Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

The Three Ps That Are Vital to Your Online Business Success

Setting up an online business is relatively easy. In fact you can follow a simple checklist and accomplish the task in a matter of hours or a few days. Taking that online business to a level of respectable success is a little more difficult. There are few things that you must do and many things that you could do to create online business success.To simplify this article and keep it relatively short, I want to talk about the three Ps that are vital to your online business success.Put It UpThat is a logical first step. Put it up. The “it” in this step is your business concept. Until you put it you there for people to see and understand then all that you have is an idea that you continually bounce around in your head. It may be a very worthy and even viral concept, but as long as it stays in your head, it remains unproductive.If you were running a traditional business you would put it up in a storefront and hope that the people walking by would see it and stop in to do business with you. For an online business you will need to establish an online business website. This is your online storefront where you will have opportunity to present your business concept to the world and give the opportunity to do business in your online store.To ensure that your website is vibrant and attractive enough to draw-in online visitors, you must do two things while you are setting it up. You must keep your website rich with content. This will not only draw new visitors into your site, but it will keep them coming back to the site and referring others to check out your business.
The second thing that you must d is be personally transparent on the site. Be clear and specific about who you are and your goals for creating this site. Present yourself as a real person, with an address, phone number, and active email address. Be open and willing to communicate directly with your clients.PublishNow that your site is up, publish content wherever you can. This will not only improve the visibility of your online-business, but it will continually increase and improve your credibility in the mind of your clients.So how do you publish content for your clients to see? First you can write articles that relate to your specific specialty and submit them to article directories. Enhance your articles by sprinkling them with popular and relative keywords that people in your niche will search for. This will multiple your visibility on the web exponentially. Beyond article marketing, create a blog and fill it with similar keyword rich content. Publish your website URL on your blog and direct interested clients back to the website where you do business.PromoteFinally you must become a relentless self-promoter for your online business. Beyond article marketing and blogging, start exchanging links with similar sites. Create an affiliate marketing syndication and utilize RSS Feeds. Present yourself on Social Networking sites as a credible authority in your niche. Dominate the web with your message, your business proposition, and your expert credibility in the field. The number and strength of the marketing methods that you use to promote your online business will increase the number of targeted prospects that visit your website with the intention of doing business with you. Here’s to your online business success!Do you need some help taking your business to the next level? Check out my resource box below and lets connect. I would love to help!

Market Mood Swings And How To Benefit From Them

You must have heard many news like – market dropped due to some political upheaval in the middle east or the market soared due to some referendum in Europe. In the age of globalisation, all the markets and businesses across the world are intertwined, hence any geopolitical event has the potential to move the global markets.But where does that leave the investors? What should be their ideal approach to counter such uncertain situations? The good news is – whether markets fall or rise, it’s an opportunity for the investors. Here’s how.Investors In The Market CycleThe reason we say that whether market falls or rises, it’s always an opportunity for the investor is because if the market falls, all the stocks on your watch-list, most likely, will be in the buying range. And when the market rises, it’s a perfect point for you to sell the stocks which have reached their target price.The key point is – if you have a long-term perspective in stock investment, it will be your armour against all the uncertainties of the stock market.Let’s take a look at the market phases which comprises the market cycle.The Bear MarketThe bear market is a market condition where the prices of the securities fall considerably and the market goes through a significant downturn. In such situations there is widespread pessimism about stock prices and a lot of panic selling takes place which further escalates the downturn.Though it’s a nature of the market to swing up and down, intraday traders and short-term investors, who deal in huge quantities, have no other option but to sell their holdings to minimise their losses.However, long-term investors have an advantage in this phase, as they can choose to hold their stocks while they also have an alternative to average their existing stocks and buy new stocks. Always remember, the bear market is a perfect opportunity to enter the market and build a robust portfolio.Market Accumulation Phase (Consolidation)This phase takes place after the markets have hit the bottom and some value investors think that the market situations is good to buy as the worst is over. Valuations of stocks are very attractive in this phase while the market sentiment is still bearish. Which makes it an ideal time to enter the market. In the accumulation phase, prices are flat, as the disillusioned sellers start selling while the wise investors pick it up at a healthy discount. Owing to such turn of events, market starts to pick up.To get through such phases, investors should just be patient and hold their stocks. Giving in to your impulse of selling stocks due to continuous consolidation will only bring you losses. It’s just a phase which passes sooner or later.The Bull MarketThe bull market simply means that the market is on its upward drift. The market index goes high and all the major stocks start soaring. This is the phase investors invest for. One thing investors should ensure while going through this phase is that it’s not a buying period, it’s the time to review your portfolio and sell stocks which have reached their target price. In a way, all the investment, and calculated risks you take while the market was down pays off when you reach this phase. If you make the right choices, you will be handsomely rewarded.