LIFE: 17-30 September 2018
Gingham Girls, Blogging & Brambling
Gingham Girls, Blogging & Brambling
Another busy two week, as we say goodbye to a good summer (for once) and welcome Autumn, with the tree colours just beginning to change and temperatures down in the low 50sF/12C, but with some lovely invigorating sunny days.
Across Britain, we did have one day of raging storms with high winds and heavy rain, trees down,power cuts, roads closed, buses and trains badly affected. We were lucky - I just lost some decorative plant pots which were blown off a garden table.
- Earlston’s Gingham Girls was the topic at the last meeting at the local SWI (Scottish Women's Institute) when two members spoke enthusiastically of taking part in a national event to commemorate women (* some) receiving the vote. Processions were held in Edinburgh, London, Belfast and Cardiff, with participants marchioness with banners around the city centre, with a 15,000 women taking part in Edinburgh.
The Earlston banner, (in the "Give Women the Vote" colours of Green, White and Violet), paid tribute to the Whale Sisters - Christian and Marion, who in the early 19th century put the production of woven Earlston gingham on the map. They were women ahead of their time, managing their workforce and marketing their goods across Britain and beyond. They stamped their mark on commercial life, yet they had no right to have their say on the government of their country. Read more about them HERE.
Two surviving examples of Earlston gingham,
in the collection of the Auld Earlston GroupUnfortunately at the moment, only a black and white phtograph of the banner, but you get the idea, with the lettering picked out in green and violet gingham.
* In 1918, only women who were householders and over 30 years old, got the vote. The rest had to wait until 1928 when all women could vote on the same basis as men i.e. over the age of 21, with no property stipulation.
- Food Train and Making Meals was the theme of the talk at the Wednesday Club, An enterprising woman identified that many elderly people living on their own who had a great difficulty getting out to do shopping, if they had no friends of family nearby offerin support and that malnutrition could result. Carers only made very quick visits and no longer fulfilled the role of home helps, seeing to housework and shopping. So a charity was set up whereby volunteers (police checked) offered to do a weekly shop for clients and provided a friendly point of contact. Alongside this, people who liked cooking were matched with those who would welcome a home cooked meal - again offering mutual company along with the meal. Simple ideas for a very good cause and now being introduced across Scotland.
Getting very close to our setting up date on Oct. 16th, so I have been busy finalising the information panels on our theme "Earlston in War and Peace: 1914-194" - have Food and Rationing and VE Day still to do.
Earlston V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) Nurses in the First World War
ON THE BOX
Strictly Come Dancing 2018 is back and will keep me going very nicely for Saturday night entertainment until Christmas - I am an enthusiast! The dancing has been excellent, the ballroom dresses gorgeous and graceful, but I am less happy about the music choices - usually from "pop" music and inappropriate for many of the dances e.g. Viennese waltz, jive, Charleston. Still I enjoy it all immensely and it is occupying mega comment space on Facebook. (N. in meantime escapes onto the computer for the whole programme.)
University Challenge - we both enjoy teing our knowledge here,though lucky if we can answer 5 questions each. Last Monday's round was disappointing, with a London University Institute of Paris team, who singularly had failed to absorb much European history and culture,while being based in France. They were well defeated.
Vanity Fair - I continue to be impressed with this productio of Thackery's novel - the actingis totally iconveniencing. with my favourite character Amelia - the counterpoint to the scheming, manipulative Becky.
Celebrity Masterchef - the all-male final with my favourite winning. It is very watchable but I do get a bit bored with the prolonged session they show from their time in a professional kitchen - much prefer when they cook their their own dishes in the Masterchef kitchen.
Not much time for blogging lately, but I did contribute to the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" prompt where the theme was simply "Ten". I wrote about the ten children of my great grandparents James and Maria Danson.
Ideal weather for going up the Huntshaw hill to gather brambles - not a great crop, but deliciously tasty, stewed with apples (bumper supply this year, and no comparison with the cultivated variety you get in supermarkets.
View from Huntshaw Hill
AND FINALLY - TWO LOCAL VIEWS
Recording my everyday life for future family historians
This blog developed from the "Genea-Pourri" prompt on Randy Seaver’s blog Genea-Musings. I decided to change this title for my own version of this weekly online diary.