Thursday, May 10, 2018

Past and present

I picked up Granddaughter from nursery last week and we went for lunch at the Brunton Bistro. As we were leaving, she spotted this amazing array of knitted tea things. She played with them for almost an hour, offering "tea" and "biscuits" to random passing ladies, almost all of who were very gracious in joining her game. 

 The knitted goods were to publicise a charity. 

Such attention to detail!

Then we went to the playpark,

which is down near the sea.

When Grandson got back from school, he played with his road signs and home-made traffic light.

He's now learned basic programming from his dad and can create his own computer road layouts.

And in a magazine, I read that Burleigh have made this jug and it's for sale for £31.

The pattern's very familiar to me from the Burleigh vase (above) that my grandmother's brother gave her as a present and I now possess. Actually there were two vases but one got broken years ago. She was very close to her brother but he died in 1920 from the effects of being gassed in World War One, so she really treasured the vases and they stood at either end of her mantelpiece till a visitor broke one. She would be so interested that, about 100 years after her brother bought them, the pattern has been used again. I wish I could tell her, but alas she died in 1980. She was such a lovely person. She was very small, and her brother once told her that she was "just the right size for dancing underneath the bed". I've told this to the older grandchildren and it fascinates me that they know something that their great-great-great uncle said to their great-great-grandmother. I know virtually nothing about my great-great-grandmothers apart from their names and where they lived.

And then we went down south to visit my brother and family, and some cousins, one of whom is the voice of Delta Airlines. But now I must go and remove a meringue from the oven.


  1. This entire post is very interesting but the stunning phrase "the voice of Delta Airlines" will be very hard to beat!

  2. Nope, while I agree with Toffeeapple that the whole post is full of interesting snippets, the bit that is hardest to beat from my perspective is the knitted ham and tomato sandwich!! Genius. Lxx

  3. I can't believe I said ham and is of course cheese and tomato!!

  4. No no. I agree with both the above but the most interesting bit was grandson's homemade working traffic light. I need one in our kitchen to control traffic flow and congestion.

  5. As always, your life is filled with interesting things and lovable and creative grandchildren!

  6. A little bit of this and that makes for a content life! The voice of Delta, really? Your grandchildren are engaging and creative, a wonderful thing.

  7. I think the charity needs to make a poster of the knitted wholemeal sandwich. It could be used to raise large amounts of cash for their cause. I've never seen anything more likely to take one's appetite away.