Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Rummaging

Tilly was needing a stronger harness so a pet store visit was earmarked for today. She's almost outgrown her first one and as she still pulls a fair bit on her lead a decent harness was needed. Unfortunately while I was deciding on the most suitable one she disgraced herself by having a wee on the pet shop floor. The assistant wasn't too bothered, mopped it up and gave her a puppy dentastick as a treat.

While I was out I decided to buy a cake for hubby's upcoming birthday and his inner child wanted a caterpillar cake. I'm not complaining as any chocolate cake is good and he will have to share the cake with me of course.

 

I noticed there was a car boot sale taking place nearby and this is one where dogs are allowed unlike the larger more organised Sunday car boot sale where dogs are banned. Although there wasn't much that appealed to me I did buy a couple of books for fifty pence each and both seem to be in brand new condition. The book I bought for hubby had a letter inside and had been gifted by the publishers to a newspaper editor asking him if he would write a piece about the book and telling him that the authors were available for interview. I'm pretty sure that article did appear on the one hundred year anniversary of the first world war. Hubby will enjoy reading that I'm sure.

For myself I bought a book about tracking down your ancestors. I have been spending quite a lot of time recently on my family tree and working through my DNA list with some success. I had a break from the research last year while I was undergoing my cancer treatment but have got back into it again. I'm not sure if the book will be any use but I'll give it a go. There's certainly always more things to learn.

I was contacted recently by a lady whose partner John and his father were in my family tree and as she was new to her own research she asked me what our connection was. Her partner John didn't know much about his father's side of the family. I had to revisit what I had previously found but even I had a bit of a surprise. John's grandfather was the first husband of my distant cousin's second wife and had died at a young age. I  was able to tell her when and where John's grandfather died and even the churchyard where he is buried but not why he died. There were some tragic circumstances uncovered and my contact is ordering some certificates. I was pleased to be able to help but really there is no blood relationship to John and myself but I am hoping this lady stays in touch with me and that she discovers more answers to her many questions. It was good for me to be involved and get the old brain cells working hard again.

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  1. Maybe all the excitement of getting a new harness was just too much for her!

    I don't recognise the genealogy book but I hope it's of use to you. It's a great feeling when you can help out with someone else's research, isn't it? I'm still waiting to hear back from mine.

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    1. Tilly was probably bored and she'd rather be out walking :)
      I may pick up some useful leads in the book. My Irish roots are particularly hard to explore as many records were destroyed in a fire in 1922.
      https://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/irish-records-burned.html
      My 3rd great grandfather and his family came over to Manchester in the early 1800s looking for work no doubt. My contact thanked me for all my help and hopefully she will find the answers she is looking for, it's left me wondering too.

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    2. I had the same frustrations with all the missing Irish records when I was tracing my late partner's family.

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    3. It is frustrating hitting a brick wall. It'll be interesting to read about Irish records in the book.

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  2. I hope hubby enjoys his forthcoming birthday - and what's not to love about a caterpillar cake :) I suppose you know about the legal 'war' waged by M & S against Aldi, saying their caterpillar cake is a copy of their own? Very childish I think seeing as Asda, Tesco and Lidl, to name just three, also do caterpillar cakes.

    Interesting to find a letter in the book you got for hubby. I have a very distant family connection to the sinking of the Lusitania - an aunt of my mum's, who would have been my great aunt, should have been coming back from New York on the Lusitania but for some reason (and I can't remember now what my mum told me) she missed the boat, thereby avoiding the disaster which could have claimed her life. That's the main reason why I can always remember the year the Lusitania sank.

    It's good to know you're continuing with your ancestry research and I hope the book proves useful to you. It seems a bit odd having a car boot sale on a Tuesday though :)

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    1. Hubby had heard about the caterpillar cake wars and that's why he decided he'd have one for his birthday but he wanted the real deal from Marks :) It's always been market day on Tuesdays and Fridays but yesterday there were very few actual market stalls mainly the carbooters. It's been such a long time since I've been to the market I never gave it a second thought when I decided to go to M & S for the cake.
      The book and letter about the Lusitania look unread and I wonder how it made it's way from a newspaper editor's office to a car boot sale. How fascinating to learn that your great aunt could have been aboard the ship and would no doubt have lost her life along with about 1,200 other poor souls. Hubby says he will pass the book on to you when he's read it if you would like it.

