Aberfan disaster remembered

By: sandiquiz, 8:15 AM GMT on October 21, 2016

Fifty years ago today, 116 children and 28 adults were killed when a roaring avalanche of coal waste slid down a mountain, burying a village school, a farm and 18 houses, in the mining village of Aberfan.

The avalanche was caused by the build-up of water in the accumulated waste and shale which was the by-products of coal mining in the valley. It gave way and roared downhill in a torrent of slurry, rocks and water demolishi...

Updated: 1:16 PM GMT on October 21, 2016

#53 - Battle of Hastings

By: sandiquiz, 2:26 PM GMT on September 30, 2016

At the end of the previous blog I left this photo as a "taster" of a much warmer afternoon.

These gardens are situated in the little market town where I grew up and where seven generations of my family farmed on the surrounding hillsides.

As children we were allowed to go into the gardens to feed the fish or play hide and seek on the gravel paths hiding amongst the mature shrubs. The gardeners - there wer...

Updated: 12:39 PM GMT on October 14, 2016

Foggy Gannets!

By: sandiquiz, 10:27 AM GMT on September 17, 2016

Last week I had three days in Yorkshire, staying in a motel in the town where I was brought up.

On the Wednesday morning I awoke to full blue sky and delicious warmth. (The previous day had been the hottest September day for over 100 years.)

After breakfast I drove towards the coast to visit Bempton Cliffs. A place that has been on my 'bucket list' for years!

I drove up "The Wolds" towards the coast, and stopped...

Updated: 2:26 PM GMT on September 18, 2016

Coffee, Cake and Chat Blog :)

By: sandiquiz, 6:23 AM GMT on September 10, 2016

Next week will be a busy week for me.

Until Tuesday morning, I am still feeding three cats for my neighbour.

I also volunteered to check the home of a friend, Sunday, to make sure all was ready for her return from a long holiday. I also have to buy some simple provisions for her like milk, bread, cheese, fruit etc.

Tuesday, as soon as I have fed the cats for the last time, I will be heading north to my Aunt's house...

Updated: 6:31 AM GMT on September 10, 2016

Victorian bathing :-)

By: sandiquiz, 10:06 AM GMT on August 28, 2016

A few days ago we were having a 'discussion' in Calpoppy's blog on the news from France about the Burkini.

Then yesterday I watched a programme on TV about the Victorian Bathing huts.

This morning I came across this photo when I was reading the Daily Mail on line.......and a new blog idea formed in my head.

"Believe it or not, strict modesty laws in early 1900's America limited female ...

Updated: 8:13 AM GMT on August 29, 2016

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