Thursday, 31 January 2013


A belated Happy New Year to each and all of you.

Sorry that my Blog is a little late this month, I seem to have been really busy but cannot see where the time has gone. Painting and gardening has slowed down recently since I was diagnosed as having 'Carpal Tunnel Syndrome' in my right wrist. It really is painful, especially after using my hand for a while and it means I cannot get the jobs done as quicky as I would like. The waiting list for treatment is six to twelve months, just got my hospital appointment through, June!!!!

So a new year has started and I'm excited about my expectations for the coming months.

  • To complete more of the jobs in the house.
  • To find new people, new information to be added to the Nickisson Family Tree.
  • To complete the alterations to the garden that will allow me to have my small area/allotment for growing vegetables.

Firstly, a little message;

To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, just have a thought. Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God 's expectancy did not work out to His own children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.
And the first thing he said was 'DON'T!'
'Don't what?' Adam replied.
'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said.
'Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit!'
'No Way!'
'Yes way!'
'Do NOT eat the fruit!' said God.
'Because I am your Father and I said so!' God replied.
A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was annoyed! 
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?' God asked.
'Uh huh,' Adam replied.
'Then why did you?' said the Father.
'I don 't know,' said Eve.
'She started it!' Adam said.
'Did not!'
'Did too!'

Having had it with the two of them, God 's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

This last month we have painted and furnished the 'Guest Bedroom'.

We are expecting our first Guest's to be staying with us in October. Sue's friend from her working days at Clarice Cliff Primary School, Julie and her husband Paul, will be staying with us for a few days at the end of October. They will be attending a wedding in Tasmania and then staying with us until they fly back home to England.

Just a few days after Julie and Paul have returned to England, we are expecting Sue's mum, Diane, and Allan to arrive from Blackburn for a three week holiday. They will return to England sometime in November after leaving us and seeing a little of Melbourne and Sydney on the way back home.

My brother Alan and his wife Margaret are on holiday in New Zealand at the moment staying with their daughter and family. Finishing off their holiday, they will be arriving in Perth in early February and will be here for a week staying with my son Dean and his family. Alan's daughter Laura and grandchild Evie will also be over with them until they fly back home to New Zealand.

Really looking forward to seeing
family and friends again.

Thinking about children!

* You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

* Grandchildren are God 's reward for not killing your own children.

* Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

In my last Blog I finished the story of the first Nickissons in my Family Tree to emigrate to Australia. Although there was a lot of information about the families, a lot of questions were also raised.

I have recently updated my annual subscription to and it will now include all the Australian records they have, plus many more British records that were unavailable to me previously.
I am expecting to find more information now about those Nickissons already in my Family Tree and it has already started to give me answers to some of the questions raised in my previous Blogs.
There's more information about Alfred Parkes Nickisson and his family (see Blog Christmas already!!!!!!! ) and answers to the bigger mystery around the person Carl Casper Franklin (see Blog  Doesn't time fly ).

Some of the new British records available have also given me more information about members of the Nickisson family. One particular Nickisson lived in a house built on the site of a bloody duel between two brothers over a girl. Location: Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London.

Expect more on those stories.

Still thinking about children!

* Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

* The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

* We childproof our homes, but they still find a way of getting in.

I was expecting to have started creating my vegetable 'allotment' by now in the garden to the rear of the house. I have the idea of how to lay it out so hopefully, work will start soon.

The tomatoes I mentioned in my last Blog are still growing well and producing plenty of the small cherry variety.

The Chilli (Capsicum) plants are also growing well in their containers and producing their first fruit (I had to look it up to see if it was a fruit or a vegetable)

I didn't realise that 'Chilli' is the UK way of spelling the word,
worldwide it is normally spelt 'Chili' and 'Chile' in the Southwestern US (Wikipedia).

Expecting to have more news on the 'allotment' development in my next Blog

And finally, about children:

* If you have a lot of (children) tension and you get a headache, do what is says on the Asprin bottle:

'Take two Asprin' and 'Keep away from children'.

Speak to you soon.