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Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 14 Apr 2013 16:10

your life story, or your family tree, it gives some really good advice on 'how to', and has sections on what to ask yourself ( or relatives) to flesh out the bare bones. It really inspired me last it through without a break :-)

"Write Your Life Story - And Get it Published: Teach Yourself, Anne Gawthorpe "

Thought some of you might like to look out for it at the library :-D


KittytheLearnerCook Report 14 Apr 2013 16:18

Thank you Rose..............that is something I would love to do when I ever get the time to do it :-D


Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 14 Apr 2013 16:41

That's the thing Kitty, it's hard to find the time and then too easy to be distracted from sitting down and doing it. :-D


Tecwyn Report 14 Apr 2013 17:07

Thank you Rose,

I shall look out for that book, it could be very useful. I started on my life story two years ago, but tend to work on it in fits and starts.
So far written over 30,000 words, though I'm only up to age 21 yrs.
Found it useful to keep a notebook to jot down events and incidents as I remembered them, though found that as I recorded events, others were triggered in my memory.
My work would not be for publication as would not be of any interest except to family - grandchildren etc.
I thought it would, apart from anything else, be a good insight into social history of the 40s and 50s onwards.
Some things would be considered incredulous to todays youngsters.
I will eventually pass it on to my daughter with the family tree.

I do need to put some meat on the bones of the ancestors, so maybe the book will help me there too.

Tec :-)


KittytheLearnerCook Report 14 Apr 2013 17:54

I am very impressed will be a family treasure for generations :-)


Greenfingers Report 14 Apr 2013 18:41

I have done a written family tree, as well as a proper one, I felt this helped to read the family tree, and for where you do not know what happened you can surmise, for unless you were there you will not know, but it fills out and makes sense of everything else.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 14 Apr 2013 19:46

Thanks to Google, I've just 'walked' from the village to our house in the Isle of Man, and the road is just the same, where it forks and turns down the lane is just as narrow, the hedges identical, 'my house' has an extension and the barn that was complete has lost it's roof, but the barn that was ruined then is still backing on to what we called the orchard.

I was trying to write about it last night...and thinking I would like to go and see it but it wouldn't perhaps be there at all so best not to go back except mentally ...but there it is, and almost the same :-) at least it was a couple of years ago in 2010 :-)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 14 Apr 2013 20:07

Thanks for the info Rose.

I like all the avatars I see on here, I'd like to ask Tecwyn and Kitty to tell the history behind theirs. And RR and Greenfingers, are those pictures of your own plants in your gardens?


Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 14 Apr 2013 20:16

Karen the 'forget me nots' aren't mine but I'm using them as my avatar to remind me to plant the seeds in the garden next month :-)


Tecwyn Report 14 Apr 2013 20:47

Although the picture in my avatar is not me, it is entirely appropriate really. As a boy I lived in Essex, across the marshes from the river Thames.
I was obsessed with the movements of ships coming in and out of Tilbury, and London docks.
As some boys did train spotting in those days, I spent every minute I could sitting on the banks of the Thames, with my dog, and a notebook, recording the ships coming and going, their flags, and port of registration.

The Thames was very busy with shipping in the late 40s, and throughout the 50s.
Needless to say, I joined the Merchant Navy, and spent my working life at sea, mostly on passenger liners that did world voyages.

Tec :-)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 14 Apr 2013 21:02

Thanks RR and Tecwyn....they say every picture tells a story, and it's true!


KittytheLearnerCook Report 14 Apr 2013 21:02

Hello Karen, my avatar is a local pub c 1920 that we have driven past literally thousands of times and had no idea of a connection until earlier this year.

My husbands parents died when young and he knew hardly anything about his ancestors. We have discovered them via family history research.

This pub was run by his G Uncle Fred, he had a very interesting WW1 record, promoted then demoted for swearing at an officer. Promoted then demoted again for being drunk on duty.

His medical history shows he wasn't exactly faithful to his wife ;-)

We have grown to love him though :-D


Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 14 Apr 2013 21:09

Thanks Kitty - another interesting tale behind the avatar! :-)


ChrisofWessex Report 14 Apr 2013 23:43

RR don't bother planting them - see if you can get a couple of bunches from another gardener and just shake them over the beds.

You will be pulling them out as you will have so many!


Greenfingers Report 19 May 2013 15:33

Sorry, hadn't seen the request about the avatar until today !!

I am a bit of a collector of Hellebores, hence the one as my avatar. I have many colours and am now awaiting collecting seed from a gold one called golden lotus.
they are such graceful plants, and always shy with their heads down.