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.

Why is Nutrition Important – 3 Reasons Why Good Nutrition is So Important?

If you want to improve your nutrition, there are three things you need to know, to live a longer and healthier life. They are a balanced diet, the nutritional value of your food and the exercise you do.I will explain each of them in this article, and show how you can use them to achieve your own nutritional goals.Why Is Nutrition Important in a Balanced Diet?
Obtaining a balanced diet is only worthwhile if you make sure that the food you eat has real nutritional value and you do sufficient exercise to complete the circle.A balanced diet requires eating a good variety of whole foods – fruit, vegetables, grains and protein sources such as beef, chicken and fish.Our bodies are about 70% water and need a regular supply of water to maintain the optimum level. We can live without food for some time, but not water.Why Is Nutritional Value Important?
Increasing the nutritional value of your food requires avoiding highly processed foods and reading of food labels to ensure that the food contains what we expect and does not contain hidden sugars, saturated fats and sodium.
Much of the food available to us is so processed that it retains very little of the original nutrients. We need to search for food that retains its nutritional value to us and eat a much higher percentage of this type of food.
In general, we should avoid drinks with additives, such as sugar and flavouring or keep them to a minimum. Soft drinks will provide the liquid we need, but have limited nutritional value, so are best avoided.Why Is Nutrition Important for Exercise?
Exercise should be considered as a very important part of a nutrition triangle which include the food we eat and the water we drink. Sufficient exercise is vital to our well being.Exercise consumes calories that we need to replenish, or use to remove fat stored in the body. High levels of exercise require an equivalent level of nutrition to maintain a healthy balance.The quantity of water we require will increase with the level of exercise, and our calorie consumption also increases with our exercise level.We gain energy from the food we eat, so it is important to eat sufficient food with good nutritional value. A balanced diet results when we eat a very good variety of food.If we wish to lose weight, we can use exercise to burn up excess calories and monitor our nutritional intake to maintain or improve our health.We need to balance the level of our exercise with our nutritional and water intakes.

Can You Wear Casual Clothes Clubbing?

My answer is…why not? Now, let’s take define casual clothes for a moment here. Casual is defined as relaxed, comfortable, sporty, laid-back and informal. Now, if that’s the case, I don’t see a problem with wearing casual clothes clubbing. Obviously, we want to look good when we go clubbing because of the fact that we either want to attract the opposite sex, look classy or perhaps keep our image intact.But I have seen lots of women and celebrities who look fanta-bulous in casual clothes in clubs too. In fact, what you can do is flip through some magazines and you’ll soon see that even celebrities wear casual clothes clubbing. The point is that we’re comfortable in the casual clothes that we wear and don’t compromise the way we look.First off, the casual clothes that you choose to wear to go clubbing should have nice colors. If you feel like it, wear something with attractive prints. Perhaps, with a popular saying or an expressive t-shirt or something. Casual clothes that give you a personality boost. Casual clothes that gives you character – no, let me say that again, casual clothes that enhance your personal character.As long as you don’t choose casual clothes that are either too baggy and the casual clothes should make you look neat and presentable. When you’re wearing casual clothes clubbing, slippers, sandals and sports shoes are totally out of the question, regardless of the attire. The belts and accessories that you have on with your casual clothes will definitely make a big difference to your clubbing experience. Try a nice little casual tank top with cropped khaki pants with large hoop earrings for a change.You’re not expected to be able to afford the kind of clubbing clothes that a CEO or royalty can afford but it’s essential that you invest in good quality casual clothes for clubbing. The bottom line is your clubbing casual clothes should never be your gym clothes or jeans. Well, ok, sometimes you can pull it off with nicely pressed casual clothes with jeans.