Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday

To my Blog :)

2 years old today.

We have gone through a lot of ups and a few downs. You have provided my family a record of all sorts of things. I'm a little sad i didn't make it to 100 posts before you grew another year older. I must get blogging more often hey ;)

In celebration i have changed the template. I've used this one before but i like it so much. It's by the same designer as my last template :)

Until next time
Happy blogging everyone

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Yesterday, after a sleepless night of mouth pain that no painkillers in my cupboard was going to ease, i took myself off to the dentist. 20 years after the last time i went!
Hmmm, not good hey, but surprisingly my teeth are in ok condition apart from needing 2 fillings and a proper dental cleaning, oh and the wisdom tooth i had extracted yesterday that was the cause of all the pain :) The anesthetic was good, it took 5 hours to wear off, my face felt really weird lol and no there was no dribbling ;P

My reason for not visiting a dentist for so long wasn't out of fear, it's just nothing felt wrong with my teeth. I brush them twice a day, floss and mouthwash. I've had the occasional mild tooth ache in the past 20 years but it's always eased off with no problems. Why, dare i say it, waste time and money on having something looked at that isn't troubling me? I know I'm going to have my wrist slapped for saying that! I know my health is important, but :P

If it's any consolation, my children have regular dental check ups :)

So this morning i am having porridge for breakfast as my mouth is a little tender and i don't want to upset any healing that is happening at the back of my mouth. I really don't want anymore painful sleepless nights and a pile of antibiotics because i didn't look after the hole properly.

I go back next week for my fillings then that should be i for another 20 years perhaps lol

Until next time

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

History lesson.

I read the following on a forum. It's quite interesting so i thought ishould share with you all :)

Interesting History

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor"

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ..... . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence,a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen
table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring!!!

Until next time

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Collection

Australian pottery. To be more specific, Diana Ware Pottery, but only the pieces with white spots, the other styles don't appeal to me. I think it's more to do with the bold retro colours that take my fancy, not necessarily the spots, but the spots make it more unique in my eyes. Blue, yellow, green and pink with grey and a rusty/burnt orange thrown in the mix.

This Aussie pottery was created in Marrickville, Sydney during the 1940's - 1970's. Not all pieces are stamped and there are a few different markings but once you've collected a few pieces you soon learn how to identify a piece of Diana Ware.

My love affair with it began 4 years ago when i spied a vibrant blue jug with white spots in a secondhand store. Since then I've gone spotty mad and got myself a nice variety of pieces. There are soooo many more bits I'd love to have but the spotty pieces are hard to come by which in turn makes them expensive.

I had a dream 6 months back about a blue squat cookie jar tucked away in a dark dusty corner of a quaint antique shop, I'm yet to locate the jar or the shop (I'm not sure either one actually exists!) I have several people on the lookout for it though ;)

The photo shows a small part of my collection :) Some of it is still in boxes.

Until next time

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Horsing around

I've written before of Miss9's love of horses. And still we don't have room in our little backyard for a pony but that hasn't dampened Miss9's enthusiasm. Yesterday saw my backyard looking like a horse jumping arena with 3 humans posing as horses prancing around lol.
Tyres, timber, chairs, allsorts of materials were used to make jumps and the kiddies exhausted theirselves jumping and neighing all afternoon :)

Untilnext time