What Happened 50 Years Ago?

The Moon Landing

There’s been much publicity on television recently about the Moon Landing on July 21st, 1969.  Do you remember what you were doing on that day?   I remember it well, for we had just moved to Melbourne from Warrnambool, and while watching the television I was unpacking boxes.  Our daughter, who was around 15 months old at the time was wandering around in the mess Bit by bit I emptied the boxes.  We’d moved to Seaford a day or two before.  I can’t recall.  I was heavily pregnant too as baby number two was due early in September.

half moon photo

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Black and White Television

We had a television, and in those days there was no colour on the screens.  It was just black and white.  Colour television didn’t come to Australia until 1975.  We had rented a three bedroom house at the seaside suburb, not far from Frankston.  I wonder what it would have been like to see the moon landing in colour?

We did not have a home phone and of course not a mobile phone.  The latter came into being in 1987, though it would be a few years before most people had one of those.  The house was not far from the Seaford Railway Station, which meant I could catch the train to the city of Melbourne, though it would be quite a few weeks before I did that.

Shopping

There was a bus stop nearby which took me to Frankston to do shopping, and I’d head off to buy the groceries and carry it all back on the pram.  It was far more challenging when I had two children to wrangle along with the groceries.  My husband Ian was a sales representative for Lever and Kitchen, and in those days was seldom home.  I had managed to get my drivers licence while we lived in Warrnambool, but I did not have a car to drive, initially.

1969 – What a Busy Year

With the move to Melbourne/Seaford and the arrival of our son in September, it was a busy year.  I have only vague memories of it all though.  We had a cat – Pfer, (P for Pussy), who we loved but she died rather suddenly with some cat virus.  I was certainly a stay at home mother, for apart from using the train and bus, I didn’t have the transport to go out.

In our back yard, there was a garden and I was soon growing vegetables there, though the soil was mainly sand.  We had a few friends and family members that we saw from time to time, but life was just busy with our two little ones.

I Have a Car

Eventually, we saved enough money to purchase a second-hand car – it was a Vauxhall sedan,  I recall.  The day I had to pick it up, Ian and the children and I drove to the other side of Melbourne.  I drove it home.  Ian had the children in his (company) car.  For me, it was a very scary ride as I did not know my way around.  I had lived in Melbourne some years earlier.  I had not driven there. The first time I drove there, was the day I drove my car home.  Not only did I not know the way, but I was having to get used to a new car.  Luckily I made it safely home.

So the things I remember of that time – was the moon landing and the arrival of our first (and only son) at Frankston Hospital.  I was to work as a nurse a short time later.

Do you remember the Moon Landing? Can you remember where you were?

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The Love of Ceremony

Marching and Ceremony

I have always had a Love of Ceremony!!  In my youth, there was always much more than we see now.   When I think back, I don’t recall going to many events.  Both my parents were in the Australian Armed Forces, but I don’t recall going to Anzac Day marches.  My father, in particular, didn’t say much about his Army days.  He didn’t get to serve overseas, which he had wanted to do.  He was a bit angry about his days there, but the best thing for him was he met our mother.

Girl Guides – Thinking Day

My main recollection of military ceremony and marching was the annual event of Thinking Day.  

On February 22nd every year we had a ceremony at Adelaide’s Government House, where Queens Guides and Queens Scouts received their Awards.  I was one of them.  We would meet in the military parade ground behind Government House, and would march into the grounds to the military bands.  I loved marching to the music.

Marching Girls

Some years later the Marching Girls came into fashion.  I don’t know that any clubs exist any more, but it was regarded as a sport, with competitions.  I loved watching them, but I was otherwise committed and didn’t feel I had the time to be involved.

Anzac Day Parades

I do enjoy attending Anzac Day Parades, and hope to attend another one in 2020!!  I have attended local smaller events in recent years but feel the urge to attend a bigger one. There are more bands and more music!

Chinese Military Events

While in China I didn’t attend any events, but saw several on television, and since have used YouTube to watch them.  I have seen the meticulous way they prepare for marching, measuring every inch of the soldiers and their precision is awesome.  I love the ceremony of the events in countries like China, Russia and the UK.

Military Music CD’s

I do have a small collection of CD’s of military music and from time to time I have marched back and forth along my hallway to the music.  It’s good excerise and I do love the music.  The best place to listen/watch military events is on YouTube and I have put some of my favourites below.

