Category Archives: Early 20th Century

Memories of life in Scotland ~ An extra Special Trip to Glencoe

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We seem to be fortunate to have experiences we would not have dreamed possible back in Bedfordshire and one was our recent trip to Glencoe with a fellow local author Hamish Brown. Hamish was visiting a group of women climbers … Continue reading

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Last 60th Birthday Treat ~ On the Old Queen Mary

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My 60th birthday year lasted right up until two weeks before my 61st birthday when we spent a night on The Queen Mary, that’s the old Queen Mary, which is moored at Long Beach, Los Angeles. Ever since we first … Continue reading

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A day my elderly friend Fred would have called a Godincidence!

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It has been such a special few days seeing dear friends but last Monday, when we had a lovely afternoon with my husband’s newly discovered relations, I thought things could not get any better, but they did! On Friday we … Continue reading

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The Joys of when Family History and Writing Meet!

My writing has always been inspired by family history. ‘Riduna‘ is a love story set on the Channel Island of Alderney back in the 19th Century, inspired by my great grandmother Harriet Jane who was born there. ‘Ancasta ~ Guide … Continue reading

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Elsie – Arizona Teacher 1913-1916 ~ and so much more!

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Today I would like to introduce you to Barbara Anne Waite. It took Barbara twenty three years, an inspirational diary, an unfinished manuscript and a great deal of research to complete a memoir of her grandmother Elsie. The story is … Continue reading

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Norman’s Memories of the Law when he was a Lad ~ Community Policing at its Best

Cate Macabe brought us a vivid account from AJ Jackson’s life in our last post, during her life as a private investigator. More information about the memoir can be found here.  Today I am going to share two excerpts of … Continue reading

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First Love ~ It only took 59 years to propose!

Following on from the post ‘Falling for an Amish Boy’ Norman too fell in love at an early age when he was still at primary school in 1920. He remembers, at age 11 years, he and May warming their hands … Continue reading

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Diet in Norman’s Early Years 1914 to 1945

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The topic of food featured quite a bit in Norman’s memoir and I thought you might enjoy reading some extracts. During World War One a trip to Kingston Market was Norman’s most vivid memory.   ‘I remember my mother was pushing … Continue reading

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Norman Campbell’s Message to the Next Generation

For those of you new to reading this blog, welcome! I like to alternate guest posts with stories of Norman Campbell, with whom I shared many pleasurable hours as he told me his life story. I have him speaking on … Continue reading

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Norman’s Memories of World War One

Norman was only five at the start of the Great War but he certainly remembers a neighbour telling his mother about it whilst walking along King’s Road, Ditton, with his sister in a pushchair. He felt that he was so … Continue reading

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