About Me.

A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Hannah's Baptism

Hannah Joy was baptised today, with family and friends participating.
She choose this morning to wake at 5.30am and not go back to sleep, so by the time 10.00am came around, she was starting to get tired. All the photos were taken, before the service started.
Grandma and Hannah enjoyed a cuddle but she wanted to get down.

Now can I get up these, in a dress?

Yes! One more to go.
Hannah wanted to get up the sanctuary steps, on her own.

Proud grandparents.
The service was beautiful, with the minister encouraging the children to come to the front and watch. He explained the significance of the water, asking where it came from. One child said 'God.' Which when you think about it is right.
God Bless,

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Christening Dress

If you have read my two posts from 14 September and 17 September, you will know that I am using my wedding dress, to make Hannah's Christening dress. 

Well the dress is done and this is the next part of the story.

A week in Cairns and two  and a bit weeks in Adelaide didn't leave me much time to make the dress for Sunday 30 October, once we arrived home on the 21st!  Nothing like a looming deadline to make you get going. (A really good friend was going to come over and we were going to have a sewing day but she isn't well.)
After coffee, on Monday I setup the ironing board and my sewing machine, wound bobbins and cut the pieces out. Next step was to sew.

I had forgotten how tiny the pieces are in little kids clothes are! I joined the bodice and lining pieces together. They went together easily and I breathed a big sigh. (It had been awhile since I made a dress.)

Next was the underskirt and while I was sewing this I thought that the lace I had for it would make it look to 'heavy'. Taking a good long look at the lace sleeves, I thought 'why not give then a go?'

I cut the seams of both, unpicked several small darts and then, pinning very carefully, I matched the scallop edge and some darts together and made a circle piece. Laying the underskirt, under the lace, I worked out how much to leave, below the hem, pinned the side seams together and then cut of the excess, from the top of the sleeves. (I needed to be an octopus, as it was very, very fiddly.) 
Next I had to gather both pieces to make them fit the bodice. It fitted perfectly!

Carefully sewing all three pieces together, keeping the lining of the bodice out of the way, it all came together, again perfectly.
Omitting the zipper I put three clear press-studs and some buttons down the back and the hand stitched the lining down.


                                                               It fits!

More photos on Sunday.

Bye for now,

Friday, 21 October 2016

Thank you.

When I'm away, I blog on the iPad and can't always respond to your comments. I do read them and wish there was a way I could let you know that.

So this post is to say a very big 'thank you', to everyone, who has left a comment. I love them.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Our last day.

Today we went to Hallett Cove Conservation Park, approximately 14km from the city. This 51ha, (126 acres), park was established in 1976, after around 11 years of 'fighting', to stop developers building houses and a marina. It is a Declared Geological Monument, containing many significant geological sites. The website, environment.sa.gov.au  along with Wikipedia, give detailed explanations of them.

We set out along the Costal Park Path, a short 7.2km, one way. Mostly boardwalk, with a couple of gravel sections, Paul and I found it an easy walk. We didn't do the full distance, stopping at the spot on the map, between the steps to the shore and Waterfall Creek, just where another path branches of.

The views are awesome, looking south across the beach and north to Glenelg.

This headland is at the northern end of Hallett Cove beach and is a lovely chocolate colour.

The white hill, in the foreground is Sugarloaf. You can do the walk up to it and it can't be seen from the path, until you stop and look back, towards the cafe. With the reddish cliffs forming a backdrop, it is stunning.

This was taken from the top of the headland, in the second photo. This is Hallett Cove, with its boulders and rocks.

Part of the boardwalk, looking north.

We took an hour to do the section, we walked and judging by the number of walkers, joggers and tourists, it is a very popular walk.

Stopped for morning tea at the Boardwalk Cafe. Great food and a great view.

Our holiday is over. I hope you have enjoyed my blogs.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

What we have been doing.

Saturday saw us in at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. What a restful spot. We meandered along, stopping so I could take photos or describe something for Paul.
Our first treat was the rainforest centre, and this little chap, popped up and allowed me to take a snap.

Sunday was lunch, with family at the Esplanade Hotel, Brighton. The weathe was atrocious and here is a view of Brighton Jetty.

Monday's weather was a bit better and we drove to Port Adelaide and had a look around, then continued south as far as Hallett Cove, stopping for quick photos, between showers. This part of the coastline is so beautiful. We followed the coast road.

We are going to walk this park, Thursday as the weather is promising to be sunny.

Yesterday, Tuesday and again we went south. This time to Noralanga(sp) and then across to Maclaran Vale. Freezing and wet but we got to see some of the area.

Today was wonderful. Sunny and cool, so we went to Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. What a beautiful place! Some of the paths are still under repair, so we spent our time on the bigger paths. 

One of the views.

A study in black and white.

A drift of snow bells.

In need of coffee or lunch we headed towards the summit but decided to go to Cleland Wildlife Park, just along a bit further. I really recommend this park, easy to get around, lovely staff and lots of cute Australian animals, some you can feed. When we got there, we were told that there was 15 minutes left to see the koalas, so we set off. 

Sasha was out for pats and she was very well behaved. 
These potaroos, waylaid us, so we fed them.

