Hammered Dolcimer

October 29, 2011

I promised to put up a picture of the Dulcimer player from the Crofton Steam fayre, unfortunately we have had very poor internet connection. So here it is better late than never.

Playing the hammered Dolcimer

Statistics so far:-

3037.27 Miles, 2016 Locks, 190 Swing Bridges, 118 Lift Bridges, 58 Tunnels


I love to boogie

November 2, 2009

I started playing jazz on the keyboard some months ago, actually it was after Bones had a go on our keyboard that I thought I would expand my repertoire from early classical and renaissance to a more modern genre. In doing this I have discovered that our grandson loves to boogie. So I am now playing walking bass boogies and blues pieces for the sole entertainment of the junior member of our family, he stomps around shaking his maracas in time to the music. Well so there I was practising for my next visit home when I looked up and caught sight of a pair of bopping legs, so being somewhat embarrassed the music ground to a halt. A middle aged head appears at the window and says carry on we were enjoying that. Byrd and Back never commanded such a response; I need to work on that. The joys of being retired and living on a narrowboat.

Statistics so far:-

1020.86 Miles, 714 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 7 Tunnels.


Heritage Open Day in Evesham

September 13, 2009

Today they had a Heritage open day in Evesham so we were able to visit the Bell Tower and the Almonry Heritage centre for free. There was also an art exhibition on in the town hall and we almost bought a painting. We then finished the afternoon listening to a brass band from the comfort of our own boat.

As we were going to the Almonry we came across something that Frances thought would be interesting for the boat, if we had had more room.

Stocks

Stocks

Although she would have had to let me out occasionally, so that I could cook her meals.

The Almonry is all that is left of the abbey; it was used to distribute alms to the poor. It holds a very eclectic set of exhibits ranging from The Battle of Evesham through to the Second World War, early development of the telephone and what can only be described as a tidier version of my dads garage.

Almonry

Almonry

Rear of Almonry

Rear of Almonry

The first surprise as you came in was an old square piano with a laminated copy of a Clementi sonata propped up on the music stand. Clementi had died in Evesham.

There was a 250th scale model of the abbey and surrounding buildings in another room, you can see how close the two churches are, but my how big and impressive the Abbey looks.

Model of Abbey

Model of Abbey

There was also a room dedicated to Simon de Montford who was leader of the Baron Reform Movement that opposed King Henry III and who was killed at the Battle of Evesham in 1265. His army were cut off by the river which loops around three sides of Evesham and the Kings men held the north exit point, outnumbering SdM’s men three to one.

We made our way back to the boat and had the pleasure of listening to a brass band playing in the park over the river.

Brass Band

Brass Band

Well I think that we have had a very pleasant stay here in Evesham and we will probably move on to Pershore tomorrow, the river is very quiet, there have been a few boats over the weekend but they have now all gone and we are a lone boat on the moorings.

Statistics so far:-

828.06 Miles, 647 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 46 Lift Bridges, 7 Tunnels.


Near Prior’s Hardwick

August 18, 2009

A leisurely day today as we did most of the planned trip last night, see previous post. Oh but don’t ask.

We arrived at bridge 124 late morning, hey we aren’t your early risers. So as we had most of the day free we went off Geocaching and netted 6 of the blighters in 6 miles, or if you like 6 caches/mile, is that 6 cache miles or 1 cache mile?

Anyway the reason we came here was to try the fare at the Butcher’s arms so we booked a table and made our way up to Prior’s Hardwick. Not an easy journey when you decide for some reason to wear a dress, Frances that is, I wore sensible fence climbing trousers. After negotiating the cow pats and gingerly manoeuvring around largish teenage male calves, you know the ones that just stand there with a bit of a glint in their eye, thinking that they could take us, we found a dirt road. Frances thought that it would be prudent to return before dark.

We enjoyed the meal and if I was still doing GRPS it would probably get a 2.0. I think pretentious but nice and not cheap would just about sum it up. We were one of the first but by the time we were seated at our table the place was full up, a very popular place. It does Portuguese and has been going for 36 years.

We made our way back just as it was getting dark and fortunately there was no incident involving animals, animal dung or fences, except for one little cute calf that came running down after us playing mister wolf, that is until we turned around and looked at it. We are now back on the boat listening to a Churchfitters CD, yes I know what you think and yes we did buy an awful lot of CD’s at the festival. In case you didn’t know we have been to a music festival.

Today we did 5.8 Miles

Statistics so far:-

769.56 Miles, 547 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 46 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Cropredy The Final Day

August 16, 2009

The first set was Richard Digance, he has been doing this slot for years and claims it as his. The audience loved him and those in the know, it seemed to be most, brought white hankies for his final bit as a reference to morris dancing.

Richard Digance

Richard Digance

The second act were The Churchfitters, they are based in Brittany and played an assortment of instruments including the saw and a home made bass made out of hacksaw blades, believe you me it sounded much better than it ought.

The Curchfitters

The Curchfitters

Then we had a Feast of fiddles a real treat of traditional music.

Feast of Fiddles

Feast of Fiddles

It was by far the biggest crowd today, Frances is in here

Crowd

Crowd

I thought that I might not like the next band but I was wrong, they were the most dynamic and interactive band of the festival, and that despite not being to most peoples taste in music, well I could be wrong but it would not be my music of choice but I still loved it.

Dreadzone

Dreadzone

Standing Ovation

Standing Ovation

Up next there was Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw

And then Ralph McTell

Ralph McTell

Ralph McTell

And Finally we had Fairport Convention, it was impossible to get a photo of them all from anywhere as by now most people were standing. Oh and the light.

Ric Sanders and Chris Leslie

Ric Sanders and Chris Leslie

Simon Nicol

Simon Nicol

Oh and Yusuf formally known as Cat Stevens arrived

Jusuf

Yusuf

Well that was our first Cropredy festival and I guess it won’t be our last.

Statistics so far:-

757.19 Miles, 538 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 45 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.