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A Tribute To A World War II Soldier March 30, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Veterans Day,World War II — Janet @ 7:30 pm

In researching my genealogy I’ve come across a record of a very distant relation who served in the Air Force in World War II.  Maybe he isn’t related at all, the connection is pretty tenuous, but all the same I feel especially moved and want to acknowledge his service and sacrifice.  He was PVT Sage Harden Upshaw, born in 1912 in Georgia, died on June 3, 1944 in England.  Just before D-Day on June 6, 1944.  He is buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge England.  He was the son of William Upshaw who married my father’s sister, Myrtle.  Sage was a son by a previous marriage.

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Ancestor Tree Keeps Growing

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Castles,Genealogy — Janet @ 1:44 pm

John Prater  15th century ancestor, John Prater, my 12th Great Grandfather

Prather Nunney Castle

Prater Castle, Wiltshire

 

Third Grade Studies March 29, 2017

Filed under: Memories — Janet @ 2:07 pm

Long ago, what did we study in third grade?  My teacher was Miss Sawyer, in Payson Park School, Belmont Massachusetts.  My strongest memory is of the book Paddle to the Sea by         Holling C. Holling, a canoe journey through the Great Lakes.  Did we also learn about Eskimos?  Early societies n Africa?  South America?  Did we learn about the Sami people in the Arctic?

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Think Pink March 28, 2017

Filed under: Colours,Design,Knitters,Knitting,Seasons — Janet @ 8:50 pm

liz lovick in pink     A knitter friend, Liz Lovick, modeling one of her knitting patterns in pink

IMG_2727  a 3-D knitted textile in pink, by another knitter/textile artistic friend, Ann Maki

IMG_2749  a sea of pink right in front of our house – it’s cherry blossom time

 

Cold Wet March – Think Green

Filed under: Colours,Seasons,Seattle,Spring — Janet @ 4:35 pm

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I Could Write A Book……..

Beachmere Inn   1930’s postcard from Ogunquit Maine

I could write a long book about the memories stirring in me as I view this postcard from Ogunquit Maine.

 

Seattle Now & Then: East Olive Way, Sept. 21, 1938

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:04 pm

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THEN: The busy apartment house development on Capitol Hill in the early 20th Century included the Belvedere Vista Apartment, on the left of this 1938 look northeast on East Olive Way. Filling its flatiron block, the Belvedere Vista is also bordered by E. Olive Place and Melrose Ave. East. While the Belvedere Vista does not appear on the 1912 Baist Real Estate Map, it is listed in the 1915 Polk City Directory.

NOW: Seventy-eight years later many of the structures from 1938 survive in Jean Sherrard’s repeat from late winter of 2017.

Later – May 10, 1940 – and a block west on a part of Olive Way that is now the I-5 Freeway overpass,  This is,, perhaps obviously, another Foster and Kleiser billlboard photo.

Olive Way on its ascent to and joining with John Street, August 13, 1942. The view looks southwest thru the block…

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Waterford Greenway: do it the green way

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:02 pm

Making memories

I absolutely believe that every child should have the experience of riding a train. I don’t remember my first train ride. I was only two weeks old then. The trains have changed a lot since, and most of the railways have been closed.

The first public railway in Ireland was opened in 1834 between Dublin and Kingstown ( now Dún Laoghaire ) despite local opposition. The railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan was built in the 1870’s to link up with the Lismore and Mallow railway. The stations along the route were Kilmeadan, Kilmacthomas and Durrow. It was a very expensive line to be built at the time, with a 418 feet long tunnel, three stone viaducts, two causeways, a number of bridges and three road crossings. The railway line was officially opened in August 1878 with the first train departing Waterford at 10.10.

The first pedal-driven bicycle arrived to…

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How We Met March 27, 2017

Filed under: Africa,Friendship,Hotels,Kenya,Memoirs,Memories,Northern Ireland — Janet @ 3:00 pm

A few years ago, 18 to be more precise, I wrote a memoir which I called 8 Countries, 62 years.  Now at age 80 I plan to write the sequel and fill in a few gaps.  Yesterday at church coffee hour I was asked the conversation starter question – how did you meet the man you married – or words to that effect.

It’s a long story – or a very short story.

Step 1 – we met in Kenya in August 1966.

 

IMG  Ian at the Nairobi Show, September 1966

 

Gardening For Bio-Diversity

Filed under: Airfield,Art works,Artists,Claude Monet,Flowers,Images,Nature — Janet @ 1:48 pm

Poppies MonetGardening for Bio-Diversity Love this image from Rubalcava Horticultural Services in County Wicklow Ireland.  It reminds me also of a field of wildflowers at Airfield, an urban farm near my former home in Dublin.  Or Monet’s famous painting of a field of Poppies.