Friday, November 14, 2014

Not a writer

My elder sister is the smart one, or so she says, LOL!. She is doing a writing course at the moment and maybe this is something she should think about.
 Old wives tales
By that I mean cures passed on down generations, there are so many wonderful stories that will soon be lost out there unless someone documents them.
Here is one and an example of what I mean
My mother remembers that when her grandfathers' (I think) dog got bitten by a very poisonous snake
he slit a large (bulk) bag of salt open and placed the dog in it and he recovered. I don't know why,
I can only assume the salt drew out the poison but I would dearly like to know.
There are a million old timer stories out there, someone should save them

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Blog advice

I often wonder how much to share and what's off limits so I posed that very question in a forum and got some good advice.
As Mum is getting on and her memory isn't the greatest most days I thought I might (as advised, LOL!) repeat some of the things she has told me.

Her name is Marcelle, she always wanted me to call one of my children after her but at the time I thought it was a big ask? I don't think that now but it is easy to be wise half a century later!
A dear friend of the family and my Dad was rescued sheltered by the french underground in France during  WW2.  Apparently the family who looked after him had a child, Marcelle, who died and he swore that when and if he got home and had a child he would name it Marcelle. He did get home but never had children and Mums' Mum and Dad obliged and called their last born babe Marcelle.
This is an old powder compact Mum had with Dad's photo on it in the war,try as I may I can't keep it from deteriorating!

Mum now.........Mum loves to open parcels so I take my eBay buys in for her to open LOL!
Mums old dog is on his last legs ( dementia) but she cant bear the thought of having him put down

Mum with her first-born Bertha Robin

Family Disappearing

Our family is disappearing, I have precious few relatives left. Mum is the last of her immediate family, all her brothers and sisters are gone. Dad died almost 60 years ago and of his family only one remains and she is hospitalized with dementia.
A long lost cousin rang the other day and it was wonderful to talk to her.I find it amazing that I felt an immediate connection and affection for someone I have rarely seen, why is that?A strange phenomenon indeed!
I have been very lazy uploading pics from the camera but I do have some my wonderful daughter in law sent me.

My daughter in law does an amazing job, she is much better Mum than I was. She is patient and tolerant and ensures that the children explore themselves and participate in and enjoy the world around them .