The Beginning – REMINISCENCES of Alfred D Guion (7) – Drunk Uncle Eddie – 1890’s

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

The following memories are quotes from “Reminiscences of Alfred D.  Guion, written in 1960 while he was on a four-months “around the world” freighter trip.

The story of my boyhood would not be complete if I failed to mention my sisters and my favorite cousins and playmates – the Duryees – Adele, Nan and Dudley.  Dud was my own age, the girls a few years older.  Adele, who was three or four years my senior, seemed, at my age, to be old.  Their father, whom I called Uncle Eddie, was my mother’s cousin, and although he had perfectly good and respectable parents he turned out to be the black sheep of the family.  Alcohol was the cause.  In these days we would have regarded his failing as a disease and taken medical means to correct it, but at that time no such charitable view was taken.  My mother, who always…

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Remembering an Intarsia Cushion

Northern Lace

When sorting out my external hard drives the other day, I came across
some textile photos from 20 years (and more) ago. I thought some of them were worth a new look!

The first of these is a hand spun cushion cover I did in the early years of the Online Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.  The tutor for this workshop was Lucy Neatby, and the brief was to create a colourful piece.

I was living on the island of South Ronaldsay at the time, looking over
Eastside Bay to the Grimness headland.
The land was all farmed, so for much of the spring, summer and autumn
the fields formed a patchwork of colours.
In particular, in August and September the colours of the grass and the barley,
set against the blues of the sea, fascinated me.

I used Falkland top – 3 greens, 3 yellows, 3 blues…

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Favorite Pets

2019_01_17_10_13_04.pdf000I’m not really picking a favorite – that would be too hard.  But the dog pictured, Grover, whom we had in Fiji certainly was memorable for many good reasons.  A fiji hound!  He was full of fun – we loved him and he loved us.

Beautiful Mollie

img_5047This beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback sat next to me at the Barking Dog Ale House here in Ballard.  But, sadly, I overheard the waiter tell Mollie’s owners that from now on dogs will not be allowed to accompany their owners in the restaurant/pub.  That is bad news,  For me that’s half the reason for going there.  Each time I have lunch there I usually see at least one or more interesting well behaved dogs.

August 1945 – James Fahey’ Diary

Pacific Paratrooper

USS Montpelier

From: The Secret Diary of an American Sailor, Seaman First ClassJames J. Fahey aboard the USS Montpelier :

2 August – All hands rose at 4:30 am because of storm warnings, the ships turned back 110 miles from Shanghai.  A typhoon is heading towards our position.  We will then travel south and patrol around until the danger passes.  The sea was full of enormous swells today.

3 August – It was very chilly on the midnight to 4 am watch.  The sea was very rough.  All hands were up for sunrise General Quarters at 4:30 am.  We were to refuel the destroyers today but could not because of the condition of the ocean.

The radio reported that 820 B-29 super forts hit Japan — 819 planes returned to their home bases.  It was the largest raid in history.  They dropped 6600 tons of bombs.

Clement Attlee…

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