Category Archives: Ancestry

Spare a Thought for Pumpkins!

Pumpkin Soup
Spare a thought for pumpkins! The shops are full of pumpkins in readiness for Halloween. I feel sorry for this species, they are often carved into some ghoulish creation, stuffed with tea lights for one night and then simply discarded. Whilst in New Zealand we were guests of the ancestors of our current home. Our hosts served up roasted wedges of pumpkin with the traditional Sunday roast…. delicious! Pumpkins can be made into a lovely soup but I don’t think i’ll ever love pumpkin pie (sorry American kissing cousins!) The book is an American party book (1963) and I love the Halloween pages. The gist of the editorial goes.. Little Jimmy helps his father carve the Jack o’ Lantern with a really sharp knife. Meanwhile little Milly makes popcorn balls with her mother before doing all the washing up…. well I might be embellishing slightly but Grrrrrrrrr! Have a wonderful weekend and pick up a pumpkin!

Pumpkins for cooking

Pumpkins for soup, not carving!

Vintage pumpkin fun

Vintage pumpkin fun

Who Do You Think You Are?

Walter and Emily
The elves were busy in the Rocking Dog workshop until the early hours but nothing finished to show! So … Who Do You Think You Are? I love family history and with the help of Ancestry.com, trips to cemeteries, and correspondence with unknown relatives have found out SO much. From Turquoise miners in New Mexico, grocers in Tasmania, Gelatine factory owners in Buffalo, to butchers, millwrights and workhouse inhabitants. I can now trace my mothers family back to 1550 when a Marmaduke Lodge married an Alice Swallow in Yorkshire. So the Art Deco swallow bowl is my tribute to Alice! Incidently have you ever read Oscar Wilde’s the Happy Prince? There is a swallow in that story and every but every time I have a lump in my throat and tears streaming down my face. Have a safe trip to sunnier climes little swallows!

Making a clean sweep

Making a clean sweep. Great Uncle John Cresser delivering brushes, Edinburgh.

Tribute to Alice

Tribute to Alice