Friday, 31 March 2006

Preserving Our Heritage

Each month a member of the group offers to lead the discussion on a particular theme. I had a look through the list and decided to volunteer for the topic titled "what to do next" at the end of November.

One Scrappy Site - Scrapbooking Idea Resource

One Scrappy Site - Scrapbooking Idea Resource

Thursday, 30 March 2006

The Chocolates arrive!

The Chocolate I ordered from The Tasting Club have arrived. I had a quick sample to check they were OK for hubby to consume......and they were!

They were delicious! and come recommended.

A nice cup of .....tea, coffee, chocolate .....

I saw this book in Past Times last summer and it was one of thost books that I simply *had* to buy. This is a delightful little book. Illustrated with cups and saucers, proverbs, sayings from writers and some little pop ups!

One of my favourites is the chinese proverb:
"better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one."

It is such a lovely little book, it deserves to be read by others, so having enjoyed the book for several months, it is now heading out on a bookring

Sunday, 26 March 2006

Singer Hand Sewing Machine - 1911

The machine displays a small plate with the serial number of F1985736. Research shows that this machine was one of 2,000 that was made at the Singer factory at Clydebank, Kilbowie, Glasgow during the period of July to December 1911. I am not too sure, but I believe this to be model number 99K. Out of interest by 1913, some 3 million Singer machines had been sold worldwide. The factory at Kilbowie opened in 1884 on a 46 acre site, emplying 7,000 people and finally closing its doors in 1980.

Obviously the machine and the lid does show some signs of use, after all, it is 94 years old! Some of the gold guilding has disappeared, and I think that possibly there should be a cover to the area where the handle folds into, as there is a small lip at one end. The metal plate that would cover where the spool goes is missing. There is a small area, about an inch square on the side of the lid where the veneer has been lost. On the side there is a lovely decorate silver plate, I have the original key, some spools and two packets of needles.

Thursday, 23 March 2006


I blame it on those BCUK'er! There was mention of the Chocolate tasting club. They rather helpfully provided the URL to the web page The web page said they operated a tasting club, so I signed up......I'm doomed!

Saturday, 18 March 2006

Sicilian language course on line

Sicilian language course on line

The Girl From Botany Bay by Carolly Erickson

I was so looking forward to this book, following a review in "Your Family Tree Magazine" (a UK family history publication) that I ring jumped it....shhhh, don't tell anyone!!

I wasn't disappointed, It was a book that I was reluctant to put down and I've finished this in a couple of nights. Written in such a way that I became very absorbed in the story of Mary Broad and found the notes at the back of the book a useful reference point for further reading, as I have a interest in transported convicts of this period. Certainly one of my top ten reads for the year.

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Book Crossing - Not So Secret Easter Bunny!

The name of my NSSEB partner arrived today. Another excuse to send a book or two and a few goodies to a fellow Book Crosser. Now off to hunt for the goodies!

Sunday, 12 March 2006

The Red Lion Hotel, Bredwardine - Near Hay-on-Wye

The Birmingham group of Book Crossers are having a day in
Hay on Wye; I've always wanted to go and wander around all 39 bookshops. Booked the accommodation today!

Bromyard History Society

Having found reference to Sarah Good recorded in the 1901 census as being born in Bromyard Hereford I did a quick Google search this morning and found a reference to the History Society.

Saturday, 11 March 2006

Goucher/Good - Scarcliffe Derbyshire 1901

In 1995 we made a video of the documents held by my father in law relating to his parents. My husband's paternal grandfather had served in the First World War and later spent some time in Canada, so there was some interesting documents.

This morning I sat and watched the video. There were some photos on it of the Hindle/Rhodes connection then migrated to the US, and I wanted to refresh my memory. I was sidetracked. On the video was the details of the Passport that Ernest Goucher travelled on to Canada. I had a quick look on to see if there was any passenger lists for 1932. I didn't think there would be, but worth a try. Anyway, I popped the name into the search engine on Ancestry and it showed the 1901 census image for Ernest (RG13/3133/97). Nothing new; I'd seen it before and have a copy in the file, but I suddenly noticed something.

Samuel Goucher, Ernest's father is recorded as a widower. Strange, he had remarried, after his first wife's death. Ernest's birth certificate for 1898 showed that. Mother Sarah Goucher, Late Goode, Formerly Davies.

I decided to search the GRO Indexes for the marriage of Samuel Goucher. Well, I searched the indexes from 1896 to 1906 and can not find any reference for a marriage for Samuel Goucher. On the 1901 Census details, I noticed something else too, Sarah Good born Hereford, Bromyard.

It just shows that it is certainly worthwhile going back over old ground, something new often rears it's head.

Thursday, 9 March 2006

Finally caught up!

I have finally caught up and got three book boxes ready to be collected, and several books that were waiting to be posted. I hate having things hanging around the house, but the last few weeks have been frantic, then I've been off sick again. Second bout of Tonsilitus since Christmas, and hopefully I can now get back to normal.

Current Mood: accomplished

Wednesday, 8 March 2006

Create & Craft

Completed - What BC means to me Journal

Well, I finished this at the end of last week. I loved it. I've added a few pages of my ramblings and a few post cards and a few other bits. Don't want to say to much as caffcaff reads my Live Journal(and maybe Blog) and is the person after next for the journal, and there has to be a few nice surprises in life!

One of my statements in the journal is this "Books are so powerful, and to me a wonderful book is one that will leave a bit with you long after you've read it"......isn't that so true?

Current Mood: satisfied

Monday, 6 March 2006

Parslow Banjo

I was in the middle of looking at my PARSLOW information, spurred on by emails from someone I met via Rootschat. One of my Parslow's from Kinston Upon Thames was a banjo maker. I have been looking for an example of one for ages, not that I can play the banjo, but it would be lovely to see what one looked like. As luck would have it, I came across a photo.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Live Journal, Journaleers Group - Favourite Artwork - Feb 27, 2006

What is your favourite piece of art? It can be either a painting, drawing, graphic or sculpture. Please describe it and why you like it so much. What kind of feelings does it evoke in you? Do you know the story behind the picture? If not (and even if), make up your won story. When and where did you see this piece of art for the first time?

I wouldn't call this favourite, I would say special piece of artwork.

My beloved Grandmother died in 1995 and at that time lived in Sutton, ooh, about 25 miles from Guildford, my home town and that of said Grandmother. I was walking through the shopping centre and in the window of an art shop there was the most beautiful picture. An original. The picture was called Swans on the Wey (named after River Wey which runs through Guildford) and showed, obviously a river and two very beautiful, graceful swans. It was a really special piece. As the shop was closed, I vowed to go back next morning and make the purchase. I got to the store about 9.15 the next morning and in that 15 minutes of the store opening someone had bought it. I was really upset and the poor women behind the counter must have thought I was barking as I dissolved into tears. In someway it felt just like loosing Grandma all over again.

Saturday, 4 March 2006

Devon BC meet

TutleyMutley arranged to meet today for a chat, a cuppa and for me to pass on the book that I caught at Osytercatcher's several weeks ago. We turned up at Osytercatchers to find it closed. oh no! Anyway, we wandered across the road to the rather snazzy cafe which was decked out like an American diner.

After a natter and a late lunch I passed over the said book, and the recent book by the same author that one was of the Inspired reads with The Times.

Mood: Happy!


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