Monday, 6 April 2020
Saturday, 4 April 2020
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,
on either side of the quarantine line
whose wordless courtship spanned the river
till she came no longer.
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
Sunday, 1 March 2020
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Sunday, 5 January 2020
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
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......