Gerry is over at the Boat Building Academy at Lyme

Gerry is over at the Boat Building Academy at Lyme running a stall (tools) which he does about once a month. The Boat Building Academy is a great place if  you are serious about boat building but it also runs short courses – basic woodworking skills.  If you are interested then the best thing is to look at their website which is very informative.  Or at their blog.  Lovely day for Gerry to be at the Cobb at Lyme – but I guess he won’t see a lot of it. Then later afternoon he is taking our granddaughter and friend to The Wetlands at Seaton- all to do with bats!   If you haven’t been to The Wetlands at Seaton you are missing something in your life!  So worth a visit.  So nteresting but so peaceful.

Thursday  13 May 2017

The car that would not start.

Its Wednesday and I have a lot to do today.  Some of it totally and utterly for myself – pedicure etc.  Also a visit to the recycling centre (I am a total dejunker so three items to go) plus a visit to Lidls.   But the pedicure, etc., was the most important as far as I am concerned.

Get everything together, allow myself lots of time, get in the car, turn the key – nothing. Battery, etc., fine.   So leave the vehicle for 10 minutes and then turn key again – and again nothing.   Gerry of course is not here – out buying tools.

Pulled myself together, and rescheduled.  Cancelled pedicure but recycling, Lidls this afternoon when the other car is back.  And long chat with garage as to whether the vehicle (we call the Fiat vehicle – it is a mobility vehicle) is economical to keep on the road.

But I feel sad about the lack of pedicure!

Two Pairs of Tailors Shears purchased from a retiring London Tailor

This pair  by I. Wilkinson & Sons, Sheffield with solid brass handle and steel blade is 14.1/2″ (375 mm) long

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This pair  by R. Heinosch, Inventor Newark N.J. U.S.A with steel handle and blade
is 14.1/2″ (375 mm) long

Both pairs were in regular use until recently.  Now on the secondhandtools website. To me they are very heavy but apparently they would rest on the cutting table as the tailor used them.
“The lower blade rests on the table and in some instances the lug under the finger loops touches the table as well so the problem  with the sheer weight of the shears does not exist as the table carries the weight. The lug also works if you need to lean on the shears to get extra pressure in a heavy cut or heavy fabric.
There is a finger sized gap in front of the finger loop. it is designed to be hooked with the index finger so that it pulls your thumb into the right place and importantly, it increases your capacity to lift the front of the shears. Without this leverage you increase the load on your wrist and have a lot less control”


Open Day at Gatcombe Farm, Seaton.

Gerry & I had a day off today (well it is Sunday and sunny) and we went to an Open Day at Gatcombe Farm just over a mile away.  It was fantastic.  Lovely sheltered farm.  The state of the art machinery amazing.  Huge tractors, milking machines (no humans involved), (the farm supplied milk for Davidstow Cheese and butter.  etc., etc.  Different feeds according to the cows needs – protein, energy giving. All the cows and calves had their own spacious ‘rooms’.  A vet was there to tells us about the cows anatomy (I had no idea that cow had 4 stomachs).  The farm was large, efficient, but very pleasant.

It sounds very mechanical but the cows, calves, ewes seemed very happy.  (We also watched fleece cutting, hoof trimming).

The day was in aid of the Devon Free Wheelers are a team of 37 volunteer Emergency Vehicle drivers who are dedicated to providing a weekday out of hours service (17.00 – 06.00) and 24/7 weekend service supporting the NHS in delivering essential Blood, Samples, Medication and Donor Breast Milk to hospitals throughout Devon.  To raise money and their profile.   It was an Open Day, we didn’t have to spend a penny (we did make a donation to the Free Wheelers – one day we may be grateful for their help).

Yes a great day.  Thank you to Gatcombe Farm and the Devon Freewheelers.


Chariot Plane, Bullnose Plane and Block Plane

Just come into secondhandtools stock  and going on site shortly:
Chariot Plane by Moseley & Son, King St. Covent Gaden 1872-1881.  with 1.1/2″ cutter by Ward.  This plane has had little use and is in very good unpolished condition.

Iron Bullnose Plane stamped G. Musgrove, Lincoln with rosewood wedge.  This plane would have been produced by Norris, London and sold by Musgrove.  It has had very little use.   (photographs to follow.)

Rare No. 19 Stanley 7″ Block Plane  with S. R & L cast into body (can’t recall ever seeing this before.  Original S.R. & L cutter.  One for the collector but of course could be used also.


We had a browse round the Vintage Shed in Colyton, today.

It was pleasant to visit, relaxed and interesting.  Admittedly we have an area at the Vintage Shed – tools, tools, tools – but all the areas have something to offer.  A great book area.  Mostly modern paperbacks in pristine condition.  Kitchenalia.  You could find something you need or just be bemused at how women used to run their kitchens.  Also jewellery (I bought a really great necklace with earrings for about £26 the other day) Trains., etc.

The Vintage Shed has a lot of parking, is just across the line from Colyton Tram Station and is only 5 minutes wander from Colyton Centre.CC2CCtram


Beginning of June and a very eventful, happy time for us and the family.  Our younger daughter and her partner, Mike were married on 27 May at Colyton Church and then a reception/get together afterwards at The Harbour, Axmouth.  Though I say it myself Chloe is beautiful, Mike is handsome, their two children are great fun and made the day.  Thanks to The Harbour at Axmouth for a great reception – excellent food, great staff and an excellent venue.  And thanks to all those friends of Chloes who worked so hard for her wedding day to be so good.

So Mike and Chloe with their children, Gerry escorts Chloe to the church, Gerry makes his speech in his Panama (which I think really suits him) and the four siblings: Emma, Paul, Andrew,  Chloe