Ailsa of ‘Where’s my back pack’ fame, has given us a new travel theme. Time is something I’m seriously short of at the moment. Since I got back to my home in South Africa, after six months away, I seem to have been rushing madly to get things done. One of the most important things was driving up to see my dear mom and have lunch with her yesterday. She was overjoyed to see me of course, and we had a lot of hugs, kisses and news to catch up on. 🙂
Some of you may know that I play the piano, and I phoned the local mall to say that I was back. The pianist who was standing in for me, hasn’t played for quite a while and they have no-one at the moment, so off I go in a few minutes to entertain the Sunday shoppers for two hours. This necessitated a bit of practice time this morning, which went quite well. It’s a bit like riding a bicycle; you never forget, and as I sat down, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it sounded not too bad, so I’m quite confident to go and practise some more on the general public. 😉
I thought I’d show you our ancient clock which was presented to hubby’s grandfather in 1894. It was for his service as a Methodist minister at a church in Birmingham, England. The case is made of slate, and a clock maker told us that the mechanism is much older than 1894, so we have a real antique. It has a lovely chime too, and keeps very good time.
Here is a close-up of the metal plaque on the front. The family has no idea where the ‘pair of bronzes’ went to, but my father-in-law thought that they were maybe made of pewter, not bronze, and just fell apart over the years.
So this is our family heirloom, which weighs about 20 kgs, and was brought over from Ireland in our hand luggage. I well remember hubby carrying this and trying to make out that it weighed almost nothing, so that it wouldn’t have to go as checked baggage. 😉
Now I’m rushing off to do my piano stint. I think I’ll include those lovely old songs, Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” and “As Time Goes By,” from Casablanca, in keeping with the theme.
To see more interpretations of Ailsa’s theme, just click here.
It’s nice to know you can sit down and play the piano after a long time with hardly any practice, like riding a bike! Love that clock! Can’t believe your husband got away with carrying it on board, trying to pretend it weighed nothing! 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. Yes, playing piano is something I can always do even after weeks of not playing. I sometimes wonder how good I’d be if I practised every day, but then it would seem like a chore and not a pleasure. 🙂
It’s so much better if you can do it without practice! 🙂
thank you so much for ‘liking’ my blog…with all the followers that you have you will not even notice one more so I clicked the follow button…seemed like a good idea….Happy Piano Playing and I loved the clock! A real beauty and probably quite valuable so look after it!
You’re welcome. I did like your post. Tilly sent me, so I obediently came across to read. I’ll be playing piano again tomorrow. Any requests? 🙂
So wonderful to have those stories, and that heirloom. I love the image of you playing piano, and especially your playlist! Best wishes for a smooth landing and a warm welcome home.
Thanks, Naomi. We’ve been home for a month already. I can hardly believe it. Time has flown by. 🙂
It is so cool that you play piano in the mall while people shop. I was at a hospital lately after my mom had surgery and they had a volunteer who played piano in the lobby. It was wonderful! Such a nice treat. We all congregated out there every day when he played. What a nice gift to share with people.
Thanks so much for your visit and lovely comment, Juliann. I love playing for people to listen. I was there again today. 🙂
What a great clock to have in the family…really unique!
Thanks. We are so happy to have it here. 🙂
AD what a fantastic thing to do surely some one somewhere has a clip on you tube of you entertaining the crowds 😉 >>>>>> anyone ???
Just imagine in the real old days you would have had to have been a very prim Miss tinkling the ivories for stuffy rellies in dark drawing rooms … now you can let rip 🙂
Wish I’d kept up playing myself sometimes but it’s been soooo long I’d have a job to sort my minims from my crochets !
What a lovely heirloom AD , one impressive Minister to warrant such a presentation I would think after only two years !
🙂 those dear little cherubs playing with no idea of time passing by …
Yes, that clock is really special, and I sometimes wonder about all the family members who have looked at it and heard that chime down the years. It gives me a strange but warm feeling. 🙂 I’m so glad I kept up with my piano playing, although I didn’t really enjoy it when I was young, because I was made to play for “stuffy rellies,” and I was soooo nervous.
usually arrive on time? ! I do not know why I am today with love maxima
That’s good to know, Stefan. I do love punctuality. 🙂
Beautiful heirloom – I’ve always meant to ask which one feels more like home to you?
Thanks, Dallas. Well each time we come back here, Florida tugs harder. 🙂
It must be that beautiful new kitchen!
You could be right about that. 🙂
@Ailsa have always great idea theme and you have fantastic photo too
Thanks so much, DellaAnna. Yes, Ailsa’s themes are great to do. 🙂
Incredible clock … a historic piece of family history to own. You’ve been rapidly accomplishing all your responsibilites …. soon … you’ll wonder what to do. Happy piano playing!!!
Thanks so much, Issy. I don’t think I’ll ever have any ‘spare’ time. I fill every moment, even if it’s only with blogging. 🙂
Is time ever enough? But you managed a beautiful post nevertheless Sylvia!
That clock is gorgeous.
Thanks so much, Madhu. 🙂
Time can be a luxury sometimes. Great post!
This is so true, IT. Thanks. 🙂
Love “If I Had Time in a Bottle!” You are full of amazing talents. No wonder you don’t have time. It takes so much time to develop all those talents, and to keep them going. You may not forget them, but time flys while you practice them.
Thanks, Marsha. I’m sure I’m not nearly as busy as your seem to be. Glad we have the same taste in music. 🙂
20 kg? Wow .. that’s a lot of clock! Meanwhile, I imagine you enjoyed your time playing at the mall. Cheers to your effort, so here’s one for you.
Thanks so much, Frank. I do believe he sings it better than anyone else ever has. 🙂
🙂 …. and I’ve listened to it more than once already!
