A very good story

It was over breakfast one morning in May. There I was about to delight myself with boiled eggs. The plate of toast ,served as soldiers and for my Marmalade after that.

In comes Anita with a strange look on her face. “Marmalade again. ”

Indignant of the comment and the look ,one cracked open the last egg in the holder and dipped on hot buttered toast as if no one else was there.

Again the call. I cleared my mouth and spoke my jolly mind. “Marmalade is a British thing. Love it or hate it depends decidedly on tasting it my dear.”

She had been rather slow on the take up but now by Gad it happened. Wide eyed I looked up from the finished egg and watched her slide a knife into my marmalade jar in somewhat somber motion.

I had no need to ponder it was instant and positive and flowing was the occasion and her countenance told it all.

Since then I have to make twice as much marmalade.

To think that reference to the product is stamped in the pages of English recipe books going way back into the days of good old Queen Elizabeth. .Then when it was made with Quince fruit not Spanish sour oranges.

So Saville in Spain had 80 tons of sour oranges and somehow the British bought them .Today the entire market is that of Britain .Spain has no other customer for her oranges of Seville are that sour one is hard pressed to find anyone other than Marmalade makers who adore the said fruit .

It changed from Quince grown in England to oranges grown in Spain around 1800. Queen Victoria so loved Marmalade that it became a product for the business man to produce.So much so for most households the only thing was to make ones own . Cooks in big houses made pan fulls of the stuff. The common workers bought oranges when spoiled as cheap and so made marmalade in the little kitchens .From that it became a sport as one cook challenged others all across the cities of England this went on.

Womens Institute WI or to us men Wild Indians made jam circles to sell at fairs they had open to public. Each member made a jam or Marmalade and brought jars to sell.

So it became a truly British thing over time of ,many centuries. When in 1953 Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit of Everest mountain they opened a jar on Marmalade and spooned it out to enjoy the victory .

Scott had taken Marmalade to Antartic cirlce . Sugar content stopped the jar freezing.

I believe it may even have been taken into space.

So is it good .Indeed it is a jar that trapped sunshine . It is fruity heaven and now two of us like the taste.

When ever one can find the sour fruit in Europe one can set too and cook up a batch of Marmalade . Not often enough are the sour oranges here as Latvia is not a Marmalade nation. Then not to fear I simply visit Lidll shops and there one can find the real thing on the shelves. Dundee Marmalade is common with the Germans also hooked by the taste it seems .

I try to have six jars always on my shelf to eat when I want.

The story of Italian chef seeing his lady Mary Queen of Scotland ill decided to make her a fruit jam to revive her mood . It is a nice tale but with little fact as he called it My Mam malady . Do not thing so .

Marmalade is a thing that brought millions of housewifes to compete making it .All over Britain they judge who makes the best. Even sell it on stalls at summer fetes. Why not it is the peer in the range of jams that brings back my youth with its taste in every bite of toast. Fresh and orangey sweet and delicious .It sparkles in the sunlight in the glass jar from pantry to the dish on breakfast table. Anita now conversant supports my efforts now but says rather have honey but marmalade is good too?

The truth is a thing called Meladosa made with oranges and lemons into jam existed in Portugal in the 11 century .So the Marmalade may have come from that .Our Quince jam goes back to much the same time . The oranges replaced the quince around 1800 in England and I add the juice of a ripe lemon to my marmalade making as it helps the flavour I say .

What ever, a good story and a great British product . If one adds a thimble full of Malt Whiskey in the mix after cooking you have Scottish Marmalade and to be honest I like it so much as it is not same product otherwise.

A bit of rest and light reading.I do so hope you liked it.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt2022


Jack the Ripper case looked into

It is an old chestnut of a case with no real new evidence introduced since 1888 between August and November of that said year. Some 50 suspects gathered by Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of London Met Police and his team of detectives. White chapel area of the city of London in 1888 was a slum housing area of so many different communities including seaman rest homes and butchers shops with a large population of prostitute and pimps.It was jack the lad land and gangsters on the prowl. The poor lived there and close was the human bond in most circles. It was near the London Docks and so had a vast collection of foreign visitors many sailors from all over the world.

