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Sharron Report 10 Dec 2017 11:26

That patchwork I spent forty odd years of my life constructing has gone off to the quilters and is due to be worked on in Christmas week so it might be back in time.

Since taking it to the place I have been making a rag rug with a lot of the bits of left over fabric.

Yesterday, I was just working on the last bit of it and wondering what to do with it as I am not that keen on rag rugs but didn't want to waste the material. Fred's mate was admiring it and I asked him if he would like to have it so he has taken it to put in front of his chair so he can have his feet on it while he watches television, it is part of his Christmas present now.

I have already received my peg loom (I'm a grown-up, I don't have to wait). So Fred's mate has had a bit of sack and some rags for Christmas and I have had a bit of wood with holes in. How hi-tech can you get?!


Andysmum Report 10 Dec 2017 12:16

I'm getting about 6' of metal poles joined up with holes in - called a ladder! :-) :-) :-)


Sharron Report 10 Dec 2017 12:38

We know how to live eh?


maggiewinchester Report 10 Dec 2017 13:38

I've asked for a couple of books.
Out of print.
So they'll be second - or third hand :-D


Caroline Report 10 Dec 2017 13:53

I'm so jealous of you all :-)

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 10 Dec 2017 18:40


I was thrilled the year that son gave me an old bit tatty OS map of the area, where I grew up, printed soon after I was born.
Great to compare with a modern one.

The above presents sound great and well received.
It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, if the recipient is well pleased.


maggiewinchester Report 10 Dec 2017 19:46

Gwyn, these are books by Allan Jobson, and are about Suffolk.
I had one (bought at a jumble sale, I think) that I read on holiday, called 'Suffolk Remembered'.
As I was reading it - I realised it was about the small village/hamlet generations of my ancestors (on gran's mum's side) had lived - namely Middleton -cum- Fordley.

I read up about Mr Jobson - he had been brought up in the village too - and his books were about Middleton and the surrounding villages.
They'll be handy to keep in the 'genealogy archive' :-D :-D

What really fascinated me about the book I read was a whole chapter on a Harriet Marjoram - who lived to 100.
Not a direct ancestor - but the grandmother of my gran's cousins. I have letters from these cousins to my gran - and one where they say their 'newest' sister is named Harriet after grandmother :-D
In the book, Harriet talks about life in the village when she 'were a gurl'.
Things like babies not seeing the sun for a certain time, and the 'ceremony' when they first go out.
Two of Harriet's sons married sisters of my g gran too!

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 10 Dec 2017 20:03

Sounds a wonderful read maggie.
How lovely that you have letters about these folk too.

I hope someone finds copies for you.

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 12 Dec 2017 07:50

Nice gifts, Sharron. At first reading, I thought you had literally handed your pal an old sack and a bag of snippets of fabric lol

Maggie, I can imagine your excitement reading the book about your relatives. I wish I could find out more 'padding' on my paternal family. I know more about my maternal side because I heard stories from relatives but don't know Dad's side very well because of distance.


Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 12 Dec 2017 08:45

I have a copy of a book called Artic Hell Ship

It's about HMS Enterprise voyage looking for Sir John Franklin who was lost looking for the North West Passage

There is a very small paragraph in it where the captain is having a disciplinary for two crew members .one an officer ,who had a massive fight
Joseph Wood the sailmaker was the witness

NOW that's my grt x 4 grandfather born 1801 died 1855 in Malden Essex after the Enterprise returned home
He died from bronchial problems bought on by the excessive cold air he had been breathing

Was a very long voyage

Arctic Hell-Ship
The Voyage of HMS Enterprise 1850-1855
By William Barr

In 1850, Richard Collinson captained the HMS Enterprise on a voyage to the Arctic via the Bering Strait in search of the missing Franklin expedition. Arctic Hell-Ship describes the daily progress of this little-known Arctic expedition, and examines the steadily worsening relations between Collinson and his officers. William Barr has based his research on a wide range of original archival documents, and the book is illustrated with a selection of vivid paintings by the ship's assistant surgeon, Edward Adams.

My claim to fame lol


Sharron Report 12 Dec 2017 11:47

I have a copy of the RJ Cyriax book 'Sir John Franklin's Last Expedition' and I can't remember where it came from but can guarantee I never paid more than 10p for it.

Not having read it, I was going to bin it but decided that I would keep it and read it.I am very glad I did because I had not known of the expedition before and because the book is extremely rare, as it was published in 1939 and the warehouse where it was stored was bombed.

That must have been the expedition that was funded by Lady Franklin.