Week 10 Project 52

Abergavenny Lunatic AsylumLast weekend I had a rare child free weekend and went to Wales for the weekend with my brother.  Since his mid teens my brother has been our family historian and has accumulated an enormous amount of information.  He wanted to go on a family history trip to the Welsh valleys and meet up with some relatives.  I was keen to go along too as I’d never been to the town where my grandparents were born, grew up and spent the first part of their adult lives.  My grandmother lived with us for many years and I’d heard lots of stories, but never had a chance to see where they happened.

On the way down I met up with Michelle who blogs over at Lost in Blaenavon and had a good catch up.  I went on to meet up with my brother and we spent some time in Gwent Archives in Ebbw Vale, which is where much of the local records are kept.  The highlight of our visit was discovering a picture of one of my great-great uncles in weighty tome pictured here.

family historyOver the family history weekend we also visited war memorials, church graveyards, cemetries and even some living relations too.  It was good to see the war dead remembered in a new memorial and I was proud, but sad, to see my great uncle’s name on the list.

It was a hectic, but fun, weekend and I felt drained for a few days afterwards.   Life with a young child in the house is never dull and there is always plenty to do, so there’s little time to put up my feet and do nothing.

at the dinner tableBack into the school week routine then.  This week we were glad that the evenings have been getting a little lighter and that the days have been a bit sunnier and warmer.  H has been busy after school with a few projects including some seed growing experiments.  As always there has been much imaginative play too and lots of complicated structures of have constructed.  There’s still a desire to get Lego or Imaginext to bring some of these designs to life by using them as the basis for new toys.

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15 Responses to Week 10 Project 52

  1. LauraCYMFT says:

    Sounds like a great trip with lots of exploring and sight-seeing.
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  2. That sounds like a great idea.

    It must of felt strange to see your great uncle’s name there
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  3. I love wandering round graveyards, my idea of a holiday, Hope you enjoyed your child free time away.
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  4. That is a magnificent looking weighty tome there, though for some reason the photo’s are showing to me as broken links but clicking on them i can see them. Sounds like a really interesting weekend. I love delving into family history x
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  5. I would love to trace my family tree. Although it is supposed to be incredibly time consuming, well done to your brother. x
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  6. Susan says:

    It must have been great to feel like you were reconnecting with family history in person. What a great opportunity
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  7. What a fantastic way to understand your heritage. Sounds like a good week. It’s so nice to have light early evening.
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  8. Anne Wallwin says:

    it is good to keep a track of family history. My sister cheated and paid a company to do ours but she did get this huge nook with marriage and birth certs etc….My mother in law is currently doing T’s side. It is fascinating some stuff.

  9. i love finding out historical facts about families it is so interesting – i really enjoy the Who Do You Think You Are series and often wish us normal people could have their family tree researched. sounds luke a interesting but hectic week x
    ps. its great that the evenings are getting lighter
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  10. Wow sounds like it was a brilliantly informative trip. I would love someone to put all the history of our family together!
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  11. What a lovely trip, to catch up with your past. Something I should do one day. My late brother researched our family tree, but I’ve never seen it. Must get a copy off my nephew.
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  12. That must have been a great weekend exploring your heritage and meeting relatives, how fascinating. How are the seeds doing?
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  13. You wouldn’t have been fay from me when you came to Wales as I live in the Valleys. It all looks so interesting. I’m in the process of completing my family tree and I love doing it, though it can get very frustrating.
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  14. I’m so glad it was a fruitful trip and you enjoyed your time down in my area. H is looking so grown up all of a sudden!

    Thanks for linking up.
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