Forget-me-nots in Shropshire

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Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of Forget-me-nots bursting out from a crevice in the stone steps leading to the top part of his Shropshire garden. It is mid-April and the Forget-me-nots are flowering in profusion all over the garden where they have self seeded in their profligacy.

Flowers in the hedgerow around my Shropshire Home

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The hedgerows are blossoming in the early spring in this part of England – lots of small jewel-like flowers peppering the banks under the hawthorn hedges that enclose the fields in this part of Shropshire. Anthony Sargeant is fortunate to live in such a gentle and calm countryside. The fields themselves are full of ewes and their young lambs still at the end of March suckling at their mothers teats as we enter April.

School life in England 1955-62

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The honours board that hung on the wall of the school hall name all of the school captains (head-prefect) for the period 1930-1972. Anthony J Sargeant, Tony, was a pupil from 1955-62. In this piece he reflects upon the school ethos and regime with respect to Daily Morning Assembly during that period. The school in question had been one of many Grammar schools in South London endowed by the Livery Companies of London (in this case The Haberdashers’ Company) – Thus the school was ‘Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Boys’ School.

via Morning assembly at an English Boys’ Grammar School (1955-62) — Anthony J Sargeant in 1966

Haggis cooked and ready for slicing on Burn’s Night – 25th January 2017

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Anthony J Sargeant bought this haggis from the wonderful Ludlow Food Centre in Shropshire – here it is ready for slicing onto plates along with the traditional accompaniments of mashed swede and potato – This is a peasant dish.

Half a Shoulder of slow cooked Mutton

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A half a shoulder of mutton (blade half) studded with garlic was covered in baking paper and foil and slow cooked in a low oven at 100 degrees Celsius for 18 hours by Anthony Sargeant. The result it that the meat is still pink but beautifully tender and has that deeper flavour of good mutton […]

via Half a Shoulder of slow cooked Mutton 

Children’s Annuals were very popular in the 1950s

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This hardback childrens’ annual was published by Dean and Sons of London in the 1950s. Such books were a popular Christmas present in those far off days. Anthony Sargeant found this copy in some boxes of books bought at auction.

via Children’s Annuals were very popular in the 1950s — Anthony J Sargeant in 1966