She's just had a new kitchen fitted and showed me the fabric
she is going to use for blinds.It was
flowers in shades of yellow with some black contrast.So I used those colours to make a matching
I was given an Easter egg a couple of weeks ago and it sat
in my kitchen.Every time I passed by I
really wanted a piece of chocolate, but vowed I wouldn't open it till Easter
Funny thing is - since then I haven't actually craved a bit
of chocolate!Seems that I probably
wanted it because I couldn't have it!Wonder how much longer it will last?Probably not that long! Thought you might like this photo of a little deer we saw when we were out and about on Easter Monday.
Can you help?
A friend of mine is looking for some china to make up a tea
set she was given.It is Richmond china
and has a very pretty floral pattern - picture below.Do you know anyone who has any pieces to sell
- even the odd cup or saucer would be acceptable.Thanks.
When I was a little girl, I got a new outfit for church on
Easter Sunday.That outfit was
"best" for the rest of the summer and I would wear it to church and
Sunday school and to special family occasions.This is my Easter outfit from when I was about five or six.
I actually remember this - the dress had a sticky-out
petticoat and was white with blue flowers.The coat was a light fabric and was blue with white edging.White ankle socks and sandals were
Look at the hat and bag!I think I even had white gloves!There used to be an old saying in Greenock about children who were well
dressed - "her Mammy keeps her nice" - well, on reflection, I think
that my Mum did "keep me nice".I wonder how long I looked so perfect after this photo was taken?
For some reason there are many people who don't like clowns!I suppose some folk won't even open up this
post because they hate clowns so much.
I don't mind the one above, even though he looks a bit evil.
But this one ... no, there's something really odd about him, quite unsettling!
There were both given to my Mum many years ago and she kept
them on her "display unit".My
younger son hated them, so she had to put them away when we came to stay.But, funnily enough, after she died and I
asked my sons if there was anything from Gran's house that they would like, he
opted for these clowns!
The bright tartan cover of this booklet immediately
attracted my attention in a second hand bookshop.
It is entitled "The Capital of Scotland" and
contains many beautiful prints of Edinburgh landmarks.Most of them are by the watercolour artist
Robert Eadie RSW.I had not heard of
this Glasgow artist before I saw these beautiful colour reproductions.You can read more about him here.
The booklet itself has a little about each of the places
pictured and this is translated into Chinese, Polish, Russian and French.
It was produced during the war by the then Lord Provost
(mayor) of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Sir William Y Darling, as he says -
"... that it may serve not only to make the visit to
this Capital City interesting but help forward the greater cause of friendship
among all the Cities and all the Peoples of the World."
It was produced by Robert Grant & Son Limited, printers
in Edinburgh. Their own artist, Charles Stewart produced some of the other images.
I went into town today - Tuesday is usually when I do my
rounds of the local charity shops ... except I usually go in the morning.I was busy this morning doing some research
for my other blog The Greenockian and before I knew it, it was lunchtime.Undeterred I set off to walk into town.Two thirds of the way in - it started to rain,
and I really mean RAIN!It poured.Of course I hadn't taken my umbrella because
it had been lovely and sunny when I set off.I got soaked and my hair was an absolute mess - I had only just washed
it this morning!
As soon as I got into town I realised that, of course, it
was the school holidays - I hate going into town when there are loads of weans (kids)
roaming about aimlessly - some attached to harassed parents!But the charity shops beckoned -
unfortunately every one I went into seemed to have a trio of wee old ladies - I
think they were following me - who were cluttering up the space in front of the
bric a brac exclaiming loudly to each other that "Oor Jean/Aggie/Senga
used tae huv wan a'them!"That's
when my headache started!
Undeterred I went into the mall.Wish I hadn't!It was mobbed and the noise was
horrendous.I seemed to always be behind
someone v---e---r---y slow.Decided to
head for home, but got myself a treat first - an Auld's fudge doughnut - they
are delicious, but I try not to have one too often.Today was an exception - I really deserved
something sweet.It has cream in the
middle too! The girl in the shop gave me my change from a £10 note in £1 coins!
I then went for the bus - it was at the stop and there was
only one person waiting - I had to run.Normally, I don't do running, but I was so desperate to get home that
this was an exception.Phew,
managed.Got off the bus and ... yup,
you guessed, there was another heavy shower!When I got in home my hair looked like some strange woven nesty thing!
Anyway - I've taken a couple of headache pills and had a
cuppa with my fudge doughnut.I'm not
moving from the sofa for the rest of the day!
The second issue of "A Vintage View" is out now
and covers the era of the Roaring Twenties.Once again it is a fabulous mix of items from the original Woman's Weekly magazines of the time.
The war was over and the influenza epidemic had done its
worst.More young women were finding
independence through employment, and this freedom was expressed in the fashions
of the times.There are some fabulous
pictures of flapper dresses and accessories as well as advice on hairstyles and
One of my favourite ads is for a
strange looking device which promise it will correct all ill-shaped noses!
There are the usual hints and tips one of which is how to
disguise your dustbin, and who knew that fur could be cleaned in petrol?!
Want to learn to tango?Look no further than page 62 for a chart of
how its done.I can just imagine a
couple of bright young things rolling back the rug, winding up the gramophone
and following the instructions on these pages - might give it a go myself!
Of course no Woman's Weekly magazine would be complete
without a selection of knitting and sewing patterns - including one for
knitting your own silk knickers which don't look particularly comfortable to
me! Wouldn't they stretch or even worse, shrink?!
I'm really enjoying this series and can't wait for the next