Cutty Sark at Greenwich, London

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Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant during a recent visit to London.

Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant during a recent visit to London.

Photographed ┬áby Anthony J Sargeant on the evening of 18th August 2015 – The Cutty Sark is an impressive sight floodlit at night. Tony and Eileen had gone to London to see the Ravillious Exhibition at Dulwich Art Gallery (which was impressive). But we stayed at The Mercure Hotel in Greenwich – and after eating we walked along to Greenwich pier where the Cutty Sark is preserved in a dry dock. Originally built as a tea clipper – a fast cargo boat to bring the seasons tea back from the East – by the time it came into service it was really out of date and although used for other purposes for a while it never fulfilled its true function. It remains a beautiful example of the fast sailing ships built in the last days of sail.

Jigsaws – are they as pointless as sudoku or crossword puzzles?

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Well here we are …… almost complete …

Jigsaw - almost compete - just some sky to complete

Jigsaw – almost compete – just some sky to complete

….. just a few more pieces to add ..

Eileen works away trying to make the pieces fit!

Eileen works away trying to make the pieces fit!

….. only a very pieces left ..

just  5 or 6 pieces left - very nearly complete

just 5 or 6 pieces left – very nearly complete

… Is this the last piece ? does it fit ??

Does it fit? is it complete? The last piece ?

Does it fit? is it complete?
The last piece ?

Hurrah ! Joy unbounded – it fits and the jigsaw is complete – all is well with the world ……………….

Jigsaw completed - joy unbounded !

Jigsaw completed – joy unbounded !

…………. oh dear but life will be so empty …. sob ….

Rose veal Osso Buco makes a delicious meal

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Rose veal osso buco slow cooked as described by the excellent Guardian cookery internet page – served with some fresh green runner beans and a porcini risotto seen to the right in the picture (although this was unnecessary and we think the meal only needed a few crushed potatoes with which to soak up the juices). The marrow was sweet and delicious eaten with some of the meat. The Osso Buco was bought from the excellent butchery counter at the highly rated Ludlow Food Centre in Shropshire. Anyway an excellent meal. Photographed just before eating by Anthony Sargeant.

Delicious meal - highly recommended.

Delicious meal – highly recommended.

My commemorative riven slate tablet

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I find letter carving very challenging and rewarding and I thought having not done some for a while I would do something ‘useful’ and something which might save Eileen a little money at some future date (yet to be decided!). The T is deliberately cut deeper using the V incised lettering technique used throughout and the last two digits of the ‘final’ date left open. Riven slate might look quite good but it is not the easiest of stone to carve letters into because of the uneven surface and tendency to flake.

Of course Eileen and our children may decide to scatter my ashes to the four winds – in which case if there is another Tony out there who was born in 1944 and who needs a commemorative tablet you may find this one on ebay one day!

Anthony Sargeant (but usually know as Tony) carved this riven slate tablet in certain anticipation of his demise albeit at some unknown date.

Anthony Sargeant (but usually know as Tony) carved this riven slate tablet in certain anticipation of his demise albeit at some unknown date.