The Flying Man of 1733

By: sandiquiz , 11:08 AM GMT on May 11, 2014

Yesterday afternoon I received a photo and text message from my sister, taken by her hubby, as she 'zip-wired' down the front of the Church in our home town, as part of the charity event to celebrate the ‘Flying Man of Pocklington’.

I hadn't been aware she was going to do this, so it came as a surprise to me. Although I am no longer surprised by what my little sister does; she has begun to do things she would never have thought she was capable of five years ago!

All Saints' Church, (where I sang in the choir for 15 years), began to the hold the event ten years ago, in honour of Thomas Pelling, the daredevil, who died during a stunt at the church, and is buried in the graveyard.

Pelling was a travelling showman who toured the country in the 18th century, showing off his daredevil routine of 'flying' between buildings, using a mechanism of ropes and pulleys. He arrived in Pocklington in April 1733 with the aim of 'flying' over Market Street between the tower of All Saints' and the local Inn, but his equipment failed and he fell to his death in the church grounds.

A rope had been attached to the top of the tower, with the end wound into a windlass near to the Star Inn on Market Street. Straps had been inserted into iron rings on the rope and wrapped around his chest and one leg, leaving his arms and one leg free for balance. He also wore a set of wings designed to make him look like a large bat.

Unfortunately for Thomas Pelling, as he began his descent the rope began to slacken. He called out for the windlass to be tightened, but his helpers misunderstood and did the reverse, slackening the rope even further. Pelling fell onto the battlements at the east end of the church and fractured his skull, dying two days later. The folk of Pocklington buried him at the exact spot he fell, and erected a plaque on the wall of the church, in his memory.

Since I last visited the church, the memorial has been replaced enabling the words to be read clearly again. The original sandstone has weathered well for almost 300 years, but the replacement marble inscription should easily last another 300 years plus!

The parish register notes the death of Thomas Pelling in its list of burials for the year 1733, as the following.

April ye 16th: Thomas Pelling from Burton Strather in Lincolnshire a Flying Man who was killed by falling against ye Battlement of ye Choir when coming down ye Rope from ye Steeple.

Known locally as the Cathedral of the Wolds, All Saints' Church is an important Grade I listed building, dating mainly between 1200 and 1450. Its hundred foot high tower, the tallest structure in the town, and its four blue-faced clocks, which were designed to been seen from the town and the fields beyond, have kept the inhabitants 'on time' for almost 200 years.


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61. sandiquiz
1:24 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Hello my Friends, What a lot of replies I have to write...but I have a large cup of coffee at hand, and a well fed cat who will now keep quiet, so I will soon get through them all!

Here goes :)

GG - Shoes and I do not mix... I find a pair I like, and are comfy from the start, then wear them until they drop to pieces! Trouble is, after wearing the same shoes for 12 years, (same style, not same shoes) they have changed the style and I no longer find them comfortable :(

Hi Bug - Yes, I was proud of myself... a total of only £6 spent! The black bamboo I had had been a birthday present from C, as I had always wanted one. It cost more money than anything else in the garden, even cost more than the apple and pear tree! It was a non-invasive one... but with a warning, that it would only remain non-invasive if not pruned to the ground. She pruned several thicker stems to the ground and afterwards runners began to spread. As it was near the house I was worried it might get under the foundations, so it had to go:(

I am glad you finally got your front path sorted... you began that last year, didn't you?

Mike - I suppose i could be called "Gladys" here... I am always looking out if I hear an unusual sound, or a truck in the cul-de-sac....but we are in a "neighbourhood watch" scheme, so I hope others do the same if I am not home.

Linda - I once went on holiday to Jersey in Carnival Week. They do not have a fairground of their own, but each year, for Carnival Week, they bring in slides, Ferris wheels, dodgems, etc from the mainland. O this occasion the hotel I had booked was next to the fair ground.... I was glad to go home for some peace and quiet at the end of the week!

- Oh, Val was one of my mum's favourites too! His cardigans and his "rocking chair"!! Do you remember the bus driver from Hull? Matt Monroe? She stopped what she was doing to listen if he came on the radio!

Shirley - I saw that sad news in your blog, how awful for your neighbour. Some kids here pulled all the heads of one neighbour's tulips overnight about a month ago. I sometimes wonder what their parents teach them!

GG - yes, now I have seen five fish, so only two more to go and they are all safe and sound! Yes, the horsetails I have heard of are only about 4 feet, and love wet ground, like around a pond.

- oh, yes, me too when I saw the last one of the series, but it will go on. I found she had been offered a role in an American series, I think.

