Last 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.
Over 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.
Back 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.