When our elder daughter, Anabel, asked me if I would allow her to offer some of our old family photographs to the Glasgow University project A History of Working Class Marriage I was happy to do so. I gave her the wedding photographs of my Mum and Dad and two of my aunts which now appear on the project’s Photos, love letters and diaries page. Later, Anabel also sent in one of the Stroud girls’ double wedding in 1956, when I married John Mitchell and my sister, Annabel, married Jim McInnes. This led to a fair bit of reminiscing on my part, which led Anabel to say that I should be writing it all down – it was social history. I thought about all the things I wish I’d asked my grandparents and parents about their lives, but never did. So I began to tell my story. In a recent conversation with my sister we agreed that we had an idyllic childhood in which our Grandparents and the Bridgend Toll House at Kilmacolm played a huge part. It was the hub of the family where we could be confident of a loving welcome from John and Janet. I chose to write first about my mother’s side of our family then went on to my father’s family, who came to Scotland from Woolwich in 1910, and am now chronicling my own life.
I wasn’t too keen on having a blog but persuasion brought me round. I’m enjoying doing it and surprised at how many memories are rising to the surface of my mind. My regret is that I didn’t do it when some of the earlier generation were still around, but that’s life! My computer skills are few and organising a blog would try them severely. Fortunately the said Anabel has done all the hard bits (as she had already done for her Dad) and she and Elspeth, our younger daughter, have encouraged us greatly.
Looking back on my life, it was always sunny (but we all had wellies just in case!)