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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an eclectic kind of crafter delving into many pots. I am just about managing to keep up my Scrapbooking Diary (usually about 6 months behind), plus any cards as required. I have a new found love of Watercolour and Bible Journaling plus recently Faith/Art Journaling too. I've challenged myself to make an art journal page a day for this my 60th year. Previously I've also dabbled in ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Mixed Media, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband, our son has left home now. For exercise I usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I also like walking/Geocaching and sometimes do a bit of Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I have been learning to play the harp for the past 10yrs. I am now officially retired. I am a born again Christian, currently worshiping at my local Vineyard Church.

Sunday 18 August 2013

Alpha Challenge #17 - Oranges and Lemons Day

Here we are on the 17th letter of the Alpha Challenge hosted by The Craft Barn Blog. The letter this time is "O".

Some may think my personal theme is nursery rhymes or even fruit like Karen but no, it is special days!

Little did I know, in the playground as a child, that the Oranges and Lemons nursery rhyme/singing game is actually celebrated as a special day on the 3rd Thursday in March each year!

Apparently when the Thames was wider, the wharf where the citrus fruit cargoes from the Mediterranean were delivered lay just across the street from the church and their bells pealed when a cargo arrived.

St Clement Danes church, holds an annual service commemorate this. The children from the local Primary School attend a special service and at the end the fruit is given out.

A carillon plays the Oranges and Lemons tune at St Clements every day at 9am, noon, 3pm and 6pm.

For my page I made a couple of stamps for the oranges and lemons which I stamped and clear embossed around the border. I inked over it all with green. I got the picture and rhyme from the internet.


Dawn said...

What a fab page BJ, I love your hand-made stamps, brilliant. Thank-you so much for the history too, I've always wondered about the origin of the rhyme, what a lovely celebration and wonderful to hear that it is still honoured.
Huge huggles x x x x

505whimsygirl said...

Hi BJ,

What a great page. The image you chose off the internet is the perfect one!

Thanks for sharing.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Well aren't YOU the clever one. That must be a pretty location/site specific celebration. I've never heard of it. But then, I apparently haven't heard of a lot of different and unique holidays.

Those stamps you made were truly clever and looked quite realistic, too. I'm quite impressed.

Karen said...

Well I never! You live and learn all the time eh. I just never knew that it was a special day BJ. Thank you for blogging about that my lovely. Love your pages and your home made stamps :D xxx

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi BJ, your pages are certainly improving our education! What a fun page, love the downloaded image, works so well with your colour scheme, and your sta,ped shapes are perfect! MMx

Unknown said...

How Sweet.

Elaine said...

Brilliant page - love your oranges and lemons! Who knew this challenge would be so educational - I've never heard of this day before but now I know!!

Elaine said...

Brilliant page - love your oranges and lemons! Who knew this challenge would be so educational - I've never heard of this day before but now I know!!

chrissie said...

Such a happy page with memories of childhood. Fantastic colour choices

Love Chrissie xx

Unknown said...

Love your page, really like that border made with the oranges and lemons. Hugs Frea

Laura said...

Oh what a fun page :)

Anonymous said...

Learning something new every day. Great page once again.
Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn

Julie Lee said...

This is a gorgeous illustration of your dictionary definition and - as always - such an interesting choice! I know St Clement Danes, but I never knew this little anecdote about it! Love the purity of the colours in this and the lovely central image. Julie Ann Lee xx

carolfromkiwiland said...

Gorgeous page BJ. The colours and imagery you have used just make the page pop. Great idea to make your own stamps. I wouldn't have been brave enough to put green over the top of stamped images but it really paid off.

Sandy said...

Wonderful page - happy and colorful!

Maggie said...

This is a New one for me BJ, always loved this Rhyme as a child nice to know more.