We’re not laughing any more

Only a couple of days ago, we could laugh about it – oh, it’s only like having the flu, I’m stockpiling books and chocolate… I’ve gone from thinking, ‘It can’t happen to me…’ to thinking, ‘If it happens to me…’ to thinking, ‘When it happens to me…’ in a matter of days. There have been…

Where Do I Think I’m From?

This post has nothing whatsoever to do with corona virus. Thought I’d give y’all a break. I’ve been researching my family tree for quite a while now. My parents came from Yorkshire in England, and Fife in Scotland. My grandparents were from Northumberland, Yorkshire – and Fife My great grandparents were from Kent, Lincolnshire, Northumberland,…

The Price of Fish

120 years ago today my Great Grandfather left the fishing port of Anstruther in Scotland on board the ‘Bernicia’, heading out into the North Sea. The boat, and her crew, never returned. This was written by another relative of mine – On February 12th, 1900, the Shields-registered steam-liner ‘Bernicia‘ left Anstruther harbour with her Cellardyke…

What Do I Think I’m Called?

I’ve been researching my family history for a good few years now. I’ve found skeletons and I’ve found mysteries. But sometimes it’s the ordinary things that are the most interesting. The things that continued for generations, that no-one particularly thought about at the time. The things people accepted as normal. On my mother’s side, my…

A Skeleton in the Cupboard

I’ve got 11,249 relatives. I’ve been researching my family history for quite a while now. One of the reasons we do it is to find the skeletons – we all like a bit of gossip, even if it’s 200 year old gossip!! So – this is the story of one of my skeletons. My Great,…

Strictly – not long now!

It’s nearly time for the Strictly final!! How time flies!! Back in September I wrote down my thoughts about each of the dancers, based on nothing but total ignorance of any aspect of dance. This is what I wrote – interesting to see how right I was about some people and how wrong I was…

What is a Blog?

We all live in our own bubble these days. The ads we see online are determined by an algorithm that knows what we like and shows us what we like. We no longer all watch the same TV programmes – there are so many channels and so many catch up options that we can avoid…

Scaffolding, silverfish and sponges

I spent yesterday and the day before taking guided tours around East Riddlseden Hall, and talking to visitors about the conservation work that we do over the winter. More happens in the house when it’s closed than when it’s open!! As you know, my husband left back in February. It’s meant that many things have…

Roller coaster poster

It’s unbelievably six months since I started this blog. I started it four months after my husband left our marriage, as a way to start finding the answer to the question ‘What the hell happens next?’ Also – it’s cheaper than therapy!! We hear a lot of bad press about the influence social media has…

It’s Strictly Season

A season of glitz and bloody-hard-work-fulness. Strictly Come Dancing. It’s started. I love it. I know nothing about dance. Nothing at all. But total ignorance isn’t going to stop me having an opinion on it. Here goes (in no particular order) – Anneka Rice – yes, I remember Challenge Anneka. But oh dear, not an…

Scones and Celebrities

It’s late, I’m knackered, I doubt if I’ll ever dry out, my feet ache, and I will never be a camper. BUT – I’ve had a hell of a good time at CountryFile Live at Castle Howard yesterday and today. This post is shorter than normal, and later than normal – I’ve been a bit…