Shirley - thank you for the info on the horsetails, with roots ten foot deep I think I will give it a miss!!!
Also thanks for your technical knowledge about why I lost some photos from my header. Like you I knew they hadn't gone completely, because I went to look for them...but couldn't understand why one was still there and the other three had gone! When I looked this morning they were all back again:)

Linda - as soon as I post this I will go and have another go. Fingers crossed!
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60. WeatherWise
11:50 AM GMT on May 20, 2014
Actually, I think what happened is they moved those photos to a different server. All of your photos were still there as one of the missing photos was in your last 4 that I can still always see but had taken the -ak out of the url which means a new or a different server. That made the link not work. A guy was seething mad about all of his photos being gone over on sensitivethug's blog. I explained to him through her blog that his photos were still there and gave him an example of the link change. It was like as soon as I posted it through her blog she reversed it almost immediately and everyone's photos were working again. She is an admin here and perhaps higher than that.

Here was the conversation and the link stuff was same on yours as I had already figured yours out earlier but just applied same to his:

BaltimoreBrian, I don't think any of your photos are gone. I have been noticing missing photos throughout the blog today. It is like perhaps they moved the photos from perhaps one server to another or one folder to another and it has changed the link as to where all of those photos were located to a new location. Example: Your helicopter photo was at: s/sandiquiz/1605.jpg

They have taken the -ak. out of the link which sounds like they moved them to a different server.

Your photo is now at: ltimoreBrian/15.jpg

So looks like all of your photos are still there but without the -ak in the url.

Shortly after that his and yours were working - I think briar had some photo links not working as well - I am glad as if they had kept that server closed it would have meant a lot of work to go back to every photo and take the -ak out. In doing web work, I recall no links working when the school system would upgrade to a bigger server but shut down the old server which meant none of the old links worked.
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59. Thoughtsteader
11:21 AM GMT on May 20, 2014
Morning, Sandi,

I just found this from a mod on the WP forums:

So, we were accidentally flagged by the Internet Watch Foundation, which led several ISPs to block sites. The flag has been removed. Now, it's just a matter of when the ISPs reset their proxies with the updated IWF list. So, this should clear up in the upcoming days. If it does not, please let me know!

Here's one of the threads on WP. It looks like BT may have been affected, too. What a world! But at least it's not WP or your computer. Small mercies!

Now, to find some coffee....
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58. sandiquiz
7:37 AM GMT on May 20, 2014
Quoting 57. SkyBlue17:

I could not see the photos for some reason.

Neither could I, which is strange as they are WU photos not Flickr....but they seem to be back this morning:)
Happy Tuesday to you :-)
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57. SkyBlue17
10:21 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Very interesting blog! I could not see the photos for some reason. Been trying to read back, but must admit defeat. And come back and do that tomorrow. Too tired! :))
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56. sandiquiz
8:49 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Hi all, been without Internet for most of the afternoon and evening, so not been able to get on.... Finally back on just before I am ready to head to bed.
Thanks to all, I will be back tomorrow:-)
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55. WeatherWise
7:17 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
Hi Sandi, Was reading GG and Linda's comment about horsetail plant. I had never heard ot it so decided to read about it:

"Considered a living fossil, horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is one of the oldest plants on the planet, primarily because it is one of the toughest to eradicate. Horsetail has an airy, fernlike look, upright like a bottle brush, with wiry, leafless 6-inch to 2-foot stems as well as shoots tipped with a cone that produces the plant's reproductive spores. Occasionally planted on purpose in gardens down to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 2 for use as filler in flower arrangements, in basketry or herbal medicine, the plant spreads not only by spores, but through rhizomatous roots that, when broken, can form new plants from the tiniest piece. Eradicating the horsetail plant is a long-term project.

When you're faced with a patch of horsetail growing where you don't want it to, don't start yanking or digging. When you don't get the whole root -- and you won't, some are reported to be more than 10 feet long -- more plants appear. Tilling the plants under garners the same results. Smothering the plants with black plastic or other mulch is not effective either, as horsetail thrives when conditions are wet, dark and low on oxygen. Sprouts emerge when the plastic or mulch is removed no matter how long the plant has been covered."

Even using chemicals is questionable as have to apply herbicides over and over. Found info on: l-plants-28748.html
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54. palmettobug53
5:18 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
I about had heart failure last night, Sandi.

I was watching the Season 3 finale of 'Call the Midwife' and JENNY LEFT! Since she's the narrator, I just knew the series was over. I was working myself into a full blown panic, when I saw these lovely words on the TV screen: Season 4 of Call the Midwife. Coming next spring.

Oh, thank heavens. I could breathe again! lol
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53. GardenGrrl
10:17 AM GMT on May 19, 2014
Good Morning, it looks to be another nice day here. There ought to be law that we only have to show up on cruddy days. So your fish are showing back up? Hooray!
Not sure which horse tail Linda is talking about. The kind I know of does not get more than three or four feet tall. It does grow at the edges of ponds and looks very pretty.
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52. WeatherWise
11:38 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Glad your fish are popping back up to the surface, Sandi.

I have some tiny bamboo stakes not much bigger than your finger perhaps smaller - a pack of them 4 ft tall. Just added some extras to my tomato plant yesterday.

