I love a corny pun.....
This is the hairdressers which now trades from the old granary building in our park.
Here's the original....take it away John Paul Young
Have a good weekend.
Stations are places for rushing around in by and large I think. Occasionally I have paid attention to some of the Victorian grandeur on full blown display in some of the London ones, but our one is just a squat and unremarkable affair. I read a comment about its completion in 1938 and the Art Deco styling only last week and it rather surprised me. Art Deco? What Art Deco? It seemed a good focus for the walk I had planned for last Friday's most recent local jaunt around the town. Now I've been told it's plain for all to see!!
Up for a spot of spontaneity for a change I decided to continue to wander in whatever direction my feet took me and once again I found myself in the area of my old stomping ground from 25 years ago. This church was on one of my regular routes back then and had you asked me at that time what I thought of it I'd have probably described it as being "as ugly as sin." In some respects I still would agree up to a point....red brick modern churches don't really do it for me. This one is called St Leonard's and at first glance has all the charm of a 1950s secondary modern school!
Knowing that my Aberdonian friend, C, will be celebrating Burns Night tonight I asked him a few weeks ago where he got his haggis from as he's lived down South for years......with a twinkle in his eye I was informed that you don't buy a haggis you have to hunt them.....
First you need to find a mountain and then climb to the top of it where the haggises live. Descend slowly in an anticlockwise direction for haggises nearly always come down clockwise. Knowing that their legs are longer on their portside than their starboard size, when you meet one face to face you must blow your whistle and wave your arms at it. This will frighten it and it will try to run down, but overbalance and topple over the mountain side. You can then collect your haggis at your leisure once you make it back down to the bottom. Thinking things through I foresee a couple of problems....Sussex doesn't have any mountains and once in a while you may encounter a haggis that only goes in an anticlockwise direction. In that case you'll have to go hunting in the supermarket instead.
Now surely an 85 year old Scotsman wouldn't have fibbed to me would he😉😄
Is it just me or are there others out there I wonder who share my weird fascination with the randomness of the middle aisle in Lidl....as a friend wryly commented "it must be the only shop where you can go in for something very mundane and come out with an angle grinder that you didn't even know you wanted!" I can't resist taking a sneaky peek on my rare visits over there [our one is across town and can get very busy, so I haven't been for several months]. Most of the time I have little problem resisting the delights, but back in September I fell for it hook, line and sinker. For a four hundred and ninety nine pence investment I emerged with this in my sweaty little paw....
My TV watching tends to comprise of selected shows from the catch-up options available on Freeview. Sometimes it might be something dark like the recent incredible "The Serpent" and other times I only fancy things that are positive and fluffy. My current favourite for this is the welcome return of "The Great Pottery Throwdown" with the gorgeously emotional Keith Brymer Jones. I love all the different styles of ceramics that the potters can create from a lump of clay.
Now I'm spending more time in the urban landscape I am really beginning to notice what a contribution pottery/ceramic/brick/earthenware details add to the buildings. These are from my recent walkabouts round Horsham.
This may not look like it, but this shot was taken on a very wet day a couple of months ago. We were truly drenched by the time we got home. The weather for the next few days is set to be far from fair in my part of the world, so the woods will be very muddy and slippy underfoot. I shall be working so going to the woods is not an option for me, but if you fancy having an arboreal experience whilst staying in the dry perhaps this might provide a good halfway house https://mymodernmet.com/forest-sounds-tree-fm/?fbclid=IwAR1nf64Enu4Cx8KIRF6e1b5m_wOYoGsL91yYzE9kVJOEkqC-Td4GREA9G6c
Well it might not be possible to physically do much in the garden planting wise right now, but indoor scheming is afoot. We talked over ideas a few weeks ago and how we could achieve a wildlife friendly plot with our postage sized piece of turf and the solution seems to be seasonal shrubs that are attractive to the pollinators and birds with a few hardy perennials thrown in any remaining gaps....in essence we've gone for indestructible [hopefully] ones with attractive flowers and berries. It turns out Mr GBT has been quietly beavering away and so was able to present me with a list of possibilities at the beginning of the recent break. If we can get them I think we're in for a treat and it will be nice to be able to have something to show for some money we were recently given for our little project.
Meanwhile the tiles on the planters are now on [we'll continue to grow veggies in them] and he's just converted the redundant peanut feeder into a suet pellet one...they're fussy little beggars our local avian friends. We're now flavour of the month with the visiting nuthatch and starlings.
Mr GBT and I do our best to do something if we find we have a day without any commitments at the weekend. What we do varies according to tim...