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Today's victim of #BrexitDerangementSyndrome is Graham Hughes. Pray for Graham he is very ill

Just the other day, as we looked at the vast old 1600s chimney in the study here at the Welsh Hovel, I asked the Mrs if she could go onto the village facebook page to see if any of the poor people had a young son who could pop around to be sent up to clean it. “Don’t be daft” she replied. “They abolished that sort of thing ages ago”. “Political correctness gone mad”, said I. “Thank God we both voted for Brexit and can scrap these insane rules which deny the children of the poor, here in Wales, a chance to earn a few pennies.”

Thursday 4 March 2021
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Today's victim of #BrexitDerangementSyndrome is Graham Hughes. Pray for Graham he is very ill

Just the other day, as we looked at the vast old 1600s chimney in the study here at the Welsh Hovel, I asked the Mrs if she could go onto the village facebook page to see if any of the poor people had a young son who could pop around to be sent up to clean it. “Don’t be daft” she replied. “They abolished that sort of thing ages ago”. “Political correctness gone mad”, said I. “Thank God we both voted for Brexit and can scrap these insane rules which deny the children of the poor, here in Wales, a chance to earn a few pennies.”

Thursday 4 March 2021

Photo Article: From 1899, the woman at the heart of the family mystery

Almost finally, in the small selection of photos uncovered by cousin John Stafford and found in the papers of Sir John Winnifrith is one of the woman at the heart of the mystery, Edith Maude Winnifrith. This shot is from 1899 when she would have been c24. Now look at the nose and chin.

Thursday 4 March 2021

Winnifrith family history - another photo of a mystery woman emerges

This small set of photos were in a set of papers relating to the affairs of my father’s late nephew John Stafford who was another family member gripped by the mystery of Edith Maude Winnifrith (EMW): who was she?  Yesterday I posted a photo of a baby which came from EMW and which I can now date pretty accurately. The dress worn by the woman holding the baby is, according to the leading expert on Victorian dresses, from 1868-70 but it looks tight and ill fitting so may be a few years old. The photographer, Thomas Prothero started business in Bristol in 1875 or maybe a bit earlier. I have a submission he posted from his Wine Street Bristol address for a Royal Photographic Society exhibition in September 1875. EMW said she was born in 1875 though her birth certificate is a forgery so I assume the photo of the baby she kept was of herself, why else keep it? So who is the lady below?

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Winnifrith family history mystery - another photo riddle

I described the other day my researches into, inter alia, the big mystery in my family – who was Edith Maude Winnifrith, my great grandmother? She was certainly illegitimate but who were are parents? Is her mother really Edith Wingfield Digby?  I continue to go through the papers of her son, Sir John Winnifrith, and stumble across this photo marked up on the back, in Sir John’s writing, “my mother?”

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Can my wretched Tory MP in Wrexham, Sarah Atherton justify the Orwellian behaviour of the local Police?

I have already apologised for, in 2019, supporting Ms Atherton, a careerist lady who deserves unemployment in four years time. I have asked her on Twitter if she endorses what you can see below and natch’ she will not reply. Yet again we see Policemen (or in this case women) drunk on emergency Covid lockdown powers and behaving in a way we thought we would be never see in Britain. North Wales Police you are a disgrace.

Monday 1 March 2021

Spot the tolerant progressive in 2021 contest - the great Candace Owens edition

Conservative commentator Candace Owens thinks that a woman has a right not to be beaten up and injured on the sports field by someone who used to be a man. I guess that makes Candace a feminist does it not? As well as a person of colour and a conservative. Meet Kate, a white progressive: she has another way of describing Candace.

Monday 1 March 2021

Does anyone know this woman or more importantly where this picture is and are there more?

I believe that Edith Wingfield Digby (1848-1935) of Coleshill, Sherborne Castle and Bournemouth gave birth to an illegitimate daughter in around 1875 who was my great grandmother Edith Maude Winnifrith, for reasons I partly explain HERE. I may be wrong, only a DNA test can resolve a mystery that has now haunted three generations once and for all. If you search google for pictures of Edith Wingfield Digby you will find an image of a stout old lady, the patron of several homes she founded in Dorset to care for fallen women. She had an interest in the subject. But there is just one I discovered of Edith as a younger lady which you can see below. The man who uploaded it is not responding to messages so I wonder does anyone out there know more about the picture below and if there are any others of this woman as a young lady or where the original can be found?

Monday 1 March 2021

Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel: Pirates of the Dee

Some folks accuse me of being a pirate. Au contraire I am quite the law abiding citzen these days except when it comes to daft covid lockdown rules. But there is a pirate at the Welsh Hovel on the banks of the River Dee, one who – like all good pirates – wears Paw Patrol socks and a dinosaur top.

Monday 1 March 2021

Photo article from the Welsh Hovel - biting the asbestos bullet day 2: Sunday

As you can see below, the work that started yesterday is done, the ghastly asbestos shed is no more. You now have a clear view all the way up the vegetable garden, what was the jungle, with this horror removed.

Sunday 28 February 2021

Photo article: and you thought baby mats were meant for ...babies?

Do not tell Quincey, the larger and lazier of our two cats, who should be lying on the baby mat. When not sleeping in the baby chair, he has a new place to catch forty winks as you can see below. As for baby Jayarani: well that is not HIS problem is it?

Sunday 28 February 2021

Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel: Biting the asbestos bullet day 1 - Saturday

The workers arrived at 7 and the skip shortly afterwards with the first project the removal of the asbestos shed at the bottom of the vegetable garden, the area formerly known as the jungle. Notwithstanding my work into the early hours on family papers, I’d set an alarm and was there at the outset to make coffee for all.

Sunday 28 February 2021

The family papers – a night of revelation and shocks

The Mrs and the children are breaking lockdown rules with her parents and so left to my own devices I stayed up into the small hours combing the family papers picked up from my late father’s house last week. It was a night of shocks and revelation and having discussed the matter with my father’s sister L, I wonder what I should reveal. Perhaps all.

Saturday 27 February 2021

Tom Winnifrith Video Shareshow No 20: 2 hours of gold, flashbacks to 2001, value investing and Kerim Sener

And now from Wales, by just 30 yards, it is my new weekly video show. This costs 99p per episode, and you can either listen to, or watch, some sparky interviews with  Kerim Sener of Ariana Resources (AAU), where I am a loyal shareholder, and then with the sorcerer’s apprentice Steve Moore on the markets and on what he owns. You can access the show HERE 

Saturday 27 February 2021

Getting the Pfizer jab – the experience was truly impressive

I have had Covid so everything tells me that I am already as immune as someone who has had the jab. I believe that jabbing me is therefore utterly pointless. But I can see that if I want to make it to Greece this summer, I will almost certainly need a Covid passport so on that basis I jumped at the chance to get the jab. The NHS showed its usual efficiency by contacting me five times by mail, text (twice) and email about the whole matter.

Friday 26 February 2021

Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel: Biting the asbestos bullet at last

Enough is enough. It is time to clear this place of asbestos. I have got a quote and a reputable firm and this weekend it is, nearly, all going. The red-flagged sites are below.

Thursday 25 February 2021

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