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.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Deciding to Secure a Payday Loan

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Age-Appropriate Skin Care

Skin requires different care at different ages and for different skin conditions. A teenager’s skin doesn’t need the same care as that of a mature adult, and a baby’s skin doesn’t need the same care as that of a teen. But chronological age is not the only factor to consider when determining the age of skin and the care it needs. The real age of the skin that determines the care it needs is based on other factors. For example, a woman in her twenties who has skin that has suffered major sun damage may very well see her skin wrinkling. She would benefit from wrinkle-reducing skin care products that are usually marketed to older people.Any illness or surgery that alters the body’s chemistry also alters skin care needs, regardless of the chronological age of the body. Women who go through early menopause or must have a hysterectomy at a young age for whatever reason will find that their skin benefits from the use
of topical estrogen creams.The first thing that you need to know about the type of skin care products that you need to use is the type skin that you have. Skin is classified into several different groups according to the production of sebum:Normal skin is neither dry nor oily. Normal skin is clear, soft, and smooth with a healthy glow. (Normal skin is what all of us are striving for.)Oily skin is exactly what the name implies. Oily skin is indicative of overproductive sebaceous glands. Oily skin appears coarser because the pores are usually enlarged, and oily skin is also more prone to clogged pores, blackheads, and acne.Dry skin is the opposite of oily skin. The sebaceous glands do not produce enough oil and the skin does not retain enough moisture. The skin appears to be dry and flaky.Combination skin is skin that has both oily patches and dry patches.The products that you purchase for skin care need to be age-appropriate, but the age that you need to consider isn’t your chronological age, but rather the “true” age of your skin.