So sad the disrepect that a very few have for other people's property. Today on my walk a friend came out to greet me and to show me how 3 young boys had gotten into the bamboo that I just posted a photo of a few days ago in a blog comment. The bamboo belongs to her next door neighbor. The bamboo stalks were broken all down and laying out in the street. The owner will be so upset as he takes great pride in his bamboo. Perhaps it was in your blog.

It was in your blog.

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51. ozgalah
11:11 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Hi Sandi, of course I remember Max (one of my Mother's favorites along with Val Doonican and his cardigans) how unpc those songs are now!!!!
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50. Thoughtsteader
8:07 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Happy Sunday, Sandi ~ Finally sat down and read the full story of the poor, ill-fated Thomas Pelling. A paucity of good line-handlers is one reason I don't varnish masts in place any more. Beyond that, I'm not about to trust anyone else's lines. A little chafing here, a little fraying there, and before you know it, you're nothing but a Pelling-sized splat! on the deck.

I'm working in a new marina now, one that's snuggled right up next to The Boardwalk -- our local amusement "park". There's a ferris wheel, a roller coaster, and other assorted thrill rides, including a zip line sort of thing. Instead of hanging as your sister did, the people sit in a car-like thingie and plunge down it that way. It looks like it still would be nerve-wracking thrilling, but I'll stick to my varnish brush and sandpaper.

The bamboos discussion's interesting. There's a plant you ought to explore called horsetail. It has many of the qualities of bamboo - simple, straight, dense enough to provide some privacy - but doesn't spread like bamboo. Or so I'm told. It's really a neat plant!
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49. palmettobug53
7:37 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
I think every neighborhood has a Gladys Kravitz, Mike.

We used to have one like what you described. She didn't work, was always on the phone and always nosy. Peering through the blinds or flat out in the front yard, watching. In a way, I didn't mind; she was better than a burglar alarm! Cheaper, too.

She and her family moved about 12 years ago. The folks that are over there now don't work. Retired for medical reasons, or so I've been told. That doesn't seem to stop them from coming and going and doing anything they want to do. But I digress... they're fairly nosy but not quite to the point of the former neighbor.
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48. clearlakemike
7:24 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Did you survive the heat, Sandi? I planted some bamboo in a gap in the trees overlooking our neighbors hoping it would grow like wildfire and protect us from the original Gladys Kravitz of Ocean View's binoculars. She was always peeping at us. She would stand out in front of her house, phone in hand, gossiping to the town folk about the new queers in town! Ugh!! I felt like the latest exhibit at the zoo. The bamboo never grew more than four feet! Just my luck to get 'Pygmy bamboo' lol. But now I can keep an eye on what is down there now which is a serious threat to our safety and well being. Gladys was a walk in the park compared to what is living down there now!!
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47. palmettobug53
3:02 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Happy Sunday, Sandi.

I see you managed to avoid the temptations of the local garden centre! You can be forgiven for splurging on just two plants for your garden.

I love the looks of bamboo but have avoided buying any because it can be so invasive. I know there are non spreading types but, with my luck, I'd buy some that was mislabeled and be up to my eyeballs in it. Besides, I've never seen any kind of bamboo for sale in our local garden centres. It's possible that Hyam's, over on James Island, carries some. I've just never bothered looking.

I finally finished the front walk! No more flinging flagstones around. Er, there might be a bit of tweaking with the smaller ones but the big ones are staying where they are.
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46. GardenGrrl
10:08 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Good Morning. Golly but it feels early. Yes, made it to the Kite Festival and had a ball. Lots of photos but no time last night to really sort them as had to be up early today for work.
Oh. Shoes. I so envy people that can throw on any old pair and be comfortable. I spend a fortune on inserts to get them to feel right. But, when I get a good pair, life is good.
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45. sandiquiz
5:21 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Well, I never did get back, did I?
The beautiful weather we are a having means I have spent quite a bit of time outside.
Yesterday C and I went into town for breakfast and then wandered around the Garden Show in the city centre. I was very good, ignored all the tools, the hot tubs, the offer of garden furniture, and only bought two new plants, which I dug into the garden when I got home.
I stayed out to potter, water and deadhead until it became too hot for me, then went in, to work on the computer.

I have an idea for a new blog which requires lots of photos, which I will make into collages, so the blog does not become to pictorially large and slow to open.
What is it? Well, you will have to wait and see, but I think it will please a lot of you...especially GardenGrrl!

GG. Did you get to the kite festival? Do we have photographic evidence?? Lol

Ylee, unfortunately I did pay her, and as Wabit mentioned, it could have become expensive, but I repaired the damage myself, or at least what I could, by removing the damaged plants.

Shirley, bamboo does spread sidewards, by pushing along the surface, and your friend is correct...only concrete stops it once it becomes 'invasive'.
I do have a photo of it, and as Briar said, the stems make wonderful garden canes (in my case black ones) so I have a dozen or so that I saved and still use.

I was raining when I took this photo - and I am surprised how much the garden has changed in the last five years! Lol
I loved the sound it made when it moved in the wind.

