First of all, I want to wish you all A Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
May 2011 bring every dream fulfilled.
This is a poem sent to me by friend Ev.
A Happy New Year!
Grant that I may bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end,
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar A Guest~
All photos today are shared with the permission of Mr. Mike Alcock, the photographer who was kind enough to share with me these exceptional photos of Marldon Village, South Devon, England, a place I called home from 1965 to 1975. I met Gregg in July of 1975 and moved to America not too long afterwards.
The view below reminds me of the one we had of the village from the back of our bungalow, although we were a little further away than this shot and probably at a different angle. My favorite sound was always that of the church bells on a Sunday Morning.
It never ceases to amaze me this wonderful world of the Internet. A couple of weeks ago I wanted to find some up-dated photos of the village, to go along with a post about our 35th wedding anniversary. I put in the subject line at Google, "marldon village photos south devon england" and up popped The Marldon Local History Group. I wrote to ask if I could use those photos after realizing I should have asked permission before actually posting them. I was so happy to find them, all of which you can see here. Chris Alcock replied to my letter and said she had asked the group's photographer, Ray Bond, who had said yes. Chris also gave me some updated information on the village, which I was very grateful for. She also included two of her husband's photographs he had taken a couple of days before. A day or so later her husband - Mike - sent me one more, all of which I was very excited to receive.
Thank you Chris, Mike and Ray, for bringing a little bit of home back to me after all these years, and A Very Happy New Year to you too.
To repeat what I posted here and if you missed it the last time and would like to see where I lived when I met Gregg, you can go to the website and on a list on the left-hand side, as your arrow goes on each title, a drop box of photos appears. If you click on each photo, it will show you a different scene of the village I lived in from 1965 to 1975.
Our house is very quiet now and company left for home last Tuesday. Anthony Bourdain is on the TV where he started out in Fall River, Massachusetts. They have a large Portuguese population originally from the Azores, and now he has gone to the Azores. I love my arm-chair traveling and I love listening to the conversations he has with the people he meets. Both Gregg and I enjoy his show, except one of us doesn't like listening to commercials and flips through the channels when they're on. A clue, it's not me. I think it's a boy thing.
I almost forgot to tell you that we have a new TV, a gift Gregg and I gave to each other for Christmas after the other gave up on us after eight years. It snowballed a bit as we also had to buy a stand to put it on. The new one is a little bit bigger than our old TV and doesn't fit the other stand any more. So, yesterday we found ourselves in Havarty's and I fell in love with a lot of furniture. We had been in there five minutes and I saw a small console, where I said, "I like this one." "Great!" Gregg said, "Let's go find the lady", a nice young person who greeted us as we walked in the store. "Heck no!" I said. "It's been five years since I've been in a furniture store, I'm not choosing something in five minutes mister" and off I went.
I don't like shopping normally but have just found out how much I love furniture stores. I think I heard Gregg groan. We were in there about an hour and the console I finally settled on? It was the one I saw after the first five minutes. But you know, you've got to have a fun time looking right, just in case? I didn't tell Gregg at the time but I saw our new bedroom furniture. He actually groaned again when I told him just now. Hmmmm.....I think I need to remind him that our other set is 35 years' old and he had already bought it before I even came over. He also told me - at Havarty's - he chose it in 15 minutes. Just between you and me, I've never really liked it, it's also been through ten moves in it's life and is looking like it might fall apart any time. I think it's time to get a new set. I'll give it a couple of months more before my new friends The Havarty's and I get together.