Sunday, 1 July 2018

War Time Drawings, A Musical, Scarecrows & the Heatwave Continues

LIFE: June 18th-24th 2018

The fortnight began with dull grey days, until a wonderful return of the good weather with sun at 8am and sun at 8pm  - and for us very hot,  82F some days, - and we are flagging a bit in the heat.  Lovely, though to put on rarely worn light summer clothes and to go out at 9am, without thought of a cardigan,. fleece or jacket.  

Met K. who  was a child in the war, to gather her memories for our next Auld Earlston exhibition. She  remembered the Czech army officer who was billeted with the family He was a talented artist and left the  family  a beautiful little pen and ink drawing  Charles Bridge in Prague, and a water colour of the view from their house onto the White Hill in Earlston.  After the war, he emigrated with his famiy to Canada,and there has been no contact since 1965. 

K. has asked if I can trace any of his descendants to let them know about the drawings - so I have put my family history research hat on,  and  have got some leads to follow up, thanks to very helpful input from Canadian genealogists.

Sound, Sounds, Concert, Culture, Light  
Earlston High School's performance was brilliant, impressive  and moving -  the singing, acting, staging, choreography, and the 20 piece orchestra. Hard to credit that this was by students, no older than 17.

"Memories of a Land Girl" has had a great response in terms of page views and has boosted my confidence with the Auld Earlston blog. 

G. is down in Derbyshire on holiday and today is visiting the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where Armed Forces Day is being marked.  She e-mailed me this lovely  memorial to the Land Girls.

Earlston Civic Week began this weekend, and businesses and households were asked to take part in a Scarecrow Festival, with strange figures making an appearance around the village.  A great photo opportunity, but too many to show here, but take a look at this sample of  people's creativity and ingenuity. 

                                                Outside the Black Bull pub.

 Outside the Health Centre 

 More images on my  general Facebook page HERE 


Journal Jottings   
Recording my everyday life for future family historians
Developed from the "Genea-Pourri" prompt  on Randy Seaver’s blog Genea-MusingsI I decided to change his title for my own version of this weekly online diar

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