TATS HEAVEN - Tatting on earth with heavenly connections!
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Today marks 100 yrs since the death of Florence Nightingale, who did so much to improve nursing. Her home is not far from where I live and this is a picture of her grave in the churchyard near by. You will notice that it only has her initials on F.H. this was her request. Florence grew up wanting to improve the care of the sick, nursing then was seen as employment that needed neither study nor intelligence and her family didn't want her to be working in the awful conditions that hospitals were known to be in at that time. They expected her to be a lady who would have no need of employment.When in 1854 the Crimean War broke out Florence, together with thirty-eight nurses embarked on the task of cleaning up the filthy Army field hospitals in Crimea and slashed the death rates of wounded solders from typhoid and cholera. She carried a lamp as she walked the halls of the battlefield hospital and became known as the "lady with the lamp". She saved thousands of lives by instigating new rules of hygiene and care for the sick. There are many events to celebrate Florence Nightingale's centenary year. Having seen so many nurses in a certain hospital in the last two months I, for one, have tremendous admiration for them all.
Knowing that Florence lived through the Victorian era I decided to try tatting a parasol, but it seems to look more like a lollipop! If you really want to see a much better example of a parasol, click on to Kathy's blog
I also don't own a lovely doll or anything to go with this parasol so it just had to hang on a bush not in the sunshine but in the pouring rain!