Speaking of starting work my endeavours in that department continue to go well, much to my delight after so many years of health and employment struggles. The downside, of course, is that I get to spend less here and on other blogs but this new place has a very generous IT policy so once I've settled right down and got my six months "probation" behind me you might even find the odd post appearing at lunchtime(!).
I had planned to do a post around about my birthday on the 19th August featuring the usual present haul and jollity but sadly this wasn't to be. Presents (and, indeed, my birthday itself really) became the last thing on my mind because heartbreakingly my grandmother - my last surviving grandparent, an ever-present part of all the family's lives for generations and the last direct link to an era I find so enthralling - passed away peacefully in hospital on the 21st at the age of 87 after gamely fighting for three weeks against pneumonia (not to mention a litany of other ailments built up over the years), as stoically as she had always done against adversity throughout her life. So you can imagine we as a family were preoccupied with that over anything else. I hope to do a proper commemorative post about Nan in the near future, since she was a young woman in the 1940s & '50s; there are pictures of her in those times that I had never seen before that I know many of you will appreciate and that I'd like to show you. Here's a taster (badly copied here I'm afraid, a scan of a scan but it will appear again better later on):
I hope to return to happier things with the publication of the next couple of posts, which should feature certain aspects of belated and potential birthday presents. Not to mention a celebration of my Nan's [early] life in 1940s London.
Thanks for sticking with me here at Eclectic Ephemera during this transitional period and rest assured, I'm going nowhere and still enjoying reading all your blogs!