Thursday, 23 April 2015

Remember, I used to do a Blog???????

My last Blog (Surprise, Surprise?) was in August last year  Where does the time go?
Have I been too busy? No.........
Nothing to Blog about? No.........
Computer broken? No.........
Excuses? No............

Well, I'm ready to Blog again. Oh no, some of you might say, or think. Hopefully, you have missed my stories, my thoughts, my waffling. Stories about my life, my family and my past family. Well here goes anyway........

Remember? Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

In my last Blog I told you about my Grandson, Joseph, surprising me with his visit to Australia. Fantastic few weeks. Well the surprises didn't stop there.

For my birthday, (6th August, if you want to put it in your diary) Sue surprised me with a present that I really didn't look at properly, It was a home made invitation announcing that we were going on holiday back home to England.
Yes, I knew we were, sometime in 2015.
"No, read it properly Gazza" was the response (plus a few choice words), "in a few months time." I had a few tears, I don't mind saying.

You may have seen the many photo's and comments on Facebook and I apologies for repeating just a few, but here goes..........

The surprise for Sue's mum on her 70th birthday, she didn't know anything about our visit to England.

Some of our Family and Friends

Sorry if I missed a photo of you, I really couldn't put all the photo's on my Blog, but I want to thank all of you for making it a fantastic holiday in England. A special thank you to Lorraine, John and the boys for putting us up (or putting up with us) for those weeks.
Cheers to you all 

Remember? Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticise them, you are a mile away and you have their shoes.

Whilst in England I had to visit my football team, Stoke City, and managed to see a few games at the Britannia Stadium.

I also went to see a Blackburn game, but the least said about that!!!!!!!!!!

Remember? New product available. Corduroy pillows: They're making headlines!

We came back home to Australia in November and prepared for Christmas and the New Year celebrations.

Remember? Honk if you love peace and quiet.

Christmas came and went
Don't ask!!

And the New Year was here 

Goodbye 2014. Welcome 2015

Remember? Barbie? If she was so popular, why did you have to buy her friends?

My 'Allotment': I mentioned in my last Blog about the 'Square Foot Garden Bed' System for growing vegetables. I have now moved this to my veggie patch area as it gets a little more shade. I have also put shade cloth over the area to try and reduce the effect of the suns rays.
With all this and the middle of summer (December/January), and the weather averaging around 38-40 degrees, everything in the vegetable garden has struggled to grow. I have also noticed that fruit and veg grown above ground, such as Lettuce, Beetroot, Cucumber, Chillies, Peppers etc. grow better. I think this is because most of the 'soil' is really sand, very compact and doesn't allow other vegetables (carrots, potatoes for example) to thrive.

The one good thing about being in the garden during this hot weather, time for a dip. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

We are now into Autumn and the weather is cooler, 25-30 deg's with the nights even cooler. I have now decided to raise the walls around the 'allotment' and add better garden soil/compost so hopefully I can produce better crops.I'll let you know how it goes.

Remember? Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

Meanwhile; The rest of the garden is really growing well. The native Australian plants love the hot weather and give a really good display.

Remember? There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count and those who can't.

I mentioned that we are now in Autumn and the cooler days and nights are upon us in Australia. As I will be doing less outside in the garden etc. this is my opportunity to sit at my desk and look closer at the Nickisson Family Tree.
Information continues to come from many sources to allow me to update the family tree and this has been ongoing throughout the summer. Facebook is a source that helps me in many ways, adding dates to a birth that where I previously had only just the year. Marriage details, such as dates and locations and the sadness of a death in the family. I remember particularly my Auntie Muriel who died in March this year.
Other online genealogy sites continue to update their websites so there is always opportunities to find new or additional information. I also have a list of various certificates to buy that will help me to update the Nickisson Family Tree. Looking forward to it.

Remember? Love may be blind but marriage is a real eye-opener.

This year we are going on holiday to Penang, Malaysia in August for our 20th wedding anniversary. Another story to tell!

A couple was preparing to head out to their fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration.
"You get your purse and coat, I'll pull the car out front and lock up the garage" says hubby, thoughtfully.
When his bride comes out onto the front porch, she sees him leaning against the car staring wistfully at the front of the house. She walks over to him.
"What are you looking at?" she asks.
"Oh, I was just looking at those bushes over there... Remembering."
"Remembering what?" she asks'
"Well, you remember the time your dad caught us in the bushes? He pulled me out by the scruff of my neck, threw me against the wall and said, "Either you're gonna do the right thing and marry my daughter or you'll spend the next fifty years in jail!" he answers.
"Yes, I remember it well. what about it?" she said, with a twinkle in her eye.
"Well," he replies, "I was just thinking". I'd be getting out of jail about now'"

Diane (Sue's mum) and Allan will be visiting us again for Christmas this year, looking forward to it. Again, another story to tell.

