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Beverley Bleackley
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A Jill of many trades and master of them all (if only for a brief moment).
A Jill of many trades and master of them all (if only for a brief moment).

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Two of my favourites! 

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Been there ... several times!
A cartoon by Roz Chast. Find more cartoons from this week’s issue here: http://nyr.kr/1XMEmgA
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Sorry I missed this! I love the movie, and the casting of this live reading seems impeccable (or inconceivable)..

THIS IS A NON PARTISAN JOKE THAT CAN BE ENJOYED BY All PARTIES! NOT ONLY THAT-- it is POLITICALLY CORRECT!!
While walking down the street one day a "Member of Parliament" is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. 'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter. 'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.'
'No problem, just let me in,' says the man'
'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.'
'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP.
'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.' And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises....
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. 'Now it's time to visit heaven.' So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns. 'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.' The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers:
'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.' So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
'I don't understand,' stammers the MP. 'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened? '
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ' Yesterday we were campaigning..... Today you voted.

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I came across this photo of an absolutely exquisite bracelet created by Arduinna. It was on her blog, but I did not understand the language it was written in. I do not know her or anything about her, but I love this bracelet and would love to know exactly how it is made. Does anyone know how each section is made and how they are connected so perfectly? If so, please respond to this pose.
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A great broadcaster and journalist has written his final byline

Goodnight and RIP Knowlton Nash! You were always there at the right moments,and you inspired a generation of news hounds to follow in your footsteps. You will be missed. -30-
BREAKING: Knowlton Nash, a decorated Canadian journalist who went from selling newspapers as a boy in Toronto to serving a decade as anchor of CBC's The National, has died at age 86. http://cbc.sh/OzmK1qO

What's your memory of Knowlton Nash?
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What was this used for?
I have a query I hope someone can help me with. I purchased this old Glasbake dish (8 sections) in an antique store several years ago but have never used it, mainly because I don't know what to bake in it. Has anyone ever seen (or used) one of these before?

I thought it might be great for making Yorkshire pudding, or muffins. Any help would be appreciated.
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The first sign of Spring in our garden.
Two days ago, this greeted me as I looked into the yard. Could be the crocus. Three feet away there is still ice and mounds of snow. 
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An absolutely marvellous skate by Yuna Kim -- perfection. Should have been gold 
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