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Journey by Proxy, and varied kinds of Artwork.

Effectively, now we’re in lockdown once more – type of.  In relation to this remoted life we lead, I am with Jeanie Croope, one in every of my favorite bloggers.  Jeanie’s current submit “Stolen Time” says all of it for me, and, judging by the feedback, for lots of different individuals too.    It is unhappy to overlook all types of issues, however lacking children rising up is absolutely exhausting, as a result of that point cannot be regained. 

For varied causes T and I have not spent the evening away from residence for some time, even when it was allowed, however the twins’ dad and mom have been taking them to YHA youth hostels and protecting us in contact with a number of pictures, and the twins have additionally written us postcards which they offer to us on their return.   A type of travelling by proxy, and we do recognize it very a lot.  

A few weeks in the past they went to the New Forest, staying in a land pod within the massive grounds of Burley hostel, close to Ringwood, We have stayed there previously, and bear in mind it as proper in the course of all of the timber, a stunning location.  They noticed wild ponies, pigs foraging for acorns, wandering cows, and, as Lady Twin wrote on her card, “wasps and skwirils and child skwirils.”  

(photograph: YHA)

And so they noticed taking pictures stars, and had an exquisite meal and breakfast on the pub subsequent door, and noticed a  tapestry within the church at Lyndhurst exhibiting Alice in Wonderland, who lived within the space after she grew up. They got here residence and stood on the trail telling us all about it, leaping up and down with glee as they did so. 

The week earlier than that, they went to Michelham Priory in Kent, staying in a tent within the grounds of South Downs hostel, close to Lewes and Eastbourne – photograph under. I feel the hostel was as soon as a farm and I recollect it had a high-quality rural location proper on the steep downs.   (Love the way in which the YHA takes its publicity photos on overcast days or within the rain,  by the way in which)   


 Close by Michelham Priory has a historic working watermill and a forge, a number of trendy sculptures, a terrific teashop, and excursions by volunteers.  The twins liked their tour, they have been intrigued to see a witch bottle and uncover how olden days kitchens labored. 

Everybody was so good to them that they insisted we put Michelham Priory on the record to go to as quickly as potential. Historic and distinctive locations like this depend on customer revenue and really want individuals to go to, in order that they will maintain going for us all. So it is prime of our record for a post-Covid go to once we can begin doing actual life journey with a transparent conscience.  


Proper now we will not even stroll over and go to them of their residence, although, so Boy Twin had the great concept of a Zoom Membership, so now we zoom generally they usually consider issues we’d love to do if we have been there with them. In the latest membership assembly they’d a pillow combat.  They actually did love doing it, and as they whacked one another Lady Twin puffed to us, “Do you want you have been right here but?”  We needed to admit we did!  

Our older grandkids, who at the moment are youngsters, stay the opposite facet of London however we met about ten days in the past close to St. Pauls Cathedral.  They’re avoiding public transport, and you may’t park, in order that they walked there and again from their residence in South London, a 7 mile spherical journey. (We didn’t underestimate the sacrifice required of youngsters to rise up early on a Saturday and stroll 7 miles within the rain to see us.)  

Regardless of the vile climate, we had enjoyable searching for chewing gum photos (see final submit). Ben Wilson had advised T. about his Millennium Bridge path, which leads immediately throughout the bridge to St. Pauls.  We quickly discovered a few of his distinctive photographs.    Listed below are my favourites, a homeless man known as Mark and his canine Gizmo. The pound coin is to indicate the size;  It is in regards to the measurement of a nickel…..

and right here is St. Pauls. 


And we discovered that Oldest Grandson helps at a meals financial institution.   He loves it.  Apparently as a substitute of everybody being depressed or indignant, they’re all pleasant and constructive and attempting to assist the purchasers, so good vibes all spherical. (I heard additionally that they let him eat a few of the objects the purchasers by no means select, that are typically uncommon, costly and “wholesome” issues, comparable to long-life turmeric latte. He is prepared to present all of it a attempt).

Ah effectively, we will not even see them once more until early December.  I do suppose lockdown is significant now that issues have been left to get virtually uncontrolled. The stricter the higher from a medical perspective, although I am unsure sufficient is being completed to assist small companies. I seen how quiet and asleep every part appeared even once we cycled to St. Pauls earlier than lockdown started. Many outlets and cafes appeared to have closed down, and we had fairly a job even discovering a espresso stall. Think about that in a serious London vacationer space like St. Pauls!  London actually should not be that approach.  

You may discover I have not stated something in regards to the US election.  Proper now we’re ready for the outcome from Georgia, and the entire thing appears scarily close-run. I prevented being on the pc in any respect the final 2 days, as a result of I did not wish to be spending each minute on tenterhooks. As an alternative, we used the attractive climate and went to Hampstead Heath once more. I feel I’ve a low boredom threshhold,  so I really feel extremely fortunate to stay close to someplace so unusually different, when to date I’ve not been bored in any respect. 

