Thursday, 2 July 2015

Did you recognise the album cover?

Yesterday's album cover quiz was perhaps a little bit obscure - from 1979 it was "Reality Effect" by The Tourists.

It featured their cover of the Dusty Springfield song "I Only Want To Be With You".

Two of the more famous members of The Tourists were Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart.

Even the back cover is pretty cool!

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

I wanted to look like Barbara

This is what I wanted to look like in the 70s.

It is a picture of Barbara Dickson from and album cover from 1977.  I had the "curly perm" and the jeans, I got myself a checked cheesecloth shirt - unfortunately I still didn't look quite as "cool" as Barbara!  Couldn't bring myself to wear a kerchief!

Never mind!  Here's another picture of Barbara.

While I was looking through my records I came across this album art from 1979  -

I've decided to have a wee quiz, unfortunately there will not be any prizes.  Do you know the name of the album and the artists?  Answers tomorrow!

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Stripes, but no stars!

Another knitted tea cosy for you today - red, white and blue - just like the American flag, but without the stars!

Love knitting with this wool - it has some little coloured flecks through it.

If you'd like to buy this tea cosy, then get in touch.

Love, Liz

Monday, 29 June 2015

Back to the 70s with a tea cosy

Going back to the 70s with my latest knitted tea cosy.

 Used a mixture of browns, yellows and oranges to bring it together.  Of course I had to look out some 70s music to go with it!

Remember any of these albums?  The Carpenters - loved them.

The Islay Brothers and Leonard Cohen - quite a contrast!

If you'd like to buy this tea cosy then email me - my email address is on the right sidebar of my blog.  First come, first served!  All my hand knitted tea cosies are machine washable at 40 degrees.  Unfortunately I cannot take orders for tea cosies knit in the colours of your choice at the moment.

Sorry I've not blogged for ages - it has been a difficult month and I've not been in the mood for blogging.  Nobody died, so it's not the end of the world and one or two good things have come out of it - I've learned a lot about the nature of friendship and I've been spending a lot of time knitting!  Sometimes it is good to just take a step back and remind yourself of what really is important in this life.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Odd One Out!

Couldn't resist showing you these photos of the ducklings at the Highland Folk Musuem.

There's always one!!!

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

It's not what they say, but how they say it!

If you thought my doll Poor Margaret was strange then you might not like this post.

I'm sure we've all had a talking doll at some point.  I had one, her name was Joan, she said "Mama" if you bent her forward.  I loved her very much, but eventually, probably due to overuse, she started sounding like a constipated sheep and just uttered a sort of "mwa" bleating sound!

I discovered on the Smithsonian (I do the daily Sudoku) website an article about talking dolls.  Seemingly way back in time when the phonograph was just in its infancy in 1890, Thomas Edison's company made dolls that spoke!  Can you imagine the novelty that would have been in those days?!  Someone has now managed to record what these sounded like.  Warning - they are very spooky!  Go to the Smithsonian site - but not if you are of a delicate constitution!

I did warn you!

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A Prize Possession

It is not often that our family has something really interesting to pass down through the generations, but this pocket watch is one of those few items which I'm sure will continue to be treasured.

It was a school prize awarded to Hubby's grandfather in 1914.  Cartsburn Public School in Greenock was bombed during WW2 and no longer exists.  Funnily enough my own parents went to this school too - none of them won any prizes!

I would imagine he would have been about 14 years old when he won this - the Macknight Crawfurd Prize.  The Macknight Crawfurds were local landowners and benefactors.

Session 1913-1914 - just before WW1 - wonder how many of his classmates survived the war?  How poignant.

We got the watch cleaned and it now works.  We recently passed it on to our son - hopefully it will then pass to his son.  Our son is going to get a chain for it and it will look great when he wears his waistcoat with his kilt at special occasions.

A real prize possession for our family.

Love, Liz

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Do You Remember IZAL Toilet Paper?

Do you remember IZAL toilet paper?

It was shiny on one side and slightly rougher on the other.  It smelt very like disinfectant.  In our house there was a limit on how many sheets you could use!  This is one part of the past that I have absolutely no desire to revisit!!!!!

It was also handy as tracing paper - I remember tracing maps from my atlas with IZAL.

These photographs are from a little sweet shop which is part of the Highland Folk Museum.  As well as the wonderful exhibits, it also sells lots of old fashioned sweets too!  Brings back a few memories.

Some things are definitely better left in the past - IZAL toilet paper is one of them!

Love, Liz

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Pretty Cups All in a Row

Some pretty crockery to look at today.

These cups fit perfectly into this little dish.

It is Queen Anne design, Grimwades, Royal Wilton - the flowers look like they have been done in cross stitch.

Like the way the cups just fit in perfectly!

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Love, Liz

PS - If you are interested in the story behind the pirate Captain William Kidd's treasure you can find out more on my other blog - The Greenockian.  It was believed that Kidd was born in Greenock!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Strange New Addiction!

I've a confession to make!
I have a strange new addiction to ................. tinned creamed rice!

I tasted it for the first time earlier this year when my brother in law won a food hamper at Christmas and gave us the things he didn't like.  Among the items was a tin of creamed rice.  So in the spirit of waste not, want not I opened it - not really expecting to like it.

Well, a few months later and a tin of creamed rice is now on our weekly shopping list!  I love the stuff!  I'm supposed to be on a diet, but have to have my weekly fix.  I open the tin, pop it in a tub and put it in the fridge - I love it nice and chilled!  Yum!  Doesn't even have to be the well known brand - cheaper versions are just as good, to me!

Do you have any strange food addictions?

Love, Liz

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Waist Training - Nothing New!

All this waist training palaver is nothing new!

Back in the 1880s and later, women were given dire warnings about the dangers of tight corsets!

Magazines printed diagrams of how internal organs were squashed out of place by continuous tight lacing.  Wasp waists may have been the style, but getting one could be torture!  The dangers to reproductive health were also emphasised - in a very round about way, of course.

However, fashion was everything - just like today!

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Warning - Nostalgia Overload!

Well, I suppose it will only be a nostalgia overload to those, like me, of a certain age!  Shortbread & Ginger fans - bear with me!

What a dresser!!!!!  How gorgeous is this wonderful crockery filled dresser.

What about this living room from the 50s - just reminds me so much of my Granny's house!  Is that why I felt that I wanted to go in, curl up on the sofa and sleep - I'd have to shift that cat out of the way first?  (Or was that down to the late night and too much wine the night before?)  Seriously - I wanted to live here.  If I thought I had only hours to live I'd want to spend them in this room - I even feel the tears starting just thinking about it - I must be seriously ... nostalgia prone (or something)!

All these photographs were taken at the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore.  They have lots of houses from different eras which have been brought and rebuilt on this site, complete with contents.  It would take me weeks to describe all the wonderful things that they have here (look out for a few more blog posts over the next few weeks).  Their attention to detail is amazing!  I loved this place so much.  I almost wore out my camera!

The Museum is set out over a couple of miles so there's a lot of walking, although they have a transport for those less able.  I know I often say this, but for fellow vintage fans - this really is the place to visit if you are ever in the area.

PS - Am I the only one who thinks that our new little Princess looks like the Queen?

Love, Liz