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After a long absence…

I now feel ready to start blogging again.  I’m not sure how frequently. I’ve re-started my History degree… and, as you may have noticed I’ve posted the rather sketchy “study diary” that I started when AA100 started. So far, AA100 has proved interesting.  The trouble is, The Arts, doesn’t really appeal to me as a route to go down, however, I do enjoy classical studies and religious studies.  My first assignment was a 500 word essay on the relationship between […]

Doctor Faustus – A Different Interpretation

The second chapter of Book 1, Reputations focused on Doctor Faustus, written by Christopher Marlowe in the late 16th Century.  Taking the stance of a Morality Play, it features Dr John Faustus, an excellent scholar, who feels he has learned all he can by human means.  He makes a deal with Mephistopheles that, for a period of twenty-four years, he will live a life of luxury and unimaginable knowledge.  However, in doing so, and refusing to repent, Faustus in damned […]

Much more positive……

My post earlier today summed up how much I was struggling with the second part of the first TMA for AA100.  However, this evening, I am feeling much more positive.  I have 491 words of Part 2 and still have the in-text references to add.  It’s a good feeling, although how much of it I’ve written that makes sense is still debatable.  The joy of having 3 weeks left before it having to be submitted is that I have plenty […]

Struggling already?

I’m currently 3 weeks ahead of the course planner, allowing for half term (where I will have to take a week off because I have no childcare and two monkeys to look after) and the extra time it will take to write my assignments. I thoroughly enjoyed Cleopatra and Doctor Faustus but the chapter on Cezanne was one of the most boring I had ever come across.  I became bored and kept getting sidetracked by housework throughout the chapter.  I […]

The start of my degree……

I’m studying with the final goal of earning a BA History with honours with the Open University… I studied DD101 – Introducing the Social Sciences in 2010 when my youngest was just 8 weeks old.  I haven’t studied since because of family commitments and many other factors.  Now though, with my princess starting Nursery in January I’ve decided to delve back in. My second level 1 course, AA100 – The Arts Past and Present started on the 6th October and […]

Planning for the future…

I’m not the best at being consistent with my blog posts at the moment.  Real life is moving at a faster pace, the children are lovely and I’m finding more time for reading yet less time for writing.  I have also been thinking more and more about my future and what my descendants will say about me.  I don’t suppose our ancestors really thought about what we could say about them.  They lived in simpler times; times where the vast […]

Ancestor Biographies – Leah ATTEWELL

Leah Attewell was born around September 1856 in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire, as the second child of Jacob Attewell and Rebecca Jones. She had four siblings, namely: William Thomas, Charles, George Isaac, and William Jesse. She died during the 1st quarter of 1944 in Cardiff, Glamorgan. When she was 24, She married William Dunn in the 4th quarter of 1880 in Cardiff, Glamorgan. Leah Attewell was baptized on the 16th Oct 1859 in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire. She lived in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire in 1861. […]

Ancestor Biography – Charles Attewell

Charles Attewell was born around September 1859 in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire as the third child of Jacob Attewell and Rebecca Jones. He had four siblings, namely: William Thomas, Leah, George Isaac, and William Jesse. He died on 18 Apr 1918 in Chepstow, Monmouthshire. When he was 37, He married Mary Jane Hancox Parkes 01 Feb 1897 in Monmouthshire. Charles Attewell was baptized on 16 Oct 1859 in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire. He lived in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire until the 1870’s.  In 1881 he possibly […]

AWOL Ancestors – Ann ALMEY

Ann ALMEY was born around 1773 in Wigston Magna, Leicestershire, England. She died in the fourth quarter of 1862 in Leicester Registration District, Leicestershire. When she was 25, She married Joseph Blakesley on 9th Nov 1798 in Wigston Magna, Leicestershire. Joseph Blakesley and Ann Almey had the following known children: John Blakesley was born around 1803 in Wigston, Leicestershire, England. He died on 4th Mar 1864 in Leicestershire, England. He married Ann Willett on the 10th Aug 1824 in Thornton, […]

AWOL Ancestors – Elizabeth Aldridge

Elizabeth Aldridge was born around 1818 in Wivenhoe, Essex, England. She died during the fourth quarter of 1894 in Lexden Registration District, Essex. When she was 19, she married George Hazell, the son of John Hazell and Hannah Maria Rudd, 28 Jul 1837 in Wivenhoe, Essex. Elizabeth remained in Wivenhoe, Essex her whole life bringing up her children while her husband, George, worked at home and abroad as a Mariner. George Hazell and Elizabeth Aldridge had the following children: George […]