Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Last Crafts of 2008

In my rush to finish gifts , I failed to take pictures of three lace items which have already gone out.
Two were 12 " lace mats with a bath bomb (bath smellies) tied in the centre, raffle prizes for the bowls club.
The third is a24" table centre lace cloth, for a friend who I play bowls with.

I made two of these Christmas rings, as a small broach type decoration for Christmas.

Next is a birthday present from my eldest daughter, A Knitting Mill.
Instead of working for hours with French Knitting, using a dolly peg.
Just thread up the mill and wind the handle which operates the four hooks.
I made 11 yards of knitting in twenty minutes.

The end product will be the interwoven shoulder strap for a bag made for a friend.

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Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Sky Watch Christmas Eve

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and every best wish for the New Year.
These are pictures taken today Christmas Eve, skies over Lincolnshire.
What wonderful weather we are having, it is approximatly 10 degrees, very mild and lots of sunny spells.
My next SWF post will be in 2009, see you all then.
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Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Winter Solstice

The setting sun on 21 December 2008.
I can't wait for the evenings to get longer and lighter.
May Christmas and the New Year bring you peace and joy.
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Thursday, 18 December 2008

I have has a glitch today on my computer server. As a result the pictures are printed twice and if I remove this set then todays entry will also vanish.
Please just scroll down for todays entry. Thanks for taking the time.
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Sky Watch Friday 18

The Bass Maltings.

These historical structures, The Bass Maltings, were built in the early 20th century and
replaced several small malt houses in the area.
It was used for six decades to turn grain into malt for the production of beer.

The eight enormous buildings- each identical and known as pavillions- covered an area the
size of six football pitches, and can be seen for miles in the county. Three of them have been
badly damaged by fire.

The rural area was ideal for growing Barley Malt.
This when ready was harvested and transferred to the maltings which then started the three
key stages in the production of making beer.

Steeping stage: which involves soaking the malt in water and took about two days to complete,
increasing the water content of the barley kernels from approximately 10% to 50%, stimulating
the metabolic process.

Germination stage: when strict humidity and temperature controls are used to breaks down the starches
into simple sugars, this took four to five days processing.

Kilning stage: which is drying the malt to about 4% moisture to prevent the loss of the sugars, it is at
this stage that the colour and flavour of the final brew is determined.

The workers as well as their wages each received three free pints a day.

The maltings struggled to remain open through the second world war, eventually closing as a maltings in 1960.

Some of the buildings were being used in the 1980s for processing vegetables, prior to pickling, or freezing.

Though they have fallen into disrepair over time.

HRH The Prince of Wales supports restoration efforts through The Phoenix Trust, of this site.
Possible facilities would be apartments, restaurants and a museum.

To see more Sky Watch pictures from around the world, click on the Sky Watch Banner in my side bar on the right.

Thanks again to the dedicated team of workers, unpaid in wage or beer, for their time and energies in maintaining
a seam free running of Sky Watch.
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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Sky Watch Friday 17

What strange weather we are having.
Mind it is the right way about.
Sunny and bright in the day time, freezing cold at night.

Rewards are, such lovely skies, taken by me, of Lollycocks field,
the river Slea flowing full and taken by me again,
Lord L's full moon with an aircraft to the left, which has a silver body with a red tail.
Who could ask for any thing more.

To see many more great sky watch pictures from around the world,
just click on the Sky Watch banner in my side bar on the right.

There are a team of devoted people who ensure the trouble free running of Sky Watch Friday,
which was established by Dot originally.
Many other team members have moved on to other pursuits.
My thanks go to them all of them for what SWF has become.
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Thursday, 4 December 2008

Sky Watch Friday 16

After The Storm.

I have been bowling today and as I was inside when the weather broke,
Lord L took these pictures for Sky Watch.
It is bitterly cold here, although, there is no snow yet I am pleased to say.

I hope fellow watchers enjoyed their Thanksgiving celebrations last week.

To enlarge any image just click on the picture.

To see hundreds of other Sky Watch Images from around the world, click
on the Sky Watch Banner in my side bar on the right.

There are a team of workers, dedicated to ensuring a seam free working of Sky Watch.
They are allocated specific areas which they monitor and comment on.
This is an unpaid position which takes a good deal of time and effort.
Thank you all for your work and dedication.
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