Markets – 15th September 2020

A hot afternoon and a good turn-out for the group. There were a lot of memories of favourite markets, some now long gone. Pettycoat Lane was popular, as was Greenwich market. We had one vote for Coventry market (from Danny, who was joining us from Coventry!).

We also talked about Christmas markets. Cologne was recommended by those that had visited it. Odd to be talking about Christmas just as the hot weather had returned

Janice made a welcome return to Reflections. It was her first time with out online group and she said how much she enjoyed it. She told us about the Carers Centre reopening and all the work that had been done to make it as safe as they could. David had visited and recommended others do the same.

Detail of the Carers Centre here.

Janet had come up with this memory of a market nursery rhyme: “To market, to market to buy a fat pig – Home again, home again, jiggety-jig – To market, to market, to buy a fat hog – Home again, home again, jiggety-jog – To market, to market, to buy a plum cake – Home again, home again, market is late – To market, to market, to buy a plum bun – Home again, home again, market is done – To market, to market, a gallop a trot – To buy some meat to put in the pot – Three pence a quarter, a groat a side – If it hadn’t been killed it must have died.” How many of us have a groat in our purse/wallet?

Gyda guided us through the making of a market stall from card or paper. There was a lot of enthusiastic folding and cutting. Our keen builders took away their creations to finish later.

Pearl’s two jokes for the price of one:

Pearl is taking a break next week, but she gave us her own name tune this week “Pearl’s a Singer“, by Ellie Brooks.

David read us another epic poem he had written – this one about markets:

As the afternoon warmed-up, several people moved into their gardens. Danny led the way.

We were relaxed as usual. People popped-in and popped-out through the session.

Gerry took us to “The local market”

Janet reminded us that we usually have an annual visit from the Pearly Kings and Queens. As we are on Zoom, we had to make-do with Janet’s quiz about cockney rhyming slang.

Lynne’s quiz was another good test. I got question one right, then I went a bit downhill.

Gyda spoke to us about: “Letting go of urgency”:

Next time the theme is concerts/theatre/events we have enjoyed.

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