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Day 125: An Outdoors Day

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I packed up a little picnic lunch and we left the house about noon - and didn't get back till 7! We went over to one of the National Trust sites, Tatton Park, and spent the day wandering around the gardens. We've been there before, several times, and often toured the house and so on, but they have acres and acres of rhododendrons, azaleas, and a host of other shrubs and flowers. Spring is just a riot of color and scent - a wisteria 'walkway' was just drenched in perfume - and I think we might've been just about the last people out of the place. There were only two other cars in the parking lot when we left, so if they belonged to staff, we probably were the last ones out.

So I haven't had a chance to download those pix yet. I'm accumulating a little store of them. But I'll do a few from the cemetery walk I took yesterday, and try to get to the Lymm Village pictures or the ones from Tatton tomorrow.

As I've said in the past, when I go to the big town cemetery I generally say I'm 'visiting George.' George Formby was a big entertainer, very popular in the '20s and '30s and I think right up until his death in 1961. I think Himself said GF had his own television variety show at the time he died.

At any rate, he's the only celebrity who's buried in the cemetery.

His parents are buried in the same plot. The first name on the monument is actually George Formby Sr, GF's father. Formby Sr was also an entertainer, in the old English music halls - it's said that Charlie Chaplin was greatly influenced by his style, including the derby hat and the tramp-like appearance. I don't think there's any film - maybe not even any photos - of George's father, but for George himself, there are a few clips on YouTube.

One of my favorite songs of his is 'When I'm Cleaning Windows.'


Another they have will give you further evidence of his very unique style:


And 'Leaning on a Lamppost' is probably his signature song:


In his day, his songs were seen as being full of double entendres that bordered on obscene, but he was able to get away with them because of his innocent style and ever-cheerful demeanor. These days, of course, what he sang is funny - he appears to be completely unaware of a possible second meaning to the lyrics, tho occasionally you will see him give a quick wink.

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I was going to post more pix but at this point, I'm crashing out early. I walked over seven miles today, and that's the most I've done since before I hurt my foot, so - I'm tired, lol.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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