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March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Holidays in Whitstable

This is a photo that I came across last week and just thought it would be good for Wordless Wednesday!  It is a bit faded but was taken circa 1960 and is of my maternal grandmother Lucy Sinclair (nee Dartnell), myself and my brother John at Whitstable, Kent where our grandmother always took us for a holiday. My brother Alan took the picture.

Original photograph in my Mother's private collection - copyright 2011

 

We always enjoyed our holidays in Whitstable and I have some very happy memories from those times.

March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Dad’s Shipmates in 1945

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I have two photos taken in 1945 that have been passed to me by my Mum, of my Dad and his shipmates from when he was in the Merchant Navy during WWII.

My dear Dad is the second from the right as you look at this photo, but is not in the second photo.  I would love to find out what happened to his shipmates and just wonder how I would begin to search for them?  The third pic is of the reverse of the second photograph where four of Dad’s friends have signed it.

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

Reverse of original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Strolling Through The Woods

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This is a photograph of my two brothers, Alan and John, taken about the mid 1950s.

Original photograph in the private collection of my Mother - copyright 2011

February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Uncle Gordon Sinclair

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This is a pic of my Uncle Gordon Sinclair (1908 – 1931) when he was a young boy.  He sadly died aged 23 of TB.

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Laity Family Gathering

This photo was taken just a few years ago, of the Laity Family Gathering at Perranuthnoe, Cornwall.  My partner Paul’s grandmother and great grandmother were Laitys.

Original photograph taken by a member of the gathering - copyright 2011

 

These people came from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and many other places as well as those from the UK.  It was wonderful!!

February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Day Trip on the Thames

 

This photo shows my grandmother who is clutching a handbag, Lucy Harriett Sinclair (nee Dartnell) (1883 – 1984  yes she lived for 101 years) with Mrs. Warnes.  For my Gran, Mrs. Warnes was like a second mother to her after her mother died when Gran was 14.

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

I know this was a day trip sailing on the River Thames but no idea when it was.  I love the clothes and hats!!  ;-)

January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: We May Have Found Something!

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Ooooooo, what’s this?
My dear Dad, Ken Read (1924 – 1982) in his garden with lifelong family friend Roy.  They had a great day with a metal detector and just may have found something!  This was in the 1970s.
My dear Dad (1924 - 1982) and lifelong family friend Roy - 1970s

Photo in my private collection - Copyright 2011

August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Lucy and the Ostrich!!

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My Aunt Lucy with an Ostrich in South Africa in the mid-1970s.  Today she is so very near to her 100th birthday!!

original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Wedding Guests at Eastbourne – 1905

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This pic was taken from a group photo of a wedding of a member of the Read family in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1905.  I think the character in the faces of these two people is wonderful!

Pic taken from a photo in my private collection - copyright 2010

July 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday follow-up: The answer!!

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For those of you that saw my Wordless Wednesday post yesterday posing the question I Wonder What They Are Looking At???  with the following photo:

original photograph taken by me Summer 2009 - copyright 2010

Did you have a guess?  Did you guess right?  Here’s a little clue:

original photograph taken by me Summer 2009 - copyright 2010

Yep, it’s someone in a Bee-Keeper’s outfit!!   I had to face my greatest fear – I am allergic to things like bee and wasp stings and know that such stings can kill.  So, when we were visited by a huge swarm of millions (well maybe not millions but thousands) of bees which proceeded to go down one of our chimney pots and into our bedroom!    Shriek!!    Aaaaaaaagh!!  How awful is that? 

My brave partner Paul ventured into the bedroom to open the windows to let them out.  But the silly things went out the window and back up to the chimney pot and back down into our bedroom!  Which is what the family are looking at in the photo I used for Wordless Wednesday yesterday. 

Our friend arrived in her Bee-Keeping outfit and was hoping to gather the swarm and take it back to her small farm to add to the beehives she already had.  So she came armed with a smoke gun (to make them sleepy – well it’s supposed to) and her net to gather them somehow in their huge round swarm.   But …

They would not get sleepy!  They had lots and lots of smoke aimed at them in our bedroom, but they would not shift or sleep.  We tried on and off for hours to make them sleepy so our friend could come back and get them.  This went on for a couple of days or so and of course meant that we could not sleep in our bedroom and our clothes and bits and bobs were in there and the bees were happily going everywhere in there!!!

Unfortunately we ended up having to kill them, they just would not shift or get sleepy.  Some got out back up the chimney but most stayed and were not intending on going anywhere else!!

original photograph taken by my partner Paul - Summer 2009 - copyright 2010

This photo shows a tiny, tiny sample of some of them, there really were thousands.  It took a couple of weeks sleeping on the chairs in our living room before we sorted everything out and made sure there were no angry bees laying in wait for us in the bedroom!

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