Friday, 3 June 2016

Seahorses in the Workbasket

Strange title for a blog post, don't you think?  Well, I was having a browse through an old Workbasket magazine recently.  It is dated April 1977.


Inside was an advertisement for live seahorses!


There was this cute little unused pattern with a lovely little rag doll in it as well as some other patterns that could be sent away for.



There were a another couple of funny ads too.



Lots of patterns for knitting as well as sewing.


I'm sure it was a useful little magazine of its time.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Being watched!

Ever get the feeling you are being watched?


We were at Withorn Priory on Saturday and, of course, I was taking some photographs when I noticed this bird watching me.  It sat for ages - I couldn't believe it was letting me take so many photographs of it!


If it had been a dull, dreich day I would have thought it was a bit spooky, but the sun was shining, so it didn't seem so bad.


But - what kind of bird is it?  A crow?  A jackdaw .... or something else?  Please let me know.


Also loved the name of this Church of Scotland charity shop!  Lakota - think they got the name from you!

Love, Liz

Monday, 25 April 2016

Patterns from the 50s

These vintage knitting patterns are two I inherited from my Mum.  She was always knitting.


So cute!  They probably date back to the 50s or early 60s.



I love the little knitted sailor's collar on this sweater.


This pattern has obviously been well used.  My brother or myself must have had one of these knitted jumpers.  I didn't have a shop-bought jumper till I went to secondary school!


Wish I had the patience to knit these!  Tea cosies are about all I can manage.

Love, Liz

Friday, 22 April 2016

Birthday Beacon

Yesterday the weather was perfect here for celebrating Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday.  This is one of my favourite pictures of the Queen - isn't she beautiful!


A lovely family photo.


The beacon on the Lyle Hill in Greenock was lit in honour of the occasion.



Love, Liz

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Restful Knitting

I loved knitting this tea cosy - don't know why, but the colours just were so restful to knit together.


I think it has a bit of a 70s vibe going on!


Pale orange and brown just shout 70s!


Made a lovely sunny tablecloth from some vintage fabric.


Hope you are having a lovely sunny day.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Class TV

I wonder how many of you remember lining up, in twos, hand in hand in primary school and being marched to the gym hall or assembly room to watch TV!?


Of course when we got there we had to sit in total silence watching the (what seemed then) huge TV set which the teacher wheeled into the room.  Then the problems usually started!  We'd get there about five minutes before the programme was about to start, because it usually took that long for the teacher to switch the TV on, and then adjust the aerial so that we could actually watch the programme.  I remember there was usually lots of "interference" when the screen would go all blurry and the sound would be awful!


Sometimes, I remember one particularly elderly teacher who couldn't get to grips with this "modern wireless thing", the whole rigmarole involved someone from the class having to go and find the janitor because he was the only one who could actually get the TV to work.  If we were lucky, we caught the last five minutes of the programme before being marched back to class with Miss in a very bad mood and 20 hard sums to finish before playtime!  Oh happy days!


The advent of video recorders helped, although sometimes it was a bit of a hit or miss, depending on whether the "janny" or whoever was in charge of this task, actually had the TV on the correct channel while recording!  How the class loved those occasions!



These brochures from the 70s brought back a few memories.  There was Watch, the BBC version of Schools TV and Seeing and Doing produced by ITV.  The teachers' guides were good, with lots of follow-up material and books to read to class.


I'll leave you with this - "I Love Sixpence" - remember that song?  Bet it will stay in your head for the rest of the day now!  (I remember it as I've Got Sixpence - Dad used to sing it to us when we got our sixpence pocket money.)


Love, Liz
Many thanks to everyone who joined in with my last post "Where in the world" - it was fascinating to find out just where lots of you come from. xxxxx

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Where in the world?

I came across my old Collins Essential World Atlas recently.  I've had it since I was in primary school - quite a few years ago now!


Love the colours.


Of course it is a bit out of date, but fascinating to look at all the Commonwealth countries and how they are all listed first in the Atlas with all the other countries coming afterwards.


It has some black and white photographs of the main Commonwealth capital cities.  Most of them will have changed a lot by now!  Here's London.


Hope you are having a lovely weekend wherever in the world you are.  Leave a comment and let me know where in the world you live.


Love, Liz

Friday, 8 April 2016

Scottish Outlander Places

I'm share some wonderful Outlander locations in Scotland that I've visited for Five on Friday this week.  Outlander is a TV series set in Scotland and based on the books written by Diana Gabaldon.


Perhaps Doune Castle is the most well known of all the locations.  I visited before Outlander was filmed there.  It is a beautiful castle in wonderful surroundings - must go back for another visit soon.


One of my favourite places was the West Kirk just outside Culross.  Just the ruins remain of this old church.  A bit of a trek to get there, but worth the visit.


Then there was the town of Culross itself.  Such a beautiful place full of atmosphere and history.


Blackness Castle on the River Forth was another location I visited last year.  A castle with a great history and even more interesting because of the Outlander connection.


Last but not least is the fabulous town of Falkland.  It has some lovely little shops and the wonderful Falkland Palace to visit.
Even if you are not a fan of Outlander, these places are great to visit.

Joining with Five on Friday.

Love, Liz


Sunday, 6 March 2016

Vintage Violet

What could be nicer that some lovely floral vintage china on this special Mothering Sunday.


This gorgeous set is by Royal Vale, and was made in England.  The violet flowers are just so pretty!


It is one of my favourites.


The larger plate is by Phoenix China.


Florals and gingham - perfect!


Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Love, Liz

Friday, 26 February 2016

Lovely Ladybird Books

Thought I'd share some more Ladybird Books from my (growing) collection.



Dick Whittington and his cat - a great favourite as you can see from its condition!  Story retold by Vera Southgate and illustrated by Eric Winter.  They were also responsible for the next book -another well-loved tale - Puss in Boots.



Big Animals - lots of information for children to enjoy.



Written and illustrated by John Leigh-Pemberton.



Road Sense - love the pictures in this - so dated (1977) now, but great to look at.  Written by R Collingridge and illustrated by B H Robinson.


The Vikings - such a fabulous book just full of fascinating pictures and information.  Written by Stephanie Bardon and illustrated by Richard Hook and Jon Davis.


Loved these book as a child.  My children loved them and I still love them.  They really can't be beaten for fabulous writing and illustrations.

These are my Five on Friday - come and have a look at some fabulous blogs.

Love, Liz