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Shoved it in a drawer

In 1989 my cousin died. Following the reading of his will, I was sent a list of his personal effects from which to choose two items. To be honest, there was nothing that I really wanted; the list consisted mainly of clothing, crockery, cutlery, a few small pieces of...

Happy Days

In the drawer was the bundle of letters. They had been there all of my life and many decades before, but should I read them now she was gone? Well, I expect you can guess! As a child I lived in an all-female environment. My mother was widowed and we lived with my...

Horniman’s Tea – A Right Royal Drink!

Contrary to present day opinion, the British have not always been a nation of tea drinkers, but since we adopted the habit we’ve become quite enthusiastic about this beverage! Perhaps it was a liking for tea that encouraged me in my search for the origins of The...

Turncoat

Charles Buck was born in the port of Weymouth in Dorset in 1770. He was the third of nine children born to Thomas Buck and Mary Bishop and was elder brother to my 3x great grandfather, Bernard Bishop Buck. The whole family were tied to the sea. All of Charles’...