Monday, 17 September 2018

A cushion

This cushion cover was made by my grandmother.  It is composed of small remnants of material  from various bits of dress-making, embroidery, and other crafts in which she took part. 

Sadly some of the pieces are very worn and so I can't use the cushion, especially with the cats around.  And I'm not a good enough seamstress (or whatever the male equivalent is) to be able to just cover the worn out pieces and do such good stitching around the edges of the new inserts. 

Any suggestions, anyone?

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Faking it - as usual.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Time flies

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Four things will change you...

"There are four things in this life that will change you.  Love, music, art, and loss. The first three will keep you wild and full of passion.  May you allow the last to make you brave."
Erik van Vuren

Tuesday, 14 August 2018


A dragonfly is any non-stinging predatory insect of the order Odonata,  having large eyes, a long slender body, and two pairs of transparent veined wings, especially those of the sub-order Anisoptera, which hold the wings outstretched when at rest, as distinguished from the damselflies. Also called regionally darner, darning needle, devil's darning needle, mosquito fly, mosquito hawk, needle, skeeter hawk, snake doctor, snake feeder, and spindle.

I hadn't heard the name spindle until I came across it in a two hundred year old insect book I have.

My daughter Helen and I have spent many happy hours photographing dragonflies and one of my favourites is the Broad-bodied Chaser the male of which has a blue body and the female a golden brown one.

Do you like dragonflies?  And, if so, do you have a favourite?

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

The Ship's Cat and Super Rat

This sculpture at the Albert Dock, Liverpool, is by Faith Bebbington.
The 15 foot long cat, together with super rat and her mischievous babies is made from over 1000 recycled milk containers on a chicken wire frame.  The creation was based on the story of Ms Chibley, a cat on Picton Castle, one of the Tall Ships which visited Liverpool recently.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Puffin Island

Puffin Island from Penmon Point 
on the Isle of Anglesey

Last week Partner-who-loves-tea and I took a trip to Anglesey and went on a short wildlife cruise around Puffin Island,     The weather was glorious and a most pleasant hour and a half was spent with Sea Coast Safaris.







Atlantic Grey Seals

Seal pup

Saturday, 7 July 2018


"Shells from the Sands of Time".  Isn't that a wonderful title.  Published in 1876 it was a selection of non-fiction essays and a couple of ghost stories by the wife of Bulwer Lytton.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

1950s adverts

At the 1950s Museum near Denbigh there were various adverts from that era.  A few of them would not get past the Advertising Standards Agency today, like this one for the Kenwood Chef:-

Cigarette advertising is now completely banned but even before that ban came in this advert would have been considered inappropriate:-

My grandmother smoked un-tipped Woodbines from her twenties into her nineties.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Back to the 1950s.

Partner-who-loves-tea and I went to the 1950s Museum near Denbigh the other day.  It was a most enjoyable trip back in time.

"Oh, look!  We had one of those".
"So did we, only ours was blue..."

"We", in that context, referred to our parents' homes.

But there were also things that P-w-l-t and I had at one time or another.

"I wonder what became of our...?"
"Have we still got our...?"

And so the conversations continued as we wandered back and forth through the living room, the kitchen, the 1950s shop and so on.

Did Mum's teapot like this one end up in the loft or does GB have it or has it gone to a charity shop at some time.

Mum's first phone was similar to this one - it had a dial with letters and numbers.  Later ones only had numbers when exchanges like "Stoneycroft" became "228".

We still have, and use, the juicer shown in this photo but I'm not sure if the sugar pourer is still around.

This museum could solve some of the problems about what to do with items in the loft that we no longer want/need but which are in too poor a condition to give to a charity shop.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Guess the car...

Partner-who-loves-tea has been a car enthusiast ever since she got her first car at the age of 17 - or probably even earlier.  That car was a 1953 Ford Anglia.  There were not many Anglias around at the time - Ford Populars and Prefects were much more common.

Yesterday we went to the Cae Dai Trust's 1950s Museum near Denbigh and guess what was there - a 1953 Ford Anglia. 

On our way to Denbigh we had followed this car for quite a few miles, trying to work out what make it was. 

It turned off at a roundabout into a petrol station / shop and so P-w-l-t drove around the roundabout and parked next to it.

Upon investigation it turned out to be an Alvis.  The Alvis Three Litre series IV, TF21, was an updated version of the 1963 TE21, and was the last car produced by Alvis cars, having been announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 it remained in production until 1967.  A total of 106 cars of this model were produced.

We had a chat to the owner and this Alvis TF21 is one of only 27 that survive.  It's hardly surprising we failed to recognise it. 

Back at Cae Dai there were a number of other vehicles which I'll blog about another time but for the moment here is a taster...

The Invisible Man

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Birkenhead Park

On Friday Jo came home early from work and we had a walk around Birkenhead Park in the sunshine.

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