images_027Whitechapel Lane  London England 1887
In this case we look only at the top 5 suspects as to go through police files it becomes very clear that they just did not have a single clue to base a case on someone. Anybody.
I was before modern technology began and so only witness work was the way to progress save that no witness lived. Who ever Jack the Ripper was he was quick able and darkly covered to vanish. It indicates an athletic man with basic knowledge at least of surgery.
First in the frame of really could be Jack is Doctor Francis Tumblety. An American Irish no body as he invented his medical rank. A seller of cheap medicine at as a cure for all ailments.He dealt in New York as a herbalist. In 1888 he was in London and lived in Whitechapel area. in his New York home he did have jars of female uterus stored in spirits as part of his organ collection. We have proof he added to this over time first shown in November 1888 outside his stall selling potions.
Police had him on a gross indecency charge but it was not enough to have him sent back for trail when he jumped bail and ran back to New York. He was a lover of young men in time when it was illegal and we know he hated women as they stole his love from him. His love a 19 year old male.
3e825d0a5791e0bd575bf4ac4d8308d1Whitechapel London 1887

Next came a Polish hairdresser in Whitechapel. One Aaron Kosminski 11th September 1865- march 24th 1919. he went raving mad and eventually was placed in a hospital for mental patients. Police thought he was Jack the Ripper on these grounds alone. yet they say now that a shawl belonging to one of the victims under DNA proved kosminshi was her killer. I say after 131 years no.  Corruption took place. The wool shoulder cloth called a shawl in the hands of many over this time in police care may have been contaminated easily. Saying this it shoves to dagger nearer to this Polish mad barber.


Third in the line up is Walter Sickert who really could have been the serial killer but no real evidence could be brought to prove he was. For the police this man was the top suspect for years. Yet again no proof came to light.

Then a German seaman called Carl Feigenbaum He had been in the area of the murders in Whitechapel in London and covers all points. He was convicted of murder of a woman and sentenced in Sing Sing prison New York to the electric chair in 1894 to death. His own lawyer William Lawton believed firmly that his client was jack the Ripper.

Lastly we arrive at a Royal physician one Sir William Withy Gull 31st December 1816-29th January 1890. He served Queen Victoria but police found him wandering in white chapel and made it an investigation. Local gossip fast to talk and out it came as the Queens doctor is Jack the Ripper. No real proof in this case as Sir William may well have been seeing a sex worker and shamed in the act.

images_051Face of Mary Kelly, the last victim.

in the murders on that year only that of Elizabeth Stride is different and now it is thought she was killed not by jack the Ripper. She may have been victim to her husbands drunken temper finding her on the game.

images_021 Victims of the Ripper E. Stride her throat cut her body so badly destroyed I decided not to use that photo.

Not one of the many suspects had enough motive or facts to arrest even one of them. They could not solve this case with whole of the London Police department after this killer in 1888 so now it beyond solving it is history only. A mystery forever.

images_034Francis Tumblety

I read of a man who claimed that one of the Rippers victims one Mary Kelly Jacks last victim was in fact AKA Elizabeth Weston- Davies grandmother to Doctor Wynn Weston-Davies who had been brutally murdered by her own husband as she had betrayed the family and his reputation in law. The man is Francis Craig his book 2015 is a real jump to prove that his facts add up.

images_050 Carl the German jew, Sing  Sing prison photograph
Jack was the signed name on the letter sent to the police inviting them to find him. It is I think a petty stupid thing to do as a member of the public sent that in.
Then it was a reporter on the local newspaper that called him Jack the Ripper and so a legend was born from an evil serial murderer long dead and judged by his betters elsewhere.

mary_jane_kelly_mutilated_faceWhat was left of Mary Kelly after Jack the Ripper carved her up. The last victim and the worse crime ever. The cases saw he took heart liver and uterus out of all women that he murdered but here with his last victim he removed not just her organs but her face.
in a letter to a journalist George R Sims Police Chief Inspector Littlechild admitted in 1913 as a retied member of the London police force that Francis Tumbelty was the police top suspect after many interviews with him after capture for Gross indecency the police had enough on him try his case but he did a runner when he jumped bail and no way could they bring him back as he was changed at that stage with the lesser crime.
So we are left with two real suspects one as shown died by electric chair that other got way to New York. it is anybodies guess and this story will run on forever without any proof or conviction. I did hear that DNA may be found on a shawl that belonged to Mary Kelly that last victim but how sure are they that it was hers as all clothing covered in blood was burned later to prevent illness or rats.


Whitechapel lane 2019 London, United Kingdom.

