Salford, 16th December 2018
in response to another Christmas jumper blog page
It’s that week again,
They’ve lit the third advent candle 🕯 in church ⛪ this morning so I thought tonight would be a good time to get it out of its hiding space
We don’t need a Christmas tree when I’m wearing this 😀 also, with the mercury falling it keeps me warm when I’m outside in the cold 🥶 whether it be rain ☔️ wind 💨 or snow ❄️
The amazing thing is….I still fit into it…..I’m much like Santa in that respect.
also worn the novelty Santa ties, and customary red jumper….
Salford 23rd September 2018
I remember the day i first bought them,
fresh out of the box and smelling like they’d just come out of the factory
They fitted my feet nicely, but i’d been told i needed to break them in
so over the next few days – i wore them in the house
as i got the feel of them i took them down the Trafford Road
getting them wet in a Greater Manchester rain storm
being well waxed – it didnt effect them for a while
time however is a fickle thing – and my shoes have lost their hardened exterior
My slippers look on in envy, as my feet feel comfy in the broken down softness
wont be long before a trip to the shoe shop – and a rendezvous with the recycle bin
sometimes it’s handy for your average shirt to have two
long sleeves…particularly in the cold months
except right about now, planning a trip somewhere by the
equatorial line where it’ll be warmer than home
veering north, a shorter sleeve for summer months and
For ever since we’ve been shearing sheep
lint has fallen from garments up and down the land
under wardrobes and cupboards it lies, having
floated and flown around bedroom spaces before
falling back into a usual spot – normally the back of the wardrobe
Running through a rose garden
often ruins your clothes
Specially if you are wearing a woollen jumper
expect those knitted specialities to get
Snagged on a spike or two – creating a hole that’ll need to be patched
Salford 19th August 2017
They say clothes make the man / woman
well, whoever wrote that obviously lives somewhere nearer to the equator than i do.
They’ve also never experienced the phenomenon that is Horizontal Rain.
If its sunbathing weather – then obviously i’ll be in shirt sleeves and a pair of shorts lapping up the sun and the blue skies. Dipping my toes in cold sea water to cool off before returning to my deckchair and reading material.
On a Volunteering gig ? then i’ll have the customary event t-shirt and hat and (precautionary) jacket in case of a downpour. Nine times out of ten – i’ve never needed it
If though, the angels working in the cloud – decide the ground needs a shower that waterproof jacket comes in handy….oncoming athletes in a downpour sometimes look on in envy.
As the weather changes – so does the kit. Organising committees on these events have adapted their kits to allow for my hometown’s inclement weather patterns – meaning during midsummer thru autumn , the occasional fleece is thrown in my general direction and unlike the waterproof – these do get used on a regular basis
for after summer – if the rain doesn’t get you – the wind most certainly will.
and you can always take these layers off if the weather improves, it gets warmer, wind drops etc. Its why they issue volunteers with a bag at events.
Notable thing at these outdoor events – how the dress code goes out of the window when the sun has got his hat on, and the ice cream van is doing a rip roaring trade.
To many, a master of his craft
a marvel with the scissors, needle and thread
in a few hours, a suit of stature can be
lovingly crafted to the clients design
or measurements can be taken so shirt, jacket, tie and trousers can be
rounded up off various pegs for the clients special day
Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC High School, 1987
Stood inside the “New” Amalgamated school by Buile Hill Park, in Salford.
Two sets of kids awaiting to go off to lessons – but first – the set up of forms
The classes had to be put together – Cathedral with St Lawrence’s.
you couldn’t tell them apart – similarity with the standard kit – Black/Charcoal Grey Trousers, White shirt/blouse (light Blue was allowed), Navy Blue jumper….
and of course…the school tie.
The boys would always do something with their jumper – round the shoulders or tied round the waist
The girls on occasion would do the tomboy thing – wearing the school tie whilst messing with the regulation skirt
In the crowded school hall , friends wave to one another that they recognise – How?
The School Tie was ever so slightly different in the way the light blue stripes landed on the dark blue….and till the new stock came in – that’s the way it would stay.
They wore them like badges of honour.
Salford, 22nd May 2017
A tale of Northern Mills
From north to south
and from east to west
crafty threads combine
on warp and weft
Coming from the animal
from out on the hill
and carded and threaded
and spun till wheels still
Or straight from the plant
coming over the sea
and landed at dockside
with the coffee and tea
then dyed in the colour
and sent onto mill
where fabrics created
from the thread from the hill
#Coloryourworld #cyw #royalpurple
Perched on her majesty’s head
Under the frame of silver and jewel
Royal colour emits from the crown
Perhaps – it denotes her status – as head of her church
Like priests and bishops wear the colour in spring at mass in parishes up and down
England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales