“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on;
‘Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears, ‘Til in heaven the deed appears – Pass it on. – Henry Burton
I just found some of my late husband’s ancestors in England. I have not been doing much genealogy lately, but I keep a toe in the water so that if something turns up I can add it to my family’s history.
These ancestors, the Endicotts, were found in the 1841 census of a town in a part of London on the Thames. The town is Deptford and has a tumultuous history.
Deptford is a district of south east London, England, on the south bank of the River Thames. It is named after a ford of the River Ravensbourne, and from the mid 16th to the late 19th century was home to Deptford Dockyard, the first of the Royal Navy Dockyards.
Deptford and the docks are associated with the knighting of Sir Francis Drake by Queen Elizabeth I aboard the Cook’s third voyage Golden Hind, the legend of Sir Walter Raleigh laying down his cape for Elizabeth, Captain James aboard Resolution, and the mysterious murder of Christopher Marlowe in a house along Deptford Strand.
My husband’s ancestors were not famous, but to me they are a part of my children’s lives, so it’s important to know them. The genes of the elders were passed on to their descendents. The men were sawyers, which meant they sawed the wood for carpenters. None of my children are carpenters, none work with wood, but all three are creative.
Many years ago my daughter and I spent 2 months on a trip to Europe. We were in London for about a week. However I was not doing much family history at the time and had no knowledge of the Deptford connection. I did know that my husband’s grandfather was born in London and we visited the house where he lived as a teenager. I had written in advance to the people who currently lived there to ask for permission to see the house. They were very hospitable and we were treated to a tour of the 2 story home. We even discovered a street named “Denyer” and tried to find other Denyers, but the telephone listing was so many pages long it would have been impossible to pin down any relatives.
Now I wish I could go back and visit Deptford. I have much more information than I had in 1973 and perhaps could find connections to our family. But my age makes that journey impossible. My daughter who accompanied me on the trip to Europe would like to make the same trip with her daughter at some point in the future. I hope that she will be able to do it.
I am extremely disturbed by the airline service currently in force. Service is not the correct terminology. It does not exist.
Last month my daughter took a trip to Florida from her home here in California. She booked her flights with United, but from my experience all the airlines are pretty much the same.
She left Burbank airport at 7 am and arrived in Florida at 6:30pm. A flight of 6 hours duration actually took 8-1/2 hours. The flight stopped in Denver for a layover of 2-1/2 hours and a change of planes. The same schedule applied on her return flight. Only this one took longer. She was actually in the air 7 hours but in transit for 10-1/2 hours, also changing planes.
Her 2 hour layover on the way home was in San Francisco where her son lives, but she was not able to see him. She was in a secure area and could not leave, nor could he come in. They could not meet.
I do not understand the reasoning behind the airline scheduling. However, from a consumer’s standpoint, it is extremely inefficient. In the past I often experienced a stopover where some passengers exited and others boarded after which the plane resumed flight. This I can understand, but to have to wait two hours for another plane is grossly inefficient. Not only that, but there is an extra charge for each landing and takeoff. Passengers must pay for this delay and inconvenience.
Not only is the scheduling inconvenient for the paying passengers, but the service is degrading as I write. No longer can you have pillow or a blanket without a charge, but you must wait in your seat until the bathroom facility is not in use. If you are not close to the bathroom someone else will surely beat you to the door. So you must wait.
The seats are so close together that your legs are cramped within minutes. Don’t try crossing your legs. And you must pay for the earphones to try to take your mind off of the discomfort you are experiencing. On a long trip doctors advise walking up and down the aisle to help prevent blood clotting. That is not acceptable by the attendants, nor even possible. Have you tried getting out of your seat if you are next to the window? Good luck with that.
Does anyone understand the baggage restrictions anymore? Each airline seems to have their own conditions which some passengers might not be aware of until checking in. Let the buyer beware seems to be the ordinary. And bring lots of cash with you.
On a short trip you can always drive. Hah! With the current price of gasoline rising daily that is not a valid option. And on a long trip you must deal with stayovers in a motel or hotel. I won’t get into that.
What is a traveler to do? In my case I no longer travel. My back problems do not allow me to stand in line for any length of time so that my carryon and I can be searched and screened. Because I have knee replacements I must endure a patdown which now may be an x-ray. While this is going on my carryon disappears into never-never land but is available for anyone to snatch or remove items from. This is the only part of flying that I actually have no problem with. I don’t like it, but I want everyone searched and screened so that the bad guys are not on any flights.
Whatever happened to service? Does anyone complain about the lack thereof? No. We must travel for a variety of reasons and the airlines know this. They can do whatever they want because we are captives to their regulations. We are at the mercy of the airlines. They can schedule flights whenever they want and charge whatever they want and take away whatever they want and still we fly. We have to. There’s no other way to get where we want to go. It makes me angry. I can’t see any way we are going to get relief from their greed and inconsideration.
While writing this I did not address the fact that in many cases the pilots are not given enough lay over time to rest between flights which puts all of us in jeopardy. We are at the mercy of the airlines. Something should be done. I just don’t know what.
I just pinned some new things on my Pinterest site. My genealogy board was empty because I couldn’t decide what to put there besides old pictures. So I put up the pedigree charts for both my late husband and me. Maybe one of my viewers might see a familiar name and contact me. Wish, wish, wish. That would get me back into researching. I did get a query from a lady last week asking about one of our mutual ancestors. I went into my records and found lots of information to send her. Also I have some pictures to send her that she wanted. So I feel good about that.
Then, I pinned a board featuring necklaces that I have made. There are quite a few of all kinds. I have been busy making these and keep coming up with new designs. I have ordered some beads that I can’t wait to get.
My Pinterest site has boards for all black jewelry, pearl jewelry and now necklaces and earrings. I intend to make boards for red items, green items, vintage items and a miscellaneous board. I love Pinterest. I get caught up with looking at other people’s boards. It’s fascinating. You should try it.
You can see my site at http://bit.ly/HjSpzx