Thursday, March 18, 2010

Show and Tell

These are letters from my great-grandfather to my great-grandmother sent during World War One.

My maternal grandmother has always been interested in family history, and recently she's been working on her dad and his time in the Army. He was a qualified pharmacist and was in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). He was working in London when war broke out and went to France not long after. He was action around Ypres on the Western Front.

His letters are so amazing to hold and read - there is genuine love for his sweetheart, my great-grandmother. They got married after the war and my grandma was born in 1926. There are, in London, genuinely interesting things about the war, such as 'Germany is fighting a war she cannot win... It will bring her to her knees'.

I never knew either of my great grandparents on this side, so this look into their lives as young people is interesting anyway. Against the back drop of WWI it's even more so :)

I spent all day in bed yesterday throwing up. Today I ache in places I didn't know I had muscles...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Show and Tell

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Show and Tell is wasted on elementary schoolers. Join in here.

Today I'm showing my collection of nail polishes . I recently took them out of a makeup case and now have them living on top of my chest of drawers. I arranged them by colour. That way I can see exactly what I have and don't have. I went through every polish and gave away those that I didn't absolutely love.

On the left out of picture is a box with files and buffers in. On top of that is a bag with my nail art supplies in - striper polishes, konad plates and polishes and the little fruit decals I bought on eBay. Behind that is my removers and cotton wool pads, and my base coat and top coat. I figured that by leaving them in conspicuous view I wouldn't lose them - I actually have lost a base coat and some Seche Vite somewhere that I have no clue where. I had to buy more. My base coat is generic stuff from Superdrug, and I never used to use a top coat but I love Seche Vite. Oh, you can see it in the photo, near the remover.

I am not fancy about nail polish. I like cheap stuff and expensive stuff. One of my very favourites is a bright red creme from Maybelline (you can see it right in the back, fourth along). The silver right in the front right is one of OPI's minis (I forget its name right now) and that's a definite favourite too.

I'm currently wearing one that you won't find in the photo. My friend Jeni sent me the pastel cremes from Claire's that I was completely loving. I'm currently wearing the purple from that collection, which is pastel but with a slight shimmer. It's very spring-like and sexy!