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Old Report 6 Nov 2013 14:01

Update on Ash tree.

My niece's husband will be coming this Saturday to cut down the rest of the tree. He will saw the trunk into manageable logs. Have fortunately found two people who will take all the logs, leaving only the small branches to be shredded

Anne - any news on Shadow?

Glad the fireworks are nearly over. My cats do not seem to be bothered, but I know that dogs can get very distressed.



Cynthia Report 6 Nov 2013 12:52

Tis quiet on here indeed............awww...

I have to admit that I am guilty of neglect......but I have been so busy with many things that I hardly have time to turn round.

We went back to the hospital in Liverpool on Monday and, thankfully, the doctor is very pleased with the success of the operation. We're still not sure how much vision there will eventually be, but we will take it as it comes. :-)

I feel rather jealous of Sue getting ready for Summer when we are heading for Winter but....that's the way the world goes :-D

I have been busy helping my friends widow and daughter to pack up her home prior to moving and have been making lots of trips to charity shops etc. I feel so sorry for her :-(

Do hope everyone is keeping well....and it's still good to meet up on here even though it is a bit hit and miss.

Love to all.....Cx. <3


Susan Report 6 Nov 2013 06:19

Hello Friends

Seems are poor little thread is very quiet now,I hope you are all well.

Just finished getting all the lawn sprinklers up and running for Summer ,over Winter they tend to get blocked up with sand and the like but they are all good now just replaced a few that have been in the ground since 9 years ago so well and truly got our monies worth out of them.

It has cooled off a bit the last few days ,it was too warm too early anyway but I think we will have a hot Christmas worst luck :-(

Grt Grandaughter had another sleep over on Monday night,it is so lovely having a baby around again .

Well I had better get back to my housework:-(

Love to all Friends<3



Susan Report 29 Oct 2013 07:18

Hello Friends

All better now ..Blood pressure playing up a bit but the Doc now seems to have it under control...I hate getting old so many things can go wrong :-)

Anyway weather starting to heat up,it is very hot today 32c when it comes in quick it hits us all hard to start with then are bodies starts to get used to it ...still to hot for me.:-(

Sylvia I am using your motives to do my Emoticons,I do wish genes would get their problems fixed though.

Anne I can't see where the old owners of the cat can reclaim it after all that time ,they would be very nasty if they did and it would not be fair on the cat either as it sounds like it has come to love you both.

Hope Reece is doing OK .

Sally hope all is well with you too.
Has anyone heard from Evelyn,I did notice a bit more on her father Robert,I hope it helps .

UK has just had some nasty storms stay safe everyone .

The Fires in the Eastern States are now under control ,some started by Children...lovely little darlings nothing better to do I suppose.

Better get back to the washing :-)

Love to you all<3



Old Report 28 Oct 2013 16:43

- Anne

Hope you are successful with Shadow.

Hope everybody came through the storm unscathed. Unfortunately I was not so lucky.

A very large - 60+ft - Ash straddling the boundary with my neighbour split in two. Fortunately the huge section fell down and across and came to rest with the leaves brushing the glass in my greenhouse. There is another very large branch hanging from the tree. Main worry is if the remaining trunk falls up the garden as it will demolish another greenhouse, cause severe damage to my garage or my neighbour's recently built summerhouse. On the bright side it missed my new shed and recently erected greenhouse

On checking with the insurance company have been told I am not covered for removal of the tree as it did not damage a building.

Waiting to talk to my neighbour and it is possible that his 2 sons and my nephew will be able to cut the tree down. Another possibility is to get my niece's husband, a tree surgeon, to come but he lives in Swindon over 100 miles away.

To make matters worse my phone cut off in mid call and was down for several hours. Contacting BT online proved to be a totally useless and frustrating exercise - I will never get back those 80 minutes.


Tabitha Report 25 Oct 2013 13:38

Sue - Get Well soon -

Cynthia - glad your OH is on the mend - sounds like my eye situation - weht here there & everywhere so quickly - was in a daze

Arthur - there are so many more records on the Internet now & if you find a person someone has on a tree - it can spread like wildfire.

I tend to make a note of it all & then try & track down the original records when I get the chance - just to reconfirm - it gets very hard when its past 1537.

