Magical notes in a day……


Throughout the summer on weekends in Vale Park we are treated to music. Yesterday I put my knitting bag together and strolled up the promenade, collected a deck chair at the entrance to the bandstand and settled down in the park. Neighbours drifted in and we enjoyed two hours of delight from the Golborne brass band who played everything from the classic marching tunes, songs from WWI and WWII right through to Abba, Queen and Flo Rida.

Little ones danced in front of the bandstand without inhibition, the sailing dinghies were out on The Mersey providing a backdrop through the trees, the bell tinkled through now and then from the Fairy Garden, butterflies flew and there was peaceful happiness in the air.

They ended by playing ‘You will never walk alone’ by Gerry and The Pacemakers. The birds took off from the trees en masse and swirled together to re-settle back on the branches again. Then they took off again and again. It took me a few minutes to realise that they were flying in time to the music. It was magic.

Love flowed when I went to the knitting group for the first time last week. I was welcomed with open arms and I could feel that the loving care in ‘Remember When’ tearoom has touched all of the ladies that join together there every week. We had a lovely time and phone numbers were exchanged with plans being made to have a special Christmas meal together, in the tearoom of course. Lesley has displayed my creativity and the orders are coming in. I am going back there tomorrow, just to have a top-up of the loving atmosphere. ❤

The quiz night last week was hilarious and the banter a joy to be a part of. I feel that the love created from the knitting group in the morning had stayed with me and it went into the hotel bar that night. We were all on top form. There is a camaraderie between the teams and a fair bit of 'sharing' of information, sometimes deliberately misleading…I mean imagine that! The moment that brought us all to our knees with laughter went like this…..

The head of the 'The Know Hopers' called across to the 'The Boys' that she needed a word with her husband, who came across to our table:

'How can I help you my love?' he enquired.

'I fancy some hot nuts' she said.

With deadpan delivery he replied 'I presume you mean peanuts'.


28 Responses to “Magical notes in a day……”

  1. 1 LutheranLadies August 12, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Oh, Jane. I was doing gardening and wishing for a spot of U.K. in my life. I visited last summer and have been missing the people and encounters since then. I couldn’t remember the name of your blog, but then today, I checked my WordPress Reader and there you were. HOOORAY. Thanks for the perfect gift of a day.

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  2. 4 frederick anderson August 8, 2016 at 10:27 am

    And to be fair to her, she probably was thinking of peanuts…. I was trying to recount the years to the last time I sat and listened to a brass band playing. My brother in law is stuck in a punk generation time warp, so all I normally get in the way of live bands turn my eardrums to Plaster of Paris. Now you have me thinking!

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    • 5 Jane Sturgeon August 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

      She was thinking of peanuts, you know the coated kind that they ‘nuke’ in a microwave…we all shared them. The band in the park was a different one yesterday and I chose not to go. I slipped up there, because there was also an art exhibition on all the railings of the park. I missed it…so not matter who is playing I will go next time. I hope you have a great week. Hugs x


  3. 6 jstansfeld August 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I enjoyed reading and vicariously participating in your day of knitting blended with outdoor music. I’m a tapestry fan and do the same thing with my needle-work. I regret that it is less portable than a pair of needles and ball of wool.


    • 7 Jane Sturgeon August 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Hello Jane, it’s lovely to hear from you. I imagine it is tricky to transport, as you need your frame and stand to do tapestry. It’s a lovely thing to do though. When I do some swiss embroidery on a piece of knitting it reminds me of my Great Granny. Hugs for you. X


  4. 10 dgkaye August 3, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Thanks for sharing what seems a perfect day. I’m glad you went back for a double dose, we can never have too much of a good thing. Oh, and the peanut joke was priceless. 🙂 ❤


  5. 15 grandfathersky August 2, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Sounds like the kind of day that reminds us of what life is truly about… And who could imagine the winged ones dancing. We should never forget the creative work of sound, of music !


  6. 17 ianscyberspace August 1, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I love that picture. So restful!


  7. 19 clarepooley33 August 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Wonderful piece of writing Jane, I so look forward to reading your posts! I hope you are feeling well and really settling in to your new home. Much love and hugs xxXXxx Clare ❤


  8. 24 Marylin Warner August 1, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Maybe peanuts…maybe not. 😉
    I love this account of magical notes, Jane. I’m still smiling (and kind of envying you, too) because last Saturday we attended a “Magical Music” presentation in the park near Garden of the Gods. The setting was a delight, but the “musicians” were ages 4-6, their instruments were plastic horns and play drums, etc., and they happily (and loudly) accompanied recorded music blaring from speakers. Actually, it was very cute, but not what you would call “real” music. Have a wonderful week, dear Jane! ❤


    • 25 Jane Sturgeon August 2, 2016 at 7:55 am

      I love that the little ones were let loose to make their own kind of noise and thank goodness it was in the park. I suspect that you, like me, have been in enclosed classrooms and playgroup halls and the noise level can be deafening! I hope you are having a wonderful week too. Hugs and much ❤ Xx


  9. 26 journeyintopoetry August 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I read this fabulous piece wirh. a gentle smile that gradually broadened and trabsformed into a chuckle; I could picture the scene 😊. As always you take me somewhere magical with your writing my precious friend. Just gorgeous ❤️ Xxx


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