Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

Tips To Reduce The Cost Of Multi-Age Home Schooling

Multi-Age Home Schooling can be a much more expensive choice for the family than Public Schooling, as there are a lot of expenditures that need to be made.This hasn’t stopped families to home school their children, realizing this way is a much more effective and flexible option. That being said, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways you can reduce costs. Here are a few tips that will help you do just that:You don’t have to buy the textbooks and all the other materials – just the ones you can’t borrow from the library or from local schools where you should be able to lend them or buy them at a cheap price. Other materials you can just download from the internet and print them at your convenience.Visit the online multi-age home based schooling communities and just ask where you can find free or cheap learning resources.Another great way to teach your child at a very low price is to simply go to the zoo, botanic gardens or if you want to teach history you can easily visit museums or historical sites. Culture can be taught by visiting various cultural locations or by going to the theater. Many of these are free, and the others cost very little.Every neighborhood has its home based schooling community. By joining these home based schooling communities, you can learn from other homeschooling parents by sharing experience.The community can ask the local public school for donations of used textbooks, and other useful materials. The home based schooling community can develop a fund together and negotiate with publishers for cheaper prices.You should take these tips into consideration and reduce multi-age home schooling costs so you can use the money for other pleasurable activities for you and your family.

Men’s Fashion in Revolution

In the present age of fashion and style, everyone wants to look different from others. Whenever one talks about fashion, the picture of a woman comes in the mind. But in this present days, revolution has been wide that even men’s fashion statement has been stirred as well. They are considered to be more fashion conscious than men. However, a lot of changes have taken place in mens clothing industry. Men are now becoming fashion- oriented as women are. May it be old or young man, each and everyone of them wanted to follow the fad that is overflowing in the market. Men, just like women try to look fabulous and mythic in their wardrobes so they could satisfy their selves.The mens wear market has a lot to offer these days and the garment manufacturing companies are fighting hard to provide the latest fashion clothes for men. The youths and adults enjoy the unique and stylish garment items being introduced these days. Some of the very popular items are casual trousers with hip-hop looks, T-shirts with portraits of celebrities printed on them, cargo pants and many more.Moreover, mens fashion is no way any less important than women’s wear. Mens wear has come a long way since generations ago and nowadays are at par or even more design oriented than women’s in the global scenario. Everything relating to men have become trendy and fashionable, be it shoes, belts, leather accessories, jackets or mens suits. Mens clothing aims at making these men look sharp and distinct no matter what the occasion is all about. They should look spectacular at all times from dinner dates to job interviews to relaxing at the pub with friends. The dressing up for all occasions should be unique, stylish and tasteful that will leave a memorable impression with every individual they come contact with.Nevertheless, whatever the type of fashion a man would choose, what is much more important is his over- all character as a human being that is commendable in the society not just of his outside looks above all with his good deeds.