Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Keeping Warm.

I took this photo last night around six o'clock.  It was nearly time to switch the light on.  The range is filled up with solid fuel and logs and the doors and curtains are shut.

We don't have street lights here in the countryside.  So it's not safe to walk along the country lanes with cars appearing from nowhere.  All we can do is read a book, knit, watch the television, check the blogs we follow or perhaps answer an email.  Maybe have a drink or eat some cheese and crackers?

It's time to think about Christmas, next years holiday or maybe a rock festival or two.  Time to look at seed catalogues and plan the vegetable garden.

Wish we had a bus to take us to town or lived near a pub.   Soon be Spring.

How to you pass the long winter evenings? 

26 comments:

  1. Hi Dave, here by 6pm it'd already been dark for an hour yesterday. Yesterday evening Mrs G took me to see an opera in an old theatre where Mozart, Beethoven and so on used to work. There's not much space for the old legs as you can imagine. By the time the end came I was as stiff as a board. Europeans were a lot smaller 200 years ago!

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  2. Hi Gwil. Are you an hour in front of us in Austria? I was reading on tinternet and tweb that Ireland could be in a different time zone than the UK in a few years time. No what you mean about people long ago being smaller than us. We have had a few door lintel raised in the old house. I was always banging my head and having to bow. The theatre sounds wonderful. Imagine sitting where the great composers performed. Any pictures?

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  3. Thank goodness there are such things as computers, radio, and TVs, which I call winter sports! I often wonder what I did for entertainment when I was younger.

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  4. Hi Valerie. Winter sports is a great description. I remember looking into the fire and letting my imagination take over. I believe years ago in rural areas people would visit and talk and play cards and may drink a bottle of beer or have a glass of whisky. Now television seems to have replaced conversation.

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  5. I don't think I pass the time in winter evenings any different to how I pass the time in summer evenings. Of course I draw the curtains earlier and I light the woodburner but apart from that it is the same - reading, radio, tv, computer or going to bed when I am tired. I am currently reading Doris Lessings autobiography of when she lived in London during the 1950s. She recognised a clear demarcation to changes in peoples habits in the evenings - the day the television set came into the house. I also recognise this from my own childhood. I think it was a sad day for my mother and life was never the same again. As Doris Lessing points out, people went from sitting round talking with the radio on in the background to suddenly be glued to a tv set with nobody speaking and furniture rearranged and conversation stopped.

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    1. I only just read your comment, Dave, in reply to Valerie. I had not read it before I wrote my own comment.

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    2. Thanks for commenting Rachel. Please see my comment below too.

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  6. I think I used wrong server. Third try. We’re in CET time zone. Vienna has 3 opera houses. Try googling Theater an der Wien for a photo

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    1. No worries Gwil. I know there an hour in front in Warsaw. I always find places awe inspiring where amazing people have been. St James Church in Dingle where Amy Winehouse played once, comes to mind. Haworth Parsonage and Dove Cottage inspired me too. Will check out the theatre an der wien. Thanks.

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    2. I just Googled the theatre Gwil. It's like The Good Old Days. All it needs is Leonard Sachs. Reminds me of the Grand theatre in Blackpool when we saw the Nolans and the Grumbleweeds. Bernie Nolan was amazing.

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    3. I used to enjoy end of the pier shows at places like Blackpool. There was often a half decent comedian. Some of them were off the tele, as they liked to say. Sadly Dick Emery whom I saw in Torquay was just filthy, not even funny. A big disappointment.

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    4. Yeah me too Gwil. We had many a great holiday in Scarborough and took in the shows. The funniest comedian I have ever seen live is Billy Pearce. Daft as a box of frogs. Brilliant stand up. I watch Bobby Davro videos on YouTube. Absolutely brilliant. Why are the comedians not on our televisions every week? Political correctness I guess. Thanks.

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  7. Hi Rachel. I watch and listen to a lot of the old bands on You Tube with earphones. We watched ABBA on channel 5 on Sunday night. What an amazing band. I called them the Swedish Beatles.
    Even today everybody sings and plays their songs.

    Doris Lessings autobiography sounds a wonderful insight into 1950s evenings in London households. Television does seem to have destroyed conversation, The number of times I have been to somebody's house and there is a soap opera on television. Even on Christmas day Coronation Street must be watched. Even pubs have Sky News on for entertainment and people can put the world to rights. Thanks.

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