Family ties

Over the last year I’ve been looking into my family history and researching my ancestors. It has been such an interesting thing to do, has given me a deeper sense of belonging, and an appreciation of just how many hundreds of years of Welsh-ness I have behind and within me 😀

I’ve loved tracing generation after generation of my grandfathers who were blacksmiths, and am hoping to have a go at it myself sometime. I also found grandfathers working in the slate quarries, so The Boy and I visited Llanberis slate museum, where he was chosen to participate in the demonstration – watching my Boy working and splitting the slate, as our ancestors would have done, was just lovely!

And these little beauties in the photo came to me from my Nain – Millie. They were passed down through the family and were originally her grandmothers, so my great, great grandmother. I love how the paint is worn on the darning mushroom, imagining the hands that have held it over the years. The snips are prettily decorated on the handles, but totally blunt, they sit together on a shelf looking beautiful though.

It has been such a pleasure discovering the lives of the men and women who have gone before, and finding new relatives that I didn’t know existed until I started this. I’m looking forward to finding out more.

Happy New Year!

Hi 😀

Hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas, it was an enjoyable one here, but hectic, and every day felt like a Sunday for weeks!

There was a bit of sadness that the custom order Little Red Riding Hood set went missing for about 6 weeks, but the customer was lovely, and very understanding, and thankfully it turned up just after New Year – phew!

I’ve been looking into my family tree this year – with some very interesting and unexpected surprises – and on my (email) Christmas card list, I had an extra eight distant relatives to send to! I’ve met, and am lucky to be related to, some of the most lovely people in my search for the past.

And then to top it off, we had a bit of snow, announced to me as I woke, by B singing ‘It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas’ (on the 18th January :D) so yesterday was spent with him scraping up everything he could find (we don’t get much here) to make a stash of snowballs – and I love the snowflake shot I managed to get – happy days!