YouTube Videos

One of the most recent that I love is the Russian Victory Parade 2019 – it’s a long video, but is awesome and the last few minutes is really interesting.  I especially enjoy watching the way they march and love seeing women marching too!  Ah the ceremony!

Marches in Tianenman Square are particularly popular with me.  Not only do I recognise the importance of that place and remember it for the Massacre in 1989, but I was there in 2008!

The video below is a long one, but well worth watching.

Of course I must have an Aussie event!  See below.  This was filmed in 2017.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This is an event I like to watch every year on television.

The British Trooping of the Colour 2018

If you go to the UK, you will have the opportunity of seeing plenty of ceremony, and military music.  Enjoy the video below.  If you live in Britain, you must have a love of ceremony.

 

soldier near white building during daytime

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I hope you can find time to watch and listen to some of these.

Do you enjoy marching?  Or listening to military music?

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Poor Building Standards for Rentals

Poor Building Standards

For a number of years, I have lamented on the poor building standards, especially for properties that are destined for the rental market.  I’ve often used the saying “near enough is good enough”.  Too many builders are more concerned about their profit than they are about the condition of the building they create.   The situation is highlighted by the poor standards of the Opal Towers in Sydney.

And there are many now being reported.  It is somewhat of a crisis in the building industry.  There are warnings to potential buyers not to buy units above 5 or 6 stories.  Buyer beware.

Corruption in Building

My late father was a builder – in fact, was a building supervisor, originally working for my uncle and he was a meticulous checker of every part of the build.  I remember when my uncle closed his business and retired my father started to work with a state housing entity in a southern state.  He learned very quickly that the man who held the position before him was “on the take”.   He would not check the quality of the work well, as he was on the payroll of the builders.  When my father took over and would not pass the buildings for payment to the builder until the work was perfect, there was a lot of trouble.  My father was certainly threatened.

brown and black wall brick

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Building Standards are Lower

There has been discussion in the media about the standards of building being diminished, in part by the way buildings are supervised and checked by the builders and those people charged with checking/approving the quality.

My Experience in New Rental Properties

I moved into a brand new, never before lived in property a few years ago, and had quite a few problems.  The air conditioner did not work, and the property manager took 6 months to do anything about it.  They believed that it could not be faulty and it took ages to convince them.  As it turned out, apparently during the build someone stole the motor and the builder replaced it with a motor that was never connected properly.

There were a number of minor issues too – but when it came to fixing things, I experienced other issues, which I believe was a gender issue.  Being female, I was told that things were not broken – but was later proven that I was right.

My current home, a 4 storey building has many issues, and it is not yet 12 months old. Water problems including water leaking through the life ceiling, issues with security, windows and more.  I am not happy with some of the issues.  Getting things fixed is always an issue too.

Sadly it is a serious problem in Australia right now, with high rise buildings crumbling.

What do you think about this issue?

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Writing Retreat

Our Own Writing Retreat

Two friends and me – then there were three.  We had the opportunity to stay in a cottage at a property in the hills behind Eumundi.  The three of us meet weekly to help with our writing – so we decided to have a Writing Retreat.  The idea of writing all weekend with friends had great appeal.  Wonderful.  We decided to have three nights away and write.  Well, that was the plan!!!

The Plan

A list of items to take was created, and we were all set to go on the Friday.  I had a need to write some items for Weekend Notes so I decided to leave early and call in at a couple of places including The Skin Thing, Opals Down Under, and The Cheese Factory at Kenilworth.  I also had some books to drop into someone along the way. The latter didn’t happen as there were road works in front of the property.  Darn.

The Skin Thing at Glenview

 

 

I arrived out the front of the property and had just parked to wait for my friends, and seconds later they arrived.  How amazing.  We then drove into the property, along a dirt road with a large billabong, and soon came to the cottage where we were to stay.  As it turns out, our hosts were not there but we had access to the cottage and we parked our cars and unloaded our things.

Our New Friend

No Internet!

It didn’t take us long to get our computers and start to write.  However, much to our horror, we found we did not have either phone or internet access.  We could if we went up the hill and stood on a ladder, but of course that wouldn’t happen.

