Archive | August 2017

Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Part 2

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The Clock

1660-1680 was the time the longcase clock reached near perfection. It bore a newly designed anchor escapement believed to have been designed by Gulielmus (William) Clement of London in the year 1671, thus giving the clock more accuracy.

Some believe he is also the creator of the longcase that housed the longer pendulum.  The real William Clement is also credited with building ‘The Turret Clock’ for Kings College Cambridge in 1671 for which he was handsomely paid £42. The clock is now housed in the Science Museum, London.

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Here is an image of the top part of one of the Clement Clocks

c1965 Gulielmus Clement clock

This is where the magic was woven from. The story of the Clement family stems fictionally from Gulielmus (William) Clement.

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Quote from the book ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time.’

A big brass face, once bright and gleaming, barely shimmers as his long, black hands rotate slow, but sure. The intricately carved, flame mahogany long-case, was a warm golden reddish brown a year ago. Now dull, and softly muted by the accumulation of dust, it still wraps protectively around the golden pendulum heart.

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If you missed the first part of ‘Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Click HERE to go check it out.

Part 3 will follow soon, and will give a little insight into the characters from the story.

Happy Reading

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‘Battle of the Wind’ a poem by Rose English

Battle of the Wind

Battle of the Wind

War torn and battered,
Our soldiers are paraded
For all to see.
Tall and skeletal.

Worn down by the ‘Battle of the Wind’,
Deciduous soldiers seen
In faded uniforms of russet and gold.
While unscathed Officers
Are still adorned in coniferous finery.

Regiments can be seen lined up along roadways,
Or converging upon hills.

Sometimes a lone deciduous warrior,
Stripped of his uniform,
Can be glimpsed –
Struggling to hold his stance
In a vast sea of green.

These are our mighty British Warriors.
They will live through time and season,
Only to be regaled in new finery come spring.
To stand proud and tall
Amongst their regiments,
In true readiness once again
For the ‘Battle of the Wind’.

Copyright © 2016 Rose English

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This is one of my most inspired poems. The first one I published online, although I cannot for the life of me find it now. I suppose with so many wonderful writers out there it is very easily lost, tangled up in the world wide web.

It is available along with other poems and short stories in my full colour book ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose.’

Happy Reading

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Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Part 1

During a recent blog interview I was asked about what inspires me to write, and I gave the example of ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ which came about after I won 1st prize in a seasonal short story competition with my entry ‘The Magic of Grandfather Christmas’.

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Original Inspiration

I was originally inspired to write this story when I became interested in how the ‘Grandfather Clock’ got its name.

In my local library I found a wonderful book and the quote that stands out for me is this:

‘A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family’
Richard C.R. Barder 1983

(The book was ‘English Country Grandfather Clocks’)

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After a great deal more research both through books and websites I discovered a fascinating song. ‘Grandfather’s Clock’ written by Henry Clay Work, an American who had heard an intriguing story in 1874 whilst visiting ‘The George Hotel’ in Piercebridge, North Yorkshire, England. To read this story click the image below :-

Grandfather Clock Inspiration

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GrandfathersClockSheetMusic

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My favourite version of the song is by Tom Roush

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Well I don’t know if you are aware, but I am a Read-a-holic so one tiny little bit of information lead to a whole lot more. The Victorian Era is one of my favourites, so for the rest of the story I dipped in and out of the library and tangled myself further in the web.

Now I do not wish to bore you all in one go, so I have decided to share where I took my inspiration from, for ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ over several parts.

I hope you enjoyed this little post. I would love to hear your comments and if you enjoyed it come back soon for Part 2.

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Happy Reading

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