Cecil Allery: 1900-1985

Memories of Dad, Cecil Henry Allery 1900 in London, UK The turn of the century was an interesting time in the United Kingdom, when huge changes were taking place. The parish of Richmond in Surrey had a population of about 20,000 people, had excellent transport links to London (trains, trams and omnibuses) and was emerging as a sought after residential and commercial location. Residents were kept informed by no less than four local newspapers:- the Thames Valley Times was published each Wednesday and the Chiswick Times on Fridays. The Richmond & Twickenham Times and the Richmond Herald appeared on Saturdays. Richmond … Continue reading Cecil Allery: 1900-1985

Multiple Births: Edwardian style

Grandmother Mary Jane Robinson: her impact on me! Mary Jane was a woman of mystery to me. She had left this earth before I could know her – I don’t count the 9 short years I was on this earth at the same time. As a 4 year old I had no real sense of belonging and with a world shattered by war, there were huge upheavals in my family – we emigrated to Australia in 1949. By May 1954 she had died at Surrey, Northern – a fact revealed to us by mail in our new home in Victoria. … Continue reading Multiple Births: Edwardian style

Revisiting Ancestors : Jemima and the Will

Imagine her surprise when she listened to the reading of the will of her late father! As the eldest of the clan Rosina thought she would receive a substantial financial legacy, but she did not expect to be given the four properties at 46, 48, 50 and 52 Elton Road, Norbiton, Kingston-on-Thames. Tears of joy were her first response! She then looked into her step-mother’s shining eyes and sat up a little more formally in the leather chair in the study at 196 Commercial Road, Peckham. She was attending the formal ceremony of reading the will of her late father … Continue reading Revisiting Ancestors : Jemima and the Will

Great Grandmother Jemima: Freedom of the city

Great Grandmother Jemima became a second wife for my great grandfather Samuel John Allery in 1884. At the age of 32 she took on the task of parenting the 5 children from his previous marriage to Mary Ann Hall, and during her 30’s and 40’s gave birth to six boys of her own. Just two years between each of them, her band of young men were her greatest legacy. Her boys all lived to a great age, served their country in the first World War and built their own businesses and dynasties. This story is about two significant periods of … Continue reading Great Grandmother Jemima: Freedom of the city

Furious Fiction 2: The Convoy

By five o’clock that evening the sky was bright red above the mountain ranges and the hot northerly winds continued to blow the smoke into the township below. Visibility was reduced to 100 metres and the lights from the convoy were shrouded in haze. Craig walked to the front of the line and climbed into the cabin of the lead vehicle. His smart phone sounded the alert for the evacuation relaying to the families in their vehicles behind him. He exchanged a look with Sandy as he switched on the ignition and roared the V8 diesel engine into life. Adjusting … Continue reading Furious Fiction 2: The Convoy

Gordon Monroe Dingwall: 1914 -1915

It was not long after the declaration of war, that the Dingwall boys of Toowoomba decided to join the army. The stirring recruitment campaigns in Queensland, as in all other states of Australia, had their desired outcome, an increase in enlistment of soldiers in the Australian Imperial Forces. News of the war was all over the news in the newspapers in Toowoomba – it was hard to resist the call to arms. The Dingwall family, sent their sons Douglas, Alexander and Gordon to fight for victory over the enemy abroad and bravely endured the horrors of war from a distance … Continue reading Gordon Monroe Dingwall: 1914 -1915

Freedom Warrior

You bore your children, your heart was singing Childhood captured, like arrows from your bow Aimed true and strong, bright futures bringing Once released, destinations and success unknown You raised your children, your pride escalated Goals and accomplishments joyfully recognized Milestones marked and birthdays celebrated Marriages, births, and anniversaries solemnized You grieved when a child, took the wrong path Choices and decisions, theirs for the taking Errors of judgement, and life split you apart Leaving you wondering, and your heart aching You smiled when a child, came back to the fold Greeted and welcomed, dreams renewed and spent Building memories to … Continue reading Freedom Warrior

New Chapters for Arry Chronicles

Outline Chapter 7: scorched plains, number nines Harry and Gary join the number nines and escape the scorched plains and learn how to reach the Desert of Dreams (inspired by Maze Runner and Nine) Chapter 8: ice cliffs and the riddle of the swords Larry and Mary solve the riddle of the swords and take the ice swords back to the mountains of mystery. (inspired by Game of Thrones and 47 Ronin) Chapter 9: desolation of the red-wings Larry and Mary defeat the red-wings and learn how to reach the Desert of Dreams (inspired by The Hobbit and Reign)   … Continue reading New Chapters for Arry Chronicles

Arry Chronicles: Book Two: Ring of Destiny

Synopsis The Arry girls are back with their second adventure – to find the Ring of Destiny. Time leaps are common place for this trio of extraordinary sisters! They use their special chants and toe tingling escapes through portals to the Literal Literary Lands. Sometimes things can go disastrously wrong. In this time leap, instead of an expected journey to familiar places, one of the girls finds herself in the strange new land of Desert Dreams. One year has passed, since the Peanut Butter incident and their flight to the Sea of Tranquility. Now on Saturday, 10th October 2015, the … Continue reading Arry Chronicles: Book Two: Ring of Destiny

A mother waits

A mother waits, her eyes wet shining New life inside her, she feels the binding Her journey begins, in anticipation Growing in hope without hesitation A mother smiles,  pain of delivering This infant, this birth, memory remaining Her instincts are ancient, built in to her pores Forgetting the agony, she bonds and adores A mother cries, her heart almost breaking There is so much more, for her, awaiting Pathways unfolding in waves of mystery Walking them all, learning from history A mother waits, prodigal child returning No way of connection, just belief in the knowing That blood will always remain … Continue reading A mother waits

Letters from Samuel John Allery

   Jemima Mary Anne Allery 26 Crown Street, Camberwell 3rd September, 1889 Dear Jemima, I am sorry to be away so long from you, especially so near to the birth of our new child. I hope that you are in good health. Is Rosina looking after the little ones for you? My journey to London was worth it and I am really proud to have received the Freedom of the City of London certificate. Quite an accolade for a middle aged tradesman, and one that my father would have been most proud of. Our certificate will be displayed in our … Continue reading Letters from Samuel John Allery

The Journal of William Adrian Allery

December 1924 I was tired and dusty from the long train ride from London to Dartmouth. The station platform was almost empty, except for a few porters vying for business among the meagre crowd. Spotting a large white card with the word ALLERY in large letters held by a tall, thin man wearing a pinstripe suit and bowler hat; I pushed my way through the milling porters to reach my guide. Black clouds were brooding over the township and I was glad to be heading to Townstal, the countryside of my birth. As we drove to the parish church of … Continue reading The Journal of William Adrian Allery

On Reading

Mystery Thrillers Anyone? A rainy day! Perfect for reading! Where shall I begin today? Am I in the mood for a mystery? Perhaps a mystery thriller that calls up ancient rituals and rites in far away realms? Take ‘Sanctus‘, for example, one of those books I am reading right now. This one intrigued me the moment I read the overview in GoodReading: An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight… REVELATION OR DEVASTATION? The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies … And … Continue reading On Reading