Hi from southern Ontario;
What have I done this week? I thought I was finished sorting boxes of memorabilia, not a chance, I found another box labelled Ross/ Richards/Rodgers miscellany, in it were of course more slides, loose not in a box, all the negatives for pics my mother took in the late 1950's and early 1960's. I vaguely remember her having a Brownie camera.
Also, lots of newspaper clippings, weddings, funerals, and- I do remember this event a copy of a newspaper column published July 27, 1966, the day after we emigrated to Canada. We-all 6 kids and my parents were walking through Heathrow airport, in London, England. A reporter kept asking my parents why we were emigrating, my dad was a doctor. Doctors were leaving England for Canada, Australia, New Zealand and sometimes the U.S. every day.
At that time in England GP's had no hospital privileges, if a patient was admitted to hospital, the family doctor never saw them again until after they were discharged. Doctors were paid a set amount of money per patient per year for those who were on 'their patient list'. It didn't matter if they were seen once a year or 100 times a year. of course, the more patients were on the list the more income you had, but it meant working 12-15+ hours a day and most patients were seen at their homes. This included delivering babies at home. No appointment system existed for patients that were seen in 'the surgery'. There were times when I didn't see my dad for several days, he was so busy.
One photo I found- I think/hope is of my 2 X grt grandfather Patrick Shaughnessy born 1845, on my mum's side, he was a collier, the picture shows a man standing next to a coal delivery wagon, on the side of the wagon it clearly says Birchenwood Colliery. It all fits; that colliery opened in 1901, it about 5 miles from where the family lived. He looks about 60 maybe older, he was still working in 1911. I have asked my cousins in England for a second opinion.
What else, I thinking of donating a prize for the Source a thon, though and opinions wanted, my gift would be gardening advice. amongst other hats I wear I am a Master Gardener, plus about 10 years of university gardening related courses. I ran my own garden design and coaching business for many years. I have been a somewhat obsessed gardener since I was 6.
For this to work the prizewinner would have to garden in climate zone 7 and colder, I have no experience with hot, dry climates.
Other stuff; I will be asking to be made PM for many of my husband's ancestors, the current PM has not been on WT since 2012, I posted about it in G2G.
Now I need to run around like a crazy person and get ready to go on holiday for 13 days!
Take care everyone, I'll be back-M