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Posted: 31/08/2015 at 07:11

Edensor is another village on the Chatsworth estate. My lot were Marsden. They used to own the land that Chatsworth was built on, living in a farmhouse that was pulled down to build a house for Joseph Paxton, the famous head gardener. They had 15 children. The eldest son sold all the land ,took the money to Ireland to make his fortune. I am descended from the sixth daughter, married off to be a farmers wife. Halle Berry , the actress is descended from the eighth daughter.  When I was doing the family history, it seems that most of the Derbyshire residents have some ancestor there, they were very fertile. There is also a large group of Marsdens in Liverpool, descended from the same couple, among them Jerry Marsden of Jerry and the pacemakers.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 05:05

Pat, do you know the surname of the relatives that worked at Chatsworth?

I had ancestral relatives that lived in Baslow, which is the village next door. Many of the villagers would have worked for the estate.

Im off to Denmark via Ryanair and stansted tomorrow. The baggage handlers at stansted are on strike today

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 22:32

Damson jam is great. The only problem is getting all the stones out. Last time I made damson cheese.You stew the damsons,and push through a sieve before you boil with the sugar. Very intense flavour. Lovely with cheese, turned out of a small mould and sliced.

If I can get some damsons this year that is what I will make.

How much....

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 20:33

As for cars.

I had the aforementioned morris minor.

Then a ford escort 1300 (company car)

then a ford escort 1600(company car)

then a Cavalier SRi that went like stink but attracted boy racers(company car)

then a Cavalier Diplomat that I bought off the company when I got made redundant. It got nicked three weeks later.  I bought another after six weeks of arguing with the insurance company .Then I got another job with a Peugeot diesel 405 that was dreadful.  I sold my cavalier to my dad, he loved it.

Then I fell out with that firm, got divorced , and bought a Calibra special , light blue with cream leather seats. (FU car)

Then  two Vectras. and now an Astra twintop.

Next car will probably be a motorised shopping trolley. My mileage has gone from 30, 000 a year to less than 10, 000.


How much....

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 20:22

Fairygirl. I was once in charge of 10 managers, eight of whom were men. I took one of them to a trade show. The salesman spent 20 minutes selling something to him, only for him to say he would have to ask the boss. When is he coming , asks the salesman. Well actually, you've been ignoring her for the last 20 minutes. Oops.

and yes, I get treated the same in car showrooms if I have a male with me.

Flower in Africa

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 20:18

The first one looks like a member of the arum family.  The second one looks like a hibiscus.


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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 18:20

Congratulations Panda.


How much....

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 14:19

I got mine free when I was 18 . My grandad bought it (Black morris minor deluxe with grey leather seats but no seat belts) when I was three months old. He only used it in the summer, the rest of the year he used his business volkswagon van. So when I got it it had less than 50, 000 miles on the clock.  I used it for five years, then when I got a company car, my brother had it. He took out the 948 cc engine and put an 1100 in. He got quite adept at changing engines, gear boxes, and a back axle.  He had it for another four years.   We found the original receipt.  £504.

What is this please?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 22:20

Could it be a foreign type of hawthorn, such as chinese or russian?. the  fruit look very hawthornish.

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