The manuscript which I had planned to work on, was in One Drive, so I was unable to access it.  So I started some short stories for another project I am working on.  But when I wanted to go to Dr Google for no information, I found that wasn’t possible.  Darn.  How can we live without the Internet??!!

A Dog, Ducks and Wallabies!!

The house dog made himself at home with us, even to the point that after he ran away one morning and was found by someone along the streets somewhere, he was brought back to us to look after (at the direction of the dog’s owner!)   And we saw the duck that goes up to the house every morning for his breakfast.

Did we get much writing done?

Well, not as much as we planned.  But we had a great weekend, and yes, we did a lot of writing, but not as much as we intended.  Still, it was happy writing.

 

Would you organise a weekend away to write?

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About Voluntary Assisted Dying

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New Laws in Victoria

As from the 29th June 2019, people who qualify because of their health will be able to be supported by Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws.  The rules are clear and should be of great benefit for those in the last months of their lives.  There are certainly many people who do not approve of the new laws, who believe that “killing” a human being is not right. I disagree.

Die a Good Death

As a former nurse, I have been with many folk in the last hours of their lives.  Most deaths have been quiet, with the patient talking about his/her impending demise as their life ends.  I have been honoured to be at some deaths. Sometimes I have spoken of it as being as amazing as being at a birth.  I know that sometimes doctors will give patients additional morphine or similar to get through to the end.  Some people have to suffer not only pain but the indignity of being unable to control their bodies. They have nursing staff wash them and do other things that are very uncomfortable for the patient. Everyone needs to be made as comfortable as possible and leave this world peacefully, so I am pleased to see Voluntary Assisted Dying laws changed in Victoria.

Animals are Treated Better

Sometimes I ponder the reality that animals can be euthenased but humans cannot.  I have seen too many people live their last days not only in pain but in the discomfort of lack of dignity.

It is a Choice (in Victoria)

People are protesting about the new laws on Voluntary Assisted Dying, but the reality is that the person seeking the services has to qualify.  Those who do not agree with the laws can choose to do nothing and let nature take its course.  I don’t see why people who disagree should make someone die in pain and without dignity.

The Trauma for Family, Friends and Health Care Workers

Often there are others for whom the death of someone is extremely traumatic, especially if there is not a peaceful comfortable end of life.  It is not easy, especially for a new health worker to deal with death, and family members do not want to or need to see their loved one die in agony.

The High Cost of End of Life Care

There is a high cost of caring for someone in the last days of their life.  In a hospital or at home, there are financial expenses.  While I am not saying one should end one’s life to save the health budget, I can see that it frees up funds to help someone who could live longer with the benefit of those funds.

Cemetery at Redcliffe

Cemetery

I will be pleased when similar laws are in all states of Australia. I will make death more dignified for those who need the services.

What do you think?

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Is a Tiny House Suitable for a Senior?

What is a Tiny House?

I am not convinced that tiny houses are suitable for seniors. What are they? There are several definitions of a tiny house – they are generally small transportable/temporary houses, that are sometimes seen as the solution for the housing shortage.  People send me information about these but I don’t believe they are suitable for seniors.  Definitely not suitable for long term forever homes for those of us who are older.   Though I acknowledge that they will work for some people.  Certainly as a temporary home for someone who is fit and healthy.  An article on the ABC suggests that older women are interested in tiny houses – but I suggest that it is the cost that has appeal.  This older woman is not interested.  I have researched.

Have I been in a Tiny House?

Yes, I have.  I have researched several of these models, which have ranged from neat demountables, with most “mod cons”, to other small neat operations but with a bed in the “loft”, which is only suitable for someone who is healthy and agile.   I have stayed in some cabins too, which are similar to “tiny houses” and at one stage negotiated with a local council about turning a shipping container into a tiny house.

What are the challenges?

There are many!  Some local councils will not approve them – certainly not for the long term.  Also providing electricity, water and sewerage can be an issue.  While electricity can be provided by solar and being able to fill water tanks within a tiny house from a hose is possible, the issue of human waste is often a big one.  Sure, you can install a “porta-pottie” or similar but it still needs to be regularly emptied into the sewerage.  There are some “natural” options that may work.

Local government rules come into play, and if the container of waste needs to be transported to another location, there are some other challenges to be overcome. What if it is heavy?  Is it easy to transport?  How often does it need to be emptied?  Who will do it?

