Mrs Johnson’s Emporium – Progress Report

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Mrs J's

Well organised

About that “easy ” scarf ….

After Week 1, I practised, and practised.  Sat up in bed til 0200hrs, working rows, taking out rows, ending up with less than I started.  Now feeling stressed and inadequate.

Week 2 at Mrs J’s
“Hmm.  You’ve gone a bit wonky there.”   Without ado, Patricia unravels my painstaking efforts – all 2 inches of it – back to the foundation chain.   Got that bit right!  More practising required.

The knit and knatterers
can knit and natter at the same time.
I can’t do either!

Mrs Johonson's

Knitting = 2 needles

Week 3 at Mrs J’s
“Hmm.  Not sure what’s going on here,” says Patricia.  Oh no!  I watch more unravelling.  Patricia takes home my disastrous attempts for further attention.

Week 4 at Mrs J’s
Patricia presents me with the beginnings of a beautiful scarf.  I love Patricia!

Week 5
Looking forward to meeting up this week to show off my progress.  Or will it all be unravelled?

Mrs J's

A haven of wool and works of art

 

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Mrs Johnson’s Emporium …

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… should be added
to Blackpool’s list
of tourist attractions

 

Mrs Johnson's Emporium

Everlasting hanging basket

Situated on Bond Street in South Shore, it’s impossible to walk past Mrs Johnson’s Emporium without stopping to admire an eye catching shop frontage, stunning window displays, everlasting hanging baskets, and adorned lampposts.  Once you’ve stopped to look, there’s no option but to enter this magical cavern full of projects, works of art, haberdashery, and a lot of yarn.

Mrs Johnsons Emporium

A (crocheted) moose about the house

Mrs's Johnson's Emporium

Inside Mrs J’s world of wool

I’m not a knitter, crocheter, sewer of any description. So much so there’s a long-standing little pile of buttons crying out to be reunited with their button hole.  If a safety pin does the trick, that’s fine by me.

For some 12 months I’ve dipped in and out of a learn to crochet book.  There’s a neat scarf, classed as “easy”.  I haven’t made any progress with that.  I ask Mrs Johnson what to do.

Mrs J invites me to pop along to the Knit & Knatter Group where I’ll be sure to meet someone who’ll set me off on the right road.

Mrs Johnson's Emporium

A knit & knatter’s work of art

Mrs Johnson's Emporium

Creations galore

A happy group gathers every Tuesday, spinning yarns as they knit and crochet.  I watch in awe at the speed of knitting needles and crochet hooks.  Beautiful creations unfold before me.  Everyone is keen to help a novice.  I meet my mentor, Patricia, to be sure, who sets me off on my crocheting journey.

It’ll be a bumpy ride.

Mrs Johnson's Emporium

Wall to wall wool

After two hours I leave Mrs J’s with homework!  Patricia has set me a practice piece to work on in preparation for starting my “easy” scarf next week.

I skip down the road to catch a bus, completely hooked on crochet.

Will I have a long scarf shortly?

Mrs Johnson's Emporium

Mrs J’s displays

 

Nothing to see?

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A Lytham day in October

Sky
Sea
Space

Nothing to see

Across the Ribble estuary

 

A Blackpool day
in October

Dots of activity on the beach

A Blackpool Day

Peeping from under South Pier

Another Blackpool Day
last day of September

Same vantage point

High Tide

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Different day – same vantage point – high tide

Soup Season

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Last of the summer crop of tomatoes

Soup season

Last of the crop

Drizzle tomatoes and
garlic cloves (still in their skins)
with olive oil

Roast in the oven

Melt a blob of butter on the hob
and soften celery and onions

Remove tomatoes from oven and
squeeze garlics out of their skins

Combine with celery and onions

Cook gently on top of stove

Whizz in blender

Pass through sieve
to produce a thick
tomatoey/garlicky/celery/oniony concentrate

Add stock

Season

Tomato and Celery Soup

Wonderful!

Soup season

Destined to be chutney

Spider Season

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“Will you walk into my parlour?”
said a spider to a fly:
“’Tis the prettiest little parlour
that ever you did spy.”

The Spider and the Fly 1834 – Mary Howitt – 1799-1888

A sunny September day, perfect for pottering in the garden: deadheading flowers, tidying borders, picking the last crop of ripened tomatoes – and being ambushed every step of the way by spiders.  Beautiful arachnids in all shapes, sizes and colours.

A wispy web, with owner occupier in the middle of its pretty little parlour, waiting for lunch.

Spider Season

Waiting

An abseiling spider repaired its damaged web; a high flying bungee jumper, bouncing between web-zones, hung around hoping for an airborne catch.

Spider Season

Abseiling

Spider Season

High Flyer

Bees buzzed, frantically collecting pollen from the last few remaining flowers.

Spider Season

Bzzzzzzz

The construction of a hedgehog den became an all encompassing project.

Spider Season

Hedgehog Den

I’ll be watching and hoping a prickly friend will take up residence and hibernate in safety.

All aboard the Pleasure Beach Express

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Choo!  Choo!
All aboard the Pleasure Beach Express
on one of Blackpool’s Heritage Open Days

A wild mouse couldn’t keep me away!

Taking me back in time
the PBE weaved its way through the park,
passing under age-old constructions
competing with modern-day counterparts

Pleasure Beach

Old versus new

Some original rides survive

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Carousel

The Big One is for the brave at heart

I can only watch in amazement

 

Pleasure Beach

They’re off!

Pleasure Beach
They’re back!

Side-stalls lure passers by to
“Win a cuddly toy”

Blackppool Pleasure Beach

Win a cuddly toy

The Pleasure Beach
is a massive part of my life
growing up in Blackpool

I’ll love it forever

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Top banana

 

 

St Annes Kite Festival

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Night flying was a first
at this year’s St Annes Kite Festival

St Annes Kite Festival

Night flying at sun set

St Annes Kite Festival

Flying over St Annes Pier

The town was rammed on Saturday
Great news for the local economy

Only problem … …
the local economy couldn’t cope!

St Annes Kite Festival

No room at the Bin!

St Annes Kite Festival

No room at the Inn!