Category Archives: Dad

Doran’s hands (Object no. 173)

Yesterday was Father’s Day here in the UK, so I have been thinking of my Dad more than usual. Going through some old papers of his I found these scraps with jottings in his familiar hand. A quick read through … Continue reading

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Common People (objects 157-159)

This lovely lino cut of a Dartmoor pony by Paxton Chadwick is one of my favourite pictures. It was given to me for my 18th birthday by the artist’s widow, Lee Chadwick. It wasn’t framed but she had added a … Continue reading

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Tools for a husband’s happy birthday (Object 124)

Today is my Dad’s birthday; he would have been 101 (we celebrated his centenary a year ago). So I am sticking with the recent theme of greetings cards, and featuring a selection to Dad that I’ve found in the archives. … Continue reading

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April fool (Object 123)

  This ceramic coffee grinder used to hang on our kitchen wall at home; it  now hangs on mine. It was originally (some time in the 1960s I think) a lovely shade of powder blue, but Dad painted it creamy … Continue reading

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“For your birthday in March” (Object 120)

Today is my Mum’s birthday: she would have been 91 years old. So this post features some of the birthday cards she received from my Dad over the course of their 40 year marriage. This one, above, is dated 16/3/87 … Continue reading

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Poetic justice (Object 116)

Tonight is Burns Night, always a big event in our family (about which I have already written, here and there). My Dad  adored Burns and could recite even the longer poems, such as Tam O’Shanter, from memory. We always had … Continue reading

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Wartime marriage and post-war conflict (Object 113)

My first post of 2014 features an object dated 100 years ago. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, in which my maternal grandfather, Charles Harrison Lane, served. This German postcard, bearing … Continue reading

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