Fit and Healthy Residents

If the resident is fit and healthy,  and can manage the stairs, and has no physical impediment, I can see it could be an ideal accommodation for someone.  But what if the resident was injured and not able to walk and climb stairs?  What if he or she needed a walker or wheelchair – and needed to negotiate the steps into the tiny house? Would there be room in the tiny house to manoeuvre the wheelchair inside?  If it was a couple in the tiny house – and I know it does work even for parents and a child or two, but while everyone is fit and healthy it could be manageable, but not so if one is sick or injured.

Put a Tiny House in a Backyard?

Many years ago I visited a family who had a tiny house in the back yard for the elderly mother.  It was little more than a bedroom, with ramps from the tiny house to the laundry and bathroom, as well as to the main house.  The lady was very grateful to her daughter for arranging such facilities, but it was not working out.  She didn’t like having to go out of her room to the facilities, rain, hail or shine, and above all it was lonely.  She felt imprisoned to some degree as her health was deteriorating too.  I saw her several times, and it wasn’t long after that she passed away.

Loneliness

The lady was very grateful to have a roof over her head, but she was lonely. Her daughter worked and she was home alone most days.  It would be the same for me if I transported a tiny house into my family member’s back yard.  And I have lived in an old bus on a family property and seldom saw the busy folk.

Loneliness is now considered a major issue in Australia, with one in five people saying they never have anyone to talk to.  Unlike the old days where there were big families and people tended to live more in communities, so many people, especially older folk are alone.

Tiny House - Photo by Banter Snaps

Tiny House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know – for it is an issue for me.  I live alone in an apartment block with hundreds of residents, but many work and I can go days without seeing anyone, or talking with them.

I’d love to live in a small community where we had similar interests and could meet regularly for coffee/tea etc.

Would I live in a tiny house?

Maybe in my earlier years, I would have enjoyed it.  Not now.  As I age I have some minor mobility issues and don’t want a “temporary” home any more.  As well, I have hobbies that require space – even my computer, desk, printers etc need space.  I have lived in a Toyota Coaster and found it very difficult to manage.  I had issues climbing steps to get in.

No, it is not for me. 

Senior folk need a forever home.  As our bodies start to challenge us, we need to have comfort in knowing that the home we live in will suit our needs.  They need to have friends or family nearby for company and support.

Tiny houses are great for younger fit people, and temporary housing.

If you are still keen on considering a tiny house, do your research, check local government rules for where you want to live. Check the cost of moving the tiny house.  Test one if you can.

What do you think?

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Poverty – A World Problem

Poverty – A World Problem

The statistics on poverty around the world are horrific to read.  While I accept that it is a World Problem, it is also a major problem in Australia.  It is the latter that I wish to address in this post.

We call this the “Lucky Country” and in many ways it is, but for a wide range of reasons. But our luck is drying up somewhat, and many of our citizens are facing poverty right now in 2019!  And it seems like governments are ignoring the situation.  Perhaps they do not know how to deal with it, so choose to ignore it.

Why?

Many factors are responsible – and I don’t know them all. Unemployment is certainly one of them, adequate and affordable housing is another.  I have no doubt that if the housing situation were fixed, poverty would be reduced. If people cannot afford a home, several things occur. Health deteriorates, they can’t find work, they are at risk of violence.

There are some folk who choose or have no alternative to living rough.  The picture many people have of homeless people is that they are perhaps on drugs, alcohol and at nights sleep in doorways, behind buildings, or wherever they can get a space to drop their meagre belongings and try and sleep.  Many live in vehicles, tents, old sheds and more.

Risks of Homelessness

It was with great sadness that I read today of a homeless man being bashed on the Gold Coast.  It is not a rare occurrence though, and many have their belongings stolen, and these people live in desperation as they feel they have no future.

The health budget is increased as not having the comfort of one’s own home and bed, increases the chance of getting ill, and needing public housing.  Some stats prove that there are significant savings to government health budgets if homelessness is reduced.  It will help reduce poverty in the world and Australia.

What are governments doing?

In Australia, it seems that they are doing little.  While there are large amounts of funding available for housing, and in Australia the Federal Government supplies these funds to states to provide affordable/ public housing, I suspect that too much is spent on the many organisations in the field and the expenses of running them.

