Sunday, 8 April 2018


I think that you all might find this interesting ... it's a bit of a longer post than I normally do but try and stick with it ... it also has family connections !

 In 1845, The Franklin expedition met a tragic end after becoming trapped in Arctic Ice, killing all 129 people on board. Before knowing of it's fate, the British Government sent expeditions in search of Franklin.

One of the ships sent to find Franklin was HMS Resolute under the command of Canadian Sir Edward Belcher. They left England in April 1852 and on board was my husband's great, great, great { can't remember how many greats !!! } Uncle William, ship's carpenter. William wrote a journal of the whole expedition which was given to my husband by his aunt .....

BUT ...
... his parents borrowed it and decided to sell it and ...

... it was auctioned at Sotheby's in December 1984. It was bought by the Canadian High Commission for £17,000 !!!

The journal was 250 detailed pages with drawings and water colours of ships, printed posters and playbills and autographed letters. It sold for so much as it was chockablock full of information not only of their own voyage but what they found of the Franklin expedition. 

In 1981, bodies from the Franklin expedition were exhumed and found to be in near perfect condition { there are photographs of them on line but are a little gruesome so I didn't put them up here but they are easily found if you google Franklin expedition frozen bodies if you're interested ! } William recorded in his journal in 1852 that they too found the same three bodies on Beechey Island. 
Much was learnt from the bodies in 1981, one was that some of their deaths could be attributed to lead poisoning from the solder on the canned food but there were a number of things that could have killed them including hypothermia, scurvy and starvation. There were also indications that the crew had resorted to cannibalism.The bodies were returned to their graves and nobody would ever be able to tell that anyone had disturbed the grave site as every stone was returned to the same position it was before they arrived.
HMS Resolute abandoned ship in April 1854 as the ship was locked in slow moving ice and the crew rescued. In 1855, HMS Resolute was found by American whaler George Henry. HMS Resolute was returned to England as a gesture of national courtesy and the ship was presented to Queen Victoria. HMS Resolute was retired in 1879 and salvaged for timber.

The Resolute desk was made from the oak timbers of the ship and presented to President Rutherford B Hayes from Queen Victoria, in 1880 as a memorial of the courtesy and loving kindness of the American people. This is the desk that nearly all the presidents have sat at in the Oval Office in The White House. Queen Victoria also had a writing desk made for herself from the timbers.
Because my husbands uncle was the carpenter on HMS Resolute, he must have acquired some of the timbers, as we have a footstool with a brass plaque saying ' made from the timbers of HMS Resolute'. I can't take a photograph of it as we haven't got it at the moment. 

The Franklin expedition departed England in 1845 aboard two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.
After the success of The Walking Dead there is a new horror drama called The Terror, directed by Ridley Scott to be shown on AMC starting on April 24th in the UK { it's already started in the US } It is a gripping, atmospheric, supernatural horror series inspired by the true story.

There is much more to the real story { even Charles Dickens got involved and wrote about it } but I'm sure you have all heard enough.... if you've read everything I've written then you deserve a medal !!!

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Friday, 23 March 2018


I think that I must be coming down with something .....

I've just cleaned the oven !!!

If I start ironing, I'm seeing the doctor !!!


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Monday, 12 March 2018

WHAT I DID ON MOTHER'S DAY ... BY JACKIE ... AGE 67 !!! ..........

Mother's Day ... March 11th 2018 

We all went to Matthew's Kitchen in Crouch End ...

I started with asparagus with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce ...

then a whole sea bass ...

finishing with Eton Mess ... lovely !!!

then, as if we hadn't had enough food, bought some bread, cheesecake and brownies ! 

Well, it was Mother's Day !

images 1-: via google because I forgot to photograph my food !


Tuesday, 27 February 2018


February is a funny old month ..... I've always liked it as it's my birthday month but most people don't like it at all. Christmas and New Year are long gone and Spring is still a long way off. 

We haven't done much lately .....

We had all of the trees cut in the garden ...... something we have done every February .....

Had Sunday lunch here last week ..... a lovely old fashioned pub that is packed to bursting for Sunday lunch giving a great atmosphere and they do a really good Sunday roast !!!

..... oh, and, I bought a new car !!! 

We are expecting the above over the next few days ..... that's our street when we last had heavy snow ..... time to hibernate for a while I think and do a few things around the house.


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Thursday, 1 February 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME !!! ..........

It's February 1st which means it's my birthday !!! Sixty seven years young ... way past my mid sixties which is a bit of a scary thought but, hey, time won't stand still so I'm embracing it ... trouble is, they seem to be coming round a bit too fast for my liking !!!

But, there are people to see, places to go and, I shall never be this young again !

What do I look like !!! I think that I was too long and lanky for a party dress and a silly bow in my hair !!!



Saturday, 27 January 2018


Have been cooking up a storm for a family gathering tomorrow and dancing around the kitchen to the above was so loud that I'm surprised the neighbours didn't complain !!!

A short and sweet post but worth a listen if you like a dance around your kitchen !!!


video via youtube


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

BY INVITATION ..... UNITY ..........

This month, our By Invitation subject is Unity .....

For me, the first thought that came to mind was unifying around the table .....

I am lucky that our children and grandchildren live close enough for regular gatherings and, even though other members of my family are a little further afield, we do meet up and food is a major part of the proceedings !
Sitting around the table with the people you love the most has many physical and emotional benefits and, the added bonus is that it involves delicious food and drink !!
Unity around the table brings all ages together where we can share our news and emotions, catch up, relieve stress and keep our friendships strong. 

Sharing a meal is universal, allowing us to discuss how our day has been, sharing a bit of gossip over pasta and a glass of wine with friends ..... to break bread suggests communication and dialogue.
I admit that I am guilty of being lazy and not inviting our friends over enough so, let 2018 be the year of more dinner parties, get togethers and lunches with friends and family and to unite more with those closest to us.

Unity chez moi !!!

For more on our By Invitation January theme on Unity, pop over to Wolfie's blog Daily Plate of Crazy 


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