One name we can prove he was not Jack the Ripper was in fact Prince Albert Victor who was not in London but Scotland at Balmoral for two of the murders and on Crown duties for the rest of time in the frame outside of murders.

if this case could have been closed long ago I am sure it would have been so, it will go on and on without end, or result. a true mystery folks. Go with care for its still a jungle out there.

Yours Sir Kevin
copyright Kevin James Parr Bt 2019

Latvia in May

We have endured the hard winter and now into Spring than fast into summer.So we have to move fast to keep up with gardens and work hits us hard after resting all winter time. The brain work of design now to perform .

Weeding pruning chopping and clearing repairing and tool sharpening all takes its toll .Must be age but dont mention it .

Shifting boulders at 72 is pretty scary but somehow alone its either look at them or shift them.Drop one side on barrow against it wedged and slowly move the stone rolling into barrow. Then try and pull the barrow up from side with stone inside. Surprising how fit it keeps one .Or is it just me that thinks that.?

Wheel to the rockery and then ladder and roll the boulder up onto top. Sheer slavery but once in place wedged in all looks worth the sweat .Only four more to attack then nice cup of tea in my summer house.

Many roses to cut back .Die back must be cut right out as it is a killer . Winter damage. Only roses that never have to prune are Canadian John Davis and John Cabot climbers on my gazebo each side with benches for 8 people to rest at party time.

I bought more conifers and filled that gaps in my woodland garden. Shrubs too but need loads of rain now which never comes. Clay and sand soil with about two inch of top soil. Much effort in earning that I can tell you. More farm manures left two years in piles .We are using only now manures well rotted from two years back. Ill cancel the next years load as by then my mountains of dung will have to be gone on garden boards .Mixed with water as tea drink for plants .

Im delighted that my heated propagator produced enough Comfrey plants for making tea as plant food .Ill grow the 10 plants near my work site for grass cuttings to add to compost bins slowly. They grow big and wide so row them down East side but still in sunlight but not in danger from barrows full of grass cuttings. I made 4 bins for composting quicker . It will replace the five years of spending 50 euro now 85 euro a load of shit.if you will forgive the expression. He ,the farm tractor driver, said cow cake feed has gone up 100 % I said so had the price of shit it seems. Six ton at a time is helping the garden at a price. Once all trace has been used plan B is already growing .

My sweetpeas are looking good and could be planted now .Greedy feeders and we have the stuff they adore in the bed at base of trellis . This is divisional to garden room beyond is my conifer garden. Rose climbers and clematis later but will hold off with sweet peas as frost I can taste in the morning air. Can come juts as one plants up tenders and boosh all dead next morning. Took me two years before i began to face it this is not England . Sunny for a week then one morning at 6am wake to find one inch of frozen white killer frost covers the land like a blanket hugging the land . Once only then back to 77f at 6am 84 by luncheon time. Can reach 98 f by 5pm . One year it reached 112 f and sat on parade all day.Unbearable and shriveled all plants up. It is gardening on the hard side of all things holy .

Then when it settles like India the monsoons arrive and I love it rains .Now is the time we fill all ponds and tanks we have had empty .Rain for water lilies say in 4 inch of muddy water now up to the neck burst into amazing scented pink flowers floating happily on top of rising waters in the formal pond. From here on in summer is just perfect at 86 f tops from July to October its lovely .maybe odd day of rain from September on. Summers at best are perhaps the best in Europe .You can rely on it.

My need to make ready with grape vine roof over the oven I must build will herald the dawning of my first real garden party and entertaining a first in these gardens.

Watched many internet videos on brick oven build so having taken note designed my own my way. Im itching to start my build but many jobs still to do outstanding before hand I fear.

My Japanese flowering cherries are near opening their swelling buds to welcome late May early June blossoms at the waterfall room .

I have to trench in power for pumps and tall London street lights in the drive way.Also the folly needs power of electrics and the pergola roof lights too.

When complete if im not tired to death Ill kneel and thank God who held me upright and set in working so hard for so long. Its been a dream for so long and now its happening. More still to do but its no longer a maybe it is beginning to be what I wanted at first site I knew this flat land was able to aid my plan.

Rest for a day now as need too as I just do too much in a day. Im nearly there but the end game can wait a day or two. Five years of hard slog made a rough pasture into an English garden some 2000 miles from home.

I was told cant do it I said it was possible with hard work .Then I admit I had no idea of just h0w much hard work it needed . I am arranging photos for next weeks blog on my garden. Again its relying on other people with better camera that works and can be loaded onto blog. I seem to have lost the will as so many try and no win.

