I live in Gawthorpe, Ossett, West Yorkshire where, on Easter Mondays, they have a Coal Carrying Championship. This year was the 48th and the first I'd watched. My daughter's children took part in the 8-10 year olds races. Lewis came 5th or 6th in his race while Robyn came 2nd in the girls. The children carry a small plastic bag with sand in. Both women and men run 1,108 yards, mostly uphill, the women carrying a 20kg sack of coal while the men carry 50kg. (Apparantly there were approx 2,000 people watching the race). Gawthorpe also still celebrates May Day with a procession and May Queen, this year is the 139th celebration.
Lewis is wearing the brightly coloured shorts
Robyn is on the left of the photo here; you can see how far ahead the girl is who won. The Maypole can be seen in this picture.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I'm finally going to show the swaps I got in for the PIF I took part in a few months ago. I got 3 wonderful items; from Ann I received a large hanging, which had foamboard as the base, from Kayc I received a little book, and from Kay another piece of hanging art. I'm absolutely delighted with them all. The 2 hanging pieces are just hanging from cupboards in the kitchen till I find a home for them. I've finally finished a configuration box that several of us did some months ago - mine just needed one more thing but I was stuck as to what till Pat gave me a fairy template. So I cut one out of shrink plastic and she fits the bill just fine :-)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday Stampers quite early for me - I did do last weeks but didn't get round to photographing it till the Saturday and then had spent long enough on the PC that day so didn't post it. The theme this week is 'Love' and as it's Hels' 1000th blog post she's offering some candy for one lucky person. For this special edition of Sunday Stampers Hels wants us to use our favourite technique and our favourite designer. Well I really don't have a favourite designer, but as I do love Tim's stuff I've included a couple of his stamps. ONe of my favourite techniques just now is using texture paste or gel medium with stencils to add texture which I've done at the bottom of the canvas. I printed off a dictionary definition of 'love' and transferred it using gel medium. The heart is made from Fimo airdry clay and stamped into, then coloured with Viva Gold Silver (I know! I didn't name it!) and some mica powder.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
To check out the Sunday Stampers weekly challenge, pop over to Hels' blog. The theme for this week is 'Gold'. I've triple embossed a die-cut house from Crafty Individuals and stamped into it using a text stamp. Spot the deliberate mistake? Well if you don't, I stamped the text the wrong way on the house - actually I had the stamp the right way up, it was the house that wasn't; but as I'd put everything away before I noticed, I've left it. I've copied the TH rosette but mine's done by hand - you see you don't need to buy a die specially for this job ;-) I know the dies make life easier but sometimes funds don't allow :-(