I will be saying goodbye to the year at the end of this decade in Mylor Harbour, Cornwall. I'm here for a well-earned holiday in the fresh sea air, and to spend time with loved ones. In such beautiful surroundings, looking over the English Channel and the sweeping moorland, marked with farms and villages which … Continue reading Fare Well
As soon as I could go, I was off. Grandma called me Dot, as that's what I was - in the distance. A favourite place to run, was to the sea from the beach hut at West Mersea - responsible adult eyes straining and scouring the mud and waterline for my shock of white hair. … Continue reading Hands Up!
From Essex to Cornwall. And beyond!
In the first week of August, 2011, my father died after a long illness. He'd just made 93 when he was declared out. We hadn't seen each other in a long time; my mother acted as 'gatekeeper' to that relationship and to describe her as a difficult person is polite. Once he'd died, she made … Continue reading Good Night Irene
George William Manley, 1911. A photograph of my grandfather taken at Whitfield Cosser & Co., Colchester.
Doris Annie Elizabeth Lambert with her older sister, Elsie. My grandmother and great-aunt c.1920.