Karen, what a great photo of the boys...they have grown. I hope the little show they put on tonight is a great success:-)
I am so glad to hear things are getting easier. I had a phonecall from my sister yesterday saying she had had a letter from the solicitor for dad's estate. It appears we are nearly at the end of all the procedures, the final pieces of tithe jigsaw so to speak. My dad died four years I know how long and drawn out these things can be!! was in a good cause!! Lol.

I have the opposite problem, my foot is long and thin, so many styles are too wide for me. I found a style of ECCO casual shoes which I wore for the last five years of teaching when I began to wear trousers all the time, so never felt I had to look so 'dressy'. I wore them until they began to wear out, then bought another pair. Sadly, though, they changed the style, and now, when I need a new pair, they don't have it any more. I suppose I can't complain, I have had this pair for seven years, and when I leave the house they are usually the shoes I put on!

Bug - my neighbour is like you, small sized and can get away with kiddies shoes, as long as they are not too kiddy-ish!!
I ought one pair of smart sand coloured sandles about four years ago, which I have worn at all smart functions I have attended, not that there has been many. I finally got a handbag that is the same colour, so now I have a set!
Unlike many friends, who have matching handbags for shoes, I buy one bag, and use it for everything until it gets tatty, then replace it....except for smart functions, when i do try oui look ' altogether'!

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44. WeatherWise
2:39 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Hi Sandi, you have to be very careful where you walk when growing bamboo as it just pops up and you have stepped on a new shoot before you realize it. I think the roots grow perhaps quite shallow like runners across the yard instead of down. My neigbor says the only thing that will stop that root is concrete. As for me, I know very little about how it grows - just know what he says. I do know that some type grows wild on the ditch banks back home down on the farm without anyone planting it. JUst grows naturally.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

SwallowBeautiful Baby Swan Goose

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43. BriarCraft
10:41 PM GMT on May 17, 2014
Quoting 42. sandiquiz:

Apologies ..... my blog kept bouncing to the top...I was testing something for Briar.

Be back in while!

My bad!!! But I won't apologize as I think it was for a good cause. ;- }

The talk of tiny feet has me comparing shoe shopping problems. Tiny feet or wide feet -- doesn't seem to make a difference. When it comes to house slippers or muck boots, I shop in the men's department. For footwear that I actually wear in public, I have resorted to shopping online at My Favorite Shoe Store. I would really prefer being able to try them on before buying, but I make a point of reading all the reviews, where I learn if the shoe runs small or long or whatever. So far, at least, I have never needed to return a pair. And they both carry Extra Wide shoes in all sorts of styles.

I'm waiting and hoping to see if the new bamboo I planted last fall will take of and grow this year. I told the nurseryman I wanted to grow my own garden stakes and he directed me to Blue Fountain Bamboo. So far, it only has a tiny bit of new growth.
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42. sandiquiz
7:40 PM GMT on May 17, 2014
Apologies ..... my blog kept bouncing to the top...I was testing something for Briar.

Be back in while!
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41. palmettobug53
3:28 PM GMT on May 17, 2014
Happy Saturday, Sandi!

All that talk about tiny feet and high heels. I have the same problem. I wear a 4 1/2 dress shoe, which is almost impossible to find in women's styles, unless I shop the really, really, REALLY expensive shoe stores and I'm too cheap for that.

I think I wear a 35 in the European sizing.

I can sometimes wear a 5 or 5 1/2, if they run small or if they're casual, lace up shoes that I can wear with socks.

I do shop in the girls and boys section frequently. Some of the designs and flourishes are too childish in children's dress shoes, though. Too much Hannah Montana, too many butterflies and flowers.

Or too trendy, like platform soles. Been there, done that, back in my 20's and I about broke my neck falling off the things!

I never wore spike heels. I've never even seen them in my size. Mine have always been about 1 1/2 to 2 inches, at the most.

I started veering away from pointy toes long ago. I was starting to get corns on both feet and a bunion on my left foot. I look for roomy toe boxes and comfort these days. The corns have long disappeared and the bunion has never gotten worse.

I hate shoe shopping, though. Esp if I need a pair of shoes for an upcoming wedding or something. I can't just run out and buy a pair.

One thing I do is always keep my eyes peeled for anything in my size and at a reasonable price. If I find anything, I get them, whether I have anything to wear with them at the time or not. I figure I will, at some point.

Unfortunately, I don't have many dress shoes. Most of what I can find are casual styles.
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40. GardenGrrl
1:48 PM GMT on May 17, 2014
It's Saturday morning, the weather is great. Am thinking of ways to rile the pets up so they wake the spouse. There is a Kite Festival that starts at 11am in Dallas. Really excited. Bet there will be lots of pretty things in the air.
Oh, maybe Roxie wants to play tug-o-war :D
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39. SBKaren
12:41 AM GMT on May 17, 2014
Hi again Sandi! Look! Twice in one week!

