Author: kelda

  • Beadnell’s About

    Pictures from our week in Northumberland.

  • Lost and Found

    For some years now some of our family have been discussing  the mystery of The Sicilian, a female ancestor about whom very little was known.  Thanks to some new research, she has been identified as Elizabetta Calabro.  She and her spouse, Andrew Walker, had a daughter named Mary, in 1815.  Mary was born in Gosport, […]

  • Mine of information

    Loch Ore on Sunday, this superb local amenity features a circular walk through a variety of ecosystems, including a beach, reed beds, meadow, fields of geese and woodlands.  Built on the land reclaimed from coal mining, it’s used for water sports and is the meeting place for the Newfoundland dog group.  Wee frog here the […]

  • July kit

    From my walk today, some wild, some planted.  The poppies are at the end of the Dunfermline Road out of Limekins, an infamous junction where there is no place to linger. Today I was listening to my current podcast of choice, The Moth,  thank you Fiona for the shout, walking along, when I became aware […]

  • Fig for a jig

    Finding myself on the Lakeland page and seriously considering an egg coddler,  I remembered that it is possible to use this interweb thingy to post as well as to shop. I’m surprised that I haven’t been keeping a lockdown diary.  To be fair, 100+ entries of “got up, didn’t go out, tried to sort my […]

  • Toothsome

    I think most of us are experiencing sleep issues during lockdown.  For me, it’s a mix of wakefulness, wild dreams, dozing instead of non REM, sensitivity to the early dawn, and so on.  One aspect is that I wake up, frequently, singing. Many tunes wash through my cerebral cortex, I would love to say that […]

  • Notes from my perch

    Occasionally my wanderings on the internet surprise even me.  Today I found out that James Dick, a successful business man who was born in Kilmarnock and moved to Glasgow, developed the school gym shoe known by various names over the UK.  He and his brother had experimented with using Gutta-percha to cover the soles of […]

  • Disembarkadero

    My liking for train travel is well documented, I have been reminded of this during lockdown by two separate emails, both from subscriber lists. The National Railway Museum in York is a fascinating destination for normal times,  I have mentioned before the thrill of sharing the same space as these leviathans of steam power.  I […]

  • 100 and 75

    Yesterday we had a zoom call with family for Mum’s 100th.  We raised a glass, and had cake.  Elspeth made pancakes.  The commemorative whisky which was my father’s, from the Russian Consulate, was finally broached.  It being the 75th anniversary of VE Day, it was deemed appropriate. Some of the whisky will be decanted into […]

  • Keepers

    In the process of filing away my birthday cards for 2020,  each one is unique and special, thank you to everyone who took the time to draw, paint or send their good wishes.   As I said on the day, this one couldn’t have been more different from the last, but there are very precious memories […]