A man and his wife are awakened at 3 o'clock in the morning by a loud knocking on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push.
"Not a chance," says the husband, " it is 3 o'clock in the morning!" He slams the door and returns to bed.
"Who was that?" asked the wife.
"Just some drunk guy asking for a push" he answers.
"Did you help him?" she asks.
:No, I did not, It's 3 o'clock in the morning and it's pouring rain out there!"
"Well, you have a short memory" says the wife. "Don't you remember, about three months ago when we broke down, and those guys helped us? I think you should help him and you should be ashamed of yourself!"
The man does as he is told, gets dressed and goes out into the pouring rain.
He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?"
"Yes" comes back the answer.
"Do you still need a push?" calls the husband.
"Yes please" comes the reply from the dark.
"Where are you?" asks the husband.
The drunk replies, "over here -- on the swing!"

Speak to you soon

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Surprise, Surprise?

I get up in the morning and normally have a plan for the day. Sometimes that changes, perhaps because of the weather, not fitting everything in, asked to do something extra and the occasional surprise.

24th July was one of those surprise days, if you're one of my Facebook friends you would know what happened. I had just collected my two grandchildren from their school, Sue was home early from work, (that's a surprise in itself, but nice). My son Dean and Rachel arrive, I presume to take home Charlotte and Jacob, I have a beer in my hand when in walks Joseph. My Grandson had just arrived from England, everyone else knew about it except me. What a great surprise, happy to admit I cried.

*I was surprised when reading an article last night about fathers and sons, how memories came flooding back of the time I took my son out for his first pint.
Got him a XXXX ..... he didn't like it - so I had it.
Then I got him a Tooheys & then a VB .... he didn't like them either so I had them too..
It was the same with the Kilkenny & Guinness..
By the time we got to the whisky I could hardly push the pram home.

We had some great times while Joe was with us........

After just over four weeks with us, Joe went back home this week,
we really had a good time.
Will miss him, thank you Joe for the surprise.

*I was surprised to read in the paper about this dwarf that got pick pocketed... How could anyone stoop so low..?

I mentioned in my last Blog Questions? Answers?, (can't believe it was 3 months ago) that Sue entered a competition and we were very surprised that she won. The prize was two Square Foot Garden Bed systems and they were installed a few weeks later.

Two months later!!!!! Must be good compost.
Cabbage, varieties of Lettuce, Broccoli, Kale, Peas, Beetroot, Onions, Garlic etc.
Really surprised how well it has grown with it being winter. Although the days have
been around 18-23 deg's, the nights dropped to around 6-8 deg's.

My 'allotment' has been slightly neglected because of the contents of the above, but the Potatoes, Lettuce etc. are doing well but not as well as the 'Square Gardens' system.

*I just read an article on the dangers of drinking. I was so surprised, it scared me!
So that's it!
After today; no more reading.

Over the last few months the Nickisson Family Tree hasn't been growing as well as the vegies above. I have been looking at my outstanding list of 'things to do' and I have just received some certificates ordered a few weeks ago from England.
What surprises (or disappointments) will they bring?

Just opening the first envelope;
Death certificate for Frederick Nickisson, why did I need it? Right, I know he died in 1839 and I'm trying to find more information about his birth.
Marriage certificate for Agnes Fryer. I was searching for her death around 1944 when I found a possible second marriage. Is this the same person?
Emma Nickisson Death certificate. There is conflicting information on the year she died and a quick glance at the certificate, looks as though I got it right. She was only three when she died.
Marriage certificate for James Dobson. This is a complicated issue around his possible desertion from his wife and his possible second marriage. This could be an item for the next Blog as someone out there may be able to help with this one.
The last three certificates are connected to Hannah Nickisson. A few weeks ago I was surprised, but pleased, to have a comment made on a previous Blog from February 2012. Thank you Michael (a relation of Hannah) for correcting me on the date of death and informing me that after Hannah's husband died, she married again. The certificates show more detail about this new information.

It shows that I can be wrong on information added to the Nickisson Family Tree and I appreciate anyone contacting me to allow me to correct/add/change any of that information.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch, I'm happy to be surprised.

I wonder what future surprises will bring?

