I was sad to see that Peter Sallis passed away on June 2nd. I didn’t discover Last of the Summer Wine till right about the time the show ended. But I absolutely loved it and have since managed to see just about every episode. It’s one of a few shows I can watch over and over again and never get tired of it.
Books I’m Currently Reading
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Originally published in 1952, this book is about a spinster in 1950’s England. Mildred Lathbury has had a quiet, uneventful life until the new neighbors move into her building. She’s fascinated by them and soon finds herself becoming involved in their lives.
Fading Into The Limelight by Peter Sallis
This is the actor’s autobiography. He has appeared in a lot of shows over the years but my favorite of his characters is Norman Clegg from Last Of The Summer Wine.
Books Finished In December
The Young Clementina by D.E. Stevenson
This book from one of my favorite authors was originally published in 1935 as Divorced From Reality. When she was young, Charlotte Dean had a pretty clear picture of the path she thought her life would take but quickly discovers that things don’t always go according to plan. She learns though that despite the difficulties life may bring your way, you should never give up hope.
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
This collection of short stories was the inspiration for the classic Christmas movie.
Mystery In White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
This Christmas mystery was originally published in 1938. A blizzard and a murder threaten to ruin Christmas for six travelers on the 11.37 train from Euston.
The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp
This young adult fantasy novel is about Kit Bristol, a servant who is not aware that his master is actually the highwayman Whistling Jack. He learns the truth when his master is killed and ends up taking over his quest to save a princess.
“Some of us look at a view like this and all we can see is how bonny it is. But if you concentrate and listen, then soon, faintly on the breeze you begin to sense the million munching teeth of tiny things scoffing even tinier things. Depression could be a sort of major art form. There’s so much raw material for it.”
Last Of The Summer Wine
S2E3: The Changing Face of Rural Blamire
“All this time I thought my right eye was failing, it’s been an old treacle toffee in my glasses pocket. It’s one of the less common eye diseases, treacle toffee. I wonder how they would have cured me if I hadn’t discovered it in time? Massive injections of wine gums?”
Last Of The Summer Wine
S1E5: The New Mobile Trio
“Where did you meet Mrs. Clegg?”
“I was at a chapel tea. I asked for cream but she converted me to custard. And afterwards, during the hymns, I felt her take hold of my arm and all of a sudden I knew that it was no good trying to sneak out to the pub.”
-Blamire & Clegg
Last of the Summer Wine
S1E1: Short Back and Palais Glide
“This fella, he picks up this tiny bird in his hands and carries its quivering little body across this busy junction and feeds it to his cat. Life’s like that. A complex texture of conflicting moralities.”
-Norman Clegg (The Pilot: Of Funerals and Fish)
a little note: I was a little late in discovering Last of the Summer Wine (I didn’t start watching until well after the show ended) but it has quickly become one of my Favorite Shows. I hear the first few notes of the theme song and I’m already smiling! I think it’s one of the shows that I can watch again and again and it will never grow old.