In the case of nobility you can always check the encyclopaedias. I must admit I found one line & it was the same info on 3 different databases and nearly the same on the Wiki.

My Latin was quite good & old style writing was getting easier as we use to look at a lot of original documents at Canterbury before the place shut down – we were there every other week.

Family search has got a lot better now – very easy to use & read - but you do need to check the info as sometimes it can be very wrong

I love my Ancestry one as they have excellent access to records and I like their tree & how to search for information.

I still have some credits on Find my Past, but don’t need them at the moment as well past 1837 but very useful if I can afford it will get some Death certs.

Rootsweb seems quite good and its free - but you do need to check the info as sometimes it’s very strange.

The only one I personally don’t find very useful is The Genealogist - they don’t seem to have the records for the areas I need – I have had a couple of free trials over the last 5-6 years.

Regarding Shadow – sort of success – she has just agreed we can meet at the vets – not sure if she still wants me to get references to show we are animal lovers and suitable new parents for him.

The little fella has put on weight (well he would living with us) and has a lovely coat as my OH brushes him daily - lots of toys & the run of the house – and he cuddles up to us. He decides where to sleep etc. As my friend in the office Said he chose us & has stayed with us for 6 months now (3 weeks in the garden) and has taken over the home. He orders us about something chronic. She hasn’t seen Him for 18 months - so hopefully he won’t make that much of a fuss of her - but you never know with cats.

Any way must get back to work - will discuss the other catastrophe with our home computer chair

Take care all


Old Report 23 Oct 2013 19:09


Always good to have some good news.

It must have been very worrying for you and your husband. I am so glad that the op seems to have sorted the problem.

Having hit a brick wall at 1750, I am intrigued how you have managed to get so far back in time, being so far from the records. You cannot pop down to the local Records Office.
Have you any hints on how to find early information - and how did you read early writing.

What is the situation with Shadow? Hope he is now firmly in your home.


Cynthia Report 23 Oct 2013 14:09

Hi everyone.....just trying to catch up with the news on here.

Hope you soon feel better's a horrible thing to have. <3

Wow Josie......I can well imagine that you are over the moon with your we have to curtsey before we talk to you now........? :-D

I've had a bit of a time with OH. He had a problem with an eye last week and on Friday, when he say the optician, we were advised to go to Manchester Hospital right away!!! Our son drove us over when he had finished work. When we got there, they told us to go to our local eye clinic on Monday.

So, we went to the local one on Monday and, after examining him, decided to send us to Liverpool.......we went there yesterday not knowing what was going to happen. However, it was decided that he had to have an op more or less there and then - so he did! He was allowed home afterwards though and we went back this morning to have the eye checked.

The doc was very pleased with the result and we return there in 10 days but, my word, what a few days that has been :-0 :-0 :-0

Now I have to catch up with some neglected tasks.

Take care and love to all......Cx. <3


Susan Report 23 Oct 2013 03:08

Hello Friends

I can't believe how long it has been since I posted on here sorry folks .

I have been in bed since last friday with the flue ,this cold weather has still not left us yet a few sunny days in between but still cold at night and rain ,we have definitely caught up with that and not far off the average for the year so that is good for water storage for summer.

Sally what wonderful news re your Hubby ,I am so happy for you , happy anniversary being it late ,nice to hear some good news for a change not much of that around the world of late.

Josie lovely to hear from you too,you have a wonderful array of rellies very impressive ,I suppose we have to bow to you now.
My Welsh rellies always said we were a descendant of the royalty but I can't see any evidence of that .

Hi sylvia and Cynthia ,Reece if you are looking in .
I did notice that a Diane has come on to Evelyns thread with more on Robert so that may help clear up a few things,fingers crossed for that one.

I am off Christmas shopping today,going to get it out of the way early this year ,give me a bit more time to put up my Chrissy lights.

Love a best wishes to you all.

Still no smiling faces yet ,Do wish Genes would get this site working properly


Tabitha Report 22 Oct 2013 14:16

Josie - how wonderful with the tree - sorry to hear about your "Pain"

Did that with My OH Tree - so you may be related to him somewhere in the 11th -13th Century. His were all landed gentry & people of interest.