*The mother-in-law arrives home from shopping and was surprised to find her son-in-law Paddy in a steaming rage and hurriedly packing his suitcase.
"What happened Paddy?" she asked anxiously..
"What happened!! I'll tell you what happened. I sent an email to my wife (your daughter) telling her I was coming home today from my fishing trip. I get home... and guess what I found? Yes, your daughter, my wife Jean, naked with Joe Murphy in our marital bed! This is unforgivable, the end of our marriage. I'm done. I'm leaving forever!"
"Ah now, calm down, calm down Paddy!" says his mother-in-law. "There is something very odd going on here. My daughter would never do such a thing! There must be a simple explanation. I'll go speak to her immediately and find out what happened!"
Moments later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile.
"Paddy. I told you there must be a simple explanation ....... she never got your email".

Speak to you soon

Friday, 23 May 2014

Questions? Answers?

I was surprised when I realised that three months had passed since my last Blog. So much has happened in that time but not really in a way that should affect me in doing an update. I could easily have updated you on the family visit of Sue's dad, how the garden is growing and the Nickisson family tree developments.
I think the main reason for not updating my Blog is that I haven't really felt like it. Been honest, life has been a bit of a downer lately with issues coming and going that knock you about a bit.
There have been a lot of questions asked of us, answers given that are not always agreeable but have needed to be said.
So, can we be happier?
Stop Blaming: People make mistakes. People don't always meet expectations. Who's to blame? Take responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others, because then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time.
Stop impressing: No one likes you for your clothes, your car, your possessions, your title or your accomplishments. Those are all "things". People may like your things - but that doesn't mean they like you. Genuine relationships make you happier, and you'll only form genuine relationships when you stop trying to impress and start trying to just be yourself.
Stop whining:  Whining about your problems makes you feel worse, not better. If something is wrong, don't waste time complaining. Put that effort into making the situation better. Unless you want to whine about it forever, eventually you'll have to do that, so why waste time? Fix it now. Don't talk about what's wrong. Talk about how you will make things better, even if that conversation is only with yourself. Do the same with family and friends. Don't just be the shoulder they cry on. Don't let them whine, help make their lives better.
Stop criticising:  You may be more educated, more experienced, been around more blocks and climbed more mountains. That doesn't make you smarter, or better, or more significant. That just makes you you: unique, matchless, one of a kind, but in the end, just you. Everyone is different: not better, not worse, just different. Appreciate the differences instead of the shortcomings and you'll see people, and yourself, in a better light.
Stop. Listen:  Want people to like you? Listen to what they say. Focus on what they say. Ask questions to make sure you understand what they say. And what they say may be right!
Today is the most precious asset you own - and is the one thing you should truly fear wasting.
A song that says a lot to me - The Living Years (Mike and the Mechanics)

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye.

Wow, sorry it's a bit deep, it's just my thoughts.............

Questions? Answers? Do you believe in miracles?
According to the Bible, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Palestine, a country where people are called Mohammed, Abdul, Mounir, Aziz, Ahmed, Farid, Omar, Youssouf, Mouloud, etc.
And he managed to find 12 friends called John, Peter, Paul, Phillip, Mark, Thomas, Luke, Mathew, Andrew and Simon ... who all drank wine !!!

That's what I call a  miracle!

So what about life over the last few months?
'Keithybabe' arrived on holiday from England.
It was his first visit, would he like Australia? Will he come again?

Sue's dad arrived in April for 3 weeks and it was a fantastic time for us all. Thank you for being with us Keith, we really did enjoy your visit. Come again.

Questions? Answers?  What should we do with people who rely on government handouts but are too lazy to work?

Kick them out of parliament.

Stoke City V Blackburn Rovers?
Competition in our household has now been made worse by the addition of a Blackburn corner.
The question: Which one is the best?

No competition; Come on you Reds, it's also got the beer fridge and BBQ, nothing else to say!
What do you think?

Questions? Answers?  What's the ideal weight for a mother-in-law..?

About 2.3 kilos including the urn..

So what's growing in the 'allotment'? It is now Autumn in Australia so the weather is a lot cooler and far better for growing vegetables, it's about 22/23 degrees in the daytime dropping to 12/14 in the evenings. A little more rain helps too.

Newly planted Radish, Peppers, Onions, Beetroot, varieties of Lettuce and Zucchini are now really starting to grow in the sandy/composted soil. The potatoes have been planted but are not showing yet.
Question: Why are the Zucchini (Courgette) flowering but not producing any fruit? Anyone have an answer?
Have you ever entered a competition without even thinking of winning? Sue did! When Keith was with us we went to a garden festival and Sue entered a competition with the 'Western Australia' Sunday Times newspaper. The prize was two Square Foot Garden Bed Systems supplied and fitted with plants and growing material. Sue won!!!!!!
Awaiting arrangements for the installation.

Questions? Answers?  Should he have asked? A bride on her wedding night says to her husband 'I must confess darling, I was once a hooker!'.
He says 'That's all right, dear. Your past is your past, but I must admit that i find it quite erotic. Tell me about it'.

