Archive.
This area, around Porlock, and the town of Porlock itself, are well worth a visit.
Whenever we go away I am always on the
look-out for unusual post-boxes. They
may be old ones like this Victorian fluted one we came across in Malvern.
On our October holiday we also came across a
range of ‘Ludlow’ boxes. These are boxes
which were made of rustic pine with a cast iron beading and enamel plate baring
the cypher of the reigning monarch at the time of supply. They were supplied from the time of Queen
Victoria to the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
were introduced because, until 1910, sub-postmasters were responsible for the
provision of secure posting facilities in their post offices. As the traditional
cast iron boxes were heavy and expensive, James Ludlow & Son introduced a
range of much cheaper boxes which they could supply at a competitive price to
They were also to be seen in large country houses, public
buildings and hotels. James Ludlow
manufactured the boxes in various styles and produced colour leaflets
describing the boxes.
At their height, it is estimated that there
were some 5,000–7,000 Ludlow boxes in use in the UK. As the network of post
offices has contracted, many of these have been withdrawn from service and
removed until today there are around 450 left.
Inside large country houses one can often find a post box in the hall or reception area. This one is at Attingham Park, Shropshire and is certainly a cut above something made by James Ludlow out of rustic pine.
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