Blow It All


The Flea Market was a lot more active than last week, and after a visit to PostNet to give a correct phone number for the author, I sallied forth into it with enthusiasm. Apart from replenishing cigarette stock for Much Better Half and (too much information?) stocks of toilet rolls, I was able to buy a couple of roll-over cars for the kids and for self a lazar light/pocket torch/pen — nifty!


The personal indulgence of the day, though, was the musical or blunt instrument shown.  According to the vendor it has been traced back to the early 1800s. As a bopper, it could do serious damage. As an emitter of sound it could also do severe damage. At first, though, all I could get out of it were feeble puffing noises, but squeaks did follow as I got partly to grips with the embouchure challenge. Fortunately the keys are similar to those of a clarinet so I foresee I will get to grips — in touch! — with those fairly easily.

Another fun toy!

© September 2019 Colonialist
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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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19 Responses to Blow It All

  1. Debra says:

    You came home with some real goodies! I like the way you’ve identified the instrument’s dual purpose! I do hope you won’t need to utilize it as a blunt instrument, however! 🙂

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  2. Widdershins says:

    Excellent collection of loot! 😀 … and one can never have too much toilet paper. 😀

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  3. Calmgrove says:

    I hope you get to produce the lowest notes — bass — on that bassoon, and soon. Assuming it is a bassoon, or is it too — bah! — soon to tell?

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  4. I’ll let you into a secret. I have bought a little soprano ukulele. However, I have never been musical and as soon as I tried to get my fingers to move over the keys I found it extremely difficult. This is mainly because i don’t know what it Should sound like. I don’t recognise keys and, although I have a tuner, every time I strum it sounds different. It all depends how hard I press on the strings. I have found an on line tutorial but not got past the second lesson.Nobody else knows I have it so I have to practice in secret. I wanted to surprise them when I could play a tune but at this rate it will take years. I got it because we are advised to learn an instrument or a language to avoid dementia.

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  5. SueW says:

    Sounds like another good day at the flea market. Well done!

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