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.
On Thursday 22 August, children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) results. Usually, these examinations are taken at the age of sixteen and are used as a benchmark for the child's employability or future study potential. Usually, the national release of the results leads to heavy debate … Continue reading Thinking ahead