I’ve missed a couple of Scatterday topics as we have been out and about tiki touring in our caravan. But I’ve got back on track again, I’m pleased to say. This time the topics are Sky, Purple, City, and a Lap quilt, all to be related to the letter L. After a bit of thinking, head scratching and thinking some more, this is my interpretation.
Sky – Lunar Landing: Those of us over a certain age will never forget the events of July 1969 when man first landed on the moon. The Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off for the moon, perhaps wondering if they would make it home at all. Armstrong and Aldrin climbed into the lunar module Eagle to begin the descent, leaving Collins behind to orbit in the command module Columbia. There was a problem with finding a safe landing spot, and the lunar module landed with only 30 seconds of fuel remaining. Armstrong radios "Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed." With more than half a billion people watching on television, he is ready to plant the first human foot on another world. Climbing down the ladder he said those famous words: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin then joined him, describing what he saw as "magnificent desolation." They explored the surface for two and a half hours, collecting samples and taking photographs. They leave behind an American flag, an Apollo 1 mission patch honouring fallen crew, and a plaque on one of Eagle's legs. It read, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." It was a real thrill to have lived through and experienced (with the wonder of TV) such a momentous moment in history.
One small step for man
Purple – Lilac dress: I wore this pretty pale lilac dress for my second marriage way back in 1983. I didn’t want white and fluffy and had been looking for something reasonably pale and pretty. Robin wore a lilac tie to tone in with my dress. We are doing pretty well, as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary later this year. My goodness, didn’t we both have dark hair back then!
City – London: What city could have more history and lovely old buildings, bridges and churches than London? We have been lucky to have visited this great place twice. It seems to be the sort of city that one could live there a life time and never explore it all. I just loved it, the crowds, the historic buildings, the mounted soldiers riding down the Mall, the busy River Thames and even the Underground – just a bit scary, I must admit, till I had got used to it. We saw and experienced so much, but in reality it was only a fraction of what was on offer. As Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. Yes indeed, I would love to go back again.
Lap Quilt: I called this quilt “Hearts for Helen” and it was made for her to snuggle under while recuperating from a major health problem. This shaggy quilt with snipped seams on top was made with appliquéd red hearts set amongst black and white squares, and has soft and snugly red fleece on the back.