Dolly's Blog

Did a little painting after dinner and Len pottered about, clearing lots of things from the garage. We shall take the rubbish down to the dump on our way to Jaqui’s tomorrow. Len had a bath as he sees the chiropodist tomorrow. Mended dressing gown. Am reading The First Circle by Solzenitsyn. Tito very ill, not expected to live. Looks as though Maureen is expecting.

 

Heard of closing ceremony at the U.S.A. Lake Placid Olympics. All the athletes mixed together, to show that athletes are united and sport is above politics. Hope the Moscow Olympics go ahead. If only USSR would withdraw from Afghanistan!

 

Me: I love the way my mum’s musings switch from Tito on his death-bed to someone called Maureen expecting a baby. But can you hear the passion in her voice as she writes about the Olympics? And Afghanistan was in the news way back in 1980....

Stayed in today to polish and Hoover while Len went shopping. Walked down after lunch to post the picture of George. Do hope they like it. Collected Mrs C’s list. Her legs and feet are a nuisance to her at the moment, but she won’t let me call the doctor. Len managed to get some wood for the fire from Export Packing – 10 pence for a boot full. He is pleased.

 

Have finished “Testament of Youth” and started “First Circle”. Sure I have read it before. Shall recognise it maybe when I get further on. Bought card for Michael’s birthday tomorrow. Started a picture of a muffin man. Thought I should like to paint the two or three cries we heard when we were younger.

 

Robin Cousins won the Olympic Gold Medal for Skating. Smashing show.

 

Me: Mum loved painting, using oil paints. She was actually better at scenes, but far preferred to paint people. George, the subject of the painting she mentions was my father Len’s brother. I love the fact that she was painting a muffin man – a reminder of the London cries she heard in her childhood. It’s a link into the past, a piece of social history. I always thought of them as Dickensian (Oliver Twist comes to mind) but they must have still been around when Mum was a child (she was born in 1912.)

 

Testament of Youth and First Circle were both books of mine which I had loaned her.  Mrs C was a neighbour whom Mum tried tirelessly to help.

 

You will find lots of references in Dolly’s Blog to the cost of things which I find fascinating.  10p for a boot full of wood for the fire.  No wonder my Dad was pleased!

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21.05 | 10:09

I'm needing to find information about the usher family tree for my aunty, her great grandparent where Thomas and Phoebe Usher would I've been researching

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21.05 | 10:03

Hi Karen,
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18.04 | 17:19

Oh that's such a good read Jaqui! It's great to see it through your eyes, and you capture it beautifully... and you will indeed look like real athletes too!

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