Yay, the Postcards Have a New Home!

I’m pleased to announce that the Motley Postcards have found a new home.

The lovely Sheila from A Postcard a Day has offered to take them.  They will be doubly famous and appearing on her blog in the near future too!  I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself, it’s a match made in heaven.

Now, I just need to re-home the photos and then I’ll be happy…

The Lost Souls

These 2 are photographs mounted on postcards.  As you can see, they are probably from the First World War period.  I often wonder in these cases, whether the person photographed survived or not.

These are the last of my pictures.  Can you give them a home?

The Duchess & Lost in Austen

I’ve a couple of things to talk about that are coming up for our viewing pleasure.

Most of you will probably have heard that the film ‘The Duchess’ based on the bio by Amanda Foreman about Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was being made.  It’s actually coming out at the cinema next week.  I’m not that enamoured of the book, or what I’ve seen from the trailer (voiceover has an alarming tendency to call her Georgina, and don’t annoy me with the whole Diana comparison please), but the person herself is interesting and you might want to give it a whirl.

There is also ‘Lost in Austen’.  This begins next Wednesday at 9pm.  From the trailer this looks to be quite amusing.  Let’s face it, how many of us have fantasised about meeting the characters of ‘Pride and Prejudice’?  Just me?  Oh well.

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The Keeper Family

To follow on from my Motleys post, these are 3 photos I will probably be keeping.

When looking at the back of the images I noticed they have ‘Mother’, ‘Father’ and ‘Lilian’ inscribed on them.  I am particularly fond of the 2 ladies images, but found the man a little scary.

Needless to say, being me, now I’ve discovered they’re a family I can’t split them up.  I’m sentimental that way.

I will be posting about the Motley Postcards shortly…

The Motleys, Or Could You Love Us?

Some of you may have noticed a little while ago I mentioned that I purchased a Victorian photo album.  I’m going to try and photograph it carefully to show you all, but it is in a very sorry state, and has been robbed of all but a few of its original photographic entries.  Sad, and I felt sorry for it, which is why I bought it in the first place!

I’d forgotten, until I was searching for it, that as a bonus I got a random envelope of photos and postcards with it too.  Probably no-one loved these either, some are quite faded, or have seen better days.

My question is, I am going to keep one or two of them, but could you love any of my motley collection?  I don’t want these to be re-sold, I’d like to find them a home.  Please see the first set.  I’m going to do a few more another day, including postcards.

A-Castle Hunting We Will Go!

It’s no secret here about my great love of castles. Well, never mind that, my great love of the majority of historic buildings!

When I’m not doing the day job, I’ll be researching something. It could be my family history, then again it could be an historic topic of the moment that intrigues me for whatever reason. Or, more probably at the moment it will be the Frasers of Castle Fraser. Hey, that’s not a bad thing.

My new trend, if you will, is to discover new castles. ‘New’ castles you say? Well, off the beaten track ones. Neglected or fairly unknown ruins, mutations or even suggestions of castles (i.e. isn’t that a wall? (Consulting map) well it says here it’s …… castle).

Oh, the pure joy of hiking across fields, hills, gates, barbed wire, etc. etc. in search of castles. We managed 5 this week! Roll on the next :mrgreen:

Who Do You Think You Are? – Back This Week

Hello fellow genealogy fans!  Those of you based in the UK, or with access to BBC TV will be pleased to know that the programme ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ is back this Wednesday 13 August, BBC1 at 9pm (repeated the next day).  The first episode is about the family of the actress Patsy Kensit.

For those of you that haven’t seen it before, it is a programme tracing the genealogy of celebrities.  The last few series have been very high quality indeed, so I am looking forward to this one.

More details about the show can be found here.  The BBC website also has some handy tips and tools for the beginner.  Why not start tracing your family tree?