Yours always ,love Sir Kevin.

Copyright Kevin James Parr Bt2022

Russia today

Putin has lost the war in Ukraine but says we now start World war 111 target is the whole Nato alliance .

How silly this cancer ridden fool is to think he has not been set up by Nato to come out fighting instead of hurling abuse.

He cant win against public in Ukraine what can he do to a mighty war machine called the West .

In a way we can finish this and Russia divided into many parts .Siberia belongs to China anyway . Then Ukraine may like a nice slice of land around Moscow and Petersburgh handed to Germany .Polish must have a big slice of the pie and Latvia takes back the land stolen from then in war time by Stalin the butcher

All will be happy if Russia just makes its move instead of threats and sabre rattling . Like children they need handling properly but if out they march it will be as we all hoped the end of threats and loss of Russia as warned of in 1856 treaty of Paris signed by Russian leaders after we beat the daylights out of them in Crimean war 1854-56 .

Putin broke that law in invading Ukraine . Crimea is part of Ukraine too.

I doubt if leaders behind the dying Putin will want a war with West it is just as always threats to lead to fear. But no one fears Russia and never did .It is a system of a form of Communistic evil starve that public tell them only what we need them to hear . Ill sod hungry we can control them. Then now is the slumbering population slowly waking up to what is really going on.I think its possible ,yes .

Putin is seriously ill he needed a win in Ukraine not just to have his way but because he is under they eye of evil big brother who will replace him now. That may be better for peace, or worse.Time will tell .Giving us time to build up even more our objective . Today Russia said Ben Grant a British soldier from Chetzin army aiding Russia against the enemy Ukraine he will run forever but death sentence has been placed on him . It is fine for other nations to help Russia but if any aid Ukraine its murder for them. It is typical cowards and brainless talk of idiots . I think Ben should be a medal holder for his way of helping Ukraine. His mother is Conservative MP which will fuel the situation no doubt. But it shows you just what trash the Russians are. News of Putin at best he has five weeks to live said Russian doctors to news press in Moscow. Published and on sale in Baltic shops . Cant see it being wrong myself. Good riddens to him I say .

I doubt Russia has much left to fight a war with .Only Nuclear which is old and mostly volatile . Meanwhile two British super ships are lined up on Moscow from sea off shore from Baltic knock out takes 12 seconds with all fired on them nothing will survive .So fear not the news it is all over in a flash if the rat pops its nose out of its hole its certain it will turn to vapour.

Yours with peace in defense, Sir Kevin.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2022

Quick blog

It is the current state of this world that bothers me.Putin and his greed and evil cause. Then shootings of innocent school children in America .To rise in prices blaming anything for upcosts. It is racket of the system by the none caring trade magnets to live on your last penny more. War in Ukraine may be dreadful but India and Canada and even little England produces the main bulk of grain anyway .Then add America the giant wheat fields of Saint Paul can feed the world combined.

Car fuel rises when oil barrel is at lowest tell who is robbing us at the pump.

The lockdowns had little to do with protection it was to build up prices and soften the public up to pay .Without that it would have been impossible and led to protests pretty fast.

The greed machine is always out there but this time they could hit us far harder and if no one stands up and shouts enough it will rise steadily because you have to pay or starve. Make no mistake the thing is merciless and its finally here .

George Orwell saw it long ago .Big brother and the hunger games are not far off today . We act by buying only what we need to survive . We search for bargains .Those yellow labels help. We say no to things risen as much as possible it will not kill you . In fact may help your body to fitness.

Bake at home dont buy . Then if all do it for three weeks I promise prices will fall. They cannot afford loss in shops . So sell at old price is fair. It is the only way to fight them is to starve them before they starve us .

Traders see the stall next door selling potatoes at higher price it is human nature to put extra profit on yours to sell to public. That can be beaten by going else where to buy at best price.

It is the same really in supermarkets. Find a cheaper place and soon the fact sinks in and prices come down. If even half the population do this it will benefit all . Then do you want to be left out join them and show the racketeer who is boss .

If not then sadly the new prices are here until the next rise is planed you can afford it maybe but many cannot so think of them and dont be a silly sod act now for a better world.

My feelings are for all to win.

Yours with love Sir K.

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A biblical tale

As a child at school one learned of the tales in the Hebrew bible . In the story of Moses maybe more fact that fiction .Having walked across the same Red Sea as he and saw the sea bed risen as almost a walk way under my feet on low tide . I saw a man such as Moses a crafty leader of Jewish slaves to escape the wrath of his great Egyptian master .

