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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:19 pm

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nice story andsome - from some misfortune to effort and a happy life

Like all couples we get our ups and downs,but in the main I wouldn't change anything
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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:45 pm

That's nice..... thumb

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:45 pm

It's always nice to hear a happy ending to a difficult start. Our U3A writing group has the intention of writing true stories about our past so that later, when we've gone, our descendants can know what life was like and what we did. Unfortunately the interest seems to usually surface later in life and by then we have gone.

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:47 am

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It makes you think a bit doesn't it Davo.
I was an only child born in London 2 months after the start of WW2. My dad was a London Met policeman, as his father had been and his grandfather, but about 1942 he managed to join the navy, while mom and I put up with the doodlebugs. After the war he put in for a posting to Bermuda and he went on ahead while mum and I followed a few months later on a returning lend lease aircraft carrier called HMS Ranee. I lived an idyllic childhood, mostly in the water or on the water fishing. This meant , of course, that I lost most contact with my grandparents. I have no cousins as both my mum and dad had a sibling but they never produced offspring.

After another, shorter stint in New York dad was posted to the reserve fleet in Harwich for a couple of years where he got bored out of his brain and swore that HMS Tyne, the depot ship, was aground on gin bottles, he applied for and got a posting to NZ as an antisubmarine and minesweeping  specialist for 3 years. At the end of that time it coincided with the end of a commission period so he either had to go back to England or opt out. We all liked NZ so we stayed. I've been back 3 times but I think he made the right decision, with all due respect to the POM's on here!  smile

that was a great story CM - what an idyllic life on the beach in Bermuda - I remember some old friends in UK whose son applied to be a policeman in Bermuda - that was in the 50;s not sure if you had to be one already are they trained you - but we were all envious of his opportunity although his parents were somewhat dubious. Never did find out how he got on there.
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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:54 am

I have approximately 12 cousins that I know of in UK and over the years have managed to keep in touch with half of them but that has now faded. It just seems that family ties are not as strong or valued any longer and even I have given up now! I did drop in on a family gathering or rather created it in 1999 when I came back to UK - they all turned up amazingly and promised to keep in touch. Tough titties!
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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:38 am

Sad but true Davo - I have cousins all over the UK - including some less than 5 miles away. But we only ever exchange pleasantries at family funerals which are becoming all too frequent now I'm almost 80.

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:48 am

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Sad but true Davo - I have cousins all over the UK - including some less than 5 miles away. But we only ever exchange pleasantries at family funerals which are becoming all too frequent now I'm almost 80.

Unfortunately we have to attend the funeral of my brother in law tomorrow.  He was a great person until struck down with dementia.

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:49 am

Commiserations andsome - but it comes to us all.

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:20 am

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Commiserations andsome - but it comes to us all.

That is the only cast iron guarantee that we have.

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:44 am

That and the immortality of taxes

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:35 pm

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Unfortunately we have to attend the funeral of my brother in law tomorrow.  He was a great person until struck down with dementia.

Sorry to hear that, andsome.  Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:04 pm

I have never seen a case progress so rapidly. His daughter called round to see how he was,and he had just finished putting his bed linen onto the compost heap. The doctor got him straight into hospital for observation,and in less than six months he did not know us. He was always vey fit and strong,and went out jogging every day until he was 83.

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PostSubject: Re: Goin back to ya roots?   Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:30 pm

Dementia is a dreadful condition.  

My Mum had it at the end of her life.  She eventually didn't know me each time when I arrived at the nursing home where she ended her days.  Neutral

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