Monthly Archives: July 2010

LatitudeFestTest – the answers – are you local?

The LatitudeFestTest

Question 1:  How do you like your Black Shuck? A long way away – If you want a child friendly version of the Tale of Black Shuck try THIS.  So 1 point each to those who suggested Mythical or keep him in Bungay.

But as they are local it seems only right to plant the video of Darkness singing Black Shuck

My favourite answer with 2 points therefore goes to:  @Goodshoeday

Question 2: (from @Nickshore) How do you pronounce Hoxne?  Like Aldeburgh, Grundisburgh and Pettaugh Suffolk towns like to fox people.  The correct pronunciation may well be “ˈhɒksən” but I think that ‘Hocks Un’ is the best way of showing the correct stress.  If you can find the centre of the village I’ll give you 20 points.  But for now the bonus 2 points go to @Moohvy


Question 3: What do you treat Peronelle’s Blush with?  Of course Peronelle’s Blush is a fantastic cyder and Blackberry liquer from the wonderful house of Aspall.  So you treat it with a deckchair and good company.  My favourite answer with 2 points goes to @jaydubblah who said ‘respect’.  As for the cheeky monkey (@hardboiled2006🙂 who said ‘Bishops Finger’ – I knew Peronelle so I can’t possibly comment!  So one point to everyone who recognised it as a local cyder.

Question 4: The shop in the lane sells eggs at 90p per half dozen; how do you pay? In the honesty jar of course.  If you don’t have enough money an IOU will do.  Leaving empty boxes is also a prerequisite and if you are under 16 samples of the cakes you made are also expected.  So 1 point for honesty box etc.  And a grudging 2 points to @NorfolkKitchen but that just goes to show what a difference being North or South of the Waveny makes.

Question 5: What two things happen in the lane most days? (seriously local question, but if you are local you just know) In our lane its #OKdoggy going for a walk and the 7.00 cyclist.  The thing is if you are local, you just know.  So 1 point each for OK doggy and the cyclist and 2 points @sketchybear for understanding the toll and devastation of living in a lane if you are a hedgehog, rabbit or frog – at least I don’t share the squished things as #corpseoftheday

Question 6: If you catch crabs, what state is your tackle likely to be in?  The correct and best answer (2 points) goes to @sketchbear for bolty and bacony, read these posts if you need more explanation.  So 1 points for suggesting bacon, bolts or anything else low tech for dangling into the creeks.

Question 7: Why are there no peas in Suffolk this year (except in Peasenhall)? It’s all down to the devastation of Birdseye losing the pea contract with Italy.  If you want to know how hard this is the total budget for Norfolk and Suffolk farmers was £5,5 million.  When I wrote this post last year I had no idea the situation was so fragile.  If you are interested in twitter and peas follow @bfpeas.  If you’ve missed it this year, then put a date in your diary to attend the Peasenhall Pea festival next year.  So 1 point if you got the Italian Birdseye connection.  Best answer and 2 points goes to @josordoni for “if there were peas in Suffolk it would be Suphpholk”

Question 8: Whose estate are you camping on and where is the big house? It is the estate of part of the Rous family.  Another branch of the family farm in Dennington.  Read this about the family history it is fascinating; you will see Black Shuck mentioned.  The house was demolished due to a dispute within the family, death duties, grief and so much trauma.  Hektor Rous is now responsible for the park and buildings and has seen the very successful Latitude festival from a few hundred to thousands of people.  There may well be a new Henham Hall in the future with apartments and leisure facilities.  So 1 point if you said Rous Family and there is no house.

Question 9: If someone calls you Bah how do you respond?  Yew ol roit then bah.  Bah is a man on man term of friendship.  Bit like mate.  It is local, further afield the North Folk tend to use Bor or Boi.  So 1 point for responses such as all right Bah how bout yew etc

Question 10: What is the correct ratio of sky to land?  I’d say 85% sky is about right so 1 point for anything greater than 80%

Now if you could just tot up your scores and submit them; thanks for playing along you bunch of lovely people.

If you are interested in a more serious quiz I am setting questions at Saxtead Mill House next Friday, please book direct with the pub.

LatitudeFestTest – are you local?

This post came out of a twitter conversation, based in part on jealousy of those actually at Latitude and talking about the routes to take to avoid the traffic. Remember kind folks that out here two tractors and a car make a major traffic problem. The A12 full of traffic is a serious worry.  I suggested I needed a sticker that said ‘I am local let me through’ and the lovely @spudballoo suggested I devise a quiz to sort out the locals from the grockels.  The fact that she and I can both use that term shows a certain cider drinking, west countryness, to the pair of us – course they could be Emmets but then they’d be Cornish ants rather than local bacon and ham producers.  Then the equally lovely @nickshore added a question and as some of the answers in Twitter were so amusing I thought I would post the full set here.

Feel free to add your answers, serious or funny – I’ll choose the best one to receive some of my bzzagent goodies, currently Splenda and Arm and Hammer samples

The LatitudeFestTest

Question 1:  How do you like your Black Shuck?

Question 2: (from @Nickshore) How do you pronounce Hoxne?

Question 3: What do you treat Peronelle’s Blush with?

Question 4: The shop in the lane sells eggs at 90p per half dozen; how do you pay?

Question 5: What two things happen in the lane most days? (seriously local question, but if you are local you just know)

Question 6: If you catch crabs, what state is your tackle likely to be in?