She answered 'Well, my name was Nigel, and I played for Wigan Warriors Rugby Club!'

As I mentioned above, Autumn is now here and there is less to do in the garden. The lawn is Buffalo Grass (St Augustine Grass) and only needs mowing once a month during Autumn and winter. This will now give me more time to devote to the Nickisson Family Tree.

So what are my Nickisson Family Tree plans? I have 488 family members in the Nickisson tree, of those, I need to find births, or marriages or deaths for 121 of them. So there will be questions asked, hopefully answers found and the certificates to order to prove the connections.

Really missed having time to delve into the research. Let's see what we find.

Questions? Answers? Two Irish hunters get a pilot to fly them to Canada to hunt moose. They bag six.
As Paddy and Mick start loading the plane for the return trip, the pilot says "The plane can only take four of those."
The two lads object strongly. "Last year we shot six, and the pilot let us put them all on board; he had the same plane as yours."

Reluctantly, the pilot gives in and all six are loaded. However, even with full power, the little plane can't handle the load and down it goes and crashes in the middle of nowhere.

A few moments later, climbing out of the wreckage, Paddy asks Mick, "Any idea where we are?"

"I think we're pretty close to where we crashed last year." Says Mick.

Speak to you soon.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A day in the life of?

Yes, I know what your saying, he's going to say sorry again for being so long in producing this next Blog. 

When I produced the last Blog in December, I was so sure that 2014 would bring a regular monthly update, obviously I failed.........

A day in the life of?
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day have all gone and what a fantastic time we had. Plenty to drink and eat, perhaps too much at times. It was tinged with sadness when remembering family we now don't see so often, a bit upset when things didn't go as well as we wanted, but we really did have a very good time, "went well" (as we say in Stoke on Trent). Thank you to everyone.

One day: I read in the paper that drinking beer is dangerous, so after today, I'm not reading anymore!

A day in the life of?
Australia Day was celebrated in January and we decided to go and watch the annual firework display in Perth. Sitting aside the Swan River, we watched the air display featuring many types of planes and helicopters before the start of the fireworks. A really good show.

One day: I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: 'this could be interesting'

A day in the life of?
We usually go to bed around 10pm in the week and I switch on the TV, mainly so I can't hear Sue snoring, when this particular day we had a phone call. Sue's dad rang to say he was making arrangements to visit us in Australia, more details later, he said. 'Keithybabe' rang a week later and he will be here for 3 weeks in April, really excited about seeing him and giving him a glimpse of our life in Perth.

One day: Two communists were sitting on a porch of a nudist colony. One says, "have you read Marx?" The other says, "yes, I think it's these wicker chairs".

A day in the life of?
There are so many ways of keeping in touch with family in this technical era and I use most of them daily to find out what is happening here as well as back in England. Emails, phones, text messages, social media sites, etc. give so much information about your family and friends. Blogs are another way of keeping in touch, passing on as well as finding out who, what and where. I follow my sister Carol's Blog, Wide Beam - Still Rockin'  daily as Carol and her husband George are having a wide beam boat built to replace their narrow boat that they have lived on since 2008. A new home for new adventures.

One day: A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

A day in the life of?
Sue got home a little late this day so we decided to just have a snack night rather than cooking a meal. Just as I was going to have my cheese on toast, my mobile phone rang. I have two ring tones, if it's Sue ringing then it is 'Jupiter' (from Holst 'The Planets Suite') but for general calls the tone is Delilah (a true Stokie). At this stage Rachel, my daughter-in-law would now be saying, "Stop waffling Garry".

So I had this phone call...... "Hi grandad". It was Joe, my 13 year old grandson who lives in Stoke with his mum Joanne, Neil and my other grandson Izac. He was just eating an Oatcake with cheese on and then he was off to town with his mates. It was a fantastic 15 minutes conversation, he sounded so grown up. Although it was the start of his day (8 hours difference), it finished my day off with a really good feeling.
The one thing about grandchildren, they take you for who you are rather than who they think you should be.

One day: There was this cross eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils.

A day in the life of?
I mentioned previously about social media sites and the way they can keep you up to date with events. Lately, my Nickisson Family Tree research has been put on the back burner as the weather is too nice to be stuck on the computer. It is surprising though, how many times that relevant family information is updated especially by way of Facebook. Birthdays are mentioned, Wedding Anniversaries come and go and the occasional sad news that someone has died. Many events in the family tree just show the year of the event due to documentation found on genealogy sites. Information from Facebook etc. can update it to include the day and month, more proof of the occasion.

One day: An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar. The barman asks, "Is this a joke?"

