Years Ago……….

Years ago in the late 1960’s we moved to Dublin in Ireland. We were newly married and expecting our first child. As an enthusiastic reader, I got hooked on reading about English history, in the form of the books by Jean Plaidy. Now 50 plus years later I find myself hooked on a history reading spree again. This time the author is Phillippa Gregory and I am reading about the Tudors and the Plantagenets. We are now living in Seattle, Washington, far from the British Isles, but my interest in that far Northwest corner of Europe is enduring. After all we came from there, recently and my ancestors 400 years ago.

One source of information
Stamp collecting – a pastime closely related to history
My big red stamp album from the 1940’s

Peter’s Pondering Pipes #5

A taste of piping- enjoy.

Peter's pondering

This is the fifth post in the series. Previous posts can be found by clicking on#PETER’S PONDERING PIPES.

We have moved from Ireland, via Northumberland, Wales, and now move down to Cornwall.

I am learning as much about pipes as you are so I shall ask an expert, Dr Merv Davey, to tell us a little about Cornish Pipes. Every 5th May might be the only time of year you get to hear any Cornish being spoken, so remember to join in and say Gool Peran Lowen (Happy St Piran’s Day) to your nearest and dearest each year!

Another name that constantly crops up when researching bagpipes is Julian Goodacre. He is a maker and researcher of the historical bagpipes of the British Isles, and is based in Peebles, Scotland. He has particularly specialised in reviving the extinct English bagpipes, Scottish bagpipes, and Cornish bagpipes.

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Trumbull – Dear Lad (2) – Christmas Visitors and Happenings – December 24, 1939

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons


The house is quiet here now as everyone who has skates has gone out to find a frozen pond. Ced, who has no skates anyway, is working on his car. Incidentally, I have bought him a pair of skates with your Christmas money and Dick a pair of skis.

While we were at dinner the phone rang and Dave, who answered it, reported that the American Railway Express in Bridgeport had a box of fruit from Florida consigned to us and asked if we were coming down to get it. With the possibility that we might stop in there when we went down for Elsie (Duryee, Grandpa’s sister) we said maybe, but no one has gone down yet, so we don’t know who sent it to us and will have to wait now until Tuesday to find out.

Mack has just come in and squatted down near this machine…

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Pacific Paratrooper

USS Reno fighting the fires on the USS Princeton USS Reno fighting the fires on the USS Princeton

1 February 1942 is the earliest mention of a Kamikaze attack, but it was more likely an opportunist rather than a planned event. The USS Enterprise was damaged by the crashed plane. Admiral Takijiro Onishi did not create the Special Attacks Groups (Tokubetsu Kogeki Tai) until 19 October 1944, and gave them the title of Kamikaze after the ‘Divine Wind’ that scattered the Mongol invasion of Kublai Khan in 1274 and 1281.

Adm. Takijiro Onishi Adm. Takijiro Onishi

These men volunteered mainly out of a sense of duty, generally university students, in their 20’s, being taught to “transcend life and death… which will enable you to concentrate your attention on eradicating the enemy with unwavering determination…” — an excerpt from the Kamikaze manual kept in their cockpit. Three times as many men volunteered as the number of planes available and experienced pilots were rejected…

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