Our temps have cooled down a bit. Today it only hit mid 80s, but it felt wonderful compared to the 90-100 degrees we were experiencing. Tomorrow we have a beach clean up down at the beach and the temps are suppose to go down even a bit more and then I'm going out with some of my Pageant gals - dinner and a show. On Sunday Evan is having a magic show at his house (how cute!) and Ian is the pre-entertainment. You wouldn't believe how they have grown. I'll try to link a picture, as long as that still works the same way.

Yep, still works! Monday is a mom day - one doctor visit and a couple of errands and bill paying. Kind of nice to be back to somewhat normal.

We're still in the probate process with my brother's assets, but some things are moving along. I am really looking forward to this summer. I'd love to get away, but I don't know where and I don't know when yet!

You look a might chilly compared to us right now....but you know what? I don't think I'd complain!
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38. WeatherWise
9:46 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
I know you must have been so disappointed to lose your black bamboo. But what can you say or do after it is gone. When my neighbor broke back my butterfly bush to nothing, I just said thank you but grieved silently. I don't think I have ever seen black bamboo unless it was in a conservatory for butterflies in Durham NC. I will have to check next time I go. There are many exotic plants there.

I have a neighbor that has a little bamboo area in his yard. He takes great pride in it and is quite offended when the deer or he thinks vanadlism destroys a stem.

This is probably the type that grows on the riverbanks locally. This shows new shoots that have grown quite tall within a few days.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Oh, and I am watching for a photo of window with new blind and if you have a photo of your black bamboo from a time passed.
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37. whitewabit
7:54 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
Sandi .. when I had my business you would not believe how many times I was called to correct what you describe .. and of course there is usually nothing to be done but to pull out the butchered plantings and replant .. can be and was very expensive for the home owner .. to pay me, the cost of new plants at the right size to blend in with the rest of the plantings, plus paying the first offender !!
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36. whitewabit
7:47 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
Sandi .. old man Winter still trying to hang on .. we have a chance of frost tonight and many here have their summer landscaping's planted with annuals that in low lying areas might not make it through the night !!

I will have to cover my tomato plants but shouldn't be too hard as there is only 4 of them and are close together !!
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35. Ylee
2:56 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
I'm assuming you'd already paid the incompetant gardener? I wouldn't have paid her a dime otherwise!

So, what's next on your List of Things to Do? :' )
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34. GardenGrrl
2:12 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
Good Morning, so many versions of the Nellie song. I thought that one was cute. It is fun to sing loudly and badly in the car. Sometimes on my commute a song will come on that I turn up and sing loudly too. Really surprised the windows don't shatter as I cannot match any key.

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33. sandiquiz
1:38 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
GG - Thanks for the video of the kids singing Nellie.... I think I sang louder than all those kids put together! lol It seemed to work, as he slept on the way back so I wouldn't sing again!! hehehe

Shirley - Oh, you have my sympathy. I had found a gardener to come to my house to cut back some shrubs, about ten years ago when i was still working. SHE - yes, a she, came to the house the night before to find out exactly what I wanted doing. We wandered around the garden pointing at things and saying, "trim that buddliea and that forsythia, but leave the philodendron alone. Please do not cut back the black bamboo, but take out the green one.... or words to that effect.

When i came home the next day I could have wept! The black bamboo had been hacked to the floor, the philodendron had gone and the forsythia still there, plus lots of other things wrong.
Of, course, She never came again... And i think she knew nothing about gardening, as she didn't even know the names of the plants... how could she, and then remove what I had told her specifically to leave alone!

I loved that black bamboo, too... but once you cut them back they begin to spread, so I had to come out completely :(

I have an oak garden table that is a spur of a moment purchase, which I love.... but it is in the garage awaiting a sand down and a re-varnish ! Another job on my "to do" list!

Jane, Hope your tender plants survived the frost.... Jus has posted a video of it SNOWING in her town!! Spring will not come in your neck of the woods, will it?:(


Had the new blind fitted at the kitchen window this morning. it looks similar, but not exactly the same. It is also much cleaner, as the old one was 10 years old! C came into the kitchen after the fitter had gone and said "Why has be put up the old one, I thought you were having a new one?" Mnnnn.... he is obviously a very observant man! lol
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32. JanesVacation
12:19 AM GMT on May 16, 2014
Nine days of school left for me. The school year has gone by so quickly. Too bad it is still cold here, the trees haven't even leafed out. Hope all is well with you!
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31. WeatherWise
7:53 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
Hi Sandi, I know what you mean by the tree opening up the area for lots of weeds and grass. The tree service folks came in and trimmed the red tips off of my house (beside my house) since the neighbor would never cut them back! What should have been shrubs have grown up into trees. I have noticed a lot of undergrowth growing rapidly in the bare areas. However, my yardman will take care of that, when he mows. I just don't allow him in my flower beds as I am afraid he doesn't know the difference in a treasured flower and a volunteer tree or stray vine creeping into my flowers. So I tell him I will take care of what is in the flower beds and often I do ask him to pull up volunteer trees and vines that sneak into the flower beds but with me standing right there pointing them out.

