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The Star Wars Pandora Collection

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The geek in me rejoiced when I heard about the Star Wars Pandora collection. I have a Pandora bracelet which was bought for me last year complete with Harry Potter charms , the intention by my husband was to add to it each birthday and Christmas but after his recent unexpected death I had decided to keep it just as it is. However he was a huge Star Wars fan and I just know he would have been debating which character to buy me this year,I have a feeling I will treat myself on his behalf.

The collection has 12 beautifully crafted pieces, each design elegant, detailed and true to the Star Wars essence without being in any way tacky. The collection combines the original trilogy together with elements from the newer films including The Child from the series The Mandalorian. If you aren’t into Star Wars you probably will not know these characters but believe me those who do will have a favourite hero or villain.

You may be tempted by the dark side with the Darth Vader charm and make your dark allegiance known or perhaps unleash your inner Princess Leia and fight for good. 

All pieces in the collection are crafted with sustainability as a priority, from 71% recycled material, as Pandora strives towards its recently confirmed commitment to using 100% sustainable silver and gold by 2025. Prices range from just £35 up to £180 for a gift set. But shop around as there are plenty of offers  at this time of year!

The biggest problem really is which charm to choose…I know which one I have in mind…do you?

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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Why do jeans have small pockets inside the front pockets?

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Surely you have wondered why jeans have a small pocket inside the front pocket. Some will say they are pockets to hold loose change and there are people (men generally) who use them this way. Others think they are to put the lighter or  tickets or other useful and small objects that they carry around.

But actually the pockets were for a very important purpose when the first jeans were created. Think that jeans date back to the 1800s when all men had a pocket watch. It was therefore essential for this new type of trousers to have a special place for this object that all men then had. Now practically no one has a pocket watch, but the pockets are still there.

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Were Edwardian women waists ‘photoshopped’?

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Well, not exactly photoshopped, they didn’t have computers those days and certainly not Adobe Photoshop to play with.  

We know that women those days were shorter but physically the same as us, so some of the amazingly thin waists look quite unbelievable. Sure, corsets could make waist look very thin but some are unnaturally small. 

That’s when a bit of doctoring was used to make the waist look thinner.  It was normally done directly on the negative by painting over the extra waist. If you look closely at many photos of the time you will see that there are strange shadows around the waist or the area look darker or lighter than the rest of the photo. 

Some were a bit over the top like this photo below.  You can clearly see that the waist was doctored. 

Others might be less obvious but they still look suspicious if you look closely. 

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The October birthstone is the Opal

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The October birthstone is the Opal. The October birthday  loves to chat and will respond wholeheartedly to those they believe loves them and values friends very highly. They are hurt easily and if betrayed will try to forgive quickly which is a testament to their inner beauty. Opinionated they will not care what others think once they have made a decision . They day dream and imagine being in the great outdoors and travelling to beautiful places. 

The opal symbolises faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.

Opalscan  exhibit a wide variety of colors.it diffracts light and can display all the colors of the rainbow simultaneously. For this reason, it has been considered great luck throughout history as it was thought to possess all the value of each gemstone in the opals color spectrum. Unfortunately after  the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Anne of Geierstein, people in the 1800s began to associate opals with bad luck and even death.

October birthstone opal

Known as the eyestone the opal inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness.Bringing energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of life,  It kindles optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion.

 Opals are protective. They are stones of happy dreams, particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason,  helping   any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime. It enhances foresight, empathy and confidence and helps the wearer influence people to his point of view.

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