This time we visited the Pergola, initially constructed a couple of century in the past by the millionaire Lord Leverhulme.  It was a part of the grounds of a mansion which I dimly bear in mind as a public orthopaedic convalescent hospital, however which has now been taken over by another person who has remodeled it into one thing from the hundred-million-dollar property pages, with excessive fences and large notices all over the place saying it’s guarded by patrolling canines so maintain out.  Charming.  Nonetheless, the pergola nonetheless has oceans of interval appeal and light glory. It isn’t the the season for its wisteria and roses, however there have been loads of vines with colored leaves rising up its columns. 

It appears to go on for miles and has beautiful views over its surrounding park and gardens in addition to the wild heath past the fence. We had it virtually to ourselves and I could not consider anyplace nicer to be on a sunny day with T.   

Earlier than that, we might determined to do some litter choosing on the heath, and had introduced with us an extended dealt with picker,  gloves and plastic luggage to carry no matter we discovered.  Litter is cleared day by day on the heath, so it’s normally clear sufficient besides that just a few individuals clearly really feel that in the event that they throw their junk into the bushes, it would mysteriously disappear endlessly. In actual fact, it festers there for years, or endlessly.  We make it our mission to seek out these bits of indestructible trash and take them to their rightful place – the bin.  

We principally decide up plastic bottles and meals packs,  that brightly colored wrapping materials used for candy packets and get together balloons, plastic get together ribbons and, (yuk)  moist wipe tissues which do not biodegrade and should be banned. (We’re at all times glad of the gloves, picker and hand sanitiser.)  We braved the brambles and picked up a bagful of the standard junk from the bushes, and have been nearly to stroll again to the highway and discover a bin when unexpectedly there was the crunching noise of one thing jolting alongside the muddy observe to the glade through which we have been standing.

It was a ranger’s car, bumping throughout the leaves and roots, and it stopped on the opposite facet of a giant oak. Two males climbed out with large plastic luggage and way more skilled wanting lengthy dealt with pickers than ours.  They have been the actual litterpickers, and so we took the possibility to have a little bit of a chat. 

Appears they get 110 luggage of litter per week from simply this tiny part of the heath, however the man in cost liked the job as a result of he felt it was doing one thing actually worthwhile. He did not have a massively excessive opinion of the habits of most of the people, hardly surprisingly, however he was very happy with us and thanked us a number of occasions for giving him our little hoard of horrors so as to add to one in every of his 110 sacks.

In order that meant we may stick with it wanting round with out having to hold the bag of garbage and ultimately we set off and left him doing his work. Can you notice him within the image under, along with his massive black sack, mixing in with the timber?  

 I could have talked about I used to be beginning a brief course on the Royal Drawing Faculty.  I’ve now completed two days of the 5, and I would like to submit one thing I am pleased with however to date all I’ve completed has been geared toward fixing issues and it does not at all times look nice. (I assume the reality is that I do not normally clear up the issues, however I do maintain attempting.) I’ve had lots of enjoyable doing it and it has been an excuse to purchase myself some new gentle pastels to do some sketching of my very own.  I’ve a field of fine high quality Rembrandt gentle pastels,  however they’re virtually used up. 

Delicate pastels are a lot smoother in texture than brittle exhausting pastels which rapidly crumble and get dusty, however good ones will be so costly that I have been balking at shopping for them new.  Then I noticed a field of 24 by Conte of Paris on eBay, and managed to get them for £15. They’re used, however barely, and I do not thoughts the occasional damaged one, so I am effectively happy.    

I’ve change into a giant fan of eBay recently. (It is also cheaper than Amazon for books.) My newest eBay buy is Ronald Blythe’s ebook, “The View in Winter.”   The most effective components of the ebook are  the place Blythe interviewed villagers in Suffolk within the Seventies, all of them born within the Victorian age. He requested them to explain their lives and their ideas on residing and being previous.  I learn the ebook as soon as once I was younger, however I simply could not care a lot about previous peoples’ lives then, so not a single factor of it stayed with me.  Now, I discover it riveting!   What unimaginable social historical past, a glimpse of rural Suffolk practically gone, and really completely different views and experiences than now, all in their very own phrases, lots of them in dialect.  I felt that this was additionally a form of journey by proxy – however that is time journey. 


Ronald Blythe is now 97 and I think about that doing all these interviews could have helped in his personal ageing journey.  I attended a lecture by him about 10 years in the past and he appeared to be in good condition. 


Effectively,  that is me updated.    I hope the election comes out the way in which that I (and everybody else I do know) desires, and want you all a great Friday and a great weekend!  



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