Down memory lane

Today’s guest picture comes from Tom, my South African correspondent.  The picture shows a view of the mountains seen from Worcester in the Western Cape area and was taken on his phone.

WorcesterWe had another grey and drizzly day here today but it was definitely warmer which was very welcome.

I had a traditional wander round the garden after breakfast to see what was what.  The aquilegias have lasted very well and are still a treat…

aquilegia…both in various colours….

aquilegia…and almost none.

aquilegiaLilian Austin has been teasing us for several days but she is almost out now.

Lilian Austin roseNancy, the Archive Group treasurer, came round to get a cheque signed and we strolled around.  She enjoyed the musk….

Musk…and the colour blend of the lupins and the willow behind.

lupin and willowOur next visitor was Dropscone, who arrived bearing a bag of traditional Friday treacle scones.  These were so good that someone who shall be nameless ate half of one of mine.

There was just time to do the crossword after Dropscone left before we had to get ready to go down to Canonbie where my old school was celebrating the fact that the school secretary had racked up 25 years of service.  Lesley is a wonderful woman and a truly admirable secretary so I was very happy to go down with Mrs Tootlepedal to give her a well merited round of applause.

As we got out of the car, two of my ex colleagues appeared…

anne and gill..and for a moment it was just like old times.

Canonbie Primary school was an traditional school when I was head teacher there 30 years ago but now it is part of a ‘cluster’ with Langholm Primary and Langholm Academy.  The cluster head teacher was at the function and he sat down and chatted with us over a cup of tea.  I had never met him before and was delighted to find that he was a very approachable and sensible chap.

We also chatted with Emma, an ex pupil who was in my son Alistair’s class and now has two children of her own in the school.  She thinks that the school is very good and her only complaint about it these days is that they don’t teach the recorder any more.

When we got home, it was wet and windy and all thoughts of a cycle ride were put to one side.  Mrs Tootlepedal did some desultory gardening in the gaps between the rain and I settled down to select and print ten photographs for an exhibition that our camera club is putting on at The Hub in Eskdalemuir in July.   I am mostly saying it with flowers this year.

I popped out from time to time to see what Mrs Tootlepedal was up to but it was too soggy to do any mowing or compost sieving so I took a picture or two…

A peony full of potential
Raindrops on a foxglove blend with its pattern

…and went back inside.  When you have literally hundreds to choose from, picking ten is quite hard work.

I didn’t have much time to stare out of the window today but I liked the punk haircut on this chaffinch.

chaffinchIn the evening, Mike and Alison came round.  They have been in Wales and while she is on holiday there, Alison always likes to have a ratch about in a favourite second hand book shop with a good music department.  This year she came back with a very enjoyable set of divisions (variations) on Greensleeves arranged by Arnold and Carl Dolmetsch and first published in 1939.   This piece turned out not only to be tuneful but quite easy to play so it was a winner on both counts.

The flying bird of the day is a rather damp chaffinch.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

32 thoughts on “Down memory lane

  1. Please send the grey drizzle our direction, and I’ll send you some sun and heat. 😉 Such beautiful flowers! Your cool weather is probably helping them last a bit longer.

    The farmers’ market where I work has a good scone and bread vendor now. In the absence of a Dropscone, it is the next best thing. The barley-espresso scones were quite good, and I have put in a request for my favorite blueberry-oat scones.

    Greensleeves is a wonderful song.

  2. The weather there has to get better sooner or later. I think the same thing here, but the string of cloudy, rainy days continues, maybe we’ll have to build an ark to share.

  3. Wonderful to hear the Dolmetsch name again after so many years. Carl was the great recorder man when I was a child and my rosewood recorders, pear for the bass, bore his family name.

  4. Going back to former workplaces can be a mixed blessing in my experience – perhaps because I’ve chopped and changed work so many times – but this was clearly a lovely occasion for you.

  5. So glad you enjoyed the trip back to Canonbie School and saw some of your former colleagues.
    The variations on Greensleeves must have been great fun to play.
    Lovely raindrops on the foxglove.

  6. I do like the shapes of the aquilegias. I taught my own children until university level due to the remote areas we lived. It was rewarding but I don’t think I could have managed a whole classroom of other people’s children! It is certainly an admirable profession that has the potential to greatly benefit children’s futures. I know that some of my early teachers inspired me immensely. Enjoy your retirement. It is well deserved!

  7. Bring back the recorder, I say! In fact, any music in schools that is not pre-recorded or sung/played to a backing track. Greensleeves – wonderful!
    Your duo of raindrops photos are very neat, but the lupins win the day. How often they manage to get to the top of their spire while their bottom petals are still well presented?!

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