For Christmas this year, Ben thoughtfully bought me an Ancestry DNA kit. He knows how much I love Family History, and how much time I devote to learning, researching, and now writing about Genealogy. Read my results here, and find out what I intend to do with the information.
In 2017 Ben was away for my birthday WEEK. It was summer holidays and I didn’t want to be at home on my own with the children, so to cheer myself up I took them on a little holiday to Kent and Sussex. It is my ‘hood so I know all the best places to visit, and with a newborn baby I wanted to go somewhere that was easy and familiar.
To distract myself from the house move, I decided I would make and share one of my favourite cake recipes ever, and serendipitously it is named after the village of Bakewell in the Peak District.
This Cherry Bakewell cake has a delicious (and simple to make) almond flavoured sponge, sandwiched together with cherry jam, and topped with plain icing.
At school this year (year 9) I chose to do my Duke of Edinburgh bronze award, which gives you the opportunity to try new things and help the community. There are 3 months of skills, physical, volunteering, finishing with a 2 day expedition. There is also an additional 3 months in whichever section you would like to do more of (excluding the expedition).
Shortly after we moved to Northampton from Kent in 2011, I made a big discovery on my paternal line. I found out that the Greaves family lived in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire between 1800’s and 1500’s. I was going through a phase of questioning where “home” was for me. It made me feel more settled in Northamptonshire, knowing that my family lived here hundreds of years before me.
Many years ago I started researching my family history online. I was young, and newly married, so I didn’t want to pay out for what seemed like expensive subscriptions when I first started out. There are some invaluable websites out there for people who are looking to research for free.