Visiting the Family (Tree)

I have 12,700 relatives, all over the world – Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, as well as England and Scotland (so basically, come to think of it, just the post-colonial white English-speaking world). Have you ever thought about researching your own tree? It’s fascinating – I’ve uncovered mystery, heart break, and skeletons in the…

Eyebrows

Have you been to the shops? I haven’t, yet – I’m going to let the excitement die down a little first. And besides, I don’t really like shopping anyway. But as soon as I’m able to, I’ll be having my hair cut and my eyebrows re-shaped. If I have to queue round the block, take…

Guest Blogging – I Need YOU!

If you’re reading this, I want to hear from YOU. Fancy writing a guest blog for me? We’re living in very peculiar times. All our lives are different now, whether we’re working longer and harder than ever before, or stuck at home with not enough to do. Maybe you’re furloughed? Maybe you’re self-isolating? Maybe you’re…

Funny Old World

Happy Easter. If you can call it Happy. If you can call it Easter. It’s certainly the strangest Easter I’ve ever known. It’s Sunday 12th April. In the UK, that’s the date lockdown was supposed to end – but it won’t. We don’t have an end date now. The police are actively preventing people travelling…

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…