Thursday, 9 July 2015

Journeys # 6 - Blue Bird

For my latest Journeys rail ticket challenge I have used a stencil I got as a free gift from a sewing magazine.  There were quite a few included but the one that appealed to me most was of a bird which reminded me a lot of the logo used by the now defunct Blue Bird Toffee Company which used to be based here in the West Midlands. Blue Bird toffees (so named after the Blue Bird of Happiness from a 1908 play by Maurice Maeterlink) were a very popular brand of toffees around when I was a child which I absolutely adored. The factory was in Romsley about two miles south of Halesowen but on the tins the district was called Hunnington and I remember on numerous occasions when out for a ride in the car with my mum and dad we would drive past and I would always wish that we could pop in and look round to see how the toffee was made, just like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.     The factory eventually closed down in 1998 when it was bought up by Needlers and moved to Hull. The vintage tins if you can get hold of them can be worth quite a lot of money. So here is my Blue Bird inspired Journey inspired by my child hood memories of those delicious toffees.

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