A day in the life of?
For the last four/five weeks the temperatures have stayed in the mid 30's, today being a little cooler, about 32 in Perth. Daily, it is a constant effort to keep the vegetable patch going as most of the plants are wilting under the heat. Saying that, we are still getting a good supply of Lettuce and Radish, it seems as though quick growing veg fair better than the longer growing varieties like Onions, Beetroot etc. Also, I seem to be struggling with growing tomatoes as the leaves seem to shrivel up as the plants grow. Anyone know why?

More than - A day in the life of?

One day: A duck walks into a pub and orders a pint of beer and a ham sandwich.
The barman looks at him and says, "Hang on! You're a duck"
"I see your eyes are working," replies the duck.
"And you can talk!" exclaims the barman.
"I see your ears are working too," says the duck. "Now if you don't mind, can I have my beer and my sandwich please?"
"Certainly, sorry about that," says the barman as he pulls the duck a pint. "It's just we don't get many ducks in this pub. What are you doing around this way?"
"I'm working on the building site across the road," explains the duck. "I'm a plasterer."
The flabbergasted barman cannot believe the duck and wants to learn more, but takes the hint when the duck pulls out a newspaper from his bag and proceeds to read it.
So the duck reads his paper, drinks his beer, eats his sandwiches, bids the barman good day and leaves.

The same thing happens for two weeks.

Then one day a circus comes to town. The ringmaster comes into the pub for a pint and the barman says to him "You're with the circus aren't you? Well, I know this duck that could be just brilliant in your circus. He talks, drinks beer, eats sandwiches, reads the newspaper and everything!"
"Sound marvellous," says the ringmaster, handing over his business card. "Get him to give me a call."

So the next day when the duck comes into the pub the barman says, "Hey Mr Duck, I reckon I can line you up with a top job, paying really good money."
"I'm always looking for the next job," says the duck. "Where is it?"
"At the circus," says the barman.
"The circus?" repeats the duck.
"That's right," replies the barman.
"The circus?" the duck asks again. "With a big tent?"
"Yeah," the barman replies.
"With all the animals who live in cages, and performers who live in caravans?" says the duck.
"Of course," the barman replies.
"And the tent has canvas sides and a big canvas roof with a hole in the middle?" persists the duck.
"That's right!" says the barman.
The duck shakes his head in amazement, and says .....
"What the hell would they want with a plasterer ??!"

Speak to you soon.

Friday, 13 December 2013

What's in a name?

* Don is a mate of mine. I cannot stand people who think they're worse off than everybody else.
Don is brilliant. He had a bad accident just before Christmas where he lost his voice and both legs. Does he make a song and dance about it?... Does he heck!

What's in a name? We can find out meanings of names from books, from conversation and especially looking on the Internet. I looked at the potential origins of the 'Nickisson' name in my Blog 'What's in a Word? back in March 2011.

But, what really is in a name? Is it just what the word means, is it how its pronounced or is it what the name became?

Nelson Mandela. South African born in 1918, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1962, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state, released in 1990. Opened negotiations with the then president of South Africa to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994. Became president of South Africa 1995 - 1999. He received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, often described as "the father of the nation". He died on the 5th of December 2013

A name that will not be forgotten, remembered by the world.

Paul William Walker IV. Born in 1973 and became a well known film actor. In 2001, his breakthrough role was in the successful film 'The Fast and the Furious', an American street racing film. He was filming Fast and Furious 7' when he was tragically killed in November 2013. He was leaving an event for his Walker's charity, 'Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines', when he was involved in a car crash.

A name remembered by his film audience and for his charity work.

Edwin Roberts. My Uncle Ted died Thursday last week (5th Dec). He lived in Kempston, Bedfordshire, with my Auntie Win and they have three daughters, Lynne, Susan and Pauline. I remember when I was younger, with my brother and sisters, we would go on holiday to their house, his dad had a caravanette. Uncle Ted was quite a strict person, enjoyed gardening but I vividly remember his smile. I saw my Uncle Ted and Auntie Win before we left for Australia. He still had that smile, especially when we reminisced about the past.

A name remembered by family and friends.

* A couple were Christmas shopping. The shopping centre was packed - as the wife walked through one of the shops she was surprised when she looked around to find that her husband was nowhere to be seen.
She was quite upset because they had a lot to do. She became so worried that she called him on her mobile to ask him where he was. In a quiet voice he said, "Do you remember the jewellers we went into about five years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we couldn't afford, and I told you that I would get it for you one day?"

The wife choked up and started to cry and said "Yes, I do remember that shop."

He replied, "Well, I'm in the pub next door."

What's in a name?

