I'm putting up my hand to jump on the back of Butch Cassidy's (Paul
Newman's) horse with you. We might have to put Nipper and Tuck (plus Blue
Bear) on leads to make sure they follow us. Nipper will be wearing his
Santa hat, Tuck insists on wearing his reindeer antlers. Both of them carry
a tune well so they can lead us in 'Raindrops'.
|A much better use for a tank - love the pom pom!|
|A lovely Aran chair|
this year but I'm bringing my size 4mm needles and my stash of wool with me
just in case.
Chris, Nipper and Tuck in Perth WA - on the way to Helston
Albert: I have forgotten how to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Cornish. Dydh da. Carol on my way to Helston
Carol: it's "Nadelek Lowen hag Bledhen Noweth Da" - please excuse what may be archaic spellings. At Least I have the pronunciation right. Weren't you supposed to be hanging on to a channel marker bouy to be picked up as we sailed past?
Albert of Anvower Mill
Confusion in Delaware Bay
Where were you? I got picked up more or less on schedule. Y ou were nowhereto be found, and the rest of the "crew" were very evasive about your napping through the loading of me and the crabs I always bring. I hope the crates don't fail as they did one year. I still have the scars from the claws. Perhaps you had a memory of that, and it made you suddenly feel sleepy. The crates were inspected before we were allowed on board. I felt as though I was going through airport security. That's me in the snow attire without
shoes and catcher's mitts on my hands.
You know, Lorna, we had titles with the Xmas party and titles with the
C.I.P. thing - and I've been referring to John Zimmerman's C.I.P. *titles*.
I'm sure you know of John Zimmerman but he's (apparently) been a lurker the
last couple of years.
I'm sure many of the *old timers* remember John Coles, as well. His
knowledge of Cornwall was remarkable and we were very close friends.
Lorna: I am sure it was John O that gave me my title. I must have it
written down somewhere in my Cornwall files. I don't remember what It was I
did to earn it. But I know these titles, while plentiful (in more than one
way) were earned. Carol of Maryland
Now, Carol m'dear, an old fella is entitled to a nap, now'n again, ain't 'ee? And we still haven't made it clear whether they crabs is party-goers or party eats! That were never settled last time, with confusin' results for the crabs.
'ow many is goin' over to Mousehole for the Tom Bawcocks Eve celebration? Can't wait for a bit of that Star-Gazey Pie.
Albert of Anvower Mill
Yes Please says Titleless Serf Janet (could that be her new title??) and Mistress Agnes
Mistress Agnes and I are up for earning titles - what do we have to do?
Janet (currently a titleless serf)
Jollity in the JB
What a night! We certainly lightened the load in the JB. Drinking the brew, and having a few of the empty casks shipped home or on to Helston, is brilliant ! Languid Lorna and Drunken Duchess Daft were so much fun! I am so glad you all hopped on for the pre-pre-party-party.
What was Mistress Agnes doing with that ... does it even have a name? Luved her description of it -- I wrote it down somewhere... It was sorrowful that we had to restrain her during the first course of dinner, oohh! the poor octopus!
From my scurrying sources, Albert ( a Prince of a Man ) was not napping when it was thought to be so. Only he can be the one to reveal his where his where-abouts were when he was ....
MaryPat ( of Excellency? )
Who also said
Yes, Janet, both You and Mistress Agnes deserve a title for sure.
What is that writing I see on the back of your left shoulder there? It is a little hard to decipher.....
It was a lovely compliment when John Travolta cried out "Sandy!" ( in boyhood exuberance ) across the dinner table to You last evening --- it gave me a moment of living vicariously -- visualizing myself as the recipient of such passionate words!
There is so much to talk about this morning! I don't know who the heck it was, but someone set up that Airport Security Game to "screen" everyone! That was all of our furry pets I believe. The ones that have fur or feathers were losing it with laughter! The parrots repeat everything they hear -- you just have to lend an ear for a minute and you have a clue to their ( and everyone else's ) shenanigans!
Kind Duchess Daft feeds the animals
I've warmed some milk for the poor shivering cats and I've caught some fish
for their dinner, unless the Wyrm decides to eat ME for his dinner or
Mistress Agnes sees it first and eats it. She ate my order of fish, chips
and green peas and I'm very put out about it, though Very Great Aunt Grace
nearly wet herself laughing. I think she's found a kindred spirit in
Mistress Agnes and heaven only knows what they will get up to!
Has anyone seen the lovely Jayne Mansfield?
Merry Christmas, Duchess Daft
Jan In San Diego - are you OK?
Is anyone in touch with Jan in San Diego? She hasn't come to the party as
she usually does and I keep seeing on TV news that there is a lot of
flooding and horrible mud slides in San Diego. Wondering if she is OK.
Best wishes, Joan
Jan in Orange County reassures us re San Diego JanHello Party Goers,
Jan Davis may be okay as she lives outside of San Diego. I believe she's
situated higher up than those who were in trouble. I've sent her a message and
hopefully she'll answer soon.
I can see that you've been having a wonderful party and wish you all:
Nadelik Lowen ha bledhen nowydh da
in Orange County by Disneyland where we are drying out
And San Diego Jan checks in with news of floods and big 'weather events' in her part of the world - hope you are all drying out now Jan, and we're thinking of you
Jan and list -
Wow, thanks for asking! I didn't realize we were in such bad shape until I watched the Weather Channel last night and then my sister called from Northern California. There has been a LOT of flooding in the usual low areas around San Diego. We get so little rain normally that when it DOES rain a lot, things get a bit dicey. The Mission Valley and Fashion Valley areas, in my opinion, should NEVER have been approved to have buildings built, and I'm not the only person who thinks that. I sold a condo there last year that I am wondering about now. Where we live, there were a lot of flooded intersections because our gutters don't have an adequate drainage system for unusual rainfall and they can't handle the run-off. But after a few hours, the water all went underground and all is well. Our house is 115 years old, with no foundation and sits on redwood 4x4s right on the dirt. We bought the house in 1997 just before the big El Nino Winter so we were concerned about what was happening that year, but all went well. After all, it HAS been here all this time without going anywhere!
