Applied Life Skills

Like most people who are out of school for a few years, I despair for those kids coming through now. It seems that ever since I left all those years ago the level of education has been going downhill. Of course, when I think about it rationally I can see that this has been happening […]

Memory Monday – Audrey the Skipping Vinegar Girl

Audrey the Skipping Girl sign was erected for Skipping Girl Vinegar in 1936. Her design was created by Jim Minogue in 1915, who won a competition to create a symbol for vinegar manufacturers Nycander & Co. Pty Ltd. When the factory was demolished in 1968 the sign was removed, but following a public outcry, a […]

Memory Monday – My First Mobile Phone

I was going to buy myself a shiny new iPhone 4S last year. When they came out I had only just moved to the UK (wasn’t even aware that I was pregnant at that stage) and on a pay-as-you-go type of thing with O2. Apparently this means that with O2’s infinite wisdom, I am not […]

Memory Monday – A Mystery!

I stumbled across this hidden doorway with it’s sculpture of Queen Elizabeth I while in London back in 2001. At the time I remember being quite in awe of the fact that here was a sculpture of Elizabeth outside of one of her palaces – for some reason it seems to me to be exceedingly […]

The Queen’s Speech

“A Uachtaráin agus a chairde” With these words, followed by the Irish President’s gasped “Wow!” and the 170 odd guest’s applause, Queen Elizabeth did more for Peace in Ireland than can ever be imagined. The speech that followed set the perfect tone and was, quite frankly, a masterpiece. The tone was of mutual admiration, understanding […]

1917 Shuttle Development

From the June 1917 edition of Popular Mechanic Magazine… It strikes me that this shuttle is an early prototype for the beloved Aero, although this one does look extremely fiddly to use. Has anyone ever come across one of these in the real world? Tatting Shuttle’s Bobbin Winds Like a Reel A new tatting shuttle […]

Hofbräuhaus Dinner and a Surprise

This evening I met up with Christian at Munich airport, which was just lovely after a couple of weeks of skyping. We headed to town, dumped our things in a hotel room and then went on to the Hofbräuhaus. Inge had been expecting to spend a weekend with Florian and was quite surprised to see […]


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