In my last Blog, Creating New Memories I started to look at the Birmingham branch of the Nickisson Family Tree. Charles Nickisson (1805-1864) and his wife Elizabeth Oseland (nee Barratt)(c1806-1875) started the branch when they married in 1832 and they had six children.
I told the story of Charles, Elizabeth and their children, Thomas, Ann, Robert, Frederick, Emma and Charles Edwin in my previous Blog. So who are the next generation?

At the moment I only know of two of Charles and Elizabeth's children getting married and having children.

Robert Nickisson (c1837-1880) and Susannah Whateley (c1835-1890) had a daughter Caroline Nickisson (1865-1926) who lived with her parents until 1891. She moved out of the family home to Prescott Street, Birmingham, moving on to New Spring Road. She then moved Warwick Road, Birmingham after she married William Thomas Banford in 1903.
Caroline seemed to be an enterprising lady as she had her own business as a Draper, working on military ornaments and brace and buckle making (suspenders apparently!). The business was in the name of Carrie Nickisson and Carrie Banford after she married.
William Thomas Banford (1876-1958) was born in Birmingham and was ten years younger than his wife. William was also in business running a cycle repair shop, he trained as a tool setter earlier in his life. He married a Laura Williams following the death of Caroline in 1926.
Caroline and William had no children.

Charles Edwin Nickisson (1845-1871) and Mary Elizabeth Hallam (1846-1905) had four children, Polly, Alice Jane, Charles Edwin and Fanny Emily.

Polly Nickisson (1866-?) lived with her parents but sometime before the 1881 census, she had moved out and was living and working as a servant in Coventry Road, Lemster Place, Aston, Birmingham. The 1891 census shows she continued her servant role at Deveraux House, Coventry Road, Aston. I cannot find any more information about Polly so more research needed, do you know any more about Polly Nickisson? Did Polly put the kettle on?

Alice Jane Nickisson (1867-?) stayed with her parents, but sometime after 1881 she moved to Wolstanton, Stoke on Trent, working as a District Nurse. By 1891 she had moved back to Birmingham and was working in a warehouse (nuts and bolts?).
Alice Jane married James Howard Small in 1906 in Aston, Birmingham and continued living there until James Howard died, they had no children. By 1919 she had met and married Thomas Miles and had moved to London living at 31 Torrington Square, Bloomsbury. After 1922 I have lost the trail of Alice Jane, do you know any more? Alice, Alice, who the ....... is Alice?
James Howard Small (1860-1915) was born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and lived in various places around the midlands working as a Boiler Maker. By 1906, he had moved to Aston, Birmingham where he died.
Thomas Miles (c1860-?). Little is known about Thomas other than the Parish Record of Marriage shows he worked as a messenger. Do you know anymore?

Charles Edwin Nickisson (1869-1870) was only seven months old when he died of Pneumonia.

Fanny Emily Nickisson (1871-1910) lived in Birmingham with her parents until she married John Harvey in 1892. Their address at that time was Copenhagan Street, Islington, Middlesex but by 1901 they were living back in 40 Humpage Road, Aston, Birmingham where she died.
John Harvey (c1869-?) was born in Reading, Berkshire and moved to Birmingham after he married Fanny Emily. He worked as a Boiler Rivetter. According to the Midlands Electoral Register, in 1912, he had moved to 38 Humpage Road, Aston but then the trail goes cold. Do you have any more information?
At the moment I believe Fanny Emily and John had no children.

There is a lot of research still to be done to determine certain aspects of the Birmingham 'Nickisson's' and their families, but at the moment, this branch of the Nickisson name seems to have ended.

If you want information on any of the names mentioned in my previous Blogs from the Nickisson Family Tree, just click on the name link to the left of the Blog.

* I entered a Christmas raffle and the phone rang telling me I have won either $1000 cash or tickets to see Elvis Presley.
Press 1 for the money, 2 for the show..................

What's in a name?

Family. Over the last four weeks we have had our first family visitors to stay with us, Diane (Sue's mum) and Allan came to us from Blackburn, Lancashire. We had a fantastic time (you may have seen lots of photo's on Facebook) and they stayed with us in Perth for three weeks doing the touring thing as well as relaxing by our pool. They then went to Melbourne for a few days staying with family until they finished off their holiday in Sydney. We joined them in Sydney, having a brilliant time.

Thank you for coming to see us, 21 months since Sue has seen her family, it was much needed.

* My daughter asked me for a pet spider for Christmas, so I went to our local pet shop and they were $70!!! Blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web.

What's in a name?

* An Asian fellow has moved in next door. He has travelled the world, swum with sharks, wrestled bears and climbed the highest mountain. It came as no surprise to learn his name was Bindair Dundat.

