Recording Memories

I am enjoying working my way through the Christmas book haul. Both my daughters provided me with hardbacks – always a health and safety issue as they fall on one’s nose when I doze off reading in bed. I have just finished the inspiring ‘The Girl on the Wall: one life’s rich tapestry’. I see it is also available in paperback or on Kindle, which would be less hazardous but might lack the illustrations, which are integral to the book. The author, Jean Baggott, born in the 1930s, constructed an elaborate tapestry illustrating memories of her own life and local and national events of the era. The book explains each image (there are more than 70). I do not have the skills or the eyesight (32 point canvas) for the sewing aspect but a wonderful framework in which to record recent family history. If you want to do likewise watch this space – I know I have said this before but I am nearly ready to explain more. Oh and while you are looking for Jean’s book on Amazon (I am NOT responsible if you can’t resist the ‘buy it now’ button) my latest publication is now there too – exciting. Also noticed that someone in Canada is trying to sell a copy of Coffers, Clysters for £60.15 – what fool would pay that when you can get new copies for £12.95?
In the days since my last post the building work has continued, if not exactly ‘apace’ at least with some progress between bouts of torrential rain. What will one day be the conservatory is currently masquerading as a swimming pool. I still lack a letter box but in theory I have said goodbye to the builders and now have to wait until next week for a different set of workmen to begin to put the glass panels in place.
Waking up at some silly hour recently I encountered a children’s TV programme called History Hunt. The approach adopted in this programme was particularly appealing. Great to watch young people engaging in research and combining this with technology. Check it out. We may be adopting a similar format as we begin to work with the local school on local history projects.
I was showing a young friend how to find a birth in the General Register Office indexes using Find My Past. Imagine my surprise, as I used my daughter as an example, at finding that her name had been indexed incorrectly. Correction has now duly been sent in.

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