Building Blocks of History 18th October

Things happen every day, big and small. Together they make our family history, our local history, our country’s history and sometimes they become part of global history.

All of these things happened on 18th  October in years gone by.

In 1910 E M  Howard’s End, one of my favourite Forster novels, was published.

In 1922 the British Broadcasting Company was founded.

In 1977 Hilary Bradshaw became the first woman to referee a rugby match.

In 1990 my mother, daughter and I visited Queen Eleanor’s Garden in Winchester.

Past and future meet

in the footsteps of a queen.

Mighty matriarchs.


What does 18th  October mean to you?  Create a Blocks of History post and add a link in the comments box.







This week’s WP Discover Challenge is Identity.

In the last few months my father has become much frailer. He can no longer live in his own home.  It is becoming harder and harder to see the vibrant, intelligent, charming man I have known all my life.  He has had some amazing adventures,  did his duty with bravery and dignity, made sacrifices and, of course, like everyone else made mistakes.  Sadly, the people he meets now only see the faintest shadow of that man.


Soldier and linguist

hidden beneath frailty your

unseen essence.



Two different perspectives

This week’s WP Discover Challenge is Perspective.


Early morning phone

call, worst fears are realised.

Dialled wrong number.

Earlier this week, my frail, elderly dad rang me and all I could hear was heavy breathing and there was no response to my voice. I immediately thought he’d had another stroke.  I rang back  before ringing the ambulance and starting the three and a half hour journey to see him.   When he answered he sounded normal and surprised to hear me. He’d pressed the wrong speed dial button and had put the phone down when he realised. What a relief!




Day 3 of Carpe Diem’s countdown to Christmas is  Decorations.


Look past the glitz – not

Frivolous decorations

But time capsules.

I collect Christmas decorations.  Every decoration I put on my tree is a memory of a place, experience or of a person. The ones in the collage above remind me of happy times with my Mum – her helping me decorate my first Christmas Tree in my own home,  her eye’s sparkling as she celebrated Christmases with her beloved grandchildren. The little ice cube snowman is one of my favourites. I bought it during what turned out to be our last ever shopping trip – bitter sweet memories.

“The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at”