Wednesday, 15 January 2020

The weather outside is frightful....

...But the light of the lamp delightful...yes we may not have a roaring fire here at GBT, but we do have this new light that my parents bought us for Christmas which casts the most beautiful sunset coloured glow in our dark, north facing room.


There is little doubt that the weather was veering towards the hideous yesterday, but it was my day off and I needed to get the barnet neatened up. Having checked the forecast, I set off dressed for the expected conditions and despite having caught the rain managed to miss the wind that blew in later.  For my own wellbeing I am doing my best not to write off days just because it's grim outside, so I carried out a little test to see if I could still come home feeling upbeat if I donned my home tourist head.

This Millennium mosaic is in one of the underpasses [done by Jane Sybilla Fordham and Lisa Finch] and hand on heart all I ever do is walk past it. Today I thought perhaps I should actually take a sec and look at it...one or two people who passed me gave me a rather strange look at this rather weird woman taking photos on a wet Tuesday morning! A welcome splash of colour in amongst all that grey.





Once again I sought shelter in the museum [a favourite haunt of mine] and have apparently managed to walk straight past this rather large exhibit without seeing it. It's a sweet making machine and belonged to a local Victorian confectioner called Alfred Potter.


This is one of a set of earthenware figurines depicting the Sussex tradition of trug making. Little is known about the maker Alan Lainchbury. It dates from the 1970s


These two fellows were local pie sellers [painted by F Burstow in 1850]. The chap on the right is John Hamilton Smith and the one in the smock is Charley Price aka "Patch Price".


Let's just say Price was rather a notorious chap in our town back in the day. He spent his time flogging his wares alongside Charlotte Venn aka "Cherry Ripe" [her son was an infamous murderer] at the local fairs. The two of them spent much of their time drunk and he was the last person to be put in the stocks. According to a book of reminiscences by Henry Burstow Price would cause trouble for his well-to-do sister when he'd run out of funds by shouting drunken obscenities outside her house using words "hot enough to make Satan jump." She'd fling money out of the bedroom window just to get rid of the old devil. Not someone I'd want to meet on a dark night.

I think I was pretty successful in enjoying my day despite the wet stuff!

Arilx




12 comments:

  1. Looks a very interesting museum. Mys sort of museum!

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    1. It's deceptive because it's looks quite small from the outside but it goes back a long way and has loads of stuff to see. It also has several interesting and varied exhibitions every year and it's free. Hence my frequent visits! Arilx

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  2. love your 'something out of nothing' approach! woke up this morning feeling down in the dumps due to broken wrist (from just before christmas) but you've given me a boot up the bum!!

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    1. I think I'd get frustrated by a broken wrist too, but yes it did me good to not get ratty because it was raining which is the more usual scenario! Arilx

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  3. I know what you mean about not taking notice of what's immediately around you. I live in Brighton and we have lots of interesting things here in particular I am thinking of the Pavilion, I just sail past these things as I am so used to them being there.
    Love the mosaic, I've done a bit of that in my time.
    Briony
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    1. I must get back down to Brighton. You are spoilt for choice living there. Arilx

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  4. How interesting that your local museum can connect real people (and their ancient gossip) with its objects and images! A damp day well spent!

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    1. The painting actually has a sign flagging up this character. I managed to track down a copy right free issue of the original book so could repeat Henry Burstow's comments more fully. He had an incredible memory [he could remember 400 folk songs] and his recollections from the 1800s onwards [he died in the very early 20th century] are fascinating. Arilx

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    1. The other ones in the series were good too. Arilx

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  6. That is so funny-about Charley Price and his sister-I wonder if she was like Hyacinth Bucket-I would have loved to have seen it x

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    1. It was implied that she considered herself superior to her nightmare brother! Arilx

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