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    2. Thanks Eileen, I'd love the book as long as you don't mind hanging on to it until I can get down there. I can imagine most people know about the Titanic but not many will think about the Lusitania.

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    3. Yes of course he will keep hold of the book for you, he doesn't mind at all.

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  3. Poor Tilly must have been overexcited to make a little puddle(Giggle). The car boot sale I still couldn't have gone to and I'm not sure whether they are allowed here yet anyway, though I think some organised markets are slowly being allowed in certain areas. Some councils are still being so careful, as we are too. MY DH would definitely like that book & I find research on the internet difficult as I'm too cautious and most of my distant relatives come from UK, so a bit harder too, though I would like to learn more. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. I think Tilly was bored waiting for me to choose the right harness for her as she doesn't like being ignored :) I'm not sure what the restrictions are here anymore as they are being eased quite rapidly it seems and as it wasn't busy at the car boot sale and well spaced out it felt safe there. You'd find doing the ancestry research fascinating I'm sure. I pay for a worldwide subscription to the Ancestry site so it's a safe site to use. I have a second cousin in New Zealand and her tree is on the Ancestry site so it wouldn't be too difficult to trace your UK relatives. It is a very time consuming hobby though.

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  4. Bless Tilly. I'm sure she wouldn't be the first puppy to have an accident in the store and she certainly won't be the last :)
    Birthday wishes to your husband. I hope he has a lovely day. X

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    1. Hubby used to work in a pet store and tells me he had to clean up worse than Tilly's little puddle :)
      Thank you for your birthday wishes, I'm looking forward to having some of his chocolate caterpillar cake :)

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  5. I'm sure the staff in the pet shop are used to mopping up accidents. It's quite a lot of years now since I've done any proper research into my family tree but a couple of weeks ago I got a phone call from my cousin, her husband is starting to do some research and as she knew I'd done a lot of the tree already she hoped I could help. They were both thrilled to bits with all the information I gave them, backed up by certificates and documents. It will have saved them quite a lot of time and money. I'm hoping that they go on to uncover more information which, in turn, they will be able to furnish me with. I've always found that even distant relatives help each other when looking for clues about their ancestors.

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    1. I found that most people are willing to help each other, I've received valuable help myself. Funnily enough I just logged in and have a new strong DNA match and it seems to be my cousin's daughter. My cousin, aunt and uncle lived in Derbyshire so I never saw much of them and I'm certain she or I will be in touch at some point. Isn't it good to have these records at our disposal and the internet has made the research so much easier than it ever was in the past.

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  6. I love a caterpillar cake myself ......

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    1. I'm looking forward to trying it :)

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  7. I have been watching the caterpillar cake wars from afar by tuning into the BBC news on line. Bet it tastes yummy.
    I've been doing family history research too, for the past 30 years on and off. My current brick wall is my late husband's great-grandfather, who appears in the 1891 census age 23 and is dead by 1894 at age 28..... all clues so far indicate that he could be a "traveller", gypsy, romany.... no idea how to find out!

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    1. I'm sure the cake will be yummy, I like any chocolate cake.
      It's sad that we find so many who died young but not at all surprising. We are lucky to live long lives now with the advances in medicine but sad to see so many with diseases caused by old age. I wouldn't know how to find out about Romany families either.

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  8. From Ann via Bloglovin'

    I had wondered if Tilly would grow much more, obviously she is putting on a growth-spurt, bless her. Our son's dog, Barney (McTrouble...as we nickname him) has really grown. They use a harness for him, but it isn't enough to hold him back, he pulls like a train! Luckily Lil gave us an old *haltie (*not sure of spelling) one that goes around the dogs nose and clips onto the collar...and it is Brilliant....even McTrouble can't pull my arms (and my back for that matter). So, if Tilly still pulls with a new harness, let me know and I will let you have photos of the 'nose' version. And a Very Happy Birthday to your hubby 🎉🎉🎉 enjoy the cake 🍰

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    1. Tilly has grown but not enough to fill out the new harness. Her current one is Extra Small and the new one is Small but still too big. I'm keeping it as I hope she'll grow into it. I bought one with a handle on the back so we can grab her if need be. Barney McTrouble should meet Tilly Trouble as they sound two of a kind. Tilly now pulls like a train and I think I'll go with your suggestion of buying a halti as we'll have to do something to make her walk nicely. Thanks for your birthday wishes for hubby.

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