Friday, 2 September 2016

Five on Friday

Hello

Welcome back to the blog for Five on Friday, I hope you've had a great summer.

I've noticed a few things on the internet that you might find interesting.

One - 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London

This weekend there are a number of events taking place in London, marking the anniversary of the Great Fire of London that took place in 1666, culminating in the burning of a large wooden structure of the 1666 London skyline floating down the Thames.  Have a look at the link for other things to see, including a long row of concrete dominoes being toppled over through the streets.



Two - Giant Knitting


This artwork was made by 10 and 11 year old pupils of the Yallinup Steiner School in South West Australia and won the Happs Winery Emerging Artist award at the Dunsborough Sculpture by the Bay Arts Festival.  It was dyed and woven from 240m of muslin. If you are interested in reading about the education received at Steiner schools in the UK, here's a link.

Three - Heritage Open Days

Throughout England, all sorts of places will be open to the public to explore during 8th-11th September. Here's a link where you can put in your postcode to see what's open near you. There are 5,000 free events to choose from.



Four - Preemies UK - Charity Knitting/Crochet Patterns



If you have some time on your hands and you like making things out of wool, why not visit the Preemies UK Facebook page to find some patterns, create something and then post it off to them to be included in a box being sent to hospitals all over the country.  You'll need to scroll down past the section on boxes and draws.  All the details of where to send the items are given in their Facebook pages.

Five - Kew Gardens Great Broad Walk Borders

Only opened this summer, the new Broad Walk double herbaceous borders contain 30,000 plants which will be at their best between June and September. The borders stretch for 320 metres and were originally laid out in the 1840s but redesigned in 2015/16.



It looks rather spectacular. I must try and visit.

I hope you are all keeping well.  Thanks to Amy at Love Made My Home for the link-up, so nice to be back to the Five on Fridays again.

Cheerio

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  2. Had to delete previous comment as so many typos!!! Great 5 Karen. I'm interested in them all! Giant XXL knitting seems to be on trend at the moment. And Kew Gardens, I've been meaning to get there all summer, sigh...

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    1. Don't worry. It all seems to be happening this year, so many different anniversaries to think about. Have a great week.

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  3. What an interesting five Karen! Have to read more about the Great Fire of London. Enjoy your day.

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    1. It's a great topic but must have been a terrible experience.

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  4. Lovely five! I'm looking forward to the Heritage Open Days:)

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    1. You're bound to have some great places near you, you always find such interesting areas to visit. :-)

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  5. Wow! You have pointed me to five links I want to explore, Karen. Thank you. Were it not the middle of the night here I would check them all out now, but prudence says I need to get some sleep before I read more :) Wishing you a happy September!

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    1. Ha ha! Glad you found something to explore. Have a great day.

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  6. That knitting looks amazing - as does the broad walk at Kew. And I'm looking forward to Heritage open days. (They don't call me History Anorak for nothing!)

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    1. I expect they are just your cup of tea, hope you've got some good visits planned.

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  7. Having taught the fire of London for so many years that date is engraved on my memory! Love the giant knitting :) B x

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    1. I expect you are missing it this year, all that artwork you could be doing! x

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  8. Really enjoyed your five, lots of links that I need to follow. The giant knitting is amazing. xx

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  9. A marvellous garden and the giant knitting is much fun. A fire in earlier ages must been a great desaster, our old wooden town was burned too, not only one...
    Such an open day we have in Germany too always at the second sunday in september.
    Have a great interesting weekend

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    1. The fire completely changed how London looked so much of it was burned down. It must have been so frightening.

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  10. Wonderful five! Now I have to go follow all the links. Love the big knitting.... Have a lovely week!

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    1. You too, let's hope the weather is good.

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  11. Interesting five, Kew Garden's new walk looks interesting.

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  12. Fascinating five! I had seen other pictures of the giant knitting but it is even more impressive to find out children created it. Kew is definitely on my "to do" list.

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    1. On mine too, it looks so colourful doesn't it.

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  13. Hi Karen, you always share such amazing things with us! But, being a knitter, I loved the giant knitting needles. Have a wonderful weekend dear one, Pat xx

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  14. Always fun to see what's happening "across the pond".

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    1. Thanks for calling in, great to see you again.

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  15. Lots going on near and far. Thank you for sharing some events that are happening at the moment. I'm looking forward to getting back into action and the Heritage Days events will be something I'll consider since I've always looked forward to them and enjoyed the open days in recent years.

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    1. Glad to hear you're feeling like getting out and about again, hopefully you'll find something good to visit near you.

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  16. Definitely five great things!!! I saw a piece on Gardeners World yesterday about the new borders at Kew, they look incredible don't they! Thank you for joining in, have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Monty Don seemed quite impressed didn't he and it's only going to get better and better as the plants get established. Great to have the link up back again. x

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  17. A great five! I have been waiting to watch the fire for a while on Facebook, so tomorrow is the day. I love that they have also made the dome of St Paul's Cathedral red as though it is on fire too. Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. They come up with brilliant ideas sometimesand although all the hard work building the structure went up in smoke, a lot of youngsters learned a lot from making it.

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  18. Such an interesting five, Karen. The giant knitting is really something - such creative minds out there!

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    1. It's a great idea isn't it and must have been fun to make. :-)

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  19. Fascinating that anniversary of the Great Fire! And that knitting sculpture is absolutely amazing! Wonderful post.

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    1. Thanks Marie so glad you enjoyed it. :-)

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  20. What a fun and interesting 5 Karen. Love learning more about history there as well as quirky fun like the knitting needles! Lol

    Blessings to you. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Carrie, thanks so much for popping in. :-)

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