Your lunch outing at the little garden center sounds neat - I know just the sort of place you are talking about. We have a place that is similar. It is called the Gingerbread House - a very dangerous place for spending too much temptations for me. They have a nice little restauant there also that is called the Brown Bean. It is such a lovely place to visit with all types of beautiful garden and kitchen items and so much more and have lunch as well. That is where I found my beautiful little herb themed table and chairs in the patio photo that has all of my fresh veggies on it. It is special and definitley not anything I needed. It was one of those spur of the moment purchases. I stopped in there about 10 minutes before closing time one day and in ten minutes time fell in love with it and came out with a ceramic table and fancy little chairs by Kathy Hatch collection. I surely did not have a place fancy enough for it but I wanted it and I got it.

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30. GardenGrrl
6:48 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
For those who have not heard the song, here is Nellie the Elephant.

A punk rock band called Toy Dolls also does this song. That video is a hoot.
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29. GardenGrrl
6:43 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
OH to have a video of you shouting out "Nellie The Elephant" while Max catterwalls. Pretty sure it would have gone viral.
We are having a pretty day too. Wish I had gone outside sooner...then again I would be caked with garden soil for my trip to the optometrist. These glasses are only a year or so old but not working very well. Am going to get a new eye exam and buy some inexpensive glasses at Costco until my insurance will cover a fancy pair in another year.
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28. sandiquiz
9:12 AM GMT on May 15, 2014
Morning all, A lovely day here, Spring has finally arrived. The temp on WU says 13 C for MK, but my digital thermometer says it is now touching 23C , in the sun!

Going out for lunch with my Thursday lunch friend and we are trying a new garden centre that has opened... I wonder is my purse can get in and out unscathed!! lol

Shirley - I have a patch of garden down behind the pond that has sort of run away with me... I had a tree taken out last year and it has let in more light, which means the weeds have grown more prolifically! THIS summer I must sort it!

Wabit, it scares me too! when I go for dinner she hops up on a chair to get the best dishes out of the cupboard that is too high for her to reach. I could reach without the chair, but she doesn't want me to do so... she is fiercely independent! I doubt I will be the same in another 20 years! lol

Poppy, when we moved here, we had a Persian cat called Casper....he never went in a cat basket, he loved to be on the passenger seat and looking out of the window. He came all the way south on my young BIL's knee, happy as Larry. :)

The church clocks are not that unusual in the Yorkshire Wolds... many churches have blue enamel faces.... but I like to think that "my" church was the first, and set the trend! lol

Briar -

Maybe you can tell me, does Flickr have anything resembling WU's Recent Favorites or AC galleries? I would love to have an occasional quick look around the world on Flickr.

On the black bar, where it says, Flickr, You, People, Groups, Explore, Upload.... click on Explore.
It will open a tab where you can see the "recent photos" that have gone into Explore. It changes hourly if something else pushes the current photos from the top spot. There is also a link to the new item Flickr brought out at the last change called "Galleries". If you click on one of the thumbnails in the Gallery page you will get a group of photos following a similar theme... there is one in there at the moment called 'polar bears', which has several great photos in it.

Ozgalah... you can tell we were children of "Uncle Mac"!! Remember "Sparky" or Max Bygraves, singing "You're A pink toothbrush , I'm a Blue tooth brush"??? lol

Like the sound of your Chicken and leek stew with savoury scones...hope you get Geddy groomed and the weekend goes well.

Hello Karen :) I have been following your heat wave, I know how much you dislike being too hot:(

Glad to hear your mum has settled down into the routine of the home... it must be a great relief for you, and also knowing there is someone very near to her at all times.

It will soon be the end of school for you and you will be able to relax a little. Take care.

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27. SBKaren
12:31 AM GMT on May 15, 2014
Hi Sandi,

Thought I'd drop by and leave a word here. It is hot, hot, hot here. Dealing with 90 degree the house! Fires all around, but we are not threatened. My mom seems to have made a turn, for the good. Hoping that continues in the right direction. Have a book club meeting tonight in a restaurant, and I can't wait to go because it will be air conditioned! R is watching the boys for dinner and then taking them home for bed. I encouraged him to take them to McDonalds so they can also be inside in air. I bet a lot of other people are thinking the same thing!

We've had so much heat this winter and spring. I honestly don't know what to expect for summer. Right now, if you were to ask me, I'd say bring on the marine layer......and you know how much I complain about that.
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26. ozgalah
10:41 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Hi Sandi, oh Nellie the elephant, that's my favourite to sing to the grandchildren to keep them awake in the car! Another weekend of dog shows coming up, only Geddy needs grooming again though, his fur grows as rapidly as he is. A friend is catering officer for this show so I am helping her with some cooking, chicken and leek stew with savoury scones, she always makes me cupcakes for our shows so I like to return the favour.
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25. BriarCraft
9:00 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Funnily enough, the moon shot, taken as a second thought when I went out in the garden last evening to capture Josephine has actually gone into Explore!! The strange workings of Flickr!