I find it hard to comprehend why in Queensland there is a long waiting list for public housing.  That is what some people have been told.  The current statistics are hard to find. 

There are supposedly up to date statistics, but I doubt that they are correct.  For example, I know of many women who are couch surfing, house sitting, living in vehicles (as I have done) and these are not usually listed on the statistics.

aerial photography of rural

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Just Build More Accommodation

Finland in Europe is recognised as the only country in the world that has obliterated homelessness, and how did they do it. There are many articles, but these two are worth reading. 

Article One

Article Two

All this costs money,” admits Kaakinen. “But there is ample evidence from many countries that shows it is always more cost-effective to aim to end homelessness instead of simply trying to manage it. Investment in ending homelessness always pays back, to say nothing of the human and ethical reasons.”

Is poverty in Australia causing more crime?

I often wonder if there would be less crime if people were happily housed, with less need to commit crime to solve their poverty.  People would have less stress and not be as angry or likely to snap and use violence to cope.  

What can be done in Australia?

  1. Give tax incentives for people to invest in public housing, rather than investing in upmarket residences.
  2. Create an education program where young people, especially those without employment or qualifications, where they are taught building skills while they build housing.
  3. Look at co-housing for different groups, so that there is less need for public servants to be involved in day-to-day management of housing projects.
  4. Consider building accommodation in welcoming regional areas, which will add to the economy of the area with more people to spend money.
  5. Be creative to solve the problem – there are probably many more ideas that can be used to solve the problem.

I will continue to work with SoSeW to find co-housing for Solo Senior Women, a group that is at high risk of homelessness.  Another story.

 

 

 

 

 

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Remember Tank Man

Thirty Years ago in China

Do you remember Tank Man? Thirty Years ago in China, in Tiananmen Square, there was a student protest.  One student referred to as Tank Man was a hero of the event. Students were trying to get the Chinese government to create a democracy in China.  Chairman Mao Dezong had ruled the country from 1949 until 1976 when he died.  China is a Communist Country, and we often do not hear much about what is happening there.  Indeed, we in the “outside world” only learn from government news items what is happening.   Thirty years ago, things turned bad for the thousands of students who were protesting in the square. The military were brought in to disperse the students and take back control of the city.

Many of us remember the vision of the student standing in front of one of the army tanks. Bravely he was trying to stop it going forward.  More photos and videos have been in the media in the last few days.  I remember that vision from thirty years ago.

Tiananmen Square

I visited Beijing a few years ago. My friend and I were surprised to discover our hotel was a short distance from the Forbidden Palace. It was not far from the Square.  One morning, we walked from the hotel to the famous place.

It is a huge square, one of the ten largest public squares in the world.  Buildings such as The Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China are there. And of course the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

It is a rather overwhelming place, with thousands of people, locals and tourists exploring and taking photos.  There were groups of students who were standing in front of the Monument to the People’s Heroes.  It is something that many school students do as part of their support for their country.  I found it hard to get the image of Tank Man out of my memory.

 A great photo of Mao Zedong is on the wall of one of the buildings and there are many military personnel around.  I felt quite emotional there, as I found it difficult to not recall the violence of the protest and subsequent massacre.

We do know that only a small number of people know much about the so-called massacre, and it is forbidden to talk about it in China.

Student Protest 2008

I had not long been at the university in Shaoxing in 2008 when I met a male student through one of his teachers. He wore a t-shirt with the image of “the tank man” on the front.  He spoke of his mission to educated the students at the University of the truth of the protest in 1989, and make them remember tank man.  I was very concerned for his safety as I knew that there might be costs for doing what he was doing.  Perhaps he may have to go to re-education.  I didn’t know.  I felt unsafe talking with him, as I had signed a document forbidding me to talk about religion, security, and other things as part of my contract. He felt he was safe as his father was a senior official in the Communist Party.  I did not feel so confident!

Public Protest 2014

I was in the city of Shaoxing on the morning of June 4th, walking along Jiefang Lu (the main street through the city).  Suddenly a silence came over the area. Then I saw a single line of older people, some pushing their bicycles, walking silently along the side of the road, carrying flags.  I was unable to read what was on the flags.  To me, it looked like a protest about Tiananmen Square.

