Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Knitting: Soakers from 1951


A pair of soakers from Smart Knitting and Needlework, Winter 1951.  Knit a pair to delight (or horrify) a mother-to-be and tell her this was what families used before rubber/plastic pants were invented. The pattern is on my Flickr account.

These lingered on for a few years after the Second World War ended but faded away by the mid-1950's.  

Monday, September 28, 2020

Vintage Images - Autumn Berries


Vintage blackberry print from the Graphics Fairy.

Saturday, September 26, 2020



Friday, September 25, 2020

Quote Of The Day


Epidemic  n. A disease having a sociable turn and few prejudices. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Thursday, September 24, 2020



Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Virtual (Support) Never Goes Unpunished


The advantage of actual, as opposed to virtual, motor transport is that nobody gets away with checking out of the DR until they see me. They can't just skip merrily off to the airport without turning in their car keys.

I spent most of yesterday looking for MT assets.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Quote Of The Day


photograph from WaPo

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. ~ the Dalai Lama

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg - she was small, but by God, she made a difference!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Online Bookshelf - Seasoning Suggestions


An advertising cook-booklet from 1922, extolling the virtues of Lea & Perrins' Worcestershire sauce. They don't make covers like this no more.

 Free download from Project Gutenberg.

Monday, September 14, 2020

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen


We had a lovely moment on Microsoft Teams today - an older volunteer who is not familiar with the extent of this technology (both audio AND video) was absent-mindedly changing out of his pyjamas during the morning stand-up.

Saturday, September 12, 2020



Friday, September 11, 2020

The Road More Traveled


Having virtually returned from Chicago, I am as of this morning virtually deployed to Dallas.

Quote Of The Day


Summertime; and the living is easy.  Fish are jumping... ~ George Gershwin

Thursday, September 10, 2020



Saturday, September 5, 2020


Friday, September 4, 2020

Quote Of The Day


photo from NBC News

Whensoever, therefore, the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society and either by ambition, fear, folly or corruption endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people - by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty and, by the establishment of a new legislative (such as they shall think fit) provide for their own safety and security, which is the end for which they are in society.

What I have said here concerning the legislative in general holds true also concerning the supreme executor, who having a double trust put in him - both to have a part in the legislative and the supreme execution of the law - acts against both when he goes about to set up his own arbitrary will as the law of the society. ~ John Locke

Thursday, September 3, 2020



Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Other Crafts - A "Bucking Bronco" For Sidewalk Rodeos


A wooden bronco "that bucks" from Modern Mechanics, December 1936.  

Monday, August 31, 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020