Australian post boxes. From previous photo's, does it mean they can be all shapes and sizes, is there a standard? I looked it up on Google, post box Specifications. You will definitely be bored after reading the first paragraph and many of the designs I have shown you in my previous Blogs certainly don't comply.

No more pictures of Australian post boxes now, unless you want more?

* Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not Happy.

What's in a name?

Zucchini (see the link below). The hot weather is here now that summer has arrived, 35 degrees as I write this Blog today. My veggie patch is suffering so I have now built frames around the 'allotment' to give shade to the plants. Lettuce grows really well and quickly, we also grow Onions, Beetroot, Raddish, Cabbage, Chilli's and Peppers. The herb pots have Chives, Basil, Mint and Parsley planted. Zucchini  or Courgette is a fruit that we used to grow in our allotment in Stoke and can be cooked/eaten in so many ways. I thought I would try growing them so I've just planted two, lets see how they go.

What's in a name?

Santa Claus.

I want to wish you all a very, very Happy Christmas and I wish you all that I wish myself and my family for the coming New Year.

What does the name Santa Claus mean, I don't care, I just hope I have lots of pressies off him.

* Scotch?
On the last day of school before Christmas, the children brought gifts for their teacher.
The Supermarket manager's daughter brought the teacher a basket of assorted fruit.
The florist's son brought the teacher a bouquet of flowers.
The sweet-store owner's daughter gave the teacher a pretty box of candy.
Then the liquor-store owner's son brought up a heavy box. The teacher lifted it up and noticed that it was leaking a little bit..she touched a drop of the liquid with her finger and tasted it.
"Is it wine" she guessed. "No," the boy replied. She tasted another drop and asked, "Champagne?"

"No," said the little boy...................."It's a puppy!"

Speak to you soon

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Creating New Memories

Hi everyone, sorry for not keeping in touch as it was July when I produced my last Blog (Distant Memories). I have no excuses either. I've been busy decorating, gardening, football watching, but I cannot say that I didn't have time to write a new one.

There was even a new index of Parish Records on, 'Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials' that gave me some updates and new additions to my existing Nickisson Family Tree. So I could easily have added information to a new Blog! More of that later.

We have also had our first UK visitors staying with us since our move to Australia.

Then, how have my vegetables etc. been growing/surviving through the winter and now spring is here?

But first, remember those post boxes?
Will it create a memory for you?.....................

Memories: Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time - I think I've forgotten this before.

So new memories were added to my Nickisson Family Tree over the last few months, this creating the start of the Birmingham branch of the family.

The new Parish Records for Birmingham gave me some interesting updates on the existing family from Birmingham but also some new Nickisson's to add to the tree.
I had a note in my 'Things to do' file about a Thomas Nickisson who was born around 1831, the information coming from the 1841 Census. Who was he?
Looking for Thomas Nickisson in the new parish records, I came across a brother and two sisters to Thomas that I had not been aware of. I thought it was strange that I originally recorded that Thomas's parents had only two children, as families in those days always seem to have many children (no television etc.???)

So who started the Birmingham branch of the Nickisson Family Tree?

Charles Nickisson 1805-1864
Charles was born in Stone, Staffordshire to Charles Nickisson (1771-1852) and Elizabeth Stubbs (c1777-1850). He married Elizabeth Oseland (nee Barratt) (c1806-1875) (widow) in 1832 in St Georges Church, Birmingham. Elizabeth was previously married to John Oseland in 1825.
Charles and Elizabeth lived in Moor Street, Birmingham after they married until around 1855 when they moved to Marshall Gardens, Birmingham. His occupation was a Saddler and Harness Maker, a person who makes, repairs or sells saddles or other furnishings for horses.
Elizabeth was born in Henley in Harden, Warwickshire and she and Charles had
six children, Thomas, Ann, Robert, Frederick, Emma and Charles Edwin.

Thomas Nickisson (c 1832-?)
Little is known about Thomas. He was born around 1832 in Birmingham according to the 1841 Census.
More investigation needed. Do you know more?

Ann Nickisson (1833-?)
Again, little is known about Ann. She was born in Moor Street, Birmingham according to the Parish Record of Baptism.
More investigation needed. Can you help?

Robert Nickisson (c1837-1880)
Robert's marriage certificate shows that he was born around 1837. He lived with his parents until he married Susannah Whateley (c1835-1890) in Birmingham Register Office in 1864. They lived in Chequers Walk, Birmingham and then moved to Cox Street, Birmingham. Robert's occupation was also a Saddler and Harness Maker whilst Susannah's occupation was a Saddle Stitcher/Seamer.
I have not been able to find Robert Nickisson in the 1871 Census, although there is an entry in the Census for Susannah and Caroline Nickisson (1865-1925), their daughter. It shows Susannah as still married. Was Robert in prison? In 1867 he was sent to prison for Larceny (see more details of the crime by clicking on the link Robert Nickisson (c1837-1880)1
Need to find more details on the birth of Robert and Susannah.

