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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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Midsummer Maahes – Day 6, The Party – Return of the legs

Gosh – is that the time.  Sorry, took me a while to fix up the marquee and set out the fireworks.  However, come on in the garden looks glorious on this balmy evening. We have a huge playlist, but if you have been able to master spotify and would like to add more please do. You can always add comments in the #maahes posts of tracks you would like added and I build them into the list.

There is still time to do a couple more loops around the block and add comments where you think fit.  Remember every comment will be entered into a money can’t buy prize draw.

I will publish a full set of definitive answers later in the week.

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.

Enjoy the party – if you have met someone new do make a point of chatting them up, if you’ve been lurking in the background, afraid to speak, please say hello.  I’ll be wandering around with the canapés.

Xx

Illustration Friday – Satellite

The small boy attached and set alight to a rocket on her back, she will soon reach our only natural satellite

Midsummer Maahes Day 5 – #OKdoogy let’s illustrate

Wow, I am seriously impressed with everybody’s efforts so far.  We survived the night; thanks for the stories and as the power is back on, we have a great day ahead.  The wonderful thing about country house holidays, is that there are some days where you don’t really want to do anything much.  Just mooching around the house is enough.  Luckily I have plenty of paper, pens, pencils, paints, glue and other craft materials available.

My challenge for you all today is:

1)  to enter Illustration Friday, either for real, or if not ready for that, then just create an illustration and take a snap or scan of it.  The topic this week is, ‘satellite’; I wonder what you will create.  Just post a link in the comments section to your entry, post or picture.

2) I met a man as I went walking; what were my first names, where did I end up and what did I do there?

As before, every comment will be entered into a money can’t buy, prize draw.  You can still go back and comment on previous maahes posts.  Also for the Spotifiers amongst you, keep adding to the playlist HERE the party ends when the music stops.

Day 3 of Midsummer Maahes – fancy a stroll?

I hope you are all feeling supercharged. Now that we have played some games and are beginning to know one another better. I trust you’ve had a bit of a rest in your rooms. After all it is a gorgeous evening. I think we should go out for a stroll.

So just two simple questions for now.

1)  What song shall we sing as we walk.  I suggest I’m goin’ t’ be (500 miles) but do you have any other favourite yomping songs?

2) 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?

There is still time to go back and post comments on the previous Maahes posts, all for that prize that money can’t buy. And to add to the Spotify playlist HERE

Day 2 of Midsummer Maahes – we’ve arrived

Hi, well that was quite a trip wasn’t it. Amazingly there were about 200 of us in that little car. Some of them are quite quiet, but at least no one was sick. I enjoyed the poems, I do hope a few others will learn some because I think people were beginning to tire after my 40th rendition of Jabberwocky no matter how mimsy were the borogroves.

Time for a quick tour round. Here we are in the beautiful county of Grethicshire and this is Chioggia Place, a large country pile; I hope you will like it. Although it seems a little Gothic and does have one or two active but dead, older residents, I promise you it has a heart of gold. There are several rooms of varying size, so you might choose an attic nook or one of the master bedrooms, possibly a dormitory. If you don’t like to stay in a haunted house we have other options, there are teepees, log cabins or for the toughies among you the opportunity to craft your own bivouac in the woods.

A little more about our surroundings. As you will see the grounds are extensive; a walled veg garden, the croquet lawn and then the formal rose garden. The knot garden goes through that little gate at the side into the fruit garden which is followed by the nuttery and I have high hopes of finding truffles there. If you notice the ha-ha beyond you can see a grass track that divides. To the right is the path to the lake, which is fed by the river Farc, the water comes down from Farc Tarn away in the fell. To the left the path leads down to the beach, at low tide a causeway is uncovered and you can walk across to Scribilita island.

There, you have your bearings.  Now why don’t you go and freshen up.  I think its time for a game or two.  Here is your quest for today:

1)  Where would you like to sleep?  I want to be a good host, what one thing would make your overnight stay perfect?

2) We need some games to play, we’ve been in the car a long time.  What would you suggest?  I am about to set up the French cricket.

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

I am thrilled with the ideas for food and the music collection that is building, you Spotifiers are great.  Here is the link

If you like there is still time to use the Maahes tag and find the other posts.  Every comment will be entered into a draw for a prize that money can’t buy.  See @josordoni’s comment, she won the Christmas one.

Midsummer Maahes – let’s get this party started!

Let’s get this party started.  I have been inspired to run a summer party, please come along and join in the fun.  Starting today, midsummer and ending with a virtual get together on Saturday, we will build this party, share some thoughts, songs, ideas and more.  There will be puzzles and games.  At the end of the party I will put an entry, for each comment, into my mechanical awesome amazing hydraulic excellent selector  [MAAHES] and draw out a winning comment to receive a prize that money can’t buy.

Let me start by explaining a bit about Maahes, an ancient Egyptian god of war, but also of midsummer; you can learn more about him here.  As well as being a bit of a tough guy, he defends the innocent and is a helper of wise ones; you may find him useful later in the week.

In my last post you should have chosen your outfit for Saturday and decided what food you will bring.  There is still time to go back and add comments.  The more comments the more chances of winning the prize.

It being summer, the party theme is journeys – most of us will either be on a journey by now or have one in our sights for the holiday period.  Possibly you have just returned and wonder how you can capture that feeling of being away whilst retaining the comfort and familiarity of ‘home’.  Even home may not be where you live, but where you would prefer to be.

Enough philosophising, lets start this party with the first quest.  We are starting a long journey I have three questions for you:

1)  On this long journey you have no books.  Is there one poem you can recite by heart?  If not could you commit to learn one? For me I offer up Jabberwocky, I used to be able to recite it, I will re-learn it now for when we meet.

2) Could you add some tracks to the party Spotify playlist please.  The current songs are listed in the first comment.  What would get you up and dancing on a long hot summer evening?

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

I will publish the posts in the morning, so post away, no one will see your answers until after #okdoggy has been for her walk.

Midsummer Maahes – You are invited to a party

I am in party mood again.  Were you here for the last one, at Christmas, can it really have been six months ago?  It is all @SamirBharadwaj ‘s fault, he planted a little seed in my head.

This time I thought we could have a midsummer party.  A blog post a day, culminating in a ‘virtual’ party on Saturday. I will do the first proper post later today, but in the meantime… what food will you bring and what will you wear?

I thought I would make some macaroons and fill them with elderflower scented cream, I haven’t invented the recipe yet but @DrTimKinnaird thought it could work, so I’m just trying to work out how.  As it is midsummer I thought I would wear this dress…..

How about you.  If you have a blog, Posterous or other place to post things please do and add a link here. Or otherwise just describe your responses in the comments to the posts.  If you need the script for posting links you may find this helpful:  Just cut and paste and replace your blog address between the quotation marks

This is my link <a href=” https://grethic.wordpress.com/great-east-swim/”>here</a&gt;

There is a collaborative playlist for you to add to, if you have access to spotify here

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