Walking through the field near my house today I found a marble in the dirt. I love marbles so I took it home. It is old, grazed and battered and got me thinking about how it might have got there, who had lost it and how long it may have lain in the soil.

My walk is on route to the local school so I imagine a small child dropping it and fruitlessly searching for a while before the school bell rang

Of course it reminds me of the song ‘Wor Geordie’s lost his penka’. We sometimes sing it in the Peace Garden whilst weeding. It always evokes a lot of laughter and conversations about  Geordie words and other dialects. Even better, it gets us talking about the games we played in the school yard. This is great for reminiscence and keeping  memories alive.

You may know that the penka was a much desired large steel ball that you rolled the smaller glass marbles at, the small ones are called liggies. A great word- liggy!

Here’s the song. Come along to the Peace Garden on a Tuesday or Thursday and we will help you work it out.

Hey, wor Geordie’s lost ‘is penka
Wor Geordie’s lost ‘is penka
Wor Geordie’s lost ‘is penka
Doon the double raw

Well, it ralled reet doon the koondy
So he’s gone ta fetch a claes prop
And he rammed it up the koondy
But the claes prop wad na’ fetch it

So he’s gone ta fetch a terrier
And he tied it to the claes prop
And he shooved it up the koondy
But the terrier wad na’ fetch it

Naa he’s gone ta fetch a wee bairn
And he tied it to the claes prop
And he shooved it up the koondy
But still it wad na’ fetch it

So he’s gone ta get goon pooda
And he poured it up the koondy
Then he set fire to the pooda
Hey, wor Geordie’s foond ‘is penka

It was in his trouser pooket
It was in his trouser pooket
It was in his trouser pooket
And he’s blon the double raw.

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In praise of Henry

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A Spring makeover

Enjoying a quiet new year

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http://www.minsteracres.org/the-saga-of-the-lone-fish/

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http://www.minsteracres.org/gardening-as-therapy/

http://www.minsteracres.org/dianne-talks-compost-and-other-matters/

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