Thursday, 16 April 2015

Blocks For Blokes

I suppose being the mother of two boys it was natural that there was a lot of Lego in our house ... a LOT of Lego!

My sons played with Lego all the time and it was always top of the Christmas list.  We've kept it all - not just the bricks, but also the instructions for building the items.  I'm so glad that we did.  My elder son is a Dad himself now, his son is just two years old, and I know that he is looking forward to getting back to Lego building.  Perhaps then I might get some room in my cupboard when he takes all the Lego away!

The minute I saw this magazine - Blocks - I knew I had to buy it for him.  It has loads of great articles about Lego old and new and there some great photographs of some of the fabulous things that have been built from Lego.

I was a bit hopeless as a Mum when it came to building the cars and things, but my husband loved making things up for the boys - when they let him!

I suppose a lot of this, collected over the last 30 years could now be classed as vintage!  Do you still have a Lego collection somewhere in the house?

Love, Liz

Sunday, 12 April 2015

West Kirk - Outlander Location

This is the ruined West Parish Church at Culross in Fife, Scotland.  It is believed to date from the early 16th century.  It was already in a run-down state by 1633.

It is very atmospheric and is surrounded by a graveyard with many very old gravestones in it.

Some old grave slabs were used in later building work.  This stone depicting an axe and sword has been used as a lintel over a doorway.

Another lintel is a grave slab with a very decorative key inscribed on it.

It is an amazing place to visit and was used as a location in Outlander as the Black Kirk.

Check out some more churches old and new at InSPIREd Sunday.

Love, Liz

Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter Flowers

How lovely are flowers when they are just about to go over?

Colours are just beautiful.

Full bloom!

Love, Liz

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Vintage Easter

Have a fabulous Easter weekend!  Hope the sun shines wherever you are.

I love this vintage Easter picture from 1913 - so glam!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Blackness Castle - Outlander Location

Outlander fans might recognise this location.

It is the amazing Blackness Castle which "stood in" for Fort William in a few of the episodes of the TV series of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander.

The er …. hmm … infamous whipping scene was filmed here (poor Jamie)!

Blackness Castle is on the south shore of the River Forth - you can see the Forth Bridges from the Caste.  It was built in the 15th century and was used as a prison, garrison and ammunition depot at various times in its history.  It is now, like many other properties used as Outlander locations, in the care of Historic Scotland.  Blackness was called "the ship that never sailed" because from the river its shape resembles a sort of stone ship!

Visiting Blackness Castle is not for the faint-hearted, but well worth a visit.  Walking round was better than a workout!  With all the stairs, battlements and uneven ground it was great exercise!  Perhaps I should start up a new exercise regime - Castles for Fitness!  You heard it here first!

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wild Weather - Warm Jackets

The weather has been awful here in Greenock over the last few days!  Wish I still had my cosy, warm coat from the 70s.  I  had the cream one in the middle - it was fabulous - wore it with my brown flares and a cream polo neck, just like the girl in the picture.  Thought I was the bees knees!  My hairstyle was more like the girl in the yellow jacket, though.  Wish I  had a photo to show  you ... or perhaps not!

Thispicture  is from a vintage edition of 19 magazine from the 70s.  Hope you are keeping warm and dry wherever you are.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Ladybird Book - Learning About Heraldry

Look what I found -

A fabulous vintage Ladybird Book from 1974 - "Learning About Heraldry".

Written by A E Priestley, and illustrated by B H Robinson, it is a wonderful wee book!

Actually learned a few things from it which will stand me in good stead for all my wandering around castles.

Found any great vintage bits and pieces recently?

Love, Liz

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Crochet Twinset

I absolutely love this!

The crochet square cardie set is from the magazine "The Workbasket" published in April 1975 costing 35 cents.

There's a pattern for a top and long-sleeved cardigan - used to be called a twinset.  I love the colours used in the crochet squares. 

What are you making at the moment?  Share a link on the comments page and we'll all come and visit!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Back in Time in Bo'ness

Bo'ness Railway Station - Outlander fans might recognise this from a scene in the TV series where Claire and Frank, both in uniform say goodbye.  The station was transformed with WWII posters and renamed "Milford Station" for the scene.

Apart from that, it is a fascinating place to visit.  It is part of the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway which puts on lots of events throughout the year.  You can step back in time and travel on a steam train.

I loved the vintage feel of the station and all the buildings around it.  There's a Railway Museum there which you can visit.

Bo'ness (or Borrowstounness to give it its full name) is on the banks of the Forth west of Edinburgh.

Just being there brought back memories of those special train journeys when I was little.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Vintage Needlework Magazine

I came across this gorgeous vintage magazine - Weldon's Period Needlework, Needle Art Series No 5 - priced two and six!

It has the most fabulous illustrations.

I just don't have the patience to so such involved needlework these days I'm afraid to say!

The little bunny is so sweet.

I love the advertisements too.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

When Do You Cut Your Nails?

My Granny always told me that it was bad luck to cut my nails on a Friday or a Sunday and I was always puzzled as to why.  I came across this little rhyme in an old book and wonder if she heard it when she was a wee girl -

Of the Cutting of Nails
Cut them on Monday, you cut them for health;
Cut them on Tuesday, you cut them for wealth;
Cut them on Wednesday, you cut them for news;
Cut them on Thursday, a pair of new shoes;
Cut them on Friday, you cut them for sorrow;
Cut them on Saturday, you'll see your true love tomorrow;

Cut them on Sunday, and you will have ill fortune all through the week.

So think about what day it is next time you cut your nails!

Love, Liz

Monday, 16 March 2015

Craigmillar Castle - Edinburgh's Other Castle!

Edinburgh's other castle is situated about three miles south east of the city.  It is an amazing place to visit.  I was surprised to find it surrounded by countryside which makes it difficult to believe it is so near the city.

The Castle was built by local lairds of the name de Preston, sheriffs of Midlothian.  They owned lands at Gorton (near Roslin) and Craigmillar.  Building the castle probably began in the 14th century with the tower house.  The Preston family were very much involved in Edinburgh's political life.  Over the years the castle was altered and added to and funds allowed and fashion dictated.

CraigmillarCastle is most associated with Mary Queen of Scots who used it as a summer residence and came here to recuperate after the birth of her son, the future James VI in 1566.  Craigmillar Castle is also where (it is rumoured) Mary (or at least her nobles) conspired to get rid of her husband Lord Darnley.  This was known as the "Craigmillar Bond".

Preston Coat of Arms
The estate was sold to Sir John Gilmour in 1660.  Gilmour was a lawyer and supported or Charles II.  He became president to the Court of Session.  He totally transformed Craigmillar by modernising it and making it a fashionable residence.  The family eventually moved to Gilmerton and the castle was let.  By 1775 it had fallen into ruin, attracting artists and poets who enjoyed its picturesque decay.

Trees now grow in the inner courtyard which add to the beauty of the place.

There is a P shaped ornamental pond in the grounds, probably dating from about the mid 16th century.

This is what is called a rebus - device that uses pictures for words or parts of words.  The family name of Preston is shown by a cheese press and a barrel or tun of beer - Preston!

The views of Edinburgh from the battlements are amazing!

HistoricScotland have been looking after the Castle since 1946.