Sunday, 20 July 2014

Another Week.....

Another week has passed me by


Busy trying to finish my cardigan


Picking the right buttons


Holding a Temple Spa pamper evening in the shop...... yes I did buy something!


Waking up to find my flowers had opened


More pampering..... this time my poor feet.


A Saturday day off treat!

I haven't enjoyed being a counselor at work this week or the thunder storms but a part from that it's been a good one.


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Dig For Victory!

Last Sunday I headed up the motorway with my brother & his family to the annual Dig For Victory show, this was our first year & we weren't disappointed.
Warning: photo overload! 





The home front tent was my favourite. Lots of Make Do and Mend!

Matthew in the 1940's house


1940's kitchen

Oscar getting in the spirit of it!

Beautiful blue sky & lovely cars

Lovely chocolate

We may have tasted them all!

Afternoon tea with a sing song

A much needed cup of tea

Another visit to the 1940's home


Dancing
Be aware of bombs!


Dig for victory garden

Inside the anderson shelter.... looks cosy





Oscar meets the horses at the 1940's farm


I came away with a selection of food goodies..... fantastic chocolate & ginger fudge.

We had a great day, the highlight was the educational game for children.... I think I enjoyed it more than Matthew! We knitted, used a mangle, a stirrup pump & lots more.

The down side...... having a hot 5 year old with a cold. He had a big hissy fit in the middle of the field!

I can't wait for next year.



Monday, 7 July 2014

June Book Review

2 books again in June


Kathleen Clifford was born in 1909. Her family lived in a tiny flat near Paddington Station and her earliest memories were of the smell of horses and the shrill whistle of steam trains. For a girl from the slums there was really only one option once school was over - a life in service. She started work in 1925 as a lowly kitchen maid in the London home of Lady Diana Spencer's family. Here she heard tales of the Earl's propensity for setting fire to himself, as well as enjoying the servants' gossip about who was sleeping with whom. The Spencers were just the first in a line of eccentric families for whom she worked during a career that lasted more than thirty years and took her from a London palace to remote medieval estates. But despite long hours, amorous butlers and mad employers, Kathleen always kept her sense of humour and knew how to have fun. On one occasion she was almost caught in bed with her boyfriend who had to jump out of the window and run down the drive in his underwear to escape the local bobby.

I wanted to read something different so went for this from my large pile of charity shop books!
I enjoyed it but I'm not going to rave about it.
It was a bit slow in places & took me a long time to read even though it's only a slim book!
6/10


Training in a hospital in the 1930s, Edith Cotterill's long hours on the wards included encouraging leeches to attach to patients (a task much harder than you might think) and the disposal in the furnace of amputated limbs. Although hospital life did have its compensations - it was there during World War 2 an injured sailor who became her husband.
After the birth of their two daughters, Edith returned to work in the 1950s as a district nurse. Whether she was ridding ageing spinsters of fleas or dishing out penicillin and enemas, Edith approached even the most wayward of patients with humour, compassion and warmth.

Another disappointing book. It didn't tell you much about being a district nurse or about living in the 1950's. Again I found it slow in places & sometimes didn't even pick it up for days. It gave a lot of details about her growing up before she became a nurse & went in to much detail about working for a dog breeder..... including some stories I didn't want to read!
5/10

July has seen me back on my WW2 romance books :)

Back soon to tell you about my day out yesterday to the Dig For Victory show



Thursday, 3 July 2014

June 2014


June has been & gone....

Celebrating OH's birthday, remembering D-Day, remembering my beautiful Zoe, knitting animals for the RSPCA week, bargain hunting with the family, spending time with my girls, a sunny day at a 1940's event, another sunny day selling at a vintage fair & Make, Do and Mend making a come back to raise money for the RSPCA week..... phew.... I seemed to have packed a lot in!!!

Looking forward to seeing what July has to offer





Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Remembering.....


1st July 1916



"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".





Sunday, 22 June 2014

Crikey It's Over!



The sun certainly had it's hat on yesterday!
Unlike last year when it rained for most of the weekend & traders were chasing their gazebos around the field.





I did manage to walk around & say hello to other traders but tried very hard not to spend money!


We raised lots of money for the shelter & spread the word about the wonderful work they do.


Lots of raffle tickets were sold for the knitted Noah's Ark. I've now set up a Just Giving page for those people who can't make it to the shop.
You can find it here

It's pretty big so the winner must be able to collect from the shop.

Hope you've all enjoyed the sunny weekend.




Friday, 20 June 2014

Crikey...... It's tomorrow!!


Yep it's Crikey time!

I'll be there selling for the RSPCA shop but I'll also have a few of my goodies to sell.

The weather forecast is beautiful (unlike last year!) which is good because I'll be outside in a gazebo.

I've been boxing & bagging up all week so I hope I raise lots of money.
We'll be spreading the word as it happens to be the RSPCA week too!

If you're around Exeter do pop along to say hello, I'm only there on Saturday.