What a clever and fun post, I always leave your blog with a smile on my face!
Thanks, Elisa. Your comment makes me very happy. 🙂
it is great!
Thanks, Yisha. 🙂
I love your Clock photo looks very valuable my friend thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks, Jake. It is of great ‘sentimental ‘ value, and I could have used it for your challenge if I’d seen it earlier. 😀
What a wonderful clock…. and that you took the TIME to post amidst your hectic settling-in flurry! You are truly amazing!
Thanks so much, Gunta. I’m beginning to get on top of things now. 🙂
Love the song and I love your watch …. time is something we can’t get back or enough of.
Thanks, Viveka. I so agree with you.
What a beautiful clock! I remember carrying my great grandmother’s heavy crystal decanter on a plane trip many years ago when we moved house. I totally understand how your hubby felt pretending it wasn’t too heavy for your trip because I did the same 😉
I bet its good to get back to the mall – I hope those Sunday shoppers appreciate your time 😀
Yes, I don’t think we’d get away with the heavy carry-on baggage these days, Dianne. The shoppers do show their appreciation by their smiles and waves, and the occasional embarrassing round of applause. 🙂
You’ve got me singing “If I only had time, only time”… and wondering who the heck recorded that. How did you come to start doing that, Sylvia? Entertaining the shoppers, I mean?
Lovely old clock.
Thanks, Jo. That was the song in my head when i wrote my title. I remember John Rowles had a hit with this in 1968, but I think it was Gene Pitney who first sang it. Love the words. I first started playing piano in restaurants in Johannesburg about 20 years ago, and when we moved down here, I saw there was a grand piano at our mall, so I offered my services.:)
It must be a lovely thing to do. You can sing away to your heart’s content too, even if it’s under your breath.
I do that too. 🙂
What a beautiful family heirloom! I am sure that you have loads of things to do and of course number one is always family. Your Mom must have been very happy to see you after 6 months!!
Thanks so much, Zirkie. Yes, mom was beside herself with joy, and almost hugged me to death. 🙂
I love those songs, especially on the piano. Lucky Sunday shoppers!
Thanks, Janine. 🙂
Wonderful clock Sylvia!
Thanks, Phil. 🙂
What a gorgeous family heirloom.
Yes, we are very proud of it. 🙂
Hope you had fun playing!
Yes, I did, Tandy. 🙂
Wonderful! I just love any atmosphere where there is live piano music! It always adds such a special vibe. Have fun!
Thanks, Jody. 🙂
What a wonderful clock all wrapped up with family history 🙂 Enjoy your piano,sure you will be appreciated.
Thanks, Gilly. 🙂
It’s just beautiful. I love old clocks. Hoep you had a great weekend! Hugs Paula xx
Thanks so much, Paula. You too. 🙂
What a beautiful clock, AD, and to think it keeps good time too. Wonderful piece of work, and in those days of hand-crafts things were made to last. 🙂
Thanks so much, adee. Yes, I’m sure this clock will go on for ever. 🙂
Wonderful heirloom. Glad to hear you are playing again. Hope you record it sometime and include it on a post.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. It ahd crossed my mind, but I’m not sure how I would do the recording. I’m technically challenged in such things. 🙂
I was wondering if you would still play the piano at the mall. Now I know!
Thanks, Pussycat. It didn’t take them long to put my fingers to work again. 🙂
wow.. that’s more than a century old clock.. and the good thing is that its still working good and accurate.. love it.
Thanks, Elizz. Yes, it’s a very good and faithful clock. 🙂
Looking at that clock reminds of a facade I built for a house we used to live in 😀
Yes, you’re right. Maybe that’s what gave you the idea. 🙂
I would like to listen to you dear AD, enjoy your playing! This is amazing story of an old clock. Thank you, love, nia
Thanks so much, Nia. 🙂
Keeping good time? Excellent! And great choice of music. 😉
Thanks so much, Gemma. 🙂
The shopping mall management and the shoppers will be so pleased to welcome you back. I think music makes such a difference and gives a a soothing atmosphere to the malls. One of our malls has a baby grand piano and I love to go there when the pianist is on duty and sit and have a coffee.It is usually classical music she plays
Thanks, Pommepal. Yes, everyone was most appreciative. it was great to play there again. 🙂
Time has a habit of slipping through our fingers like sand 🙂 Beautiful clock
Thanks for the visit. Yes, time is a slippery customer, isn’t it? 🙂
One day soon I’m going to walk in on you playing the piano… I will be going to Natal for a sales pitch in the area… so look out for the Bulldog, that might just sneak up on you…
That would be so nice. I look forward to meeting you one day. 🙂 Check with me first to see if I’m playing. We can have lunch afterwards.
I know that rushed feeling having just returned to Spain after 4 months in Australia and New Zealand. You sound like you are settling back in nicely, Sylvia 🙂
Yes, it does take a while to settle back into everything, Marianne, but it’s going well. 🙂
Beautiful clock – I thought it’d weigh quite a bit – slate isn’t light!
Thanks so much, Sas. Yes it’s very heavy. 🙂
How lovely! Welcome home 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
Beautiful old clock – and it’s working too. We have an old clock in Sweden called Moraklocka, but unfortunately it doesn’t work anymore
Thanks, Ann Christine. Yes, I’m so happy that it works and keeps good time too. 🙂
Nice “timely” post, Sylvia. Welcome back to SA.
Thanks so much, Tom. 🙂
An heirloom with more than one story, and one that still works!!
I have a few old clocks here, but they don’t work anymore, just there for show.
enjoy your playing AD 😉
Thanks so much, 68. Everything has to work in my house, or I go off it. 🙂