At present I have stopped on mine to try & do some more of his. One of my goodness knows how many greats grandmothers was the Aunt to Anne Boleyn. which is very funny because i always felt very attached to her since childhood & loved doing that era in history - so could be a Genes link. I really want to get into more depth but no time at the moment.

Must go asmneed to get back to work

take care all


Kiwibird Report 21 Oct 2013 23:15

Congratulations Sally I hope you and your OH had a great anniversary.

Old, loved hearing about your cats Nicky and Vicky it reminded me of the 2 Cats we had when we first got married.(Brothers) Whiskey & Sherry.

Whiskey was the defender and even as a kitten took on the neighbours Ginger Tom.. While Sherry was the hunter.

One night Whiskey was asleep in the lounge and I heard Sherry at the door so went to let him in.
He raced passed me and I noticed a couple of legs hanging from his mouth and before I could sent him back outside with his catch he had gone up to his brother who was on the couch and deposited a dead bird in front of him
then he slunk off under a table and I realised he had a second dead bird for himself.
I was gobsmacked.

Am finally recovering from a pinched sciatic nerve in my right leg. I was off work for week and a half. Initially I thought the pinching had occurred in my lower back but after nearly a week of extreme pain discovered it was in fact my arthritic knee that is causing the problem.

My doctor said I needed knee replacements 5 years ago, but said I could not have knee replacement surgery until my knees are totally stuffed. I saw her earlier this year and she told me that replacements only last 15 years and you can only have 2 done and that
I was too Young !!! to have my knees done,
regardless that I do not qualify for a pension until I am 66 and still have to work for another 10 years. I need a replacement now :-S

If I had medical insurance which I can not afford
I could have had them done at any age,
but it seems in the public system here in NZ that you have to be 80 and bedridden before they will consider it
and even then they will decide that you are to old :-| and it's not worth the cost :-( :-(

I have resigned myself to the fact that I will just have to push through the pain everyday and hope I can make it to retirement.

On a happier note My tree research is going in leaps and bounds.
I originally joined Genes in 2005 to build a tree and research my Maternal Grandfather's line.
After 6 months I hit a brick wall and decided to try and extend the tree a cousin had done for my Maternal Grandmother.

Over the years I have worked on this line on my Husbands Family, My Fathers Dutch family . and Occasionally I go back and have another Stab at my Grandfathers line. I did have success eventually on his Father's side going back to the 11th century.
But had done little on his Mother's side The Barlows of Stockport, Cheshire. Bricklayers and building labourers.

Now that I have an ancestry Subscription I decided to have a go at seeing if I could go back further with my Barlow Great Grandparents then the 1800's.

Well the other day SUCCESS :-D :-D
You may think I am mad, but at the moment I am like a little kid in a sweet shop.

My 19 century Lancashire/Yorkshire ancestors were all cotton mill workers/bricklayers/ blacksmiths, and ag labs. And I did not expect earlier generations to be other than farmers or serfs.

What a surprise I got :-0
Not only was my 8x great grandfather a Knight but Sir Alexander Barlow was Lord of The Manor living at Barlow Hall in Chorlton cum Hardy, near Manchester, the Family lived there for 400 years before it was sold in 1777. (Its now a Golf Club)

I thought Wow!! I come from landed gentry .
But it keeps getting better Through my Barlow Great Grandmother's going back to 1300. I am related to most of the great families of England,The Stanleys,The Parkers, Spencers, Churchills.
As well as some famous and notorious figures in English History
two that I have discovered are Francis Tresham who Provided the money for the 'Gunpowder Plot' and sent his brother in law an anonymous letter warning him about going to the house of lords on Nov 5th. He was arrested after Guy Fawkes confessed and he died in the Tower of London.

My 13 x great grandmother was the Mistress of Cardinal Wolsey close aide to Henry V111 after he rose in prominence she was an embarrassment to him and after giving him 2 illegitimate children he had her Married to my 13x ggfather.

I have always loved English History and so am blown away that I have a connection with the people I read about as a child.

If you don't see me for a while, you will know where I am busy climbing in My Family Tree
:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Take care catch you all later Josie <3 <3 <3 :-) :-) :-) ;-)


Tabitha Report 18 Oct 2013 19:19

Wonderful news Sally - I am so very pleased for you both

A wonderful start to the weekend


SylviaInCanada Report 17 Oct 2013 04:33


That is GREAT news!!!

