Today's post, going live on 2nd August, will be brief. It is in the nature of birthday wishes for what would have been a 105th birthday....
Those of you who have followed my blog for some time will know that every year between 2016 and 2020 I made a birthday present for my friend and neighbour in England, Rose Howard. I began with her 99th birthday, thinking that I had better not wait till she was 100 in case she didn't get there. Little did I think I would end up making 5 gifts - by the end it was a struggle to think of something new!
I met Rose too late in her life for her to have had a chance of visiting Small Worlds but she was always fascinated by it. In fact for my 77th birthday she and her brilliant carer Jo gave me 77 tiny packages, most of which contained items which have found their home in the Beamish Miner's Cottage.
Rose never liked to think of no longer being around but it was clear that she wanted very much to be part of Small Worlds so now all those birthday presents have come together in Rose's Corner - and I get a chance to remember Rose with every visitor to the Museum and to share something of her spirit with them.
So without further ado, here is Rose's Corner.....Happy 105th Birthday Rose!