Wrapped in Blankets

Whenever I am working in different homes I almost never have on my warm-up jacket. Warm-up jackets are what nurses wear  that have sleeves with cuffs so they can be pushed up and kept out of the way of things you don’t want your sleeves to touch, for example private whowhos. The reason I don’t usually wear one is most homes are kept at about 30 C. (86 F.) Usually I am sweating. When I finally get home I am cold. Right now I am wrapped up in two blankets and I am still cold. I am surprised I don’t develop pneumonia.

catshitHave I ever mentioned we have an inordinate amount of cats in our neighbourhood? One just walked by and he was on a mission. Where was he going? Why? What is he going to do when he gets there? Does he have it all pre-planned? Right now,  The Ungrateful Bastard (T.U.B.) is sitting on the coffee table (he is not allowed on the coffee table) watching birds with his murderous heart.


snI just recently read about this. This is one of a couple dozen pictures taken in about 1900 of children called Spitalfields Nippers. They were children living in  London’s east end living in the worst poverty imaginable. Usually they were orphans. They took care of themselves and each other. For more information you can go here. For more pictures do an image search. These photos are amazing and haunting.





11 thoughts on “Wrapped in Blankets

  1. I love your posts, Birdie. They’re always so interesting. You write as if we’re sitting at the kitchen table sipping some coffee chatting about this, that and the other. So cool. Those images are definitely amazing and very haunting. I can’t imagine how tough it was for them.

  2. 30C? I would be in meltdown. My sweet spot is about 15.
    Spitalfields Life is a fascinating blog. Some haunting images and some amazing characters identified.
    And I love hearing that other people’s cats ignore the household rules. Jazz likes the bathroom sink at the moment. He doesn’t like me spitting toothpaste onto him.

  3. I am usually sweating as well but I was cold when I woke up this morning. The house is warm, though, but we have had some cold temperatures with icy conditions. Stay warm and safe.

  4. I had to laugh when you said that the cat isn’t allowed on the table. Since when do cats play by ANY rules? 🙂

    Your link to the London east end children (haven’t looked yet) reminds me that I want to thank you for mentioning Call the Midwife the other day. I have since started watching it and am hooked. I’m about 4 episodes into the third season. Thank you. 🙂

  5. Those images of children are quite haunting. It’s amazing that they survived – although I know that many simply did not, poor souls.

    I’d love to know where the other photos are now. I hope they haven’t been destroyed!

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