I am so very glad for you both.

Hope the hernia operation takes place soon, and goes well.

love and best wishes to you both xxxxx <3


Sally Report 16 Oct 2013 21:58

hello all

I am here acain

have had some very good news
my oh treatment is working his blood is so much better he can have his hernia op

the hormone treatment is controlling the cancer

sally w <3


Sally Report 14 Oct 2013 22:32

Arthur I think 70 years is platinum

oooo wrong spelling but you will know

thanks for good wishes and to Cynthia

sally w <3


Old Report 14 Oct 2013 19:38

Congratulations Sally to you and your OH.

Anne impressed by your in-laws' longevity - what is the term for 70 years married - I do hope they achieve it.

Some good news - problem with PC appears to be a memory problem and not a virus. My nephew gained access by removing a memory card, but unable to extract info before it froze. New memory cards due tomorrow.

Have embarked on a feeding regime for the cats where food id weighed - Vicky is a fat storer and is 2lbs heavier than her sister. I weigh out the food in two bowls. I give half the daily amount in the morning and half in the evening. So far they have co-operated and not tried to eat from the other's bowl.

Vicky surprised me on Saturday when she brought in a very large mouse - dead. This is a first for her. Nicky is the hunter and rarely kills the mice or shrews before bringing them into the lounge. Perhaps the restricted food awakened her hunter instinct, although she did not attempt to eat the mouse.

Hope everyone's medical conditions improve.


Cynthia Report 14 Oct 2013 16:35

Hi's been ages since I was on here...... :-(

My word, there was some news to catch up with though.....what with Anne's worries about little Shadow; Arthur building a greenhouse and the kittens now celebrating their 1st birthday. Poor Sue and her computer probs but a lovely baby to cuddle. Then we have Sylvia with her OH's ear probs and Sally celebrating her 49th wedding anniversary.....(many congratulations to your both.) Quite a mixed bag of events indeed.

I have had a very hectic few days what with our wedding fayre and everything....all I seemed to do was go, come in, go out, come in etc It all went off very well and the hard work was so worthwhile - just for the sheer camaraderie it generated.

I have relaxed today by doing a load of ironing! :-D

Meanwhile, keep well everyone and love to you all. Cx <3


Tabitha Report 14 Oct 2013 13:23

Happy Thanksgiving - enjoy the day

My in-laws had their 68th wedding anniversary in June - they have had 2 telegrams from the Queen - waiting for the 70th now

M in L is 90 next year - 70th wedding anniversary in 2015 - F in L is 95 in 2017

So a few celebrations in order over the next few years


SylviaInCanada Report 14 Oct 2013 04:42

Hi Sue, and eveyrone

Anne ...... you'll work something out xxxx

Sally ......... Happy Anniversary xx

A little late, I know!

We celebrated our 46th in August.

I also do not know where the time has gone. I don't feel that old!!

we're having some lovely Fall weather ............. sunny and cblue skies, but temperatures in the low teens, and getting down to 6 or 7C at night.

We've also had some cloudy periods, and a little rain ............. but nothing like the terrible we had while daughter was here!

OH's ear is still weeping after being "scraped" on Tuesday morning, so we have it slathered with an ointment called Polysporin ............. it contains 3 different antibiotics plus an anaesthetic, and is what the doctors use

Tomorrow (Monday) is Canadian Thanksgiving ........... we're not going anywhere or having anyone in, so there will just be the of us.

To be honest ......... we're glad to be on our own, and not rushing off or rushing around for people coming here. We've been so busy recently!

OH picked up a turkey breast from the butcher yesterday, he will roast that. I'll make sage and onion stuffing. He MIGHT make sausage meat stuffing.

We'll also have all the usual fixings, plus a sweet potato casserole that I love.

Take care everyone



Tabitha Report 12 Oct 2013 18:26

Congratulations Sally - I hope you many more happy years together

We had our 15th this year - 2nd time for both of us - we have been together for 21 years now - time flies so quickly it does not seem that long

You voiced my own thoughts about cat napping - it would be such a worry not knowing where he went if we lost him.

The area they now live is a lot more expensive than my area so I don't want them wanting to take him away from here as they don't think its good enough for him.

Just don't know what to do for the best really.

Take care all - have a good weekend