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Archive for January, 2017

One a week photo challenge- card

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I found this card and this one in a local antique shop back in the Summer.

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They cost me a £1. Although they look like postcards, same shape and size, there is no postcard on the back. The top one says lace making and the bottom is hand weaving. The writing reads Langdale Linen Industry, Coniston. Approved by Prof Ruskin. The writing to the right says Atkinson’s Series.

A little investigation was called for. Ruskin was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and indeed founded a Langdale Linen Industry in Coniston. More details Here .

So then I did a bit of research about Atkinson series. I have found the name connected to Canadian postcards but nothing for the UK.

Then I looked for images of the Langdale Linen industry and came up with a picture of a postcard depicting the hand weaving.

And that’s as far as I could get. If anyone knows anything at all about my cards I would love to know please.

Meantime if you have a photo for the challenge please leave a link here or at Wild Daffodil

Next week’s prompt is Awkward.

Happy Snapping!

Scarborough Maritime Heritage.

Thursday was one of those glorious winter days. Out was the only option. The seaside the place to be.

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But being January it was chilly. So our first port of call was the Rotunda Museum.

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This building houses many wonderous things. The Gristhorpe man is a very well-preserved skeleton from the Bronze Age. One of the earliest tree trunk burials in the UK. There are exhibits from Star Carr. Back in the Mesolithic period the Vale of Pickering was one massive lake. Star Carr was a Mesolithic settlement on the shores of the lake. There are also many fossils found from along the cliffs. Totally fascinating. Oh and just my luck, this ceiling!

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More information here. Cost was £3 and includes the Art Gallery and admission is for the whole year. I will be back. After that we had a stroll along the beach and coffee. We couldn’t resist taking this picture for our Dr Who grandchildren fans.

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Back then up to town for a look around the shops. On route I stumbled across The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre. This is free and run by enthusiastic volunteers. There was once a thriving ship building industry and more recently a thriving fishing industry ( maybe Brexit will see more fishing vessels in Scarborough again). There is a link to the Titanic and a lot of research material available. AND KNITTING. Ganseys to be precise. What is a Gansey? Well one of these.

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A Gansey is knitted in one piece and keeps a chap very warm and dry. But more importantly each town and fishing fleet had its own pattern , so that if a ship was wrecked the fishermen could be identified from their Ganseys as belonging to the wreck.

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You can just about see the patterns in my pictures.

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More information on Ganseys Here and on the Museum http://smhc.hqtdevelopment.co.uk/women.html

After that I paid in some cheques and bought a single sheet. I think someone has been eating the single sheets, they all seem to have vanished. Homemade mushroom soup and a Yorkshire ham sandwich rounded off the outing nicely.

PS I won’t be knitting a Gansey. Much as I admire them the concentration required would be too much!

 

 

 

 

Yarn Along!

I have my first piece of knitting for 2017 completed.

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A jumper and matching hat for my grandson. Knitted in a yarn called Party Time by James Brett. It’s chunky and oh so quick to knit up. Very satisfying. The buttons came from my button box.

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and there was enough yarn to make a hat which I adapted from another chunky pattern. Think it will be ok. The jumper is on the big size so I am knitting another one in the next size down, different colour, same yarn and pattern. Meantime, I have now reached the second sleeve on that white cable cardigan.

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Carrying on with my read through the alphabet I have reached W- Vita Sackville West, All Passion Spent. An 88-year-old finally gets to do what she wants on the death of her husband. And the first of my non fiction reads for the year is a diary written by John Steinbeck as he wrote his masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath. A fascinating insight into the mind of my favourite author.

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

 

 

One a week photo challenge- ceiling

I had no idea this prompt would prove so hard. Either I don’t look up enough at ceilings or by and large ceilings are none events.

I went to our local church in the end.

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And the tree nearly reached the ceiling. But it’s not very inspiring.

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I went through my archives and Salisbury Cathedral is more impressive.

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The cloisters more so.

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I shall have to look at ceilings more closely this year and maybe come back to this one.

This challenge is a follow on from the  52 a week  photo challenge. Sandra and I from Wild Daffodil compiled the list of prompts. We would love you to join in. There is no commitment to taking part each week and you can use old pictures as I have  done this week. If you would like to leave a link to your picture at Wild Daffodil

or here that would be lovely.

Next weeks prompt is Card

Happy Snapping.

 

 

17 for 2017- The Beginning.

After all that challenging  last year, this year it’s about FUN!

17 swims

16 hour-long walks thanks Sandra from Wild Daffodil  for this idea.

15 already owned books read- I have read a lot of books this year, by and large borrowed from the library, especially once I started my read through the alphabet challenge, which will continue this year, currently reached W. But in the meantime I have acquired two enormous heaps of books which are cluttering up the place. Time to read them.

14 lbs lost- ever the optimist.

13 homemade cards

12 Photograph posts of villages. Time to explore some local villages and share them . I noticed that some readers enjoy these village pictures when they have appeared from time to time. So I figured it would be nice to make them centre stage this year.

11 days out- Always fun to go out for the day. Beats weeding anytime!

10 New things- this can be anything from food to experiences to places. Time for adventure.

9 crochet/knitting projects- I flippin’ well will finish that cardigan!

8 other craft projects

7 sewing projects- I challenge myself to conquer zips this year.

6 non fiction books read

5 research the answer to five questions about my own family history

4 jolly good sort outs, again thanks to Sandra for this one. I shall tackle the tip that is the spare room, where I am supposed to be crafting.

3 find three interesting things- thanks to Murtaghsmeadow for this idea

2 picnics

1 boat ride- rail and bus journeys are so last year!

0 purchases of any sort for new craft sewing or knitting projects, until all stash is used up or I need something to finish something, eg card/ buttons. This is not going to be fun, but it has to be done.

So that’s my 17 for 2017. Wish me luck. And good luck to anyone else brave enough to blog their goals for 2017. Please feel free to leave a link to your 17 for 2017(or similar) post in the comments.

 

 

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