Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
- Did you know...Northumberland has a tartan. Known as the Shepherd Tartan in Scotland, the Northumberland Tartan dates back to Roman times. A scrap of black and white check was found in a Roman bottle and is the oldest check fabric ever found. The black and white check tartan has been used by the Duke of Northumberland since the 18th century.
- Did you know...Catherine Cookson is a publishing phenomenon - an international best seller and for many years the most borrowed author from libraries. Born in Jarrow, she has received an accolate from South Tyneside which markets itself as 'Cookson Country'. Whilst our most prolific author is no longer with us, her stories live on.
Posted by Jacqui at 8:42 am
Sunday, August 26, 2007
- Did you know...Northumberland has more castles open to the public than any other county in Britain.
Posted by Jacqui at 9:31 am
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
- Lynn, glad you found the book. It's a shame though cos I have the little yellow book all parcelled up to send you and was going to mail it today. I thought it might put a smile on your face cos I know you've been going through the mill a bit lately.
Posted by Jacqui at 8:47 am
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Posted by Jacqui at 10:40 am
This is today's Did You Know...
- During the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, Newcastle was bypassed by the Jacobites, as it was a securely guarded garrison that supported King George. It was said that the region was all "for George" - leading to the name 'Geordie' derived from George.
- The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word was first used in 1876 to describe miners/pitmen. Perhaps the name originated from the region's coal mines.
- George Stephenson's miner's lamp was used by local miners in preference to the Davy lamp. The lamp and miners in time became known as 'Geordies'.
- When George Stephenson addressed a Parliamentary Commission "his blunt speech and dialect drew contemptuous sneers". From then on, colliers (boats taking coal from Tyneside to London) and the men who worked on them were called 'Geordies'.
- The term 'Geordie' was originally a form of abuse first used by local showman Billy Purvis to put down a rival. This was in 1823, when the word was used in this context due to the unpopularity of King George III who became insane.
Posted by Jacqui at 8:15 am
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I came across a little book entitled 'The Little Book of Tyneside & Northumberland' at the weekend and it has lots of little bits of information in it about the area where I live. So, I decided to share it with all my blog readers, in the absence of anything else. LOL. This will be called "Did You Know...?"
- Did you know....It is estimated that there are five times as many sheep as people living in Northumberland.
You're impressed aren't you, dear reader? I can tell. Prepare to be amazed and astounded.
Or bored shitless.
Posted by Jacqui at 9:35 pm
Saturday, August 18, 2007
For a change it's not stitching stash. LOL.
- Karen - no there's no beads on St P as yet. I fib, there are 4 little blue beads on the right hand side, but you can't see them on the close up. The gold sparkly bits is metallic thread, of which there is loads.
Posted by Jacqui at 3:32 pm
Friday, August 17, 2007
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Monday, August 13, 2007
Posted by Jacqui at 11:39 am
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Apparently I've been tagged by Jacky.
- I've been married three times (I like wedding cake!)
- The 3rd wedding was on St Valentine's Day - how corny.
- I collect paperweights, china thimbles and postcards
- As well as cross stitching I like to do patchwork/quilting and hardanger
- I love my kids, they're brilliant
- I miss my grandparents
- I hate gardening but I love flowers
- I was almost 40 before I passed my driving test, and now I wonder why it took me so long
- I REALLY need to lose weight
- No one ever comes to visit me and I don't have many friends - Jacqui-No-Mates!
I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you feel like doing this then go ahead.
Posted by Jacqui at 2:25 pm
Friday, August 03, 2007
YIPPEE! Craig is home! I've missed him so much. He came home bearing lots of pressies, which is only right when I was left at home while he buggered off on holiday. Am now the owner of SIX new paperweights for my collection...
Elizabeth Designs - Blue Sky Sampler
Ignore the white marks on the material, it's just the stuff behind it while I propped it up to take the photo. I don't have the exact same charms that are called for on the chart, I just used what I already have. That big butterfly for instance is supposed to be a sheep, but I didn't have one of those and don't have the patience to wait for one that I order. So it's a butterfly instead. LOL.
I got another model in the mail this morning. Another one for Jo at Polstitches Designs, which will hopefully get going over this weekend. It shouldn't take me long to do.
Posted by Jacqui at 4:43 pm
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Thanks for all the comments to my last few posts. To answer a couple of things:
- Antibiotics - as well as the thrush I do have another infection, which is why these have been prescribed. I know they don't help the thrush but the GP is trying to get rid of the other infection as well.
- Canestan - is crap. I've had it loads of times, in all available forms, and it's never done me any good at all.
I've been waiting for the postie all day as I'm expecting another model to do from Jo at Polstitches Designs. When the kids got home I asked them if they'd had any post at work, and they informed me that the postal workers were on strike again today. Well that settled that then. LOL. I'm hoping they're back tomorrow and that the parcel turns up. It was posted on Monday after all, recorded delivery. It would have got here quicker if she'd walked up herself.
I've done loads more stitching on Blue Sky Sampler and am hoping to have it finished by the time Craig gets back from Skeggy tomorrow, so with any luck I'll be able to take a photo of it and put it in my next post.
Posted by Jacqui at 6:49 pm
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I'm lying here with the fan on, roasting hot, itching like hell, in agony, been crying for the past two hours trying to get to sleep and not succeeding.
- Debby - thanks for that idea. Will try and get my son to go and get me some tomorrow. It's not just thrush I have, it's an infection on top of that, which is, from what Kate tells me, all red raw and blistering.
I do have an appointment with my GP tomorrow, late afternoon, and I'm hoping she's going to try something else that will work. The antibiotics certainly aren't helping. I gave up on the antibiotic cream as that was just making everything sting like hell and making it worse. I'm still lathering on the Sudocrem but to be honest all that's doing is making a mess of the sheets. LOL.
Posted by Jacqui at 12:13 am