Sunday, 23 November 2014
Friday, 21 November 2014
Last week we went to our local railway station for an important event. Dylan and his dad came too. We were going to watch a steam train come through and it did, on time and at speed! Here it is:
At the end you can see Larry ducking to get out of the picture.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGv_ZImyPXE
Dylan had never seen a steam train live before. He wasn't sure what he was going to see. He asked his dad if it was going to be like Thomas (the tank engine). Isn't that so sweet? At the event, he was frightened, which is not surprising, after all he has only just turned four. He is used to seeing the electric trains go through but this was something different and it did go very fast.
It was a first for Larry too. He had never seen a real steam engine in action either and he found it very exhilarating.
The last steam engine to pull a passenger train in England was in 1968. It was the Oliver Cromwell and it went from Liverpool to Carlisle. Is it really that long ago?
Do you have any memories of travelling on a steam train?
Thursday, 6 November 2014
My great-uncle, William Harry Davis, was born in 1879 and baptised in 1882 at St. Peter's, St. Albans. Later on, with the death of his father, the family moved to Hart Hill Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire. On 4th August 1906 Harry (as he was known) married Mary Edridge. There were two children born - Stanley and Gladys.
Harry went to France with the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, but was killed on 16th February 1916 in Flanders. He is buried in the Cambrin Military Cemetary, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference F9.
I have found out this information through family research. I didn't know the story beforehand. Harry was part of a very large family of Davis's. There were about thirteen children. My little nanna, Ethel was the youngest and her brother Harry was next but one up the line with Mabel in between.
I didn't see my dad for a large part of my life because he moved to Australia when I was fifteen. I didn't see him again until I was thirty-two years old. If I had known my dad better during those years, I expect I would have heard these stories frequently. I do know that my dad, whose middle name was Harry, was named after his Uncle. I know that now but I didn't know it until I started researching.
When I heard that The Royal British Legion were offering commemoration for the fallen soldiers in World War 1, I decided to remember my great uncle in this way. I am hoping they will put a poppy on his gravestone, since he is fortunate to have one. Not everyone did.
I have no contact with this branch of the family. Does anyone on here know of them? All I know is that Harry and Mary were married in Northwood, Middx. but since he spent a large part of his growing years here in Luton, I felt it appropriate to remember him here.
Who are you going to particularly remember on November 11th?
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Monday, 29 September 2014
Friday, 5 September 2014
I've been asked many times how I prepare runner beans for the steamer and the table, so here is a little video showing the correct way to do it:
One thing I forgot to say on the video is 'you need a sharp knife'.