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Two New Patterns August 23, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 8:29 pm

Northern Lace

I always love it when Barbara Brown of Ancient Arts Yarn emails me asking for a pattern.  This year it has happened twice.

The first one is crochet.  I have been doing quite a bit of crochet design for The Art of Crochet, and I had told Barb about a shawl I did for them.  She asked me to do one for AAY in their new bulky yarn.  Of course I said yes.

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Being a child of the 60s I hanker towards hippy fashion!   I love the current trend for fringing so I designed a shawl which would go both with floaty summer and evening dresses, with jeans and boots AND wrap round to form a warm winter scarf.

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The shawl comes in two sizes, about 56 (75)” long  x 15 (20)” wide; approx140 (188) x 37(50) cm excluding the fringe.  The smaller one takes 2 skeins of Big Squeeze…

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My Ancestor The Explorer/Adventurer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 6:09 pm

My latest discovery – one of my ancestors was a member of Sir Francis Drake’s exploratory mission to Spanish America and around the world. in the 1500’s.

John Wheatleigh, my 10th Great Grandfather, married Dorothy Willoughby, the daughter of Arctic explorer Hugh Willoughby who was one of the 164 Gentlemen and Sailors who accompanied Sir Francis Drake on his expedition to Spanish America and around the world.

Sir Hugh “The Navigator” Willoughby



A Short Analysis of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Channel Firing’

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 12:19 am

Interesting Literature

A summary of a classic Hardy poem

Thomas Hardy’s poem ‘Channel Firing’ is one of his most popular poems; it was also, perhaps, the most prophetic. Written in April 1914 and published in May of the same year, just a few months before the outbreak of the First World War, it anticipates the conflict that would break out later that year. A brief analysis of the poem should help to show why ‘Channel Firing’ is such a favourite anthology piece among Hardy’s poems.

Channel Firing

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares,
We thought it was the Judgement-day

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Like Manna from Heaven August 22, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 6:09 pm

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Last Monday I posted about my third cousin, Betty Oestreicher Jacob, who passed away on July 19, 2016.  Betty and I were related through our mutual great-great-grandparents, Levi Schoenthal and Henriette Hamberg.  Her great-grandmother Hannah Schoenthal and my great-grandfather Isidore Schoenthal were sister and brother.  Betty’s grandparents were Sarah Stern, Hannah’s daughter, and Gustav Oestreicher.  Her parents were Sidney (Oestreicher) Striker and Esther Siff

At the time I posted about Betty’s passing, I had only one photograph of Betty and none of her grandparents, parents, or siblings.  But within hours of publishing my post, I received a comment on the blog and then emails from Betty’s nephew, Steve, the son of her brother Gerald.  And Steve generously shared with me numerous photos of all those people and then some. Now I can place faces to the names of the people I have researched and written about.  And what gorgeous…

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Suffolk Churches – England

Filed under: Ancestors,Burial Grounds,Uncategorized — Janet @ 4:33 pm

Suffolk Church  fine old church in Sudbury, Suffolk England


Baking Bread And Other Goodies August 20, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized,Bangladesh,Baking — Janet @ 8:15 pm

Are you interested in baking?  The Great British Baking Show?  A Bangladeshi with roots in Sylhet?  Nadia Hussain is the name of the GBBS winner in 2015.  The entry for her on Wikipedia is inspirational!  What a wonderful person!

nadiya hussein               90th Birthday cake  Nadiya’s 90th birthday cake for Queen Elizabeth II



Holm On Spalding Moor

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:43 pm

Holme on Spalding Moor Home to some of my ancestors – future immigrants to New England



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