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.

Top Digital Camera Devices For Children

Are you are parent looking to encourage your child and to help them learn about the art of photography? Perhaps you want to pass on your love of photography or your child has illustrated an interest in the art. Whatever the case might be, you will need to get your child one of the best digital devices so that he or she can have an easier time of learning how to master the art of taking great photos. So, what are some of the best cameras for a child that are easy to use?Getting a great digital camera for your child will take a bit of shopping around. You will also need to take several factors into consideration. Think about the age of your child and also consider whether or not your child has ever used a digital camera in the past. You will also need to reflect on the level of seriousness your child will dedicate to taking photos; is this a passing phase or will the child remain dedicated to the hobby? The answers to the latter questions will help you define how much you should be willing to spend on a digital camera. You might want to start out with an inexpensive digital camera at first, and when the child illustrates that he or she has a lasting interest in photography, you can then invest in a more expensive option.You are going to want a digital camera that is durable and there are some really rugged cameras that are on offer today. You might consider a camera like the one made specifically for children by Fisher Price. This camera is ideal for preschoolers and children as old as seven years old. This camera is shock proof and even if the child accidentally drops the camera it will continue to operate. The camera is equipped with some really nice features too like an LCD screen, eight megabytes of storage for memory and it is a 1.3 megapixel camera. The child can easily make use of the autoflash feature and the camera is equipped with a wide wristband for easy toting.Another popular digital camera for kids is the Vtech Kidizoom. This device will easily connect to a computer tower or television set for picture viewing. This camera is equipped with some cool games, movie watching features, image editing functions, and more. The camera will offer your child an LCD viewing screen, a double viewer, and you will find this camera is a bit less expensive than Fischer Price offerings.You can also opt for the Uncle Milton Digital camera; this is an ideal camera for capturing outdoor photos. The camera is shock proof, weather resistant, and it has a motion sensor built into the device as well as a time lapse mode. This camera costs under $100.00 and it has 32 megabytes of memory. You can expand the memory of the camera with a card that works via the SD slot, and the camera comes with a nicely sized LCD viewing screen too.The bottom line when it comes to finding cameras for your kids; get a device that is functional and affordable. Seek out cameras that are durable, weather resistant, and shock resistant and that are easy for a child to use. You will be able to cultivate a love for photography in your child when the camera that they use is user friendly.

Treadmill Desks Assist Small Businesses in Lowering Cost of Health Care

Walking has been shown clinically to prevent the onset of our nations leading diseases including Type 2 diabetes and some of the most virulent strains of cancer. Consistent daily walking has been shown as an effective means of warding off disease, maintaining health and significantly decreasing the need for medical treatment, yet most Americans walk much less than the minimum recommended guidelines of 10,000 steps a day set by the Surgeon General due to the sedentary nature of our employment. As a result we have an overweight population with all of the health concerns that accompany issues of obesity.The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) reports that total spending on health care was $2.3 trillion last year, equivalent to $7600 per person. Health insurance premiums for a family of four sky rocketed to $12,100 during this same period and single coverage premiums averaged more than $4,400 annually.One tactic to save on health care is to buy high deductible “catastrophic” health insurance which is significantly less expensive (as much as 50%-75% less) however this strategy must be combined with a commitment towards exercise and a healthy lifestyle.The good news is that exercise does not have to be overly strenuous. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that walking three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes reduces the risk of mortality from disease by 57%.Unfortunately 2/3 of the American population is now categorized as overweight according to the CDC and less than 10% of the population is exercising on a regular basis. While Congress must focus on ridding our health care system of excessive administrative costs, fraud and mismanagement there must also be a call for personal action. Prevention through a healthier lifestyle and exercise should play an integral role in our growing health care crisis but few politicians wish to risk the backlash of telling Americans they need to get out of their chairs and start moving.Desperate for answers, some state governments are considering instituting a “carrot and stick approach” to medical insurance programs. Alabama recently enacted a $300.00 annual increase for health care premiums to state employees that do not meet minimum health requirements and are unwilling to join their state wellness plan. Other nations are instituting more stringent guidelines as well. Japan has implemented a national program fining corporations if their employees do not meet specific weight and waistline guidelines.Rising health care costs and insurance premiums are taking the availability of health care out of the hands of millions and placing a tremendous burden on our economy according to the NCHC, accounting for approximately 16% of our current GDP and expected to rise to 20% of GDP in eight years.Now that health care costs are rising at 2-3 times the rate of inflation an emphasis on prevention seems more critical now more than ever before. Treadmill desks offer a solution which empowers employees to take control of their personal health and reduce their costs of medical care at the same time.