What I haven't figured out about Flickr could fill volumes. I think it is quite a full-featured website if once I get it figured out. By that time, Yahoo will probably be ready to roll out a new version and then I'll have to start all over again.

Maybe you can tell me, does Flickr have anything resembling WU's Recent Favorites or AC galleries? I would love to have an occasional quick look around the world on Flickr.

It is beautiful here today, made it to the mid - high 70's, so all laundry has dried outside and I have been doing some more gardening.... little and often is the way!

Oh yes! Little and often is the way. More and more I creep on my knees, tending a flowerbed for an hour, then it's take a rest break to stretch the knees and back. I get in anywhere from 2 to 5 little sessions in a day, depending on my chosen activity and the weather. Gone are the days when I can work an entire morning or afternoon non-stop. That's okay. I get nearly as much yardening in as of old, plus I have time to read or sit at the computer in between.
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24. calpoppy
8:29 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
When my son and DIL headed for Alaska from Florida they had (and still have) a cat and a boxer. The cat put up such a fuss in her carrier that they just let her out in the vehicle. She was cool, she layed on my son's shoulders a great deal of the time, was on top of the dashboard, and on the console. I got pics of all of those places she would lay. She never yowled once!

That is pretty neat what your sister did!! The church is beautiful, and the color of clocks is so unusual!!

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23. whitewabit
7:01 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Wabit - my aunt - the one I call the "Aged Rellie" is also only 4' 10" and always wears heels...even when she is climbing on a chair to wash the windows! She will be 87 next - even I have difficulty stepping up on to a chair, sometimes she amazes me!

Sandi .. that amazes me .. but sounds a bit dangerous too !! and at that age .. mine is 83 I believe and love her dearly !! my Mom's youngest sister .. all of my dad's brothers have sadly passed ..
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22. WeatherWise
6:30 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Hi Sandi! Your gardening tips sounds like a great idea. I agree. Pull it up as soon as it pops up and not nearly as unbearable task.I am thinking of one little patch of grass that I keep putting off working with it. It is different from other grass and perhaps it has been hiding there under that shrub for quite awhile. I know it requires a hoe and just never go get it when I am pulling little weeds and grass. It is a bit wirey like and strongly rooted in hard soil. I probably am thinking also that I will wait until the shade gets on that side of the house and never get back out there.

Still thinking about your sister zip-lining and thinking about those heels too! My feet have a mind of their own and squeal loudly if I try to put them in heels or perhaps it is me squealing with pain. Haahah! Have a wonderful evening!
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21. sandiquiz
2:30 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Wabit - my aunt - the one I call the "Aged Rellie" is also only 4' 10" and always wears heels...even when she is climbing on a chair to wash the windows! She will be 87 next - even I have difficulty stepping up on to a chair, sometimes she amazes me!

Ozgalah - When they first introduced VAT on clothing for adults and not for children, my mum could get away with children's tee-shirts, nightwear and trousers... no VAT! Me? Nah, never!! lol

GG - Max was making so much noise that I was singing to keep him quiet... I decided to sing "Nellie the Elephant" at the top of my voice! Thank goodness no one heard me, or they might have called for a wagon with men who specialise in white jackets that fasten at the back!!! lol


It is beautiful here today, made it to the mid - high 70's, so all laundry has dried outside and I have been doing some more gardening.... little and often is the way!

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20. GardenGrrl
10:04 AM GMT on May 14, 2014
Good Morning, so Max decided to sing during his road trip huh? It certainly does pass the time. Wonder who taught him to sing?
He sounds like a very friendly fellow if he started purring for the vet. I really do think you found a keeper in this one.
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19. ozgalah
11:01 PM GMT on May 13, 2014
Hi Sandi glad Max did well at the vets, Geddy cries in the car but hoping if I keep taking him out he will get used to it, he's fine if the others are with him!! He's sorely testing my patience at the moment as he doesn't think I should spend ANY time on the computer so he's doing all sorts of naughty things to get my attention. I am only 4ft 11 inches so I sympathise on height restrictions....don't wear heels very often any more though, my Mother had tiny feet and often if I went to buy her slippers they would bring out childrens designs when I asked for her size!
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18. whitewabit
9:16 PM GMT on May 13, 2014
Quoting 10. sandiquiz:

Hi Barbara, left you a post in your blog.:-)

Mike. - my sister would not be seen out without her heels...those are ankle boots I think. Her slippers even have heels!! She is 5' 2" tall and likes to seem taller!! I am 5' 5" and wear flat trainer type shoes all the time, moaning when I have to be smart and wear heels!!

PS - is it my imagination, or has WU changed the background colour to a soft cream. It seems much less glaring than that stark white?

