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.

US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%

US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 1.14%. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 0.98% and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up by 0.71 per cent

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US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%
Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. Source: Reuters
US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 345.25 points or1.14 per cent. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 35.88 points or 0.98 per cent and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up 75.75 points or 0.71 per cent. A Reuters report said that today’s strength was on the back of a report which said the Federal Reserve will likely debate on signaling plans for a smaller interest rate hike in December, reversing declines set off by social media firms after Snap Inc’s ad warning.

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Nasdaq Top Gainers and Losers

Source: Nasdaq

Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. The BSE Sensex ended at 59,307.15, up by 104.25 points or 0.18 per cent from the Thursday closing level. Meanwhile, the Nifty50 index closed at 17,590.00, higher by 26.05 points or 0.15 per cent. In the 30-share Sensex, 13 stocks gained while the remaining 17 ended on the losing side. In the 50-stock Nifty50, 21 stocks advanced while 29 declined.

Golf Clothing – How to Look Your Best on the Course

Gone are the days of goofy golf pants and socks. No more knickers with plaid socks. With more and more younger players on the course, in this day and age, what matters most is having great style on the golf course.New designers are racing to attract the young golfers to their brands with argyle sweaters, pastel polos, stylish plaid pants, and updated hats. While most young golfers seem to not pay attention and go out on the course with jeans and t-shirts, following these simple rules will keep you looking your best on the course.Here are a few of the designers at the forefront of the new designs:J. Lindeberg – From mild to wild, J. Lindeberg has a great selection
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Sligo – An extremely popular manufacturer that has a huge selection of great designs.
Quagmire – Carries a good selection of unique designs
Hollas – A Canadian manufacturer, Hollas has a nice mix of mild shirts.
Puma – Puma is coming out with a lot of new, trendy shirts. They have a good selection of the mild to wild.
Ian Poulter – You really have to be comfortable with yourself here. Ian Poulter clothing is known for pastel colors and variation of pink.
Lacoste – One of your less risky choices. They have a good mix of striped and plain shirts
Pahr Fairway Essentials – Definitely for the fashion conscious. Has a good mix of plain and stylish shirts
Original Penguin – Funky colors and style
Dunning Sportswear – focuses on more of a clean aestheticsStep 1: Choose a shirt that fits your styleThere are thousands of different shirts out there, but which one fits you? Polo? Striped, solid, argyle, funky? Sweater? Long/short sleeved shirt? With so many choices, do your research to figure out which style best fits you.Step 2: Choose Pants or ShortsDon’t be afraid to choose plaid pants or shorts. While the old school pants are definitely gone, plaid pants and shorts are very much still in style.Step 3: SocksYes, socks. Don’t even think of wearing plain white socks with your new shirt or pants. It’s a simple addition that really counts when you’re on the course.Step 4: Hat or no hatThis one is very much up to you, and not a requirement. It might be a good choice to keep the sun out of your eyes on a very sunny day.Step 5: The buckleWhat? A special belt buckle for golfing? This isn’t your grandpa’s game anymore. Belt buckles are coming back with a vengeance, and can make or break your new wardrobe.