Shanghai part 4: Epilogue

Shanghai part 4: Epilogue

   Jessfield House When I had finished writing Part 3 of my family’s story in Shanghai I printed it off and popped it in the post addressed to Jessfield House. I thought the present owners might like to know that their house in England was...
Shanghai Part 3: The Journey Home to Jessfield

Shanghai Part 3: The Journey Home to Jessfield

My grandparents moved to Shanghai in the twenties and my father was born in 1929.  Growing-up in Shanghai  My father has many fond memories of growing up in Shanghai in the thirties… swimming at the Country Club, playing in Jessfield Park, drives into...
Shanghai Part 2: An exciting new life!

Shanghai Part 2: An exciting new life!

My grandparents married in Hong Kong in 1927 (which was a British colony until 1997) and then continued the journey together to Shanghai. In some ways it was very much like a European city with many buildings such as the houses, schools and churches, all built in...
Shanghai Part 1: The Perfect Grandmother

Shanghai Part 1: The Perfect Grandmother

In 1927 my Grandmother, aged just 22 years old, boarded a boat to China following the man she loved, an English school teacher working in Shanghai. They married and two years later my father was born. This is the first part of a fascinating, if sometimes harrowing...
Dastkar

Dastkar

This week’s travel snap is an old photograph (taken on print film) at Dastkar, a women’s collective just outside the Ranthambore National Park in India. These wonderful ladies were busy making the most delightful clothes, tablecloths, napkins and wall...
Ancient squares and cobbled alleyways overflowing with song!

Ancient squares and cobbled alleyways overflowing with song!

Every year Calvi’s citadel, which was built over 500 years ago, is the stunning setting for Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi. Although I’ve visited Corsica a number of times, this was the first time I’ve been lucky enough to be there for...

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