As some of you know, I've been looking after my aunt since she was discharged from hospital. I lived with her (and my uncle) many years ago when I was a teen, and although we've been in regular touch since then, I hadn't spent so very many hours and days together for a long time.
I asked her about her bureau:
I already knew my late grandfather (her father) had made it - but what I hadn't realised is that he made ALL the furniture for their home before he married my grandmother! Only the bureau and a small chess table remain in the family, and my aunt has promised them to me.
Imagine - he made two wardrobes, his and hers chests and dressing table, dining table and chairs, bookcases, the beds - EVERYTHING! He took over the family building firm in time, so he obviously knew what he was doing!
I remember him making me some stilts when I was a child, and a bagatelle game which I still own. I was quite rude about it at the time - he'd made it the traditional way, with a little stick to shove the ball up the alley. I wanted a "proper" spring loaded firer - so he added one.
At home, I have what is probably the last remaining piece of my grandparent's combined work, hti sfirescreen thta stands in my fireplace all summer, once the need for a log fire is over:
My grandmother did the embroidery, my grandfather was (of course) the carpenter.
Finally - I found a knitting pattern in a charity shop and snapped it up immediately:
I remember quite vividly knitting these outfits with my grandmother for my Sindy doll - must have been early 60s. I couldn't manage sewing in the zip or crocheting the edge on the blue and white suit, so she finished them for me.
I remember feeling very uncertain when knitting the stripy dress. My grandmother gave me scraps of wool to use up (as you would) and they weren't the specified colours - I wasn't sure that was "allowed". That says a lot about me!
It's true, isn't it - you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
What's family history mean to you? Is there anything at home that's been passed down?