Six frying pans, 30 pounds of syrup, and a gross of what??

Catholic Europe has celebrated fatherhood since the Middle Ages on 16 March, St Joseph’s Day.  Here in the UK Father’s Day is much more recent and falls on 17 June this year. There’s practically no-one in my tree with a birthday on those dates or called Joseph, so in the spirit of commercialism, which now  |  more…

Three score years and ten

Longevity is the theme for this week’s #52cancestors challenge. So did my direct ancestors reach their three score years and ten, 70 years in other words (Psalm 90:10)? And if they did, how typical were they of their time? Walterina Nicholson, my paternal grandmother, was the oldest direct ancestor that I know of. She died  |  more…