Saturday, 4 April 2020

Time, Gentlemen, Please




Lockdown : 
And I couldn’t escape the waking dream 
of infected fleas
in the warp and weft of soggy cloth
 by the tailor’s hearth in ye olde Eyam. 

Then couldn’t un-see the Boundary Stone, 
that cock-eyed dice with its six dark holes, 
thimbles brimming with vinegar wine
 purging the plagued coins.

Which brought to mind 
the sorry story of Emmott Syddall and Rowland Torre, 
star-crossed lovers
on either side of the quarantine line
whose wordless courtship spanned the river 
till she came no longer.

Simon Armitage

The Plague Stone

I'm reposting these sketches from my walk round the Peak District in May 2018. I stayed at Eyam, famous for self isolation back in 1666 and walked past the Plague Stone between the villages of Eyam and Stony Middleton. Villagers left food on the stone and the 6 holes drilled in the top were for vinegar to disinfect coins left in payment......
The Plague doctor. A whole different kind of face mask.....

Friday, 3 April 2020

Corona Virus Diary


 I hesitated before starting this......things are moving so fast , it's hardly something to make light of.

But then, in the spirit of New of the Stews, I thought, I'll start it whilst I can. 
Those headlines from a week ago already look dated......

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Wingerworth Wobblers, Stagger Wales

More valiant Half Marathoneers, Anglesey Half Marathon


Portaloo Etiquette/ Beaumaris Road Runners

Runner with tattooed legs demonstrates Portaloo etiquette. With thanks to Fergal of Beaumaris Road Runners for the loan of the safety pin.....

At Anglesey Half Marathon.....

St David's Day- Anglesey Half Marathon 2020

Congratulations to Robin and 1,200 St David's Day runners who braved the wind in Anglesey 

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Hot Oz

Thinking of those folk down under with bush fires continuing to blaze.....

Sunday, 5 January 2020

One Hundred and Fifty Lashes

Thanks to Status Quo tribute band "Matchstick Men", I got to sample some Australian beer this festive season. The story goes that James Squire was a convict, discovered stealing ingredients from the stores to make the colony’s first batch of beer when the Judge ordered 150 lashes… plus two barrels of ale. 

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Christmas is Home- made and Square

This year's Christmas cards, top ranking this year going to "Christmas Words", knocking Santa off top spot, with a tie for 3rd place between the Nativity, snowmen, Christmas trees and deer. Penguins, postboxes and robins were way down this year....and far less cute animals. The top shape was a square, there were more home-made cards (see later in blog). Weirdest card was a carrot family dressed in Santa outfits......

Wednesday, 1 January 2020