Spanning the years

This morning I had a lovely email from Yvonne, who took the table last night. I thought I’d share it because it’s rare to get a response from things we Freecycle.

Hi Gary

Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely table. We managed to fit the table through our window to get it in and it looks great in our kitchen.

Best wishes to your super cute dogs and thank you again.


They were such a happy, loved up couple, that I’m sure having to take the table through a window was nothing. Even in the rain.

That was a lovely way to start the day. The rest was a bit of a slog as I cleaned up, ready for the dinner party tomorrow night.

I was on a bit of as deadline because tonight I was going to see a band I’ve wanted to see since I was a teenager. It was after I heard All Around my Hat that I first became aware of Steeleye Span. (It’s important not to confuse them with Steely Dan, an American band that I couldn’t stand at the time. To be fair to the band, this was mainly because my girlfriend at the time insisted on playing Reeling in the Years over and over again. They were also very middle of the road, something I abhored as a youth.)

Anyway, Steeleye Span have been going for 45 years and tonight they performed in Guildford.

They created a fusion of rock and folk that is still fresh today. The personnel has changed a few times over the decades with only Maddy Prior as the constant presence. And what a presence. Her voice (though not as fresh as it once was) is fabulous.

Of course, seeing as they’ve been performing since 1969, the average age of the audience was a bit older than me. In fact, Dawn walked into the auditorium claiming she had brought the average down by at least a decade. Cheeky woman. There were a few younger members of the audience but I think they were carers for their elderly grandparents.

Going out was joyous for a few reasons. Firstly, it was lovely seeing Dawn, something I only manage to do rarely these days. Secondly, I was really looking forward to seeing Steeleye Span. Lastly, it meant a night out, away from the dogs.

It was a big test to see if I could leave them both for over three hours. They seemed to have passed with flying colours. Naturally, when we returned and Dawn came in for a coffee, the dogs went a bit manic, but overall, I think I can start leaving them without worrying.

Maddy Prior

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1 Response to Spanning the years

  1. hat says:

    What a lovely thing to do not many people would have thought to send you an email let alone doing it very impressed we are. Your night sounds great as well,I told you just put Emma in her play pen. but glad they were good anyway,
    love mum and dad xx


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