June has been a rather busy month. It started with my mother’s 103rd birthday – yes, 103 years old! As a celebration together with Joanne and my two daughters, Kathryn and Beth as helpers we managed to get her out for the day. As we did last year we took her to the Black Country Living Museum. She really enjoyed the day out and special thanks are needed to Bev, the bar main in the pub who came out to wish her happy birthday. Here’s the picture of the happy scene outside in the pub yard.

The other objective for the visit was to coincide with the launch of the book version of Ellen Sidaway’s Memoirs. She wrote the manuscript when she was 82 and finished it when she was 84. It was put in a draw and forgotten until last year when I scanned a copy to Colin Macdonald at the BCLM who typed it out to put on to a PDF file. At last I had the inspiration to actually get it published in both paper book and ebook format. They are now ready to be downloaded for a small sum to cover the printing costs. Here’s the cover of the book. The photograph was taken in 1929 when my mother, Ellen, was just 15 years old. Enjoy the read.