I was out and about yesterday, met some friends for lunch in La Jolla 25 miles away, drove through a heavy downpour on the way home. It reminded me of the heavy rains where I grew up in Oakland, nothing more than that. We just don't have the infrastructure here to handle that much rain. Today is getting back to normal, the sun is out sporatically and no more rain expected till Saturday night, but not much.
The big worry is that Qualcomm Stadium will be "wrung out" in time for the big Bowl Game (Navy v. SDSU, my alma mater) tonight. They had crews working there all night pumping water out. A water main broke nearby that SHOULD have drained the stadium but it turned into a Football Pool, one that nobody wanted to join!!! What a mess!
Judy and I were in Grass Valley and Nevada City December 15-19 for Victorian Christmas and Cornish Christmas. From Friday till we left on Sunday, it was raining ferociously. They said 5 inches in 24 hours. Thanks goodness it was the Pineapple Express so not cold enough to snow at that altitude.
Have a Merry Christmas!!!
Jan (The other one)
Jan confesses to Joan that she's been lurking behind the potted palm
Joan - Thank you for your concern. I didn't think anybody would even miss me!!! I have been "lurking" at the party, from behind the potted palm tree over here in the corner. I was busy getting ready to go out of town for several days when the party started, then was up in Grass Valley and Nevada City for Victorian Christmas and Cornish Christmas with my sister. When I got home, I had some real estate work to catch up on and now it looks like the party is ready to break up. Darn, I missed hitching a ride with you or Connie in Utah. My surfboard is still leaning on the wall by the front door and my heated pasty slippers and Cornish plaid muu-muu are still in the closet.
You can read the email I sent to Jan Mackey about the flooding here. The bad parts were mainly in the low areas where nobody should even build buildings, old riverbeds!!! DUH!!! We're OK and doing fine. I have been out and about everyday, doing whatever I would be doing if it were the normal 75 degrees and sunny. Which is what we are all looking forward to!!!
Merry Christmas to everybody!
Jan Davis in San Diego, actually Lemon Grove, the first suburb just outside S.D.
Duchess D makes plans for Tom Bawcocks Eve
Albert m'dear, I'll join you over at Mousehole for the Tom Bawcocks Eve celebration and raise a glass or two, though I'll skip the Stargazey Pie. Perhaps unvirtuous Lady Lorna will bring the parrots and large helpings of the Pie will put some feathers on their little chests. I'll bring Very Great Aunt Grace and Old Scruff, the quarry dog, will sing some very bawdy songs. Maybe Butch Cassidy will show up too and bring some of his drinking buddies from the old Hole-in-the-Wall Saloon. Albert, PLEASE bring Jayne!
Toodle-loo, Duchess Daft
The Red Feather Boa comes out of mothballs
So there I was up on high with a Gigantic Trifle trimmed with Pasties, being drawn with rocket-like speed across the North American Continent when we suddenly exceeded the speed of light, the trifle went one way, I went the other and the parrots sped bravely on muttering something about NASA. Somewhere down below there is a part of the United States covered in trifle. We are hanging bravely onto the Red Feather Boa, it must look familiar to the 2 small parrots. Something is swishing by us, probably the Voyager on its way to Outer Space... Wow! Just a minute, I think it is Geoff the Magnificent with his Kukkabaras. I wish they wouldn't sing so loud, they've scared some tiny new feathers off the parrots who are doing a nose-dive as Geoff and his posse pass overhead. We are descending at rapid rate over the coast of Ireland, down across Wales and into Devon. Devon? Hang a right! There, we can see the Inn coming up at rapid speed, too rapid, watch out down below...aaaargh! Barrels and tables fly as we land. There is Duchess Daft with a small red parrot on each shoulder standing on a table with her skirts held high singing to the accompaniment of a tuba while a wild assortment of cats, dogs and a horse screech out an ear-bending chorus. Maybe I have been knocked unconscious...
Lollygagging Lorna of the Variable Past
Carol has a flashback
I'm in! We pass through Newlyn, my grandfather's birthplace, on the way to Mousehole. My grandson was just reading about the Mousehole Cat and is fascinated by the picture of a Star-Gazey Pie. The crabs are definitely for eating. I've arranged ahead of time this year for the outdoor cooking essentials. I know some of us have crazy pets, but crabs have not been one of them.
I may even stop at Paul Church where I have stood by the font where grandpaand all his sibs, also great grandpa were baptized. Do you believe those scars on the pillar are really from the Spanish invasion when they burnedthe church? Carol
Chris (alias Mata Hari ..)
HAS ANYONE SEEN LITTLE TUCK'S BLUE BEAR!!!!!!
Last seen Tuck was carrying him in his mouth while following the Sundance Party - perhaps he dropped him while he was singing Raindrops. I hope those pesky pawwots haven't pwucked him up!
Chris - who has never had a Royal ID either but rather likes the idea of being Mata Hari.
Little Tuck is in for a big shock! His favourite buddy has been eating spinach ... or something!
What a relief! this can't be him! Just received further info from Chris alias Mata Hari
PS - he is blue except for an orange patch on his eye (the other eye is
missing) and there is a possibility he might be a bit sticky.