Friday, 25 July 2014

Knit For Victory

Years ago I found this pattern & decided one day I would make myself a doll!
I waited & waited but always had other things to make when I was selling so now was the perfect time.
Back in April I made a start....

I started with the Air Force man as at the time I was reading lots of RAF WW2 books!

Meet Johnny 

He turned out rather well!

I was so taken with him I decided to make the solider.

Johnny & George hanging out on my mantlepiece!

So then I thought it would be mean to leave out the sailor!

Hello sailor!

Meet Pete..... I did change the pattern for this one, his hat was suppose to be made out of cloth but I crocheted one instead.

I'm loving my boys!

I'm not sure what I'll do with them but I'm glad I took time out to make them.

Now I'm thinking.....

Better get a bigger mantlepiece!

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

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!

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!

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


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".