Category Archives: Diaries and journals

Engagement diaries (Object 129)

It’s been months since I’ve posted anything here, due partly to the summer sun keeping me outside, and partly to the temporary breakdown of my home computer. Now that summer is over and the nights are drawing in, and my … Continue reading

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Unreliable memoirs (Object 115)

I have been very lazy in writing this blog. It was never intended to be a family history of the genealogy type, but rather a collection of memories inspired or represented by objects. I haven’t bothered to do any research, … Continue reading

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The Book of Nature (Object 106)

Following on from my previous post, here’s another family badge of honour. This one was awarded to Auntie in 1953 by the Churt Horticultural Society (which still exists today), for her entry in “Section 2.” I don’t know what Section … Continue reading

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The bells of Lucerne (Object 95)

Today is Swiss National Day, so it seems appropriate to feature these 2 cowbells, more items of Auntie’s which hold fond memories for me. The cowbells would be rung to call us in for meals when we were out playing … Continue reading

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“Find once again our simple ways” (Object 90)

My trawl through the family archives has thrown up many surprises, butĀ  I have also spentĀ  a lot of time searching fruitlessly for something which I know must be in there somewhere, I just don’t know where. I plough through … Continue reading

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“Very slowly the banks slipped by”: The log of the B4F (Object 80)

I recently wrote about my mother’s wartime rowing holiday on the Thames, with extracts from the journal she and her friend kept at the time, “The log of the 109″. Pictured above is another log book from the archives – … Continue reading

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More family birthdays (Object 79)

This Victorian “Portrait and Autograph Birthday Book” belonged to Auntie’s close companion and cousin Elsie Fry. I know this because it is inscribed inside: The inscription also solves a mystery for me: in my trawls through the archives I have … Continue reading

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