Moses was of Jewish descent born on the tide of the Nile river and found by Royal children floating in a woven basket . I am not really concerned with the story other than Moses day alone up a mountain. Did God really give him 10 laws? Perhaps not but he wrote 10 rules and came down with the tale.

This starts my story.

10 laws he wrote and was said to be laws from God set in stone. It did not mean he carved each letter into rock tablets .It meant in all detail he made them forever to be adhered to.

Now a box was made said my friend Simion who worked then in the 70s in Jerusalem museum across from the orchards called the gardens of Jesus capture .

I visited twice the so called holy land and agree that he was right.Simion told me that in bible it says a box on acacia wood was made to hold the scroll of 10 commandments . Now that makes more sense. It was to be carried by camel saddles across the deserts to each camp the Arab stopped . Jews lived same way. So the box had to be made of light wood and was thus thrown about and often repaired .Even replaced as all else wears out. The word for this box was same as cupboard in Hebrew so scribes later came up with the word Arc to help describe it.

It was covered with gold is a rash guess as who had the means to do this then. Acacia wood wrapped in gold no one would do that.

When Romans tore through the treasure found under the temple of Herod it was paraded through Rome and sold as soon as it parade was over.The funds helped build the Roman Coliseum and the party after opening. All items taken from Jerusalem are listed in stone on Romes walls and columns. Not a mention of this so called Arc of the Covenant is mentioned or depicted.

Being so holy one would think it would be included in the treasure haul. To say it vanished is rather a guess too far from the reality of facts related .Do the monks in Addis Ababa who say they have the arc and 10 commandments but cannot show it to anyone is another way of saying we do not have it. A rotten worm holed acacia wood box and a vellum scroll with magical powers is a fairy story I would say.

In the old Museum of Jerusalem there was a display of many types of camel saddle box and the scroll of Moses came to be in a box of type on a camel saddle . How else was it carried down to that flat lands of Palestine any other way?

Would a record of it say it was made on Acacia wood if it was not? Think of it rather like balsa wood thin easy worked and glued to make planes when we had fun as kids painting them as fighter world war two aircraft . Would any one waste gold on a box made of it? Was it remade ? If so the Bible is mute on the subject

It is like the hunt for the grail and other silly waste of time as Monty Python cast told us in spoof movies of pure comedy .Yet many will search in vane forever looking for that glint of gold that will make their fortune.

My surprise is that so many who have studied history have fallen under the spell of wandering off the pages into the realms of fantasy. If one reads facts and stop imagination or putting words into dead peoples mouths which is work of the none historian who twists the truth into ways that suit the writers pockets. .Trouble is people will believe any thing they are told if its is said in a movie or book by one famous as a writer. When one spent years to gain degree in history it comes as a shock when some can change a record of past to make their own version to what was said or done.

Thank you all for your time I am grateful of your support my friends. God be with us all.

copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2022

Reminder of slavery to Latvians

This day sees the vote to dismantle a great iron statue raised by Russian overlords in Latvian capital of Riga. Near to the gardens made by an English mayor of Riga who was many times voted in by Latvian supporters. His name Armistead . Statue was erected of this man by Queen Elizabeth 11 .

The Riga Siema Government and council agreed in light of Ukraine war the Russian reminder of evil occupation will be pulled down . This upset many Baltic Russians who never went back and are now born Latvian but want Russia only should go back . Latvia was wrong on independence for not deporting them.

For me all should learn peace for get borders shake hands and seek friendship is a Godly wish .

Russians may take this seriously and act upon it . Statue is horrid anyway . It is an offensive that recalls the butchery of thousands of Latvians by Stalins forces after war up to 1960s. Churchill called it an iron curtain none can see behind of. Russia is a pirate who have never ever won a single war but use a powerful belief that world war will happen. The war in Ukraine being a reminder of what will happen is world war they bring to us .

Statues of Russian leaders must come down also and God save Latvia forever . The Russian sins will not be washed off the board what they did was war crimes before war crimes were invented as a title of pure evil. Putin like Stalin and all the top rung of leadership are criminals waiting to be tried . Finland and Sweden are free nations can do what they wish but Iron man Putin says no .Who takes notice is weaker than even him whos own real mother called him the Devil .