Sandi .. I have an aunt that is only 4' 10 inches and I have never seen her not in heels of some kind .. and to make matters worse she has a very small foot and has to order most of hers to get them to fit ..
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17. sandiquiz
4:58 PM GMT on May 13, 2014
Hi All,
Took Max to the vet this morning for his annual check up and flu injection. He howled all the way there, as only an "oriental" cat can! But he was good in the vets, let him pull him around to look in his mouth, ears and listen to his insides etc, then jab him with a needle, and even purred for the vet when he picked him up for a cuddle!
On the way home he actually went to sleep! Such a perverse cat!

Then this afternoon I have been in the garden, cutting the lawn and weeding the borders. Two thirds of the garden is tidy... but the last third is the area that requires "major surgery"!!

Data - I have had a phone conversation with my sister this afternoon and she had a whale of a time. She wanted to go to the top of the tower to recreate the feeling of being up there on Ascension Thursday morning, when we, (that's the choir), climbed all the steps to the top to sing hymns from the top at 6am! But once up there, the only way down on Saturday was with the zip wire! She said, if she had known she would have worn her walking shoes!

Briar - thank you. I must admit, I haven;t worn anything higher than 1" except for very special occasions, for thirty years. I found being on my feet all day, teaching a practical subject, meant I felt safer in flat shoes! '
Josephine is really a beautiful clematis, I am delighted with it. I don't know whether it is a cut and come again type.. I will have to cut it back and see:)

Funnily enough, the moon shot, taken as a second thought when I went out in the garden last evening to capture Josephine has actually gone into Explore!! The strange workings of Flickr!

Linda - I have not heard of her, but she has a lovely voice. When I went to The Stables website I found that Judie Tzuke is performing the weekend before.... C love her music, and has been to many concerts so was very interested when i told him. I wouldn't have known if you hadn't sent me looking, so thank you.

Going to cook dinner, will be back to reply to Ozgalah, Shirley and GG after dinner:)

Back now....dinner cooked, eaten and the dishwasher filled. I also have a white load chugging along in the washer. Meant to do this earlier, but somehow forgot!! Lol

Ozgalah hi there! Glad I could educate you - lol
I am so so pleased to read that your dogs did well at the weekend , and way to go, Geddy!
Also read of your intended trip this year......:-)

Shirley I read about the schedule for your son, and saw he was taking his time and enjoying the trip and the holiday. I have heard many do the trip in five days doing 20 to 25 miles or so a a challenge, but not a holiday. You miss so much of the countryside rushing!

GG it is classed as a double clematis, and this year it is much bigger than it has ever been, so perhaps the wet, warm spring has help it! I had a beautiful Passion flower that actually gave me fruit three years running and then the winter of 2010/11, and the months of below freezing, killed it off:-(. I have just begun an new one but it will take several years to get to the fruiting stage.
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16. GardenGrrl
10:14 AM GMT on May 13, 2014
Good Morning, that is an amazing clematis. Looks like what we call a "passion flower" here but on steroids. I may try one of those in my dappled shade two hours of full sun spot that nothing wants to grow in. Can't find the right plant for that one spot yet. Although I think the culprit may feral cats using that dirt as a litter box. May have to dig that area out, put fresh dirt in and cover with a screen.
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15. WeatherWise
2:36 AM GMT on May 13, 2014
Nice blog, Sandi! Pretty neat history of your church related to the Flying Man of Pockington. Neat photos and documents. Tell your sister that we are all thinking she is quite brave to try out zip lining! I have seen a live video of my daughter-in-law zip-lining while in Costa Rico - she is yelling all the way down at my son something like that is okay buddyro, I am going to get you for this or something like that. So funny. Wish I still had the link to that video.

My son posted more photos today. Wish I could link them in blog but think it is one of those protection issues that perhaps needs to be unlocked. However it is great as I know that when he post that he has made it in for the day. Hope you are having a great week.
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14. ozgalah
12:31 AM GMT on May 13, 2014
Well we live and learn I lived near there for so long and never heard of the Flying Man, thank you for the education!!!! Your sister has a good spirit of adventure you wouldn't catch me dangling on a rope I'm afraid!
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13. Thoughtsteader
11:44 PM GMT on May 12, 2014
You are one lucky woman. Lookie who's playing in Milton Keynes on May 28. Do you know her?

28th May
The Stables Theatre (Jim Marshall Auditorium), Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU England. UK.

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12. BriarCraft
9:28 PM GMT on May 12, 2014
Gosh, I haven't worn more than a 1 inch heel since my mid-20s. That's when I grew up enough to realize I'd rather be comfortable than look helplessly feminine -- but no, I didn't go so far as to burn my bra, just my high heels.

What a fun way to start off a local history blog, with a daredevil sister! Love it!

The story of Thomas Pelling certainly disproves the modern myth that all daredevil adrenalin junkies were born after 1900. I have a hunch there have always been daredevils of one description or another.

Since I'm on WUclassic, I'll post your latest thumbnails for others to see:

I am simply amazed at Josephine the Clematis. I have never ever seen a blossom like that. It is stunningly beautiful.
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