Sepia Saturday began for me exactly a year ago. It all began with Amy here
As I had very few sepia photos it wasn’t long before I became a ‘themer’ and a lot of fun I’ve had along the way to SS 100.
‘100’ has not been as easy as I thought it would be. I’ve almost had a writer’s block. Then I remember that in 2008 to overcome this affliction I joined a site www.100words.com on which the challenge was to write a post each day of the month in exactly 100 words – no more, no less.
To my surprise my entry for 16 June was featured on the site.
June 16, 2008
I sat in the garden this afternoon watching the sprinkler going round and round. A buzzing sound caught my attention; it sounded like a bee. Finally I located the bee on the small pink lavender bush set this year in a terracotta pot on the patio. Some of the lavender’s forty flower heads are fully open revealing the petals, on others only tips of the unopened petals may be seen. The bee visited each in turn, its golden thorax contrasting with the pink flowers. On each back leg it had an orange pod, full of the nectar it had collected.
Samwin you’ve seen before; named after Sam my daughter’s Golden Labrador, Samin is the headcover for my driver (golf club)
Many of you are into tracing your family tree so I thought I’d make a start with the 1911 census of England. I had to cheat a big and go to the previous census in1901 to find the family of my grandfather and grandmother. George Arthur Scotney (29), Saddler and Harness Maker and his wife Sarah (32) had three sons – Henry C S (5), Charles W A (3) [My father] and Douglas L P (1) – at that time. I have never heard of Douglas before but I do know that later there were two other sons and two daughters(the uncles and aunts that I knew in addition to Henry, known to me as Stan)
Unfortunately I have no photos of any of them. But now I know that my elder brother was named after our grandfather.
|George Arthur Scotney|
The census results confirmed to me that my grandparents were living at High Street, Ketton.
It so happens that on 6 June 2008 I wrote on the 100words.com site
“I was born in a house made of stone, with a roof of Collyweston slate. The house had no name although it was eventually given the number 100 on the High Street in a village in Rutland. Rutland was the smallest of the counties in England at that time.
The village school, for children up to age 11, was just across the road. A village shop was a short distance up the road. When my brother went to war I had pennies with which to buy a gobstopper each day. He had gone to stick a bayonet up Hitler’s backside.”
The postal address for this house where I was born is 100 High Street. The people who live there now have put up a name plate and called it Sadler's Cottage so my grandfather's trade is commemorated.
|Stocks Hill, High Street, Ketton|
The shop to the left of the car is where I bought the gobstoppers with the money left for me by my brother. The monument in the centre was erected to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Sepia Saturday was launched by Alan Burnett and Kat Mortensen in 2009, Sepia Saturday provides bloggers with an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs. Historical photographs of any age or kind (they don't have to be sepia) become the launchpad for explorations of family history, local history and social history in fact or fiction, poetry or prose, words or further images.
It has reached the grand old 'age' of 100. My thanks to Alan and Kat for their marvellous idea to which I am proud to contribute. Here's to the next 100.
Check out other contibutions to SS100 here.