Greed runs people like Putin so become robbers liars and pirates to steal more industrial and profitable lands and make the public slaves to keep Russia in food. It is because land in Russia the biggest area in Europe is unused by Moscow and Russia cant do anything as too hard for them. So you have more you keep us is the Russian way.

Baltic Russians are not like that because have been brought up in Latvia to work.

COPYRIGHT KevinParr Bt 2022

Patron saint guru of art and craft gardens.

Gertrude Jekyll was an artist born in fashionable Mayfair London England in November 24th 1843 . In her late 50s her eyesight was fading and so she took up photography instead. Having seen a medical eye specialist who told her even specs would not bring back bright eyesight for art painting of colours. He suggested she took up simple gardening .

The planning and colours of plants soon had her building flower borders in glee. She became so good at it that many friends asked for her advice.

Her photographs helped promote her and by accident she met a young architect who needed a gardeners eye to promote his work.

It was then that the unlikely two became instrumental in design and build of gardens all over Europe and into America besides all over England.

In carts trains and buses they crossed the many garden customers that came to hear of the architect and the lady gardener. Lutchen and Jekyll went on to fashion over 400 gardens in their partnership.

Best work they did in England was out in the Black Hills of Somerset at what is today the property of The Somerset Fire Brigade offices . Hestercombe is the name still with it and gardens and buildings as it was left when first built can be seen by the visitor today .

Gertrude in a garden

Many have vanished or have been deserted by owners over the years. What are

left many have been remade from plans of original garden. Great interest has returned the fame of both Jekyll and Lutchen recently.

Books by Gertrude Jekyll are back in print and her best quotes recalled even by me as a child in fathers lovely garden.

” The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies .”

” A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness. It teaches industry and thrift above all it teaches entire trust .

” There is no spot of ground however arid, bare or ugly that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight “

These are the few of her sayings I can remember but many more hard to find .

I find myself designing a border and instantly her words come into mind . She was an amazing lady even in her times. She died In her home that she commissioned Edmund Lutchens to design and build .She called it Momstead House and she built her last garden there.

Gertrude Jekyll 1843- 1932 buried in Saint Johns church yard Busbridge Surrey England aged 89

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2022

who killed the artist

As a boy I came to love art. Not that I was more than reading books of art but one or two impressed me. Rose painters more than most . One day I found Vincent a Dutchman in Southern France . The sunflower so bright orange and yellow hit me as a sort of hypnotic painting of a day in summer and open windows onto a border of seasonal plants and flowers to pick and vase . As if only seconds before that sunflower was growing and cut to be in house. So fresh it was stunning.

Then who was this Vincent Van Gogh ? He was not the poor boy history delights in pages we read of this painters life. He had cash injections from his brother who was the other half of Vincents career as he sold as much as he could to art gallery or patron . Paid half back to Vincent and perhaps more. He suffered with self hate or maybe it was depression as we call it today .

We take the big part first.He was alone in France in a simple guest house attic at Yellow House in the small town of Aries were he really had no need to be just that it suited him .He was painting a canvas a day and was happy in the country side painting fields . He had linked up with a famous artist but whom had fallen on hard times after an end to his marriage. His name Paul Gauguin . He was a good painter well known in the world. He had for some reason sought out Vincent as a visit to that area he moved in to same guest house. Now we come to Pauls hobby of fencing. A sport that led him to selecting the Rapier as a sword fencing man . We know that Vincent often watched him and the slice off ear Vincent is most famous for may well have happened here. We have record that the tow men ended friendship that same day it happened.Vincent blamed no one and never said he did it himself but had all guessing

As he was a depressive many believe he cut off own ear but I do not for one second believe this is true or factual as a one time lover of Rapier fighting one slip and this can happen . Was Paul playing around and that happened just by accident.I think this the very case in question.

Same as that last day of Vincents life .He took his art work out in fields and painted crows leaving the corn on his approach. Suddenly he was shot in the lower region of his stomach. He fled back 3 miles to his bed in the guest house. He blamed no one again but never implied he was committed to suicide either.

Two boys we know who pestered poor Vincent had returned from Paris that same day .They had been to see the Wild West show owned and run by Bill Cody.They had been given cowboy suits big hats and pistols after the show by rich father and came back to haunt Vincent in the fields. I think a gun went off and hit Vincent as he stood up to stop them mocking him. That would account for the slug fired from that almost real pistol had not gone right through his body. He died two days after.

