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  1. @Canny lass no, not euphemism- referring to her GIF attached to his post, a man with a tic which looks a lot like a very pronounced wink, is all 😁x
  2. I’m generally rummaging through posts I’ve not seen before and I’m struck by the references to additional names but more specifically initials being added and removed. My family experience is of father son and grandson all bearing the same Christian name, son was differentiated by adding the diminutive “ie” to his name, on maturity he lost the “ie”, then went on to marry and gave his son the same name again, but added his wife’s father’s name plus the name of the godfather. Despite this group of names for many years the grandson additionally carried the word “junior “ to avoid confusion with the older men of the same name. Again the junior was dropped on maturity. I’m wondering if the same sort of practice was more general and involved females, maybe the J that seems to be a very common addition is an abbreviation of junior? Probably not, just a thought 🌈x
  3. Greetings @Canny lass!x Short account indeed. Approximately 30 people gathered, majority members and about 10 newbies. David addressed the group from his position on the steps, suggested we all crowd close to him to hear him: some people were reluctant given long-standing advice about keeping safe distance while COVID is still prevalent. The history of the surrounding buildings was described giving particular reference to “the Sun Inn murders “ and David’s forebears involvement. Just as the group were moving on towards the Market Place a lady became unwell and lost consciousness, needing assistance. The group carried on regardless while the retired nurse and friend StJohn’s member attended to the lady, until she was recovered enough to be collected by her husband and taken home. Nurse and StJohn person caught up with the group as they crossed over to the Market square to be informed about the buildings present and previously. Then on to the Grapes, can’t remember the next bit. The noise from passing traffic made it difficult to hear a lot of what was being said, I did hear that David thought the TSB building was sympathetic to the previous building. Moved on again to the Trotter memorial, adjacent to the site of the old Poorhouse, replaced by the buildings of the undertakers business. David began recounting an issue with a schoolteacher when he was 6/7 years old and his father’s response. Sadly I had to leave at that point to catch a bus home; passing the few people left by the memorial it looked that the tour had concluded and a few were just chatting before moving off. @Josimarsz
  4. I’m still waiting to find out where we’re able to plant a tree other than in my garden, please? 🌈x
  5. Looking again at the oldest photo of the steppingstones there’s some obvious damage, pieces missing and one which has half missing. If these are Humford steppystones they must have been replaced at some time since the first pic was taken xxR
  6. I suspect if I plant any more trees in my garden my neighbours will be complaining in 10 years time about loss of “ancient lights “. However I’d welcome @Malcolm Robinson’s advice about which public areas I could plant a tree or two without breaking any by-laws? Please? Rx
  7. Och! @Canny lass, I was down there this morning- glorious Autumn walk from home following the currently bone-dry course of the Green Letch North into Choppington woods and out adjacent to the Travellers Rest, where we did rest, at the bus stop and took the lazy way home. I’m absolutely useless at gauging distance but it’s a 5-7 minutes leisurely walk along to Whinney Hill Farm from the Travellers Rest heading towards Guidepost. I’ve attached a screenshot of the area, the farm 3rd turnoff on the right, just above the road number A1068. Hoping this is of some help?
  8. One of the most common British Pub names is The Marquess of Granby, (but sometimes The Granby Arms.) This is a tribute to John Manners, Marquess of Granby, son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland. He was an officer in the British Army during the Seven Years War and is credited with raising the characterisation of British soldiering by improving the welfare and morale of the troops. He was one of the most popular officers in the army at that time and many publicans named their pubs after him when they had left the army. There is also a common belief that he paid for old soldiers toOne of the most common British Pub names is The Marquess of Granby, (but sometimes The Granby Arms.) This is a tribute to John Manners, Marquess of Granby, son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland. He was an officer in the British Army during the Seven Years War and is credited with raising the characterisation of British soldiering by improving the welfare and morale of the troops. He was one of the most popular officers in the army at that time and many publicans named their pubs after him when they had left the army. There is also a common belief that he paid for old soldiers to set themselves up in their own pub. Maybe Generals Clyde and Havelock followed suit? x🌈
  9. Just harking back to Colin Campbell and Lord Clyde, a short pub crawl to the Alma Arms/?Tavern Glebe Road,Bedlington. Major General Sir Henry Havelock KCB was a British general who is particularly associated with India and his recapture of Cawnpore during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Wikipedia pub at East Sleekburn carries his name, all national heroes from Crimea and India or sites of notable campaigns. Seems to have been a general (forgive the pun!) trend when naming pubs, possibly Scotlandgate’s Scots immigrants felt a closer connection to the Clyde reference?
  10. https://www.rct.uk/collection/420868/colin-campbell-lord-clyde-1792-1863 XxR
  11. @Canny lass , I’ve definitely found the clearing in the woods at the map reference. Once the undergrowth dies back I’m sure they’re be obvious footings. Thanks for your continuing advice. When it’s ready please take a glass of mead for me 🥂😁🌈x
  12. @Canny lass Hej! x Hoping you’ve conquered the great jam crusade ❣️. Me’nMax are just back from a Puce Bush Farm expedition, the vegetation is now knee high, down from thigh high in midsummer. I’m determined to find remains of the habitation and expect January ish to be able to send you a downright riveting photo of a stone or maybe 3!! Bestest regards Roseanne 🌈😁x
  13. Whoops! VERY belated Happy Birthday @Malcolm Robinson, best regards Roseanne x
  14. Morning @Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) @Canny lass@HIGH PIT WILMA I’ve just spent 15 minutes trying to work my way through this communication; I’d been emailed that HPW had made a response to something/one but I can’t find it 🤔xx However I also haven’t seen any responses from @Andy Millneor @John Fox (foxy). I’m probably just gazing at the moon again but I’m also wondering about some of the recent “interlopers” in this group and whether it’s just coincidence that systems are changing and admin are notable by their absence? 😐🤷🏼‍♀️🌈👋🏻x
  15. Hiya @Canny lass! Yes, absolutely, that’s where I came unstuck! I’d seen cleggs, knew what they looked like and many a time in childhood ran screaming from these evil monsters 😱xx The beasties who attacked me bore no resemblance to the cleggs I had encountered. Yellowish brown, gang warfare, didn’t know wtf they were. Guessed at hornets but my hero CuzzieKeith made me investigate further and I’ve isolated the beasties; definitely one of the many manifestations of horsefly. It’s 3 weeks since the attack and I’m still scratching, irritated and hating the little buggers 🤬. 🎶I’ll no more a-roving go🎶- cleggs are the the thugs of the insect community and I’m a victim of the evil beasties of nature 😫xxR
  16. Is there anyone out there who is in touch with Joe Bostock Bedlington grammar school 1968-1973? I’m told he’s not on Facebook- any idea how I can find him please? I was Roseanne Hutton back then; I’d love to meet up with him; he has a friend Vance. All advice gratefully received 😁🌈x
  17. lilbill15

