Sign For A Pie In the Sky:Perfect Brockhampton: Streamin' On

  A Pie-In- The -Sky plan, hope or wish is unlikely to come to fruition  and be achieved.

So where does this phrase come from? Here's the answer:


A promise of heaven, while continuing to suffer in this life.


pie in the skyThis is an American phrase and was coined by Joe Hill in 1911. Hill was a Swedish-born itinerant labourer who migrated to the USA in 1902. He was a leading light of the radical labour organisation The Industrial Workers of the World - known as the Wobblies, writing many radical songs for them. The phrase appeared first in Hill's The Preacher and the Slave, which parodied the Salvation Army hymn In the Sweet Bye and Bye. The song, which criticized the Army's theology and philosophy, specifically their concentration on the salvation of souls rather than the feeding of the hungry, was popular when first recorded and remained so for some years.
Long-haired preachers come out every night,
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
But when asked how 'bout something to eat
They will answer with voices so sweet:
You will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky;
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die.

I think I'll get my pie right now; with pastry on !


Last Wednesday ( 21/ 5 ) was a perfect summer day. D. and I made a journey to Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire. Everything had that special glaze, which made the greens sparkle and the blossom glisten in the warm, blue sunshine.

Brockhampton  is a traditionally farmed estate of 1,700 acres with a medieval manor house; managed by the National Trust.


After parking the car in the car-park, we went into the cafe and ate a delicious,  freshly made salmon quiche , washed down by cups of tea.
We then made our way down the metalled track towards the manor house  just over a mile away.

Here are some photos we took on our walk.

Rather than bore you with further illustrations, I'll continue next week, when we'll look at the manor house,  and the grounds.


About twenty five years ago you could buy a hand-held  portable T.V. for about a hundred pounds. It had an expandable aerial  which if  placed in the right direction, with luck  could pick up a flickering colour analog display and a crackly sound.

 Forward to the 21th Century and between 2008 and '12 the UK went digital with television transmission. This brought in  top-boxes which allowed older sets to receive a set of "free view " channels, when plugged in.

The problem  was  you needed a good external aerial , in order  to obtain a decent signal.
My indoor aerials never worked for me at all. So much so, that I  needed a cable service from Virgin Media to supply my needs.

The real boon of this service is a fast broadband connection, complemented by a healthy Wi-Fi signal.

Wi-Fi has enabled the family to 'hook up' to the internet with smart phones and tablets.
This has led to my latest acquisition  Chromecast from Google.


As, you can see, if you clicked on the link above, this little chap called a dongle or smart-tube, plugs into the HDMI socket in the TV and then is connected to a power output.

When switched on, the dongle is controlled by smartphone, tablet or lap-top; allowing the transmission of a programme upon the TV screen.

When   the signal is sent  to the dongle,  The smartphone, tablet, or laptop  can then be used for other purposes. The Chronecast gets its signal from the internet via the wi-fi and does not  impinge  upon the battery of the 'controller '

At the moment programmes from BBC iPlayer  and YouTube can be screened, but other stations should join the service in the future.
At a one-off cost of £30, the Chromecast is an impressive player in the digital media market



Well the weather has certainly served up a mixture of sun and heavy showers and a temperature range from 9 to 26 degrees .
Let's hope with June on the horizon,  a settled weather picture will emerge.
Cheerio for now


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