28-Feb-2016 Memories

The past two weeks have been a bit quieter – no travelling.

I find I’m watching an awful lot of telly – current and old – not sure it’s totally good for me and I’m sure there must be better ways to spend my time. But… it keeps me company. It wasn’t something Jimmy and I did very much of, we always seemed to be so busy with other things.┬áThe news and history programmes were mostly what we watched.

I met up with some old friends Ann and Terry for a meal at The Badger. Lovely food and good company. Jimmy used to play in a trio but also as a duo with Ann in the late 1970s. As a duo they were called ATS – the Austin Towler Sound. (This was after I had left him to go to London in the early 70s). We’ve met up a few times over the past few years and it was good to catch up with them again and have a natter.

I went for another walk last Sunday – 6.6 miles this one! It was lovely and very enjoyable. It was a circular route from Beadnell to Low Newton – walking along the beach and then back along the top over grassland. Afterward some of us popped into the Craster Arms for food and drink. I decided it would be OK to have a half of Guiness and it was lovely and refreshing. No snow this time!

jiva set up at Thank Folk it’s Friday

Friday I popped along to Woodhorn Colliery – last Friday of every month they have an event called “Thank Folk It’s Friday” and friends Jim Wigfield and John Campbell were sharing the 1 hour slot. This brought back some memories as Jimmy and I have played there many times – the first in 2010 and┬álast in 2014 and this is a picture of our set up. But it was good to catch up with friends and watch them perform.

Didn’t get on a walk today as I had pre-arranged to go to a songwriters’ afternoon session at Core Music in Hexham (organised by Steve Gray). Jim and Allyson picked me up so we went in one car. It was a relaxing afternoon and good to catch up with friends. Afterward Jim, Allyson and I popped into The Heart of Northumberland and had their Sunday pork dinner – absolutely yummy. Short stroll round Hexham – the bells were ringing – and then back home.

I have decided to sell some our beloved guitars and to that end I have someone who will be helping me. He came over last week and took lots of photographs so he can get them advertised. It’s been a difficult decision to make but, with the best will in the world, I can’t play them all. Good guitars, in fact all guitars, deserve to be cherished and played and I hope they will all go to good homes. If anyone wants to know what is on offer then just get in touch with me – you never know I may just have what you’re looking for.

Till next time…

Val

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