Frederick Nickisson (c1837-1839)
Frederick the fourth child of Charles and Elizabeth was born around 1837 according to the Parish Record of Burials. He died just two years later.
More investigation needed on Frederick's birth.

Emma Nickisson (1842-1846)
Emma was just three years old when she died.

Charles Edwin Nickisson (1845-1871)
Charles Edwin continued living with his parents until he married Mary Elizabeth Hallam (1846-1905) in 1865 in Birmingham. He followed in his father's footsteps as a Saddler and Harness maker. Charles Edwin also committed a criminal offence (larceny) in 1867 but was acquitted. Was he in collaboration with his brother Robert?
They lived in Marshall Street, Birmingham, moving to Gregoe Place, Birmingham in 1870 just before Charles Edwin died. He died in Queens Hospital, Birmingham under tragic circumstances. Cause of Death; Accidental fracture of the skull and other injuries by fall from water closet window when getting out in a state of delirious tremors!!!!
Mary Elizabeth Hallam was born in Aston, Birmingham and they had four children, Polly Nickisson (1866-?), Alice Jane Nickisson (1867-?), Charles Edwin Nickisson (1869-1870), Fanny Emily Nickisson (1871-1910).
Mary Elizabeth married a James Glover (1844-1913) following the death of Charles Edwin in 1873.

More on the next generation of Nickisson's from Birmingham in my next Blog.

You can also find more information about the Nickisson's mentioned in my
previous Blogs by clicking on their name links to the left of this page.

Memories: Remember Barbie, if she was so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

Just over a week ago we had our first visitors from the UK stopping with us for four nights. Julie and Paul are friends of ours from the school where Sue worked in Stoke on Trent before we came to Australia.

This could have been a nasty moment!!!
Stoke City v Port Vale.
Only one winner?

They are doing the Australian 'tour', visiting ourselves in Perth then going to Melbourne for one night to meet up with family. They all then fly to Tasmania for a family wedding before going to Sydney. Then it's back home to England.

Fantastic time, so good to see you both, new memories made.

Memories: I remember when I was in the waiting room of my doctor's when the doctor started yelling,! "Typhoid!! Tetanus!! Measles!!"! I went up to the nurse and asked her what the hell was going on.! She told me that the doctor liked to call the shots.!!

The vegetable patch, my 'allotment', has really struggled over the winter here in Australia, it has been the wettest winter for 40 years!!!! I planted Beetroot, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes and Cabbage but the opportunity to look after the plants during the wet weather hindered the progress. The Cabbage really grew well but was attacked by caterpillars and ended up being thrown away but we had a good crop of Lettuce, although small in size. The Beetroot and Onions were very slow growing but now the hotter weather is here (35° as I write this and it's only spring), they really have started to grow.

The potatoes at the back of the patch grew very well but because the soil is very sandy and compact and the wet weather, I couldn't mound up the plants as they grew. This meant that they really only grew close to the surface.

Not a bad crop under those circumstances, about 6kg of potatoes. Need to remember for next winter what will grow and what will suffer!

I have now started to make frames to cover the area so that there will be some shade to the plants as they will just burn during the hot summer months, then I will need to plant out again. I also have Tomatoes, Chilli (Capsicum) and various herbs growing in pots around the garden.

Some things I need to remember, but good memories created. They will still be created over the next few months when Sue's mum, Diane and Allan come to stay with us.
Looking forward to creating those memories.

And a final memory:
I remember reading in the local paper about this man who went to see his doctor, he was feeling quite ill.
The doctor checked him over and says, "Sorry, I have some bad news, you have Yellow 24, a really nasty virus. It's called Yellow 24 because it turns your blood yellow and you usually only have 24 hours to live! There's no known cure so just go home and enjoy you final precious moments on earth"
So he trudges home to his wife and breaks the news.
Distraught, she asks him to go to the bingo with her that evening as he's never been there with her before.
They arrive at the bingo and with his first card he gets four corners and wins $35. Then, with the same card, he gets a winning line and wins $320. Then he gets a full house and wins $5000.
Then the National Game comes up and he wins that too, getting $780,000.
The bingo caller gets him up on stage and says, "Son, I've been here 20 years and I've never seen anyone win four corners, a line, the full house and the national game all on the same card. You must be the luckiest person in the world!"
"Lucky?" he screamed. "Lucky? I'll have you know I've got Yellow 24".

"Bugger me!" says the bingo caller. "You've won the meat raffle as well!!!"

Speak to you soon.