Faces from the past

My mother’s paternal family name was Matthews; she was the youngest of four children, William Alan, Audrey, Rene Beryl Lois and Phyllis Monica. William Alan, always known as Alan was the eldest son of my grandfather William Reginald, always known as Reg, who in turn was the eldest son of William Henry Matthews. William Henry was always known as Billy […]

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Trying to see the past

Horace Colgate died nearly a hundred years ago at the tragically young age of eighteen… his death was not unusual at that time; millions of young men were giving their lives on the battlefields of World War 1. Horace came from the quiet Surrey village of Bletchingley where he had lived with his mother, step-father and four younger brothers and sisters. […]

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It started with tabbouleh…

A couple of weeks ago I was eating out at a buffet-style restaurant and came across tabbouleh which I had not had for years. Wow, so delicious! I’ve been making it ever since using different grains including millet and couscous and lovely fresh herbs from the garden. I came across some flageolet beans in the freezer today and decided to […]

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The Dagnalls of Reigate

What a happy day it must have been in the spring of 1878, when twenty-five year old Catherine Colgate married William Thomas Dagnall! They were married in the parish of Godstone in Surrey, but they have been married in the church of St Mary the Virgin in Bletchingley, where Catherine’s family lived. William was a […]

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Originally posted on Bare Knuckle Writer:
Well, there’s your problem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You’ve had these moments. You’re writing, cruising along toward the word limit, and then BAM, plot hole. It stops you dead. You might have seen it coming, or it might have crept up on you out of nowhere, but either way, there…

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