Bertie: “Stone the crows and strike a light mate. One Hundred? Are you sure?”
Bobby: “Yes Bertie. This is your… ONE HUNDRETH BLOG! A century of stories. A week late after last week’s headache.” (Trevor is getting a little full of himself. More later).
Bertie: “Crikey! I wonder what Diddley would make of it?”
Bobby: “Well I can tell you that she knew, like all of us, she would meet her maker one day. More than anything she hoped that she would not be forgotten.”
Bertie: “Fat chance of that mate!”
This 100th blog is spread over two weeks, centred on where it all started. Spitalfields. The National Garden Scheme’s Spitalfields Open Gardens (see 31 Fournier Street) has been featured by the Gentle Author. All the gardens are behind the houses and you have to walk through them to the gardens. Here’s his take on it:
His student Bobby has a rather different take, dominated by me. The Bear that he created as Mindfully Bertie. And has now given rise to one hundred blogs!
Townhouse Fournier Street
31 Fournier Street
We wrote a blog on this house where Diddley’s daughter Amber once lived.
Charlie’s House Fournier Street
20/21 Fournier Street
You won’t believe it, he has talked so much we haven’t got time for every house. And he’s lost the house numbers! Sill old sod. So, where the Gentle Author takes so much care and research with his blog, every day, his pupil lives on a wing and a prayer. Variety, of course, is the spice of life.
But we did get just round the corner of Fournier Street into Wilkes Street and met the lovely Justine. She was on that course with Bobby, Tim and Tracey. A fashion designer, she promised me a posh scarf two years ago. I’m still waiting…
Halfway down the stairs
is a stair
where I sit.
There isn’t any
I’m not at the bottom,
I’m not at the top;
So this is the stair
Halfway up the stairs
and it isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
it isn’t in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
run round my head.
It isn’t really
It’s somewhere else
Winnie the Pooh
Or, as Kermit once sang:
Lighting a Candle for Diddley.
This was the very first “Lighting a Candle for Diddley”. Here at Laurel Cottage. There has now been one hundred candles lit in every type of place imaginable. If you would like to Light a Candle for Diddley, just let me know with a photograph and a few words.
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