Helicopter Museum 2017

Such a great space and a very well supported event, perfect place for my second outing in my new RAF uniform.


I brought a  reproduction sweetheart brooch, the photo below shows it alongside my mothers in laws original brooch.


Wearing jewellery of great sentimental value out is always a worry so this solved the problem.

Very pleased with my Mother’s Union brooch, which will look great on my suit.

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We picked up A replica edition of the Active Service Saint John’s Gospel, re-issued for the 100th anniversary of the First World War. 


Pressure cooker

We are always looking for ways to fully inbrace living in the past. This weekend I made steamed pudding and steamed it for  3 hours so we decided a pressure cooker could be the answer to our 21st  century gas bill.

Have a read of the description it made us think twice.

Pre WW2 Aluminium pressure cooker with two internal baskets. I believe there was an internal cover but it is missing. Bakelite handles damaged. One cracked, one has a chunk out of it. 

I have not tested this, I am not going to. It frightened the life out of me when I was a kid in the 50’s & I think it’s got A & E written all over it. Having said that I know it was often used back then. Found in the loft. Sold as a prop/display item only.

There is expected pitting & corrosion to the stove painted lid. I should imagine the rubber seal is perished.Weighs almost 10 kilos. Clearly UK bidders only.


Table set for one.

This time last week  we where at twinwoods dancing the night away and wow what an amazing night.
Lots of shopping , dancing and meeting up with friends we had the normal twinwoods weather of sunshine and showers and the showers where heavy but the sun did shine .
One of the highlights for me is the Sunday morning service – the service grounds you and makes you stop and Remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by others for our freedom.
It’s very easy to put on a uniform and reenact but we must never forget .

During the service we are told about the table for the missing man, it’s a simple table set for one at USA military events and usually set close to or within sight of the dining room. The table is to remember all POWs and MIAs.

The table is set for one, , symbolizing the frailty of one isolated prisoner.

Table is round to represent everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones.

Tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.

Single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return.

Yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight.

Slice of lemon on the bread plate: represents the bitter fate of the missing.

Salt sprinkled on the bread plate: symbolic of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.

Inverted glass: represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.

Lit candle: reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.

Empty chair: the missing and fallen aren’t present.


Their where many changes to Twinwoods this year including music from the 60’s 😬😬😬.
But the atmosphere and magic had not been lost.
Looking forward to 2017.