Author Archives: Jackie Dinnis

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.

Easter Peace be yours

I have been looking through my collection of old postcards and greetings cards and I found this lovely one that was sent 98 years ago! It is a postcard, and on the reverse it is dated the 29th of March … Continue reading

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The Similarity Between my Mother and Grandmother

It has been noted before that my mother, Enid May Howells bore a close resemblance to her mother, Queenie Cockett. Here are another couple of photographs that show the continuing similarity as they grew up.           … Continue reading

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When I was three months old

I have been looking through a book of old family photographs and found some of me aged three months. At first I thought this would have been August 1958. But I’m wondering if it might have been a few days earlier, at the … Continue reading

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Mothering Sunday

Today is Mother’s Day, and it makes me look backwards and forwards at the same time as I think of my mother, as well as my own children and being so thankful for them. I got out some old photographs of … Continue reading

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It can’t be Half a Century ago?

But time tells me it must be. Where does the time go? Thank you to Sheila for leaving a lovely message for me on here. She spotted herself in the nativity photograph I posted before Christmas. Here it is again: … Continue reading

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What’s on the Mantelpiece?

One of the things I don’t have in my house is a mantelpiece. It’s a comparatively new house, which was one of the things I loved about it when I moved in. But I do miss a fireplace and a … Continue reading

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The Horrors of the New Computer

Hello 🙂 I’m back! I don’t know about you, but I would have thought spending a few hundred pounds on an item would mean you should be really happy with it, and excited and pleased with your purchase. My old computer more … Continue reading

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Magnification

Magnification according to the Collins Dictionary is “the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified” and I have found that this can be improved by using a magnifying glass, rather than using the ‘zoom’ on the computer. For … Continue reading

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In A Tin of Family Photographs I found this one …

I filed it on my computer under ‘random unknown’, which isn’t strictly true because on the back is written ‘Reg Chapman, Blaker Street’. When putting Reg in this box I just meant that I didn’t personally know who he was! … Continue reading

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A Special 21st birthday present

Joseph Taylor Dinnis (my grandfather) celebrated his 21st birthday on November 29th 1913. In those days the 21st birthday was the coming of age, now it’s the 18th birthday that is the main celebration. Joseph was given a very special … Continue reading

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