21st May 2014

My weird Wednesday

I sure started early today – goodness I hate it when the alarm says 5 something! Pottering across Salisbury Plains in fog, I arrived to find […]
20th May 2014

St Dunstan and St Helens

This is St Dunstan’s Day, celebrated by some of the churches and other institutions which bear his name. Born in Somerset in the early tenth century, […]
19th May 2014

Barnardo’s Ups and Downs

Bringing more British Home Children to Canada than any other organisation, the Canadian Branch of Dr Barnardo’s organisation published the Ups and Downs magazine in Toronto […]
18th May 2014

#20 John Beavis (born 1826) of Portsmouth, Hampshire

Two of my eight great-grandparents surnames were unusual – in fact, three of my great-grandparents surnames are registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. Bearing in […]
17th May 2014

National Independence Day

In Norway, today is National Independence Day, or Constitution Day, commemorating the introduction of constitutional government on 17 May 1814. The country had been transferred from […]
16th May 2014

Diary, journal or blog

I sometimes sit down – it’s rare to be fair – and consider how much the world has changed since I was a child. The short […]
15th May 2014

Weird and wonderful Thursday

Doing family history research, we often come across names which you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy….. but turning back the clock, the names perhaps would […]
14th May 2014

Being specific

In a previous existence – before Family Wise Limited – I was a full-time teacher of science (firstly) and (latterly, more) mathematics. Now ‘following the dream’, […]
13th May 2014

Abbotsbury Garland Day

Held on 13 May (Old May Day) each year, the Garland Day celebrations have taken place in the Dorset village of Abbotsbury since about the early […]