Try shooting yourself down that far you need to be double jointed and Vincent was right handed making it even harder to pull a trigger.

That is my take on Vincents last days on earth. Depression is an illness but he was not mentally deformed as all say he was. He had tried finding help for his state of depression but it was not of any interest to the doctors he went to see. Vincent was only famous after his death and because of is malady.

Many will say I am so wrong .Then cannot prove that they are right as facts do not stack up. Vincent was a lonely soul ,a gentle submissive man who loved God and blamed no one ever for what sins against him made . We shall perhaps never truly know but I believe he was never suicidal or able to damage himself . He was drunk many times it is said and that had turned his mind. I do not believe that as seen so many drunks even one with depression deeply over loss of son in war. None of then cut an ear off or shot themselves . Most fall asleep in the gutter and in winter cold and still survive.

I do not drink these days nor do I study medical reasons for Vincents early death .

I have put my case and records I have read are freely available to public so for all read over a year I can say my findings totally disagree with those who say he was off his head or mentally effected cut off own ear. or shot himself to die in abject agony . He was at best an intelligent silent man who loved life.One can read that in every canvas he painted .Full of colour and ideas .

A little happiness in worrying times

It seems Spring is finally with us and gardens waking up .1000 daffodils showing leaf tips above the mown lawn in Pergola walk. I painted soft moss green my folly walls under it dark tiled spire of roof. Happy as it blends in to Hansa rose hedge running alongside it .In Summer Claret red roses cover its branches and scent floods the English rose garden nicely with help from many rose shrubs in borders leading up to gazebo and benches each side .Roses from Canada such as John Cabot climb over it as Pauls Himalayan moss pink scrambles up other side in league with John Davis .These roses I can trust to give their best. All else have to be cut back to base or die in zone 4 winters of exposed coastal site.We are really two miles inland but wind finds us anyway.

I coped with deer by building tall fences but now have to plant tall trees and shrubs down the last side of wilderness. I was going to plant more Victorian magic but that was forgotten with wind damage. So main borders now protected by hedging both sides of drive from main gates are enough of England for now and move on to conifer borders all along.

It was a total surprise buying conifers how many lovely trees there are. My take on Conifers was the sad attempts of the 1960s In UK . No such thing as dwarf plants and even the tiny mugo over 30 years in good soil will reach 10 feet tall.

I had a ball selecting with much help from my lovely ladies at Baltezers nursery not far from home . Skilled and happy to help. Well worth a visit as it is story of many acres to walk in to see plants in gardens all conifers . So with many trailers I came home with what is needed and started first border from end to middle of land one side. Drawn ideas of what goes next to which as staggered and gaps for expansion over time. With 30 trees some 12 feet tall others 5 feet I set of arranging blue gold six types of green into landscaping ideals . Next border most happy to carry on with more of that same. Result is staggeringly beautiful . It not only gives wind protection and privacy it gives winter green and coat of many colours all year round.

Also I found a great back drop to the flowering hedge in front of it other side of path in creams and pink fronds of Hydrangea strawberry and cream running 80 feet along English rose garden outer wall .I have my work cut out this month and next to turn over and prepare last border under plastic and car wheel .Go and spend the day in rest selecting a lot more conifers from my friends in nursery. It is not cheap but when one works out cost of timber clad fencing and painting each year .These trees are for life and centuries so need no work to have in ground .Id say nothing can give that tallest hedge such dignity and gentle softness of these conifers set as a plan across the whole border wall fence of wire and timber posts. Deer will not eat conifers once grown up. I think for the scent after rains that this hedge gives is all one wants in a garden hedge .You dont have to trim it contain it or worry over it . In less than five years a full tall bonded mass of Conifers becomes a world of its own and wall to outside world . It was my dread now my love to see it each morning . Landscaping over half acre all down one side.

Good news photos talk louder than words so have hopes my old Nikon frame can be digitized by my pal in camera work shop in town . He said can do it but new one will cost around 1000 best to work on this for say 120 euro done. It has flash it has all but is not card for internet upload or down load what ever that is it cant do as yet. Hope for next week .If sunny Ill photo a few shots for next blog .Then you can judge yourself. It is work in progress but this summer I hope to plant up all my hard work of building and hard core framing of rooms and drives . Gates and folly .It has taken many years as land was only a pasture field and deer ruined my first real attempt to grown plants or hedges .Who ever said deer will not eat Rugusa roses is barking mad. Thorn all the way down stems eaten back leave with soil .Never came back .

