Monday, 25 August 2008

Remember me ?

Hi every one, remember me? Don’t ask where I’ve been cos I’m not sure myself! Thank you to all of you who inquired about my absence, Iam fine really, I think I just needed a break from the computer, I have been busy doing other things though, Maurice, Kate and Martin and I spent a lovely weekend in Leicester to celebrate my niece Wendy and her husbands thirtieth wedding anniversary, We stayed at my lovely Niece Stella’s house, and her and Steve made us so welcome, lots of pictures to show you another time, then my nephew Gary(Jean and Pete’s son) got married to lovely Holly..Ditto the pictures! ,Charlotte my Granddaughter came to stay for a week so we had lots of super girly time together, she is growing up so quickly fourteen now! I made myself yet another cardigan, and a little summer jumper….finished the quillow!



Being on the editorial team, another resident’s news letter has been compiled and as I’m also on the Forum we are currently planning the tenant’s conference to be held in November.

One piece of exciting news to share ….my clever Grandson Matthew (Kate and Martin’s son) achieved excellent grades in his GCSE exams and is now looking forward to the sixth form.

Last Wednesday I joined residents from a court I used to do holiday and sick cover at, and where my friend Jackie lives, we went to Dudley, is that in Warwickshire? To the Black Country Museum, We stepped back in time to see what life was like living along side a canal, in a mining community, ,and Jackie and Ienjoyed faggots and mushy pes and chips for our lunch !so now Iam going to see if I can remember how to add pictures, so I will close as usual, with lots of



blpltt said...

Very nostalgic for me, Jan, I lived just outside Dudley around 1954 when my brother was a curate.  It was still very industrialised, and there were lots of little businesses making nails and chains.  Local lingo was very hard to understand!
Bunny xx

madcobug said...

Sounds like you have been very busy. How nice to have your grand-daughter visit for a week. Those pictures are very interesting. Your work is very pretty. Have a nice week. Hugs, Helen

sunnybethe said...

You've had a jam packed summer!  Been worried about ya hun!   You are having "too much fun"  LOL! Glad you are having a turly excellent summer.  I want one of those Quillows!  hugs,  Bethe

marainey1 said...

You have been plenty busy and doing and seeing lots.  That is what summer is for.  We have to enjoy the nice weather while we can.  I always enjoy the pictures of places showing what it was like in years gone by and appreciate the history they tell about.  I'm so glad you took the time to share them.  Your entries are always a welcome sight.  I missed you.  'On Ya' - ma

mortonlake said...

welcome back jan.  nearly mailed you couple of times. was getting worried,glad you had such a great time.  its  what  the hols are for.       was going to say summer weather,but  i think its   gorn          lol         thanks  for comment,you take care   love  mort xxx         lovely pics  by the way

lindaggeorge said...

Glad to hear from you again. I've been in something of a dark place for a few weeks and had turned of some of my Alerts. I thought I must have turned yours off by mistake! Didn't realise you too were having a break.

Don't leave it too long for the pictures.

I must try to update my Blog.

Love from

Linda x.

lindaggeorge said...

Forgot to comment on the BCLM.

Dudley these days is in the county of the West Midlands (that abomination created in the late 60's) Historically it is Worcestershire, although parts of neighbouring Staffordshire (ie Rowley Regis) had their admin at Dudley.

It was of course a very important place in times gone by and I defy anyone who went to school in England to have not heard of the Dudley family at some point.

The local iron ore and the 30 foot coal seam that surfaced in the area ensured our leading part in the industrial revolution. Sadly, all the exhausting and dangerous work associated with it was very poorly paid. I have miners and nail makers, not to mention the torturous job of Puddlers in my family tree.

Those houses you saw were identical to the houses of my older family (great Aunts etc) I well remember the kettle being thrust on the range to make us a cup of tea. I love the BCLM but it is best to go at quieter times.

Linda x.

lanurseprn said...

It's GREAT to hear from you again! I'm glad you are doing well. Enjoyed your photos. Keep in touch, ok?
Hugs Pam

sybilsybil45 said...

Oh My Jan we have missed you.  Mind you I am one to talk I have been missing as well for a few weeks... Loved to get all your family news.  Will be looking forward to next lot and also some photo's.  LOved these ones at Dudley. Brought back quite afew memories.  I remeber the lady next door to us had a mangle just like that Mum shared it with her..great fro getting the sheets almost ironed !! My Grannie had a fireplace just like that one as well with the oven to the side etc. Don't think we had the down the garden lav though LOL Look ater yourself  
Love Sybil xx

sugarsweet056 said...

Wow, you sound like you've been really busy!
TY for sharing the pics. :)

jaymact1 said...

Hi Jan I was beginning to think you had ran away. Thought you were ok as you have been commenting on my journals.  Did you get your email from Val yesterday Wire in the Blood ITN3 tonight and all week repeats but new series starts in September great news for us fans. Glad you are OK and enjoying this glorious summer lol. Love Joan.

astoriasand said...

