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- seeing….the dreary rain outside my window and the last of the Autumn leaves clinging on to the trees
- hearing…. the gales blowing and the rain bouncing off the window….car alarms going off in the storm and cats howling at night
- smelling…the rich, pungent smell of wet earth and rotting leaves
- feeling….that I should be cuddling up somewhere and giving way to hibernation!
Here in the UK the BBC, led by a well known broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, aim to raise lots of money for dis-advantaged children. Once a year they hold the Children in Need Appeal which is widely supported by the public, celebrities and Stars alike. Silly things happen all week and this is just one of the fund raising ideas!
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When I was a girl, growing up in a small town in Lancashire, I was used to the sights and sounds of an industrial landscape. From my bedroom window, I could see a woollen-spinning mill complete with tall, mill chimney and the sound of churning machinery. On days when the industrial process began, the smell from the extraction of lanolin from the wool was appalling! This was just part of life… the ways that people in my town made a living as well as from cotton spinning, light engineering and on the outskirts, farming. What has this got to do with anything I’m doing today? Well, those of you who read this post may want to know more!
Some of you may know that the east coast of Scotland went through somewhat of a boom in the oil industry over the last few years. Fortunes were made and the standard of living rose, especially in the area around Aberdeen. Whilst the fishing ports of Fraserburgh and Peterhead suffered a decline because of failing fish stocks, the rest of the east coast was making ends meet. The boom hadn’t quite reached the Caithness area where we had found our dream spot to settle in retirement. There were two oil platforms on the horizon, but that didn’t bother us that much. People still have to earn a living, although we have retired!
What the owner of the field had not told us, was that there was to be drilling for oil in a field adjacent to ours and although the plant and machinery would be inside a large barn-style building, oil tankers would be driving back and forth all day filling up with oil and taking it to the nearest port at Thurso.
So much for peace and quiet and rural living! Our very large dream had been shattered and we lost the quite considerable deposit we had left to secure the land. Anger and disappointment followed but with spadesful of reality thrown in! I had suddenly become a N.I.M.B.Y. after years of being brought up in my industrial home town!
All those years ago in my home town, others may have loved the peace and serenity of the moorland and the hills and lived on the land thinking that things would not change. I expect their illusions were shattered as the industrial world impinged on their daily life, just as the thought of the oil exploration did on mine.
BUT, there would be other times and other places and we will have to accept a lot less but this doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Live life each day and still have HOPE but not as many expectations!
As Albert Einstein once said ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, HOPE for tomorrow’.
The trouble is, I’m
knot not knitting!
In October 2008 my first grandchild was expected and so I decided to dust off my knitting needles and knit dear daughter some items to put in the layette. I knitted hats, bootees, mittens, dungarees, a teddy bear and a cuddly,blanky rabbit. So far so good…..
DD’s fiancee asked me to knit him a warm jumper to wear on the journey to Uni. His day started with a brisk cycle ride to the station ( lots of cold winds and snow last winter!) then the train and another cycle ride to finish. The same back in the evening, so he was freeeeezing by the time he arrived back! Well, how could I refuse? I said I would knit the jumper for his birthday in November 2008 and now it is November 2009 and I still haven’t finished it and probably won’t for this birthday either!
I thought I would make a HUGE effort to try and finish it for Christmas. So, I have made a progress chart as I calculated I have about six weeks to finish. I’m a slow knitter so that will probably be just about right for me! Christmas wrapping paper and tag will be at the ready for completion!
Will I finish it or won’t I? Will I finish it before my target time? Will the jumper still fit him? Come back next week to see how far I’ve got.
Look for the poll in my sidebar so I can gauge your opinion on my attempt!