Jan Leeming

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Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 25th March 2013


They say there’s nothing new under the sun, but I can hardly believe that Knitting has come back into fashion.

I was an ardent knitter in my youth – and a very good neat knitter I was too. Trouble was that I could never successfully put the garments together and had to get my very able Mother to do so. I once knitted a very complicated lacey-stitch dress for my mother. Either I used the wrong wool or something like that – because it stretched and stretched and stretched so instead of being knee length dress it became floor length.

When my stepmother was pregnant I showed willing and commenced knitting a layette for the baby but it took so long that by the time I’d finished it, she was no longer a small baby.

I also had an unfortunate knack of knitting sweaters for my boyfriends and invariably found that by the time I’d finished the garments, they’d flown – so I gave up and never knitted a sweater for a man again.

My mother was incredibly competent at all crafts – she knitted superbly, made my sister and myself some beautiful clothes when we were young, and in later life became a superb curtain maker.  She made some beautiful matinée jackets, bootees and bonnets for Jonathan - so beautiful in fact that I still have some stored in tissue.  Babies grow so fast that their clothes don't really wear out and I had so many jackets not only knitted by my mother but also sent in by members of the public - I was a BBC newsreader at the time of Jonathan's birth.   I also received some exquisite knitted shawls and have kept a couple of those as well.  Mind you the way my son is going, I can't see any signs of being a grandmother so maybe I'll just have to donate them to a Charity shop.

I don’t knit any more but must agree that it is a most therapeutic past time.

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