Keeping our Mother’s stories alive



Je suis Charlie!









WW1 Memories

My Grandmother volunteered to be a Bus Conductor during WW1. Here she is having a studio photo taken in her uniform….she would have been 18 years old in 1914 although the photo is not dated. I remember her telling me that her mother insisted on meeting her at the bus depot if she was on a late shift to accompany her safely home. Grandma did not like this and asked her not to come because she was embarassed!!! Her mother gave in but only if she agreed to carry a large hat pin in her pocket to defend herself, should she ever need to!!!!!!


Annie Hoolahan nee Partington 1896 to 1986.



….my beautiful Mum, Annie Howe on the anniversary of her birthday today. There is a date stamp on the back of the photo 7th Jan 1939… she was 18 years old at the time this photo was taken! I love the astrakhan hat and collar she is wearing…still think about her every day!

Annie Howe. 1920 to 2005.


Mary – Ann’s Cottage

We spent a wonderful afternoon visiting this croft house.  You can find more information about it here. It was also a privilege to be guided around by a lady who had actually known Mary – Ann.

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Castle of Mey

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Burned Edges

This week sees six more lessons from Jessica Sprague’s frames and masks class.