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Ironbridge WW2 Weekend 2017


Well it’s not long now until I get to sing at this exciting event! I am especially excited as this will be my first time at the Ironbridge WW2 Weekend! Singing on Saturday only, on the main stage at 12.45. I hope to see you all there!

Wartime in the Cotswolds 2017


I am overjoyed to announce that I will be singing at this fantastic 1940’s railway event this year!

Having not been to this particular event before, I am excited to see all the sites and sounds myself. Wartime in the Cotswolds starts at Cheltenham Racecourse station…and luckily for you, that is where I will be starting my singing sets!

9.30, 10.30 and 11.30 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

1.30 and 2.30 at Gotherington.

For more information on this event click here!


Photo from the GWSR website.

Crich Tramway WWII Weekend 2017


Although I’ve had a migraine since last Tuesday, we were hell bent on getting a nice family outing in this Easter weekend!

Luckily Crich is only around 90 minutes from us, so doable with a 21 month old. It was Betsy’s first time at the open air museum and she LOVED the ride on the tram!

I think most people were shocked at the fact we actually had a ‘real live person’ inside our vintage pram as we trundled across the cobbled streets. It was lovely to see familiar faces from past events, but the weather was a little chilly and we found it hard to stand still for too long (even in my coat!).

So here are a few photos from this year. I should’ve taken more, but was had to keep my eye on Queen B at the same time!

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Jayne Darling, 1940’s singer

Myself with Jo Francis. Was lovely to catch up with this truly lovely lady!

‘The stand off’…

History on Wheels Museum


I had been to this fantastic little gem with the MVT many years back! We were lucky enough to be shown around by Tony Oliver himself, who collected the amazing range of First World War and WWII pieces in the cabinets as well as all the vehicles. When you arrive at the site, you may be mistaken for thinking that you have arrived in the middle of a giant police raid, but all the cars inside and out are available for (or have been used) in a variety of television shows and movies. As well as police cars there are military vehicles, bicycles and motorbikes from many different eras. The main exhibit focuses on 1900’s to 50’s, with a great collection of WWII vehicles (including Lt.Gruber’s ‘Little Tank’ from Allo Allo and another vehicle used in Indiana Jones!). General MacArthur’s Cadillac is gorgeous and there is also a very pleasant USO Shows exhibit too!



If you aren’t fussed about cars and bikes, there are so many other things to admire. From the resident pussy cat to vintage prams, wartime sweetheart jewellery to the lovely little cafe selling homemade apple pie, there is something for everyone.

 


My favourite was definitely the gallery of wall cabinets. Full of dusty old wonders from the world wars, you can see uniforms, souvenirs, toys, paraphernalia and medals from Allied and Axis forces. There is even a taxidermy dog that was once found by Mr. Nicholas and his ambulance crew, whom were part of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the first war. They named him Tiny and he stayed with them throughout their time in France. Mr. Nicholas was permitted to take his doggy pal home, but unfortunately Tiny was struck by a car years later. He now sits and stares at all the visitors as they enter the museum!

There is a rather quaint (but out of place) Princess Diana exhibit of souvenirs and memorabilia owned by another member of the family and also a little Anderson shelter, 30 seat cinema and living room set up too.

It’s a bit dusty, a little damp and yes, there is bird poo on a few posters and flags, but you can see the pure joy and commitment that Tony had whilst building his fascinating collection. It is wonderful that the family are still looking after it and opening the museum doors once a month to the public!

This doll was found in a bin in the 40’s. A man cleaned it up, made a dress out of parachute silk and gave it to his daughter.


Hitler Puppet

Hitler Puppet for Punch and Judy


WW2 Peddle Cars and Tank

WW2 Peddle Cars and Tank


First World War Chalkware Figurine

First World War Chalkware Figurine

The museum is generally open on the last Sunday of each month. Their website is currently not up to date, so it is best to call in advance: tel:07850 38136

You’ll find the museum on Common Rd, Eton Wick, SL4 6QY.

PLEASE NOTE:The museum doesn’t take card, only cash! We did manage to pay via PayPal, which was handy!

Pompadour Roll Hair Tutorial


I thought after my last post that I’d do a quick video to show you how to do the front roll. As you can see, it only took a few minutes and that was with Betsy charging about! I have also incorporated some super-quick victory rolls in the second half, but I have a video dedicated to these on YouTube.

Apologies for it being in 2 halves, someone tried to call me half way through and it stops the video.

