Family History, Planters and Advice Please

21 Oct

This post from Nancy came in today and landed at the most appropriate time as I have spent the morning sorting some family papers, reading wonderful bits of family history and, at last, throwing out the condolences cards sent when my lovely Dad died in 2004. It was lovely to read the messages again and I have kept a couple for the family history archive. I will keep going….. Mum’s to do next. It is not a sad task but life affirming in a strange way.  Theirs were good lives.
In amongst the papers was this photograph of my lovely Mum who spent her career in Camborne and Redruth, teaching deaf children. Many wrote to say how inspiring they found her.

Mrs Wiseman, my Mum, at Roskear School

Mrs Wiseman, my Mum, at Roskear School, Camborne

This photo was also in the drawer, of me and the other Mums who had our babies on Christmas Day 1975! Both photos were in the local papers.

I'm sure you can tell which one is me!

I’m sure you can tell which one is me!

Our walk today was just along local streets once the rain had stopped. These planters caught my eye.

Welcoming doorstep

Welcoming doorstep

We’d like some advice please from blogging friends in the US, specifically those who know the East. We are planning a road trip next May from Atlanta to Washington DC,  though the Blue Ridge Mountains, visiting the Shenandoah Valley, maybe going to Baltimore. Where should we not miss?  We will be having a week in Atlanta with family and will then have two weeks. We would be very grateful for any thoughts.


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12 responses to “Family History, Planters and Advice Please

  1. Eva

    November 2, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Hi ,my name is Eva , I´m 14 years old and i´m from Spain . Daniel has told me about your blog , I really like it !!! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      How lovely to hear from you. I hope you enjoy reading about my beautiful things each day. 🙂

  2. grandfathersky

    October 23, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Savannah, Georgia take the tour trolley and maybe meet Forest Gump. Charlestown, SC, the slave museum, and the old town market. Myrtle Beach, SC if you like lots of Boardwalk lights, and Ferris Wheels, not like London’s wheel but good. Nashville, TN – The Grand Old Opry, great food and the nicest people you’ll ever meet. It also has a reproduction of the Parthenon from the Acropolis – haven’t seen it but supposed to be amazing. The Battleship North Carolina in Yorktown, and of course the Blue Ridge Parkway, gorgeous! Washington DC – see the Vietnam Memorial, to me it’s a sacred place – well as the usual sights – read Dan Browns book The Lost Symbol if you can before hand. I agree with nrhatch’s suggestions – Williamsburg is fabulous, have dinner in one of the places that do authentic period meals, and visit Jamestown settlement if you can. Eat seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, soft shell crab, or crab cakes. There are many Civil War sites in Virginia, see Gettysburg, PA if you get that far north. Have fun, take your time, the south is full of wonder people …

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 23, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Wow, thank you! So much for us to investigate as we planwe did get to Savannah on a previous visit to my brother who has lived in Atlanta for many years and absolutely loved it.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 23, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Sometimes my iPad seizes up and won’t let me write any more or correct anything , hence this second reply! Thank you for spending so much time on this reply to help us plan. I have read some Dan Brown and will do as you suggest. We will bot

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 23, 2015 at 7:16 am

      We will both want to visit the Vietnam Memorial and will look forward to a period meal. Getting more and more excited about this trip! Will let you know what we do and will blog as we go! Thank you again, hugely appreciated! 🙂

      • grandfathersky

        October 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

        Traveling is always exciting … Cheers! (I like mi iPad too, but it’s not a PC)

  3. ladysighs

    October 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I would guess you are in the middle right in front of the Christmas tree.

    I lived in Alexandria, Virginia for 8 years. (over 40 years ago) It is right across the river from D.C. Lived there as a single young girl and visited so many places in the area and have fond memories. 🙂 Bad place to meet men. 🙁 So left. lol

    I hope you get to visit Williamsburg, Virginia as mentioned by another reader. I envy you your visit. Haven’t been back there since I left. Look forward to your pictures. Know I will be teary eyed as I see them.

  4. nrhatch

    October 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Love the photos ~ how special to have 4 Christmas babies in one shot!

    Advice for your trip ~> Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah Valley and Skyline Drive are all gorgeous. One leads to the next to the next.

    If you like history, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s plantation) in Charlottesville VA, Mount Vernon (George Washington’s plantation) outside DC, and Williamsburg VA are a treat.

    The Smithsonian Museums (8-10 contiguous buildings) in DC are great and FREE.

  5. john zande

    October 21, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Theirs were good lives.

    And that is what counts.

    Washington state, or Washington DC? If DC, get out into West Virginia. It’s gorgeous.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 21, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      DC. I’ll edit the post to make that clear! We will look at West Virginia – thank you. 🙂


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