Wednesday, 4 July 2018

a post war story

A post war story

Last month a German lady was in the gallery and we were having a good long chat, she had been to the gallery before and was a regular visitor to Guernsey.  So after a while I felt comfortable in asking her about the pin she was wearing (see above).  I had seen them with a Guernsey flag crossed with the Union Jack or German flag but not this one.
Well it turned out it was the flag of Biberach which is the town in southern Germany where the internment camp for Channel Islanders was during World War 2.  The island and the town now have a strong link, with visiting, choir, group and VIPs etc.

She very kindly then gave me my own pin.

We carrier on chatting, with me talking about how my father had been in Guernsey as a boy during the Occupation, and she had just visited German Naval Signals Headquarters
 and as her father had worked in the GNSH in Brest, Britany 
he had probably regularly communicated with the soldiers stationed in St Peter Port. 

What I thought was so nice was we were both catching about our fathers experiences during the war, on opposite side, yet it was relaxed and friendly. As it should be.  
After all in did all happen a life time ago.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Freedom shoes (Liberty Espadrilles)

Earlier on this year I noticed that my local haby Creaseys was selling espadrille soles, what a lovely idea!  They very kindly ordered them in in my size, have rather large feet.....and I started looking for inspiration. 

I have box of fabric strips, mainly Liberty Tawn Lawn which I had used for decoupage, 
that were perfect. The backing was just a pair of old jeans. 
You draw round the pattern provided with the soles and then get creative.

I simply stitched the stripes down with a line of back stitch in embroidery silk, 
so that the fraid edge of the fabric was a feature.

It was only after I had finished the tops that I realised the denim had some stretch....
not what you want for the top of a shoe!  So I backed them with a woven interfacing. 

Creaseys by now were also selling the espadrille thread, a nice strong (red)  cotton, 
perfect for doing the traditional blanket stitch to hold the top to the bottom. 
The only problem I had was as you fold the fabric under to do the blanket stitch, it meant I was sewing through two layers of denim and interfacing plus the rope sole, so I ended up having to use a pair of pliers to pull the needle through!
Must say I am very please with how they turned out, I decided not to do the backs as when I used to wear espadrilles a lot and you always stood on the backs, so why bother with them in the first place?

And today they have had their first outing in the sun!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

That gold cross!

 I do always like a challenging question!

Well we all know that the Guernsey Flag is a mix of
 the Cross of St George and the Cross of William the Conqueror - Duke of Normandy.  
 But last week a gentleman who was a keen history buff
 said he had never seen Williams cross before,  stopping to think about it neither had I. 
 Later in town I bumped into the Head of Museums here, and so I asked him.

Turns out in 1066 William persuaded Pope Alexander 2 to send him a papal banner, 
to show him backing of Williams invasion plans.

 As you can see it is definitely the gold cross from the center of our flag.
 It also features a fair few time in the Bayeux Tapestry, though you do seem to have to know what you are looking for, its not obvious.
So we now know, and I bet you anything I am never asked that question again!!!!!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Its nearly a pleasure again

photo from Visit Guernsey Library
Chris and I spend a very productive and satisfying day in the garden yesterday, 
a lot achieved including a very good sort of the shed! Much over due.

So after all that hard work in the sunshine we had earnt a swim, I forgot to take any photos which is why I have used one from Visit Guernsey, we weren't there at sunrise and we weren't at the Ladies Pool but at the Gents and it was high tide not low...….but I liked the photo!  
It was still a quick swim, but you are definitely noticing that it is warming up, 
its nearly a pleasure again, rather than a challenge. 
 After I got out and was waiting for Chris, a chap started chatting to me;

him; bet that was cold?!
me; well actually you really are noticing it is warming up now, it was lovely (smiling a lot)
him: hurumph…….(and wanders off)

don't think I gave him the answer he wanted or was expecting, but no need to be rude!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

sunnies needed!

An the sun kept on coming (well until today when we have fog....).
Summer handbag came out, smaller and off course blue, but then I had a first world problem, my sunnies case was too big.
Now I just love my sunnies, they were a present from Chris,
a good colour and just the right side of a bit querky.
But the pouch that I had that was the right size wasn't the right colour or querky
So I made one!

The fabric is from one of Chris's old work shirts,
and I drew round my glasses to get the outline and then followed that with back stitch,
a lovely job to do while sitting in the garden in a deckchair on a Sunday. Heaven.

And I must say I really am rather chuffed!!!