Well it takes the mind, dear folk, off Russia war .

God be with you all .

Copy right Kevin Parr Bt2022

just thoughts

We live in harder times as our world is tore apart by a poisoned dwarf named Putin .Or that is how he sees it? He is a nobody who wants to be remembered when the rest of us could not give a fig how we are seen when gone. I do not see myself as anything important this world goes on without me so Putin or myself matter not we are not vital parts of the clock .It works well with out my contribution or his determined war that will kill him in the end which ever way it goes from now on in.

For a long time we,in Latvia, a Baltic ex soviet nation ,fear grew of invasion . Now most see Russia is no soldier it is tyrant pirate after gold . In much the same way as the ancient Vikings they raid by nature the profits of others whom have worked hard to live in peace and comfort.

What we see is a looser as Russia has never won a single war ever . To Russia propaganda they won over Hitler not mentioning allies involved as fact. The fact Britain has beaten them in Ukraine before and signed proof can be at hand that Russia signed surrender and admitted and agreed that Crimea belongs to Ukraine and they will never attack it again . So what are the West up to. Allowing Putin to get away with his evil murder of millions is too much to witness in our watch . World war could come from aiding Ukraine but if SAS did the work they are trained for all would be forgotten in weeks and Ukraine could rebuild with world help .It will never bring back loved ones or have a sort of criminal court trial of guilty .Then in all in office have been laid to rest it is the only way out of this whole mess. No world war no blame as if done right its one perfect plan .

SAS have entered Moscow once before .They know when and I say please ,you know the way in do it again with results. Putin will hide under Kremlin as vast tunnels and caves run all over that site below that old Government set of offices.

If Ukrainian President is to be Nato it will bring things to a mighty head and uncertain Nuclear war may well evolve. Pave the way by removing the only object that stands as useless in the face of world peace. The thing is Russia says they want to have strong borders but in honest truth who in right mind would want to take Russia over. For those who have not visited it take my word it s hell on earth. Face of each city then behind soviet slums. Tall blocks of ugly concrete flats the size of hen house to each person and family. Saint Petersburgh looks lovely across the front . Go juts behind it and gasp at the that state of housing and cars burning it is disgrace really. Rest of Russia is forest and bog wet lands causing many problems with health.

Rivers deep and wide not cared for run wild. Some parts owned by rich are gated and high walled. It is not what one expects it is partly very primitive . Winters are so cold its a city stopped in Moscow snow 3 feet deep is average .Shops sell only what they have and since sanctions empty shelves are common. It is not a place Id ever want to see again. So all the borders on Russia are safe no one would wish to live there . Many Russia n youth will tell you in English they want out of Russia but need papers to do it.

I perhaps would advocate a revolution inside Russia to bring down Putins Mafia rule .For it is Mafia and how he managed to reach top leader position It will be Mafia who bring him down if this war is lost . Then another idiot will be set in his place .Need the lot of them out of the woodwork to make real difference . Or take them all out by best secret SAS. We may see Russia risking expansion into Baltic if Finland and Sweden are accepted as members of Nato. I can recall when offered Sweden telling Nato it was not of interest in world at peace.Soon sing another song when war looms in the wind

I have thought hard on doing such myself but at 72 may be be as fast as once I was .Dont even own a gun any more .Then anger remains inside me each time BBC news show the mass graves the dead in the streets of innocent pubic my anger builds for revenge . This will never end as if Putin sees Baltic as easier target nothing says he will not leap into taking us over. You will have your World War 3 then for sure. No other way remains but my suggestion will be the way out of all problems. If done right suicide looks the case. British dirty Tricks department listen to me act now abate and so avoid all come backs. End this and rest easy in the sight of God ever after, Amen.

Old poem says “those who look at torture dare not look at war “. I see this as true.Go forth my brothers the time is now for action .The Russian church said today .: The antichrist is the west who have invaded our borders and Ukraine invaded us .?? Just show how blindfolded and lied to these Russians are .Run by Mafi and old Commi Generals with Gangster Vlad Putin sat on top of the heap like some Figure waiting for the fire beneath

Stay alert stay calm and pray Ukraine wins outright against the Russian liars .It will bring Russia down and save a nation we cannot aid . Sad but Id risk it all to help them braver than brave peoples fighting to say a nation and the world

Yours Sir Kevin and thank you for your time to read.

Copyright Kevin James Parr Bt 2022