Saturday, 1 December 2018

On The Right Wavelength


THE festive Christmas holidays loom, the spending spree, the gifts, the parties, invitations, preparations and, of course, anxiety. There's a lot to do!
At Edmonds Towers we have it fairly easy. We exchange greeting cards with a few relatives and distant friends; treat each other to some thoughtful gifts, then have only a short walk to a family banquet prepared by others.
However, we've also had a lot of expense recently. The towers' plumbing needed overhauling and November saw a couple of birthdays and a wedding anniversary. The funds for Christmas gifts were looking a little threadbare.
Then I did a foolish thing, leaving on an interior light in our car after heaving out a few bags of food and parcels. Next day, when eagerly needed by She Who Knows, the battery was dead. This was soon fixed by a solution we'd used before - phoning for a taxi with 'jump leads' and paying a couple of quid to have ours charged up.
Unfortunately, because of that temporary disconnection, our much-used radio/cd player wouldn't work. Modern safety devices also meant it would be time-consuming and complicated to fix.
"Not worth repairing, better to get a new one," a couple of nearby garages and radio stores advised, adding, "We'll fit it, too, for a hundred pounds or so."
I was bemoaning this while consoling myself with a pint of ale beside our local inn's warming coal fire, when someone recommended a back-street mechanic and electrician 'just up the road'.
Sure enough, in gale-driven, heavy rain, I found the lock-up where this man, called Mark, laboured alone and explained to him my problem. He offered to work upon it but insisted of first driving me back home because of the rough weather. Two hours later, he phoned to say our car was ready - all fixed!
"Just get me a pint sometime," he told me, steadfastly refusing any money for what he considered a trifling job.
Well, it does restore one's faith in humanity and decent, honest people. This was a handsome gesture in this time of giving and caring for others - and much appreciated.
She Who Knows, too, was delighted upon my return. "It'll mean we have more money for presents!" she promptly pointed out .
Well, yes, quite right. We were back on the right wavelength once more.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Time To Celebrate!


NOVEMBER may not seem the most likely time to celebrate but, here at home in Great Marton, it brings birthdays and anniversaries - so we will!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Wish You Were Here!


GREETINGS from Blackpool on the blustery Irish Sea coast of Lancashire.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Enter The Dragon


THE start of this month saw me in North Wales with the Honourable Order of Bass Drinkers, writes Roy.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Salt & Vinegar Please!


A 'CHIPPY' near the ancient town of York is attracting more than 100 Chinese visitors a week, stopping off for a fish-and-chips supper after touring the ancient Yorkshire city.

Friday, 3 August 2018

A Taste of Summer



WELL, August and the school holidays are here with us - bringing those predictable but odd twins to this Lancashire coast: a hose-pipe ban because of draught, along with more showers and thunder storms.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

DCI Banks meets Sam Stone


IT'S wall-to-wall sunshine here on the Irish Sea coast of Lancashire and the forecast promises more for days.