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    Hi BigBill! How are you doing these days? Sounds like you’ve got your hands full? Are you getting plenty of help and support? Never be too shy or proud to ask for help when you need it; even if it’s just an hour or two off out away from the everyday necessaries!?! If you drop me a private message I’ll give you my phone number and I’m happy to help with anything you need. Kindest regards, R🌈
  18. lilbill15

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    Oh @HIGH PIT WILMA!! I’m weeping for Micky as I’m reading your account, tears dripping off my chin. What a little darling he sounds; I’m supposing Micky was a boy dog but his mothering of the kittens makes me wonder? I can only imagine how heartbroken you were; I’ve had over a dozen dogs over the years and I miss each and every one of them 😢-my bairns ❣️xx I was a nurse, never stopped to have children and never regretted that; my bairns all had fower legs 💕🌈xxR
  19. lilbill15

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    “Horse flies love damp areas and hot weather. During the summermonths, you're likely to find them in pasturelands near creeks, damp woodlands and in long grasses. According to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, peak horsefly season is between May and September”. Due to Cousin @Keith Batey’ s diligence I have found out the wee ferocious beasties weren’t hornets after all but a particularly aggressive swarm of horseflies! I didn’t know there’s a whole range of them and was fooled by the yellowish brown colour. Cuzzie Keith insisted I should take a closer look at horseflies on Google and he was absolutely right, all the information fitted. It’s now over 2 weeks since I was bitten twice on my right ankle and I’m still scratching (currently got my feet in a foot spa laced with Epsom salts and lavender oil) A whole new experience for me; I grew up knowing and fearing “clegs ”, but these buggers were a totally different experience and vicious with it! It’ll be Winter when I venture out to the remains of Puce Bush Farm again 🥺!
  20. lilbill15

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    Aah @HIGH PIT WILMA! 🥲bless! What was your poor little dog’s name? Bliddy progress?? trampling on the little man (or dog in your case)! Today they’d have been sued for all sorts of transgressions. Monsters 🤬!
  21. Good evening @HIGH PIT WILMA ! Lovely to hear from you, it’s been a while. Hoping all is well in your household and that you’re recovering ❤️‍🩹 well? xx Yes, I’ve finally sorted through everything and set aside a small pile of pics and clips for your expert determination, but, I’m like a mad moth; I’m drawn to the sun, so gallivanting a lot and then when it rains I’ve got the housework to catch up on. Plus the evil Max demands attention and exercise…..🥱! Not enough hours in my day just now but I’ll post it all very soon 😁🌈xxR I’ll leave you with one to be going on with…….
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