Why Whistles?

CityofLeedsRose:

I’m so glad for this explanation! When I go past I have been wondering. :)

Originally posted on Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum:

Many locals and people passing through the village may have been struck by the display of whistles on the central island in Acocks Green. Yes they are whistles! A floral display was designed and produced by Birmingham City Council for this year’s entry into the Chelsea Flower Show. The design represented the contribution that Birmingham made to the First World War. As it is the centenary of the beginning of the WWI, it was felt this would be a poignant display. The whistles were used by advancing troops as a signal to other soldiers. Acme Whistles are still made in Birmingham and have a long history, including being used on the Titanic and are the whistle of choice for football referees.

The Acme Whistle Display

The Acme Whistle Display

Also included in the orginal display were other remembrances of the First World War – including a BSA folding bicycle, a train that carried the…

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Frank, part 2.

CityofLeedsRose:

There are times when we have to be brave. To take courage from the world around us.

Sometimes we need to look at the sea to work out what’s meant to be.

*hugs*, prayers and positive thoughts to Vickie on her next exciting stage in her life. Xxxxx

Originally posted on drawn to distraction:

I’m going to be unpopular after this. But life happens, and I need to think of ME and MY mental health and MY family, and I know I haven’t been.

So that’s what I’m doing.

As you’ll know if you read on Tuesday, the doctor increased me citalopram from 20mg to 30mg. He also advised that I try and make lifestyle changes (including diet and exercise) to help improve my mental health and aid my recovery from this little ditch. The words were left ringing in my ears.

Ana very kindly told me to take Wednesday off after my last blog post. So when I got home, Liam suggested that we go to the seaside. We try and find a hotel at a choice of places (Bournemouth, aberdovey or Weston) that had late check in, and go. At 7pm Tuesday night, we were in the car on our way to…

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Vintage Finds

CityofLeedsRose:

Sewing, knitting and vintage – things I love :)

Originally posted on Recipe For A Yarn:

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m still here, still knitting and spinning but mostly working, working, working to get funds to get my life back on track. Whilst, I don’t consider myself overly materialistic, I have no cravings for a flat screen telly or anything there are some things I need. My preference is to buy second hand where possible and as I’m highly aversed to anything synthetic if it’s not second hand then it has to be made from sustainable materials. Yesterday, I got the chance to buy some second hand pieces to make my home a bit more homely and support a wonderful charity at the same time. A win all round really.

I was on my way down Newland Ave, which is in a trendy, studenty area of Hull to buy some milk and veg for dinner when my eye caught sight of a beautiful sewing…

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Yarn Bombing

Dearest Reader

For many many weeks I’ve been a bit quiet and quite busy working on a secret project. The secret project was erected on Tuesday as part of Solihull BID Britain in Bloom entry.

Unfortunately I was on holiday so I couldn’t see the final results or take pictures. However a few people did.
Straight Stitching has done two blog posts to it and there are loads of pictures over on Facebook on the Solihull Crafters page.

So the project was to make loads and loads of flowers to string together to drop and wrap around trees. I decided one of the easiest things to do was to make loads of French Knitting or Corking as it also known as. This was easy to do on the bus as all I needed was the doll that is used in this craft and green wool. So for weeks this was my traveling project. If anyone asked I said I was working on an art installation.

For the flowers I found the book 100 flowers to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield valuable.  I also did lots of crochet circles in two different colours to resemble flowers. This became a project to take to Knit Night and groups which caused much amusement as people tried to guess what I was making. Sorry that I had to keep quiet.

For those in Solihull I hope you enjoyed the hard work of all the ladies and their creative handicrafts.  For the rest of you look at the links. :)

Here is a close up of what I made :)

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Blessings :)

Are these the best cookies ever?

Dearest Reader
As ever with my Gluten Free product reviews these are my own thoughts and I don’t get given the products to try or paid to comment on them. It’s just if I find something new I wish to share and I’ve brought these out of my own money.

There is a large Tescos not far from me. I had been in there the other day and had spotted some large play mats suitable for blocking. After a stressful week I decided I needed a treat. The weather wasn’t helping as it is chucking it down.

With treats/rewards I find it is always best not to have ones that are food related.  So off I went in the rain to go and get them.

As always I have a look at the free from section and saw these!

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These are on the small size but are so soft and perfect that you can do a total eclipse. They are very chocolatey,  moist and very moreish. Nom! Scrummy!  :)

These are the first cookies that I’ve come across that is balanced with taste as even though they are chocolate they are not overly sweet. I believe I may have tasted the best chocolate cookies ever! :)

Blessings :)

The week has flown by!

Dear Reader
This week has gone by so quickly.  I’ve done some craft which I’ll try and share with you tomorrow but one of the jobs I did this week was blocking. So I thought a pin update was in order.

I’ve been knitting a lot of shawls lately. I’m currently working on Whippoorwill and as promised by Sarah it’s now getting that long that a row seems to take forever.  I finished No fuss and Alva.

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I also have finished a sock but yet it’s still waiting for it’s friend.  I’ve been doing a lot of crochet recently working on a few techniques and I believe I’ve finally mastered the Granny Square :)

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What’s on your pins?
Blessings :)

#Gluten free Product Review

Dear Reader
As always I don’t get paid for these.  It’s my own views of the products I find.

My latest find is these:

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Georgia’s Gluten Free Chicken and Mushroom bakes. In the range they also do Fishcakes. I got these from Tescos.

I had mine with vegetables as you don’t really need any extra potatoes as there is potatoes in them. There was plenty of potatoes and mushrooms but sadly lacking on the chicken front. However they are pretty tasty and so I will consider buying them again.  :)

Blessings :)