See you when our eyes open after a very long night! :)
Hat Tip: Sharon L.
"In the 1800s, starting around the time of the Civil War, thrifty homemakers would use scraps of wool or felted wool from old clothing, blankets and hats to create designs for mats or rugs. Using coins as templates, they created circles and each piece was then stitched in blanket stitch fashion. (Thus, the name "penny" rug). Sometimes, the mats or rugs were backed with old burlap bags or feed sacks. Sometimes a penny was stitched inside the mat to make it lie flat.There is a Canadian connection here. Colleen MacKinnon, of Surrey, British Columbia, over at Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles is the resident guru of this folk art needlework. Colleen's blog has many useful tutorials and links to her Etsy shop where you can purchase kits.
Penny rugs are not actual rugs for the floor, but decorative coverings for beds, tables and dressers and mantles. Sometimes they are used as wall hangings or pillows. Most designs include circles and some include images from everyday life such as cats, flowers, birds and shapes such as stars and hearts.
Penny rugs are made by selecting good quality 100% wool. It must not be too thick. It may be hand-dyed or overdyed to give the piece dimension. Circles are cut from the wool in varying sizes and then stitched together concentrically using complementary colors. The circles are stitched to a wool backing in a pleasing design. When finished the entire piece should have a backing to cover the stitches and to protect it. The backing may be wool, linen or burlap."
"Rabbits cannot sing. They can do a good many clever and thoughtful things, even some rather prolific things (which I shall not touch upon at present), but they cannot sing. Armed with this intimate tid bit of self awareness, Mr. Rabbit took up symphonic conducting."
"Tipped In – An illustration that is lightly attached to the book by a narrow strip of gum or glue. This happens after the book has been bound, so the illustration is not sewn in with the rest of the pages. Usually, a stand-alone illustration is expertly “tipped in” along the inner edge, between two pages of the book."
"Charles illustrated two books for the Folio Society in London, England: Andrew Lang's Blue Fairy Book in 2002 and Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows in 2005 which was the winner of the Grand Prix in the Printing World Awards 2006 for the finest achievement in British Printing.
Charles' own books are designed, written, and illustrated by himself, and he oversees every step of their publication. In 2012, the University of Alberta in Edmonton is publishing book about Charles' work."
I did extremely well! The weather was perfect, I had a great run, and got a time of 45:12, which is a few minutes faster than my personal best. I placed 204th in my age category, and 1300th overall out of 50,000! Not too shabby for one of the biggest 10Ks in the world and only having trained for 2 months. Makes me wonder what I could achieve if I trained year round. I only got one crappy picture from my iphone at the start.
You have to see some of the pictures to understand how many people 50,000 represents.
It was a little hairy at the start with soo many people, but Jesse and I were able to weave through the crowds and find some open road after the first 2K. Jesse also crushed his personal best by 7 minutes to get a time of 51:00. It was very rewarding to see all our hard work over the last few months pay off. But I must say, I'm looking forward to not having to run 5 days a week anymore.
"Last weekend we met up with my friend Kate and her daughter Lucy to watch the Tour of Flanders bike race. Our big take-away from the event: Zoë is wild. Almost all the video of her is running away! Luckily the weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time. Michael was so happy to be able to see this race - he's been wanting to experience it for 3 years now!"
"The Tour of Flanders (Dutch: Ronde van Vlaanderen, French: Tour des Flandres) is a Flanders Classics road cycling race held in Belgium every spring, a week before the Paris–Roubaix road race. It is part of the UCI World Tour and one of the so-called monuments of the European professional calendar. It is the most important cycling race in Flanders. Its nickname is Vlaanderens mooiste (Dutch for "Flanders' finest")."