"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Sioux under General
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Back in familiar territory for work, I didn’t get much opportunity to go walkabout as the weather turned nasty the day after I arrived. It suited me, I’d done a load of exploring during the previous weeks, so was happy to hole up in the warmth of the house. There was however one specific trip I wanted to do, to look for an area where my son-in-law’s mom’s family had once lived, so planned that for when there was a reasonably clear day. 

 

It snowed unexpectedly which gave the surrounding countryside a totally new look, and once the snow melted, fresh new sunrises and sunsets were the order of the day.  Despite the cold, the bird feeder outside the kitchen window had a continual stream of visitors and I got some reasonable photos in the early mornings, while the house was still quiet.

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My sunset view from the kitchen window, before the snow

The view from my bedroom window, before and after the snow.

Early morning view from my bedroom window.

While on my last holiday in SA, my son-in-law’s mom had shown me some photos of her great grandfather’s home in the UK. The area was close to where I was working, so my client allowed me the use of her car during my daily 2-hour break. I wanted to find the house in one of the photos, as well as a plaque in the local parish church.

                                               I didn’t have far to go, and found the little church without

                                               hassle. After asking about in the village, I found the last Baptist family in the area, an elderly 

                                               gent with 2 adult offspring. I explained why I was there and the son happily opened up the church for me. He explained that no one really used the church anymore, hence keeping it locked. I wandered around the small cemetery where there were a number of Mortimer headstones, then headed to the local pub to ask more questions. Now to try find the house! 

In my search I landed up at the home of an elderly lady who happened to have been one of the recipients of a scholarship charity, founded by the great grandfather in question. His charity gave money to the poor at Christmas, as well as maintenance for 2 children at local schools – she being one of the 2.

 

She was very keen to learn more, but unfortunately, I was running out of time and the weather had turned. A gentle rain was falling so I called it a day and headed back to work.

 

An interesting day despite not finding anything conclusive. Another outing for another day. 

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The locals were interested in my story, scoured the photocopies I had and offered up a load of suggestions, but finding the house wasn’t going to be an easy feat. A lot of the houses in the area had been added to; totally renovated, or simply didn’t exist anymore. I was looking for a house shown in a pre-1900 photo! Although I found a couple that looked like they could have once been what I was looking for, I couldn’t be sure.

 

 

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One response to “A touch of snow and a dash of history!”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Lovely pics! Tx for sharing that little bit of history with us take care x x

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