Question 7: Why are there no peas in Suffolk this year (except in Peasenhall)?

Question 8: Whose estate are you camping on and where is the big house?

Question 9: If someone calls you Bah how do you respond?

Question 10: What is the correct ratio of sky to land?

Have fun – I look forward to seeing your answers

Dear Diary – decode required – Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday - Diary

Today I think my inspiration has left me completely.  The prompt was ‘Diary’ for Illustration Friday but…. see what you make of it.

Swimming the Channel – Aspire, #f450 the next challenge…

When I finished the Great East Swim I knew I wanted to make sure I carried on exercising, but wasn’t sure what to do next. I am now a regular at the gym, pool and Fritton Lake and cycle to work.  However, come the Autumn the lake will no longer be possible and heavy weather can reduce the cycling days. It seems impossible that could be the case, as it is currently blisteringly hot here.  However, living on the edge of a prairie means winds that whip up and make the cycling commute very hard work.

When I asked blog readers and twitter friends for suggestions several were put forward, including swim the Channel. Then a fellow Fritton lake swimmer and member of Sport Suffolk sent me a link to the Aspire Channel Swim.  The basic idea is to swim the 22 miles that equate to a Channel swim, over 12 weeks in your local pool.  You raise money for Aspire, a charity which works with people who have spinal cord injuries. They send you a kit in super quick time, which includes a hat and fund-raising pack.  Then between 13th September and 5th December you plough up and down your local pool.  For me this will equate to 148 lengths a week.

This is the challenge for me; it will keep me swimming at a decent rate, during a time when outdoor activities become more difficult.  It will set me up ready for training for next year’s Great East Swim and I have another challenge that I might add next summer; more later if I decide to commit.  The charity is certainly one I support and will be my Christmas Charity this year.  I have set up a JustGiving page here if you are interested in donating.

Anyone else up for it?  If you want some music to whet your appetite – try this playlist, which I have used before

G I Ant – Illustration Friday – Giant

G.I. Ant a giant ant for Illustration Friday

The cue for Illustration Friday this week is ‘giant’ – I decided to play with the cue and instead have a giant ant who is a GI ie G.I.Ant.  Perfect cue for a little Ant Music – Spotify playlist here

The Run That By Me Again Page – Midsummer Maahes Answers

Thank you for helping with the clearing up.  I know I allowed myself to become distracted, what with running off to take part in a quiz, starting pilates, enjoying a spiffing meal at the Station, then a swim in the North Sea to dust off the … well dust frankly.  Anyway enough of my excuses, I thought I should provide the answers to the Maahes quizzes and thank you all for you cooperation, collaboration and entertainment, I hope you had fun, despite the frustration of the questions….

Q1 As I walked out one midsummer’s morning, what was my name and which village did I leave?

My name was Laurie Lee and I left Slad, very close to my own Cotswold home.  I have a soft spot for his books, Cider with Rosie and As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning.  I believe the best joke in literature is the one about ‘sit there for the present’.

Q2 I wandered lonely as a cloud.  Can you find a watery flower connection between the author and an Eye?

The connection was ‘Dove’.  Dove Cottage is where William Wordsworth who wrote ‘Daffodils’; first line is I wandered lonely as a cloud, lived. The Dove is also the name of the river at Eye in Suffolk.  Thank you to those that spotted, that despite my normal diabolical spelling and punctuation the capital E in Eye wan intentional.

Q3  As I walked out one evening, what were my first names?  Also when I got to the logical end of the road, how could I view the bridge strangely where Sarah Henley was saved by her skirt?

The first names of Auden, were Wystan Hugh.  In the poem as I walked out one evening , he goes down Bristol  Street. Famously the bridge in Bristol is the Clifton Suspension bridge. Sarah Henley attempted to kill herself there when she was 22 but lived, thanks to her voluminous skirts and carried on to reach the ripe old age of 85. The bridge is best viewed, in my opinion via the Camera Obscura .

Q4 So to speak; As I was going……In Roud 173 how should I apply cream to my scone and if so where, above or below?

The Roud system is a classification of folk songs.  Roud 173 is Strawberry Fair , assuming this is from Devon then it should be cream first.  I claim mixed genetics therfore insist on two scones and have one with cream and jam; one with jam and cream.

Q5 I met a man as I went walking; what were my first names, where did I end up and what did I do there?  Alan Alexander Milne wrote about meeting a man as he went walking – in the end of the poem we have:

I met a Puppy as I went walking;
We got talking,
Puppy and I.
“Where are you going this nice fine day?”
(I said to the Puppy as he went by).
“Up to the hills to roll and play.”
“I’ll come with you, Puppy,” said I.

Those that follow me on twitter no that every morning I walk with #OKdoggy

Q6

So just one final quest for you, another journey to ponder….

As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Each wife had seven sacks
Each sack had seven cats
Each cat had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives

In this case I want to know how many legs were going to St Ives and you will need to have followed the plot all week to crack my answer.

Oh I know, I drove you all mad with legs at Christmas; honestly this one was easy.  Assuming the ‘I’ was really the same I in different guises all week you only had to add the four legs of the puppy ie the answer was 6 legs.

I promise to leave it at least 6 months before I attempt another party.

The final Spotify playlist is HERE – quite good, I actually used it for our Elderflower fritter party this year.

In the meantime the winner is:

Which means that this person will receive a money can’t buy prize – as soon as they let me have a postal address

Drum roll and tadaah – Jaydubblah is the winner.

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