Morris dancer kit

Hello Bloggers. Heres a question for you, are any of you busy morris dancers, on the go morning till night, with not a moment to yourselves? Do you ever fret and worry about where you will ever get your morris attire or “kit” from? Well fret no more, for here at Morris & Spencer we have just the thing for you. Wether its a full ensemble, accessories or maybe a designer ” one-off that you require, we have it all.

 Here is our general full kit, complete with handkerchiefs .

Maybe you need a certain colour or livery?

How about a wonderful hat to complete your colourful  collection?

The mothers pride.

The man from del monte

Or perhaps a full designer outfit, complete with makeover is more to your taste…Look no further.

So Bloggers,as you see,we here at Morris & Spencer, outfitters to the folk dancing fraternity, we have all your bases covered, so you don’t have to lose a moments sleep.

 Don’t be like this lot

shop at Morris & Spencer. All costumes made from easy care poly cotton.

A sublime sunday afternoon.

Hello Bloggers.

  On sunday I had the delightful privilege to accompany my wife Tricia to the Derby Theatre to see John Tams,Barry Coope,Andy Cutting,Graeme Taylor, The Sheffield Folk Chorale,Stone Monkey Rapper  and last but certainly not in any way least, Lucy Ward. 

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaNS-eUTmbc

        It was the first time I have seen Lucy perform, and it was a truly awesome experience. Self penned songs in the traditional folk genre,combined with Lucy’s onstage charm and humour were a treat to behold.The stark comparison came to mind, between this display of sheer musical talent, and the joy of creating living vibrant entertainment on Sunday, and the shameful disgusting and embarrassing exhibition of Amy Winehouse in  Belgrade,where she displayed all the talent,stage presence and musical ability of a manilla foolscap envelope full of sick with a daft hairdo. All i can say is thank God for real musical ability,long may it live and prosper.

Visit to Calke park.

Today I  revisited Calke park in Derbyshire. In order to get there from Belper, we had to drive across the Swarkestone causeway.

Swarkestone Bridge and Causeway, at a length of three-quarters of a mile, is the longest stone bridge in England and holds Grade I listed building status. There has been a bridge here for 800 years, and at one time a bridge chapel and toll house stood partway across the bridge. It is still today an important crossing place. 

According to local legend, the building of Swarkestone Bridge in the 13th century is attributable to two sisters who saw their lovers drowned trying to cross the River Trent on horseback. They crossed the flooded meadows safely, but then either missed the ford altogether, or were swept off by the strong current. The horrified sisters saw all this happen through a hall window and vowed to ensure no else met the same fate. They spent the rest of their lives building the bridge and died penniless as a result. The ancient bridge at Swarkestone crosses the River Trent about 6 miles south of Derby and was for about 300 years the Midlands’ main crossing of the Trent. The bridge is in total just under a mile long and has 17 arches. It was built-in the 13th century to cross the river and its surrounding marshes. It is the longest stone bridge in England and holds Grade I listed building status.

As you approach  Calke, Down the long estate road, with its ancient oaks and its many sheep, you begin to get a taste of how unspoilt and beautiful the estate is. Calke Park began its life as a ‘Park’ in the 17th century at a time when huge areas of common land were being enclosed and woodlands felled. During the 18th century, the Park was enlarged and re-modelled in an informal manner and a deer shelter was built. A flock of rare Portland sheep was also introduced – and can still be seen today.

Calke is home to a herd of red and fallow deer. A deer shelter was built in the park in 1773 amid old ridge and furrow land. Much of the 19th-century perimeter wall of the site, which has lean-to open sheds, has been lost. In 1973 and 1974 the deer were brought back as an enclosed herd and visitors can now walk round most of the perimeter.

Last but certainly not least, I must mention the “old man of Calke”. An oak tree, well over one thousand years old, a truly magnificent specimen of ancient native forest.

I would thoroughly recommend a visit to the Calke estate, The park, and Calke Abbey, The stately home which has, like the park, been preserved as a “time bubble” in which nothing much has changed at all in hundreds of years.