My grandmother, Nanny Leah, and I had a very special relationship. A small round woman with white hair and blue eyes that twinkled with humour and life, she was my best friend, my ally, my heroine and my protector. She used to say; "Darling, you and I get on so well together because we have an enemy in common!"
My Nanny Leah taught to me to cook, to knit and to embroider and while we worked together in the kitchen or sewed in the parlour, she told me tales of my father's childhood, my great grandparents' lives and her peccadilloes as a girl and a young woman. She took to me to visit her sisters - 'The Aunts'. We would walk across the park, over the railway bridge and along the river bank to Penwortham for tea in the house that had been in the family for almost a century. The Mayor home. There I learned my family history, no, I lived it. I learned the values, manners and traditions of those who had gone before.
I know where my love of good food, good wine, good stories, fabric arts and animals comes from. I know where my need to learn and to pass on what I have learnt originated. I know where I am going because I know where I have come from. The combined genes and experience of the Amblers, the Mayors and the Dawsons have made me the person I am.
This site is a look into my world as a woman, a writer and publisher, a cook, a quilter, and a lifelong learner. Please come in, and if you find something to learn along the way, enjoy!
Hello from Beachmere, in Queensland, Australia, I'm Chris. I'm retired, or as I put it re-wired, an author, editor and publisher, with a passion for Family History. I share my life with my partner, Paul, and our crazy Australian Labradoodle, NicNak Tiger Woods. I love to cook, quilt and I have a strong commitment to lifelong learning. Welcome to my world!