Lunch was our next stop and once we had eaten we set off to explore the rest of the 35 hectares and find as many of the 130 species, living there.

Two of the mob, relaxing in the sun.

A Hairynosed wombat. It had just eaten its lunch and came out for some sun. Its mate was still eating.

A Stone Curlew. This was dad and mum was there, with two chicks.

In the forest aviary, there were plenty of these.

Outside and this chap was walking around.

At the wetlands, this tortoise was sunning itself.

Last stop was the dingos. 

Theses came before the dingos and were in the Mallee aviary but there is a story to tell. To get into the aviary, you go through two doors. Open and close the first, then do the same for the second one and you are in. Well these three greeted us like lost family. We would stop and they would sit at our feet, walk and they would follow. It was very cute, until we tried to leave. Paul went out the first door and as I tried to follow, they sat down and wouldn't move. I tried to open the door and see if they would move. Nope, not going to happen! I had to run back to the doors we came in and go round and get Paul. We spoke to the staff member, looking after birds and she explained that she had hand reared them and was trying to get them independent and it was their first time in the aviary. 

Back up at the entrance, we heard a koala, grunting. Looked up and there was a wild one, munching on leaves. They like to come into the park.

So if you want a good day out, in Adelaide, head for the hills and visit this park. 

Bye for now,

Thursday, 13 October 2016

South Australian Research.

Talking to both staff, from State Records and Genealogy SA, at the expo, I figured that a bit of research might be good.

August Jasper arrived in Adelaide, in 1876 and I was curious as to what he had done, during his time there. An article, I found on Trove, see the post, 16 September 2016, that placed him Clare.

With more questions than answers, I went to Genealogy SA. Being able to view a copy of the passengers, on the Dilbhur, I found more information about him. I enquired about court records and they didn't have any and recommended State Records.

Of to State Records, today. From the lady, on the desk, who showed me how to join, to the staff,  bringing up the books, everyone was friendly, helpful and nothing was a problem.

There were no court papers, pertaining to him and Kelly suggested that I apply to the courts, for a search. She even found the forms and information I need. She then suggested I look at Assessment Book, for Clare, to see if I could find his residence. Nothing.

Kelly went to lunch and Adam was on the desk. As August gave his residence as Blyth, I asked if there were Assessment Books for Blyth. He searched the online indexes and ordered it for me, once we worked out which book. Again, nothing.

I felt like I was in my own episode of Who Do You Think You Are? But as Kelly commented that it isn't easy, like the show makes it. Don't we genealogists know that! I would ask do you have, or where could I find? I also had my notebook, like they all seem to use, mine is pink.

As the case was in Clare, I'm going to contact their family history society and will see if Blyth has one, too. I will also do the paperwork, to the courts.

To great research experiences!

Bye for now,

Adelaide, Thursday 13th, Genealogy Day.

A visit to Adelaide, for a genealogist, should include a visit to Gould Genealogy, at Nova Gardens.

I had asked Alona, if she could find several books, for me. Two were and I also picked up two on German research. It was lovely to see Alona and her cute car.

The photo book will be very useful, for my UTAS course. The Latin Glossary is small enough to take with me, when I'm looking at documents.

Paul had spent that time, sitting in the car, that morning tea, was on the cards.

From Nova Gardens we  went to Gress Cross and State Records of South Australia. Very helpful staff. More next post.

Bye for now,

Adelaide, Wednesday 12th, Adelaide Hills. Mount Lofty.

After Hahndorf, we continued on to Mount Lofty, via Stirling. Stirling, is another pretty town, but with no parking available, Mount Lofty was the place to stop.

Cool was the temperature but the breeze was gentle. You are required to pay to park but this sign greeted us.

Not being good at taking selfies, a lovely tourist took our photo.

The view and the marker on the top.

A great day.
Bye for now,

Adelaide, Wednesday 12th. The Adelaide Hills. Hahndorf.

Another cool, grey day but that wasn't going to stop us. I did have to go and buy another long sleeve shirt before we started.

Hahndorf was our first stop. Settled by Lutheran migrants, in 1839, it is the oldest surviving German settlement. Beautiful old buildings, quaint shops and sunshine made for a pleasant time. 

First stop was the Fudge Shop, Hahndorf, www.fudgeshophahndorf.com.au  for some fudge. Paul picked the sugar free, chocolate orange fudge and I went with rum and raisin.  Otto's for morning tea, salted caramel tart and a nut slice were our choices. Yum!

We strolled along, stopping to window shop or to browse. It wasn't very busy, when we first arrived but  it did get busier.

This Hahndorf Academy, home to the information centre.

Built in 1861, this pub was once a Cobb and Co stop.

These gardens were laid out in 1939, to mark Hahndorf 's centenary.

This lovely building caught my eye and then I saw what it was named.

Detmold, Germany, was where August Jasper was born. Goosebumps.

This beautiful church, in English Street and I think it is, now, the New Apostolic. It didn't have a sign. It could be St Paul's Anglican but the name isn't on the map. English Street was once called Billygoat Lane.
Can anyone read and translate what is in the circle? 

St Paul's Lutheran Church was built in 1890.  Beautiful building.

I'm going to break today into two posts.

Bye for now,