Return of the Christmas jumper

Christmas, Clothes

Salford, 16th December 2018

in response to another Christmas jumper blog page

http://renegade7x.com/2018/12/01/christmas-sweater/

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….

Old Shoes

Character, Clothes, Poetry

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

Outer Layers

Clothes, Life

Outer Layers

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.

Tailor

Acrostic, Clothes, Poetry

Tailor

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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

The Old School tie….

Childhood, Clothes, Growing up, Memories, Schooldays

Uniform

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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.

Warp and Weft

Arts, Clothes, Poetry, Tradition

Yarn

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

 

 

 

 

Colour of the crown

Acrostic, Clothes, Colours, Religion

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#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