Thursday, 3 November 2011

Hey, diddle, diddle! - Sepia Saturday

I must be in my second childhood because as soon as I saw Alan's photo for this week I thought of nursery rhymes.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl
And he called for his fiddlers three.
Every fiddler he had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he;
Oh there's none so rare, as can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

But fiddling is thirsty work and this can lead to problems as it did for Denis McCabe who drowned in Loch Erne. A sculpture commemorates the event at the entrance to Castlecaldwell Forest.
Castlecaldwell Forest, County Fermanagh. This is the entrance to the forest park. To the right of the opening is the famous Fiddler's Stone  
(by Kenneth Allen - CC-A-SA 2.0 license)

Fiddler's Stone
(by Dr Charles Nelson - CC-A-SA 2.0 license)

The inscription on the fiddler's stone reads:-
To the memory of Denis McCabe Fiddler,
Who fell out of the
St. Patrick's Barge belonging to
Sir James Caldwell, Bart, and Count of Milan
And was drowned off this point August Ye 15 1770

Beware Ye fiddlers of ye fiddlers fate,
Nor tempt ye deep lest ye repent to late;
Ye ever have been deemed to water foes,
Then shun ye lake till it with whiskey flows,
On firm land only exercise your skill,
There you may play and drink your fill.

There are many pubs dedicated to fiddlers and as they need to keep their elbows supple what better than
Sign for The Fiddler's Elbow, Prince of Wales Road / Malden Road, NW5
(By Mike Quinn - CC-A-SA 2.0 license)

To me however Fiddlers' Elbows are a sign of spring.
Ferns - in spring
Before the fern fronds straighten out the coiled-up ends are know as fiddlers' elbows.

I fiddled around enough for today so I'll finish with a rhyme:
The Cat and The Fiddle
 Sign for the (former) Cat and Fiddle Inn, Lombard Street, EC3 See  Such hanging signs were banned by Charles II, but replicas were erected for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902.
(By Mike Quinn - CC-A-SA 2.0 license)

Hey, diddle, diddle!
    The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
    The little dog laughed
    To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

For other contributions, sober I hope, please run away and check out Sepia Saturday 99


DW96 said...

Makes me fancy a pub crawl, Bob :)

L. D. Burgus said...

Hey we never finish the poem of Ole King Cole over here. I had not heard the rest of the poem and it is nice to see it all. Great fiddles.

Little Nell said...

I don’t know about second childhood Bob - you wouldn’t be allowed in those pubs! I think you were leaning more to having a bit of a party; a few drinks and then out would come the fiddle and you’d be doing the jig! Nice take on the theme as usual.

Elizabeth Young said...

I enjoyed this post Bob. As the Queen of nursery rhymes is was a must - read. Great pictures and information as always.


While I know only the last rhyme, I've certainly enjoyed this journey.

fiddling on firm land seems like a sensible advice.

and those ferns are excellent in a salad. me thinks I'm hungry!!

Rosalind Adam said...

Fascinating and fun. Thanks for that. I've just returned from a holiday in Israel where there are lots of Fiddler on the Roof models in the gift shops.

barbara and nancy said...

such a fun and creative post. one fun fiddling fact after another.
nancy javier

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Bob, you are so creative! What a great post, as one thing led to another as you decided to fiddle around with your blog. :>)

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. Uncle John's letter was originally handwritten, but his nephew Lyle transcribed them later on.

Take care,

Kathy M.

Jinksy said...

Loved your fiddling here today! LOL

imagespast said...

I remember the Nursery Rhyme well, and a few other similar Inappropriate Ones of the same ilk which I will share with you:
Hey Diddle Diddle
The cat did a piddle
All over the sitting room floor
The little dog laughed to see such fun
So the cat did a little bit more
Got me suspended from Nursery School :-) Jo

Bob Scotney said...

Jo, If I had known that version I would have used it!

Martin said...

When I see anyone fidgeting about, I still refer to their movements as, "in and out, like a fiddler's elbow."

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Oh fiddlesticks, I didn't know fern fronds unfolding were known as fiddlers' elbows.


in french,
we call them "tetes-de-violon",
"violin's heads".
their shape is kinda romantic...

Alan Burnett said...

Bob, you are the master of connections, the Lord of the links, and the Prince of themes. Fabulous stuff.

Mike Brubaker said...

Great fun! The plant is known here as the Fiddlehead Fern as the curl resembles the scroll head on a violin. When young, they are edible and I have been to a small town where they celebrate their spring harvest.

whowerethey said...

Here we call them fiddle heads lol. Seems there is a variation for every region. I have to wonder, why were the signs banned? They are a lovely tradition. So glad they were reinstated, whew!

Brett Payne said...

I like the silhouette of the fiddlers, a sadly neglected art form which, coincidentally, I'm researching at the moment for my next Photo-Sleuth article.

Liz Stratton said...

Hey diddle diddle indeed! Fantastic journey in both words and photos. Very clever and great fun to read.

Caminante said...

Greatlinkage. I didn't know that name for ferns

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Clever and fun...tho we are home I could not get it together to post with Sepia this week but I am reading and enjoying these. Have not thought of Hey diddle diddle in many years.