Great to see you posting again Jan.Strange you should talk of Dudley my Mother was born in Dudley I think it was the Staffordshire then though changes were made later on that one.She came up to live in South Yorks at the tender age of three on the horse and cart in those days LOL!! All my family have been miners all gone now too.So many memories your posting brought back.All my Aunts and Uncles homes were very similar to the one in your pic LOL!!your Quillo looks fantastic.Well done Clap Clap.Lovely picture of you and sis.Take Care God Bless Kath astoriasand

cacklinrosie101 said...

So glad to see you back again, Jan!  I agree that the computer can suck so much out of our lives at time.  Everybody needs a break.  I sort of figured you were ok because you were doing the trivia quizzes.  Your quillow is so pretty.  Love xx Chris

cacklinrosie101 said...

I was finally able to get completely through your pictures.  AOL kept resetting them.  Life along the canal didn't look too bad except for the lav and the actual pig sty.  The house was cute, and I love those boats on the canal.  Love xx Chris

funnyface0s0 said...

Hi Jan, lovely to see you :o)    Sounds like you've been busy having some fun.  Its great to get together with family and you certainly seem to be doing that this year.
Luv Jaynee X

nightmaremom said...

nice to see you my friend...   you definitely sound busy and there no doubt was no time for the computer.  Looking forward to the pictures

chat2missie said...

I'm glad your doing well.  

dwhee70041 said...

It's good to hear from you again.  I guess we all need to take a break every now and then.  Glad you are well.

lsfp1960 said...

Hi Jan,  glad you posted an entry.  Sound like you've been busy besides having a good time.  Don't stay away so long next time~we missed you.  Linda in Washington  

mariealicejoan said...

So wonderful to see an entry from you Jan!!!  Sounds as if you have been having a lovely summer and I did enjoy seeing the pictures of your little foray to teh Black Country Museum!  It looks like it was really interesting!  I have loved seeing your finished quillow too!!!  It's absolutely  beautiful!  Well done!!! (((hugs)))

PS -Don't make us wait so long for an update next time!  Please pretty please!

nedmoh said...

Hi Jan ,lovely to see and read an entry from you ,sounds like a really interesting  Museum in Dudley ,did we once go to a zoo there ?It was good to see your photos ,they bought back some memories of the old things that were used ,it make you realise how old we remember them !!!!!I'm sure you have been missed by  all the comments  but nice surprise to see your name here when I turned on the PC this morning you big sis ....Jeanxxx

jeanno43 said...

No wonder you have been away from the computer with all that going on.  What a busy bee you have been.  I loved the quilt and the quillow.  I bet you enjoyed your time away from this addictive little box.  Welcome back.

oddb0dkins said...

Hi Jan, it's nice to hear from you. I must admit I thought you'd deserted us.
I like the pics from the mining village. Gotta love the one with the Nora Battie stockings hanging on the bed.

Welcome back.

B. x

labdancer51 said...

I remember you Jan, you are the lovely lady who says such nice things about my darling Roman or as you say, Little Lord Torn Socks...I just love that!:o)) Welcome back though, you have been missed. I love the photos but I`m not sure I`d want to have an outside loo, can you imagine what it must be like in Winter? Brrrrr!  Congratulations to Matthew, it`s always nice to hear when yougsters do so well at school, no wonder you are so proud of him. :o)

Love Sandra xxxx

lurkynat said...

hugs Jan! Welcome back!
umm did you make the quilt and the pillow case? lovely!

frdbrow7 said...

Welcome back Jan!
I have been to that museum, loved it!  I would love one of those cast iron stove/ovens, would go lovely in my Victorian cottage. :-D
Congrats to Matthew on his results :-)


cayasm said...

Welcome back I've been on the missing list glad all is well, and your taking some time out and ENJOYING IT, I'll make a post soon but also enjoying a bit of a break.

Loves ya


pharmolo said...

I've not been all that present myself lately lol

ukgal36 said...

This whole year seems to have been a break for me from J Land..i am slowly getting back into it..
always good to hear from you!!

plieck30 said...

Nice to see you back. Glad it was all in fun you being gone. Thought about you and missed you. Paula

rjsisti said...

Congrats on being selected as one of the Editor's Picks!

Hugs, Rose

kaydeejay5449 said...

I missed you!  I'm happy you are doing well and have had so much fun during your layoff from journaling.  I love the pictures of the mine.  The piano and candlestick picture is my favorite! Your quiltillow came out so nice!  Good sewing!
Hugs, Kathy

frankandmary said...

Here by way of Mort.  Congrats on being a guest editor's pick. Super girly time is wonderful for Granddaughter/Grandmother.
Yet another cardigan?  I'd be happy with sewing a button on properly that doesn't LOOK like I just fixed it. ~Mary

mleppard06 said...

hi jan nice to see you back. congrats to matthew will he do a levels now? take care mrs t xx

luvrte66 said...

Hi Jan, stopping by via Magic Smoke and Mort's Guest Editor picks. Congratulations!

Sounds like you're incredibly busy with plenty of fun activities and time with family. Enjoy!


frankandmary said...

Congrats on being a guest editor's pick.  
Wonderful for Matthew, & for Kate & Martin, whom I am sure are quite proud. Now why faggots & mushy pies & chips made me laugh, I don't know :0. ~Mary