Banks fo Newfoundland Cassette to CD
In 1984 we recorded The Banks of Newfoundland, an historical/musical illustration of the contacts between Dorset and Newfoundland with particular reference to the port of Poole. I have eventually found a machine that will take the recording from the cassette and pump them into the computer without warping the notes of the concertina and fiddle. (This saga has been going on for quite a while and I've sent varuous machines back). The result is that I can now make CDs of the tape if you would lie one. £6 each inc. post & packing, cheques to 'The Yetties'. Address Downside, Sheeplands Lane, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4BW.
Bonny Grandad again
Noah Jack Sartin was born on the 28th of May. He couldn't wait to come into the world and arrived 13 weeks early. Fortunately the staff at Reading Hospital and John Radcliffe in Oxford were absolutely brilliant and the lad is doing OK. He is tiddly small but in there fighting. Grandad is hanging on in there too. If Noah turns out like his elder brother we're not going to be short of entertainment in the next few years.
Bonny, Happy Grandad
Life has been busy commuting between Sherborne and Henley on Thames the last 10 weeks but all is going OK now with young Noah Sartin. Hopefully he will be out of hospital in a couple of weeks time. He's now over 6lbs and, as the nurses will tell you, his lungs have improved no end.
Christmas Music Night
We have been prevailed upon to run a Christmas Music Night at the Weavers Club, Sherborne. A few Carols, songs and music from various artists. See Events column.
Pete and I have just returned from a weekend at Halsway Manor. It was an all singing, dancing and larking about 48 hours. A bit of Morris Dancing as well, music workshops with Pete, Becky Driscoll and Nick Wyke. Everybody brings their party piece to the party and I don't think I've laughed so much for years. Here's to next year, same time, same place. If you are interested in joining the fun and games give Halsway a ring and chat to Viv on 01984 618274.
Thanks ro all those whop have shown an interest in young Noah Sartin. We spent the weekend in Henley celebrating his 1st birthday. He was born 3 months before his due date but he is bright, cheery and very
cuddleable. It's an absolute miracle. I think come September I will be riding the Dorset Dirt 50k off road cycle ride to raise for the unit at John Radcliffe Hospital that saved his life. Bonny
Young Noah Sartin is progressing well. Apart from his lungs, for which he needs a little oxygen, he is a bouncy, happy boy. He has already saved Cynthia and I from the floods. We were going north for a break when he arrived and had to change our plans. It's just as well this happened because the area we were going to had horrendous floods.
It's now 18 months since we retired and those months have gone in a complete whirl. I keep thinking that in a few weeks time there will be some breathing space but somehow that doesn't seem to happen. Mind you I have forgotten what it's like to be tired and the decisions aren't so pressing. Today for instance I have to decide whether to pick the apples or the raspberries firt. Phew!!!
We've been finding some spectacularly large slugs in the garden with all the wet weather. Hence the following:
If you want to grow flowers like delphinium
You must keep slugs to a minimum
In my garden fair
They're getting quite rare
Since I started bashin' and striminum
I suppose, if you look on the bright side, they save having to buy sausages for the barbecue.
Thomas Hardy's Birthplace
Bonny has been booked by the National Trust to appear at Hardy's Birthplace, Higher Bockhampton nr. Dorchester on the 26th of June,the 10th and 24th of July and the 14th and 28th of August. The special subject this time is the novel The Return of the Native. Songs, readings and poetry. 12 noon and 2.30p.m.
Weavers Music Club
These sessions have been going well with more singers and musicians than we can fit in. The talent around here is amazing.
One more to go and that's on the 4th of September. Tickets from Pete on 01935 814667