Student in Australia

In 2009 two students from the University came to Australia, and I was looking after them during the day. At night they were billetted by  Aussie ESL teachers.  One morning, as I drove the girls to visit another ESL teacher, one of the girls, asked me if I knew about the Tiananmen Square Massacre.  I was shocked that it had come up in conversation.  Apparently her hostess believed that all Chinese should know the story.  She made her watch a YouTube video about it.  She phoned her father to ask him if he knew about it. He just said, “We don’t talk about it.”  I was angry with the hostess, but was able to discuss it a little.  In all the time I have known this student, it has never been mentioned again.

Mao Zedong at The Square

In Beijing

I will always remember Tank Man.  Do you remember?

Great program from ABC Four Corners – watch here. 

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The Bamboo Story

Bamboo Fan

My business card says that I am a writer, traveller and bamboo fan.  When folk read this they often ask what “bamboo fan” means.  They ask about my story with this amazing grass.  I start with the tale about living in China, amidst so much of it and loving it.  I enjoy standing around tall bamboo and listening to the noises that they make with the leaves rubbing against each other. Sometimes the canes clang if the wind is strong. When I learned how versatile bamboo is, how fast it grew, and other facts I found it crept more and more into my life.

House of Bamboo

I do have many items in my homemade of this amazing product.  Bamboo earrings,  sheets, bowls, towels, trays, clothing, and more.  These days as I am trying to downsize, I have to walk away from the new items that appear in the retail outlets. I have had it growing in my garden and plan to grow some more.

When I travel I often research to see if there are any bamboo places to visit.  I have visited bamboo farms in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.  In China, I like to visit places where it is grown and the places that have a special place in their Botanical Gardens to see this amazing plant.

 In 2012, I went to Bali to explore the market there and the houses at The Green Village where houses are made totally out of bamboo.

Landline 

Something else I enjoy is watching the ABC program, Landline.  I usually watch it not long after midday on a Sunday. Last week I missed it.  I was in the city at a writing event, but I know it is always on the program’s website, so one can watch it later.

Today I tuned in to see what I had missed. Much to my surprise, there was a major story on bamboo, which included stories about Durnford Dart, from near Kenilworth in Queensland, who is a keen bamboo grower.  His daughter is doing very well with bamboo shoots and is selling them to caterers too.

There’s a lot of interesting information.  Do watch it – click here. 

Update – June 20th, ’19

Tomorrow I will be visiting Belli Park Bamboo Australia, which is on the way to Kenilworth, Queensland.  I have some books for Durn Darnford – returning some of his I have had for a while.

Will probably take a few photos and have a walk around his amazing property.

What do you have in your home that is made of bamboo?

 

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The Return of the Handkerchief

Will the handkerchief return?

I wonder if the handkerchief will return? I am of the vintage, that remembers the days before tissues for blowing one’s nose, or wiping away tears.  In those days everyone carried handkerchiefs.  What is a handkerchief you might ask?  Dictionary.com says a handkerchief is

“a piece of linen, silk, or other fabric, usually square, and used especially for wiping one’s nose, eyes, face, etc., or for decorative purposes.”

In my younger days, there were no Kleenex or other tissues.  We used “hankies”.  Before one left home, Mum would check that we had what we might need, and that included hankies.  Girls usually had small square ones, usually cotton, and sometimes with some decoration.

Men would have larger white ones, often with blue or brown patterns on them, neatly folded and kept in a pocket.

Are they going to come back into use again?  According to some media, they are.  It is so that we have less waste.  I personally am not sure what is best – the disposal of used tissues (which are made from timber or bamboo and recyclable), or the use of reusable handkerchiefs that require washing.  To be fair they don’t take up much space in the washing machine!  What is best for the environment?

Fashion Statement

Handkerchief as a Fashion Item by Dane Deaner from Unsplash.com

Crochet and Hankies

I learned how to crochet in my late teens and even went to classes a few years later.  I loved doing the edges of hankies and used to give them as gifts.  Usually, it was white cotton that I used to create a simple pattern around the edge of the square. Sometimes I used a pale blue thread.

There are still some that I have kept and my favourite, a hankie with a blue crocheted edge fell apart last year, much to my sorrow.  As a result of the discussion on hankies, I think I will source some, and some purple thread and do some edging.  Maybe my friends and family will get one for Christmas this year. Then I can boast that I have helped the handkerchief return!

What do you think?

 

 

 

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