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Lieut John Hollister – One of the First Settlers in Wethersfield and Glastonbury Connecticut December 13, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Glastonbury Conn — Janet @ 11:51 pm

john-hollister-house  Hollister House – one of the first houses to be built in Glastonbury Connecticut 1649   in its original location it was subject to flooding

later added to, moved to Tryon Road in 1723

Lieut John Hollister was my 9th Great Grandfather

I find this quite exciting as one our sons has been living in Glastonbury for the past 15 years.  He and his wife and baby son were previously living in Ipswich in England.  Lots of my ancestors emigrated from there also.

Personal connections to local history give me a buzz.


Getting Dark at 4 o’clock

Filed under: Arctic Circle,Seasons,Seattle,Stonehenge,Winter Solstice — Janet @ 4:29 pm

December 11 – Here it is only 4 o’clock on an overcast wintry day and it’s getting dark.  I can hardly wait for the winter solstice.  The onset of dim light and then darkness seems to be getting earlier in the afternoon this year.  Or do I forget from year to year.

Official sunset times in Seattle seem to hover around 4:10 and 4:20 these days.  Combined with sunrise times that means about 8 hours of daylight.  Don’t feel gloomy – I just looked at one of my favorite blogs – Dances With Wool – the author lives in Northern Finland on the edge of the Arctic Circle where they have only 3 hours of daylight at this time of year.  Sunrise around 11 and sunset around 2.  By 5 o’clock one feels like it’s bedtime.  I don’t know if I could take that.  Seattle and Dublin are far enough north for me.


solstice-stonehenge  winter solstice sunrise at Stonehenge

photo credit: Wikipedia