Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Short One on Shortbread

The 19th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Food and Drink For some time I’ve been eyeing a handwritten recipe for my Scottish great grandmother, Jane (Robson) Gordon’s shortbread. It’s one I inherited after my granny Alice, her daughter, died in 1994. … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Short One on Shortbread

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Father

The 16th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Negatives ~*~ Too much of life already lost.Too many memoriesTrapped I know notWhere.Locked away.Hard times?Of course, but happyTimes obscuredThere, too. WhyConsider more of this?Why engage in theSabotage of a memoryAlready crying forThe lost and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Father

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Name?

The 15th in a series of posts about my family tree Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: How do you spell that? What’s in a name? This is a loaded question. To begin with how about correct spelling? One of the greatest frustrations when attempting to shed light on the … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Name?

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What Courtship?

The eighth in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Courting What is courting? Conventional thinking, and the dictionary, describe it as “paying special attention to (someone) in an attempt to win their support or favour.” This could be the wooing of someone into … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What Courtship?

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Gordons have Landed

The seventh in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Landed Throughout the centuries populations have migrated between countries and regions in search of something new. Whether escaping oppression or simply making a fresh start, they shore up their courage and throw caution to the … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Gordons have Landed

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: My Own Little Melting Pot

The sixth in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Maps A quick one this week as life got in the way of my grander plan. Maps have always been a source of fascination. In practical terms we use them to find the shortest way … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: My Own Little Melting Pot

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Augustine Clement ~ Inheriting a Creative Spirit

The fifth in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Branching Out ~*~ Within every family there’s something beyond blood that binds them ~ you know, things that “run in the family.” For good or ill it could be a particular political view; the … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Augustine Clement ~ Inheriting a Creative Spirit

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: How Curiosity leads to Compassion

The fourth in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Curious Family lore can be fascinating. Gather around the family circle and enjoy tales of crazy Aunt Hettie’s obsession with hiding money in odd places, or grumpy Grandpa Robert’s prolonged moments of brooding silence. … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: How Curiosity leads to Compassion

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Photo?

The third in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Favourite Photo Naming favourites is a challenge for me. As a photographer, choosing any one of my creations over another is difficult for each tells its own story. I favour different images for different … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Photo?