Retro Hairstyle using Sponge Rings!


Hello!

I’m a huge fan of these sponge rings. From beehives to Bride of Frankenstein, pompadours to Princess Leia buns, they are so useful!

I have a small one that I have cut in half to use for front rolls, which look super with rockabilly, pachuca or 40’s styles. I’ve added a bun at the back this time as my friend was asking how to use one. 

So here is a quick photo tutorial. I hope it makes sense, please post questions if not!

For the bun…

Put your hair into a ponytail. It can be at the side, high up or at the base

Place the bun ring over it so your ponytail comes out of the centre. Fan the hair out to cover the sponge all the way around. I just use my fingers to figure out which bits aren’t covered. 

Next put another hair band over the top, so you have a bun with straggly ends all the way around.

Tidy these ends with hair pins around the base of the bun.


For the front roll…

This takes a bit of practise, but is really effective. I have by bangs cut shorter, but I can still roll these up with the rest of my hair. This is where the cut sponge ring comes in. 

Take the front section of hair (I usually do a triangle from the top of my head to the sides, but you can also do a side one of these which looks awesome) and start rolling it around the sponge. Try to spread the hair out as you go to cover the length of the sponge.

Once you have reached the top, curve it into a half oval and pin the hell out of it. I usually have to tidy up the 2 ends and sometimes find it impossibly on a bad hair day. This can be remidied with a scarf, flowers or victory rolls!


So there you have it, a vintage hair tutorial that can be used in so many different ways! 

Black Country Museum WW2 Weekend


I am soooooo sorry that this post (and others coming) is crazily delayed. To put it bluntly, I not only have my computer in a rather nippy brick shed, but little Betsy likes to come in here and throw my crafting things around. It takes me a good hour to edit photos before even attempting a post, and that is if Richard is here to look after her!

So I thought I would go through my camera card to see what delights we had in 2016 and this was one of them. I have been to the Black Country Museum several times, but never to one of their wartime events. The open air museum is a huge expanse and is also linked to the waterways. Some of you may recognise parts from Peaky Blinders, which used it as a set!

Workshop BCM

Workshop

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Mock fire in the main street. It did make me chuckle howt hey had to aim the water at the brick wall, but it was a nicely done reenactment

You can take a really great tour on the barges through the limestone tunnels that were important networks for the iron industry in the 19th and 20th century. It is an extra fee, but seriously worth it and a nice sit down after all the walking.

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Inside the limestone tunnels

Richard and Betsy

Richard and Betsy

Kitten and Betsy on the Barge

Kitten and Betsy on the Barge

Barge Trip on Dudley Canal

Barge Trip on Dudley Canal

It was lovely seeing the place themed to wartime and the amount of people dressed up in civilian and military! There was a little Land Army set up in a garden, plenty of fabulous vintage vehicles, the old fun fair (extra charges again), a mock house fire in the main street, Churchill making appearances and some vintage stalls. We found the best clothing was in the brick buildings as you enter the museum! The school house had a very interesting exhibit of original clothing and brooches that I was swooning over for a rather long time…

ww2 Women's clothing exhibit

Women’s clothing exhibit

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The Children’s Clothing Display

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Brooches and Pins Display

Live music was scheduled throughout the day, but unfortunately we were too busy walking around to see any of it. BE WARNED! There is an awful lot of walking, so if you have young children, prams, high heels, this can get rather tiring. The ground is uneven or stony in many areas. Things are very spaced out, so be prepared. Also, one thing to point out is that by the coal mine, there is a lot of coal gravel. Betsy enjoyed picking these up and her shoes (and Richard’s white trousers) got covered in coal dust. Not a major thing, but just a heads-up to parents.

We had a wonderful day and I think Betsy enjoyed the strange sights and sounds too. There is a little park area that she could toddle about in and she didn’t cry once in the darkness of the canal tours. There are plenty of places to eat and we chose the restaurant after the barge ride. It serves hot and cold food and we ate a little early to avoid the huge lunchtime crowds! So here are a few photos of our lovely day. Maybe you could go this year!

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Williams Motors motorcycle helmet

Williams Motors motorcycle helmet

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Land Army

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Wearing a 1930’s dress coat, 1940’s crepe dress, original hat and handbag.

Kitten and Soldier

This wonderful chap interviewed me at Severn Valley Railway 10 years ago!

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Having a natter

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Churchill needs longer trousers…

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