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The Paper Flag Display Emerges from Chaos

I have done the first six pages of my display about paper fund-raising flags. It’s neither scholarly nor insightful but it does have a few interesting points in it, and anyone reading it will know more than the average person about the beginnings of Flag Days and the fund-rising of WW1. To be fair, of the six pages, half is photographs, so it’s not exactly heavy going. I will try to add a few more pages over the weekend, ready for Monday night.

This morning I printed the pages, found a spelling mistake and decided to ignore it. On Monday I will print the rest. My plan is to present part of it in a display file and have other topics covered on one sheet each, which will  be laminated so people can pick them up and take it all in at one glance.

Or they may do what they generally do, and ignore it. That doesn’t really matter, what matters is that since I started doing it on a consistent basis it has been encouraging other people to bring stuff along and the meetings seem, in general, to be a bit livelier.

I will then, because I know you are all longing to add to your knowledge of such things, edit it and use it as one or two blog posts. In writing, I have seen over the years, how it’s possible to use the same material more than once. I know several people who have actually made a career out of writing what is essentially the same book. It’s like mince. You make curry one night, Bolognese the next, chilli, lasagne, mince and tatties, cottage pie . . .  But it’s all just mince when you come down to it.

Sausage Pie – Carsington Water

The actual talk is about Edwardian Postcards and we are lucky to have a local expert who used to edit a postcard magazine and run postcard fairs. For once, I am confident that a visiting speaker is going to be good. That’s the trouble with visiting speakers, they often come and turn out to be a disappointment. I remember one coming, with top class recommendations and falling completely flat.

He wasn’t really a speaker on coins and had added half a dozen poorly focussed coin photos to a regular family history talk. It wasn’t his forte and the only good bits of the talk were the bits from his core talk about the things that really interested him. I’d rather have had that. I am always interested in learning new stuff and don’t mind if the talk isn’t about coins. However, as the only member of the society who doesn’t collect coins I may be in a minority here. It was kind of him to add coins but it was clear where his real interests lay, and those bits really came alive. Unfortunately, the overall impression was poor.

Monday night, however, will not be like that. The speaker will be good and we are now getting various additional displays done by members.

Pied Wagtail at Donna Nook nature reserve.

However, for now, I had better finish this and get a move on. Julia will be arriving at 7.50 (currently running twenty minutes late) and she is likely to be quite scathing if she finds the washing up bowl in its current state.

And the bean pan. I put a drop of water in the pan last night after serving my second beans on toast meal of the day and then left it on the hob. I should have checked that it was switched off. It boiled the water dry, crusted the pan with what looks like bitumen, and alerted me to the problem by spreading an acrid smell through the house . . .

This is likely to confirm her view that I can’t be trusted to look after a house on my own.

Poppies in the Mencap garden – Wilford

Pictures are just a random selection. Poppies are slightly topical and the pie was deliberate but the rest are just what appeared.but the rest  People like chicks and lambs so I thought I’d give them a go.


Sleep, Recover, Repeat

Clara Butt – Obverse

Clara Butt Reverse

Sorry. They say sleep is essential to recovery, and I seem to have been concentrating on recovery (in a chair in front of TV) for the last couple of days. The good news is that it’s working, but I do seem to have slacked off on the blogging.

In the wakeful gaps I spent some time reading a book that claims it’s possible to write a novel in ten minutes a day.I must have bought it a few years ago, judging from its position in the pile. So far it’s proving to be a disappointment. I know it’s theoretically possible to write a novel in ten minutes a day (even Don Quixote, if your taste runs to that length) but I was hoping for more specifics. So far it’s been about how to manage time.

This is useful, but so far it’s more about time management than writing. However, the fact I’m writing this is proof that it works. I’ve planned a sliver of time to write and I am using it. later I will watch an antiques programme then, probably when I wake up, I will write more. Or eat then sleep then write more. I’m undecided on the exact order.

Leicester Base Hospital showing soldier in “Hospital Blue” Uniform.

The “Base Hospital” was also known as the 5th Northern General Hospital. In 1914 it was empty, having formerly housed the county Lunatic Asylum. In 1921 it opened as a University, eventually becoming Leicester University.

I can tell I’m getting better. Last night I went to bed after deciding I didn’t have the time or energy to do the display on fund-raising flags I was planning for the Numismatic Society. This morning I woke up with the outline in my head. The brain is a wondrous thing.

It’s  bit nippy now, despite supposedly being a warm day. I’m going to go into the other room now, put a blanket across my knees and try a spot of recovery.

Sir Harry Lauder Obverse


Sir Harry lauder Reverse

Sir Harry Lauder was a man of many parts and the first British recording artist to sell a million records. His son was killed in 1916 and Sir Harry spent much time raising money for the war effort, including his Million Pound Fund to help disabled Scottish soldiers on their return home.


A Day with Few Results

After a day which produced very little in the way of results, I prepared the soup pan, set it going and sat down to read blogs before writing. I had just come to the end of the reading when the alarm went off. Time to do combat now – just me, a pan of mushrooms and a hand blender. I will be back later to write the rest of the post.

Back now. The soup was more watery than usual, which was actually good, as it is usually too thick. I added a sprinkle of dried Italian herbs tonight, which added to the flavour, and all was good. We then finished off the mixed fruit crumble Julia had made at the weekend with the last of the cream (it had lasted for three meals, which is quite good).

Northamptonshire Red Cross fundraising flag. Quite dull, as it has the same thing on both sides.

During the day I gave Julia a lift to the dentist, went to visit a couple of friends in their shop and, I confess, did very little until it was time to make soup. Julia is much the same. We are blaming it on our slow recovery from Covid. Next week we are hoping to be more active. But next Wednesday I have a blood test, a Shingles vaccination and a day at work. It is going to be more active whether I like it or not.

I’m already starting to think about my display for the Numismatic Society next month. The photos are some that I have taken to illustrate the display.

The one below is a better example – no rust on the pin, for one thing, plus it has a date and a location on it. In a collecting area which is bereft of reference material, this is important stuff.