|Me - proud as punch because I'd sewed up my jumper myself - not sure who cut my hair!|
Blog One HundredWelcome to my 100th blog. Time to take stock. What does the Blogspot data tell me?
- TheReadinessIsAllLetBe has been visited over 13,000 times, so far
- So far, people in 76 countries have followed links to the site
- Apart from the UK, the countries that visit my blog most frequently, so far, are:
- the US, Ireland, Russia, France and Germany
- So far, the top most frequently-mentioned topics are:
- Family, Shakespeare, History, Yorkshire and Reading
Edward Patrick Johnson and Annie Elizabeth (Veronica)We are all the product of who and where we came from, so I am glad that Family and Yorkshire feature in over half my posts. When Annie Penn married Eddie Johnson…. they produced five children, one of whom was me. As an adult there are many questions I wish I could now ask my parents about their lives, their opinions, their decisions, their feelings. I wish I could ask advice from both of them. I wish I could thank my Dad for giving me an appreciation of classical music and of Shakespeare but he probably also gave me an addictive personality so I could challenge him about that. I wish I could thank my Mum for giving me a love of history and of reading fiction, of giving me the capacity to love without qualification and enjoy walks in the countryside; but I also know she saddled me with a delusional and romantic cockeyed optimism.
Joseph, Michael Christopher and TeresaHow much did my siblings mould me when I was growing up? How could we all be so different, being brought up by the same parents; but also, in noticeable ways, how could we be so similar? Nature or nurture and in what proportion if a mixture? (Do those snake-belts – worn by Josh in the picture above – still exist for boys today? If not, why not?)
|(Portrait on wall) Grandad Penn, (Back Row) Harry, Minnie, Annie, Joe, Reg, (Front Row) Claire, Mary, Granny Penn, John|
Mary, John, Harry, Claire, Joe, Reg, Annie, Doreen and Minnie
Mick’s 1970s WeddingAs far as I know (correct me if I’m wrong, family) but this picture (when Mick married Jan) is the only time we were photographed as a sevensome….? I remember my platform shoes and those flares. I remember Mum saying “I like my legs in this picture but I wish my hat didn’t shade my face so much.” Funny what you remember…. Funny how time goes by…. Funny how in the 1970s I had no idea I’d be able to scan pictures 40 years later and put them in a kind of internet diary…. Here’s to the next 100 blogs!
|Funny how almost 30 years ago....|