A ditty is a short rhyming song. For example:
A Ditty box was issued to sailors to store their personal belongings or tools
Ordinary Seaman Peter S. Kennedy was my grandfather. He survived WW1 and went on to drive ambulances during WW2. He later became a fireman and was awarded a medal for bravery.
This Ditty box now contains some of my treasures and memories.
I recently visited Chester Cathedral with the intention of seeing a knitting exhibition. There was a display of knitted Bible stories, Hand crafted and lovely.
There was a “side” show of knitting hats and scarves for the homeless. Very admirable and kind idea.
The cathedral is a beautiful, large church, warm and cosy. What I couldn’t understand was why ?
Why Heat the lovely space to such an extent when all the visitors are warmly wrapped up in scarves and good coats?
Why have such a large attractive space open to the public when some of the public are homeless ( for whatever reason) and sleeping rough in doorways?
Why close the doors at night to keep the Church warm when some are shivering with no bed to sleep in?
I know that the homeless is a complex issue. Many people do help and do their best. Maybe I’m doing Churches in the UK a disservice . Maybe they do open their doors at night. Just maybe a little more could be done?
I must give full credit to the Chester shareshop and all their hard work for the homeless people of Chester and elsewhere. When I shop in Chester I always buy myself a coffee. It costs me only a little to buy another coffee for someone out there.
Out with the old and in with the new!
May you all have a healthy, happy and peaceful 2017
I’ve arrived in Eastbourne which is situated on the South Coast of Eastbourne. Our hotel is situated right on the sea front and our room has the best view!
This was the view from our bedroom window when we woke this morning. Best of all you can hear the surf as it ebbs through the shingle beach-so relaxing! A quintessential British seaside view.
Today we had coffee (and cake!) on the Waterfront harbour. There are some seriously expensive boats ( or is it yachts ?) moored in the harbour. Definitely not you average canal boat!
Last week I went to Liverpool for a day. It’s not very far from where I live but access is complicated by the Mersey Estuary getting in the way! Friend K and I went by train which was quick and efficient. Oh and ALL DAY parking was 80p. This must be the cheapest parking anywhere!
We called in at Liverpool Central Library which was amazing. It feels as if all the knowledge in the World is there. An exaggeration I know but it is a temple to books and information. The building is a blend of modern architecture at its best and a traditional building containing old and valuable books and documents.
We didn’t have very long to explore as we were on a fabric hunting mission. I will certainly return to this wonderful place and spend much more time absorbing the atmosphere and even reading the books!
If ever I leave Hubs ( which isn’t on the agenda!) I will be found in this lovely library. There is a coffee shop for food and drinks. There are cozy chairs for curling up and reading in. There are computers for surfing the web and it is peaceful and quiet. Well it is a library!
This week we have been in the Lakes,Cumbria. This is actually my fourth week this year, how lucky am I? But I digress. I fully intended to take lots of pictures and blog a lot.Whats happened you may ask? Well the app that I use to transfer my carefully composed, we’ll thought out photographs ( OK snaps! ) has decided to misbehave. I have spent/wasted HOURS trying to get it to work but I’ve now given up. I’ve abandoned hope and will buy one of those things that read the SIM card.
The weather has been amazingly nice, with beautiful sun rises and unforgettable sun sets.
We have walked Benji dog, explored the hills and enjoyed life. We have re watched series four of “The Game of Thrones” and chatted over wine, well more tea than wine! We have planned next weekend in the Yorkshire Dales where, hopefully, I will have a working camera.
I treated myself today ( I do like tea) and we are home tomorrow. So speak soon my dear friends.
I hope that you enjoyed the re logged post from The Renegade Seamstress today! It was good to watchtheYouTube clip and how simple the upcycled hat was!
Today being Monday my village craft group met in our newly refurbished village hall. It is a stunning location and we are lucky to enjoy a great venue for our crafting. What I REALLY enjoy about the group is the diversity of the crafts enjoyed, the knowledge available to tap into and the friendship happily shared. The chatter often gets louder and drowns out the click of needles and the hum of spinning wheels. The tea and coffee flows and all this for £1 a week!
Already I am looking forward to next week!
One really exciting trip when I was I Italy was a journey on the Bernina Express along the World Heritage site to Saint Moritz Switzerland. The Bernina railway is a single-track 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge railway line forming part of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB). It links the spa resort of St. Moritz, in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland, with the town of Tirano, in the Province of Sondrio, Italy, via the Bernina Pass. Reaching a height of 2,253 metres (7,392 ft) above sea level, it is the highest railway crossing in Europe and the third highest railway in Switzerland. It also ranks as the highest adhesion railway of the continent, and – with inclines of up to 7% – as one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world
The railway is a World Heritage site which took me to St, Moritz.
I had looked forward to the visit to St Moritz but was disappointed to find characterless buildings, uber expensive shops and not many people around. There was a beautiful frozen lake on which the winter sports season had just finished. There was certainly no charity shops!! Actually St Moritz was all “fur coats and no knickers” which had no sole. I did invest in coffee and streudal which was OK but nearly required a mortgage
Today was the BIG cake sale at Cilcain Community Cafe. It was in aid of Breakthrough For Breast a Cancer. We raised an amazing £175 in aid of the charity. A huge thank you to everyone who made cake, bought cake and ate cake! The diet starts tomorrow.👼
Cakes are cooked ( well almost!) and all is ready for the Cilcain Community Coffee morning this coming Saturday. I’ve just got to make a batch of cup cakes and we are ready. The charity is ” Breakthrough For Breast Cancer” This is the research arm in the battle to find more out about this disease.
I have raised money for this and other Breast Cancer charities during much of my career as a Radiographer and Mammographer. When I worked full time I used to arrange for all the staff in our small XRay department to ditch their uniform tops and wear pink, breast cancer support Tee Shirts with black trousers. We ditched the uniform every October for many years. This served two objectives
1) patients sponsored us and
2) The staff enjoyed a change from formal white uniforms and raised the cheerfulness level in the department!
We all enjoyed tracking down new sponsored tee shirts and wearing pink to support the charity. I do have a fine collection of Breast Cancer Tee shirts!
One year a friend and I walked “The Moon Walk” marathon through London wearing bras decorated with tassels, fringing, bobbles and anything we could sew on. 26 miles is one heck of a walk! This was in aid of Breast Cancer research. The very best part was walking past a London Fire Station whilst being cheered on by the Firemen. Don’t you just love a man in uniform?
I will post about the cafe next week.