Monday, 7 September 2015


Been away this last weekend. On Friday we motored over to the Milton Keynes area to stay the weekend with Senior daughter,Sarah, her husband Mikey, and their family. Photo above shows your blogger, grandson Guy, granddaughter Lucy, and Ann.

Above is senior Granddaughter, Sophie.

This photo (above)  shows four generations of ladies. Sophie, Ann, Sarah, her daughter Amelia, her (Amelia's) daughter, Astrid, and Lucy.

Above photo shows Pa Magna (your blogger), and his junior Great Granddaughter, Astrid.
 If she could talk she'd be saying -"Don't point Pa. It's rude."

Pa Magna, Astrid, and Great Granny Ann.

 The above photo was taken at about eight ack Emma today, and shows Guy in School uniform, ready for the off.
At about ten this morning, we set off for our drive home, calling in on the way to visit Ann's middle brother, David,  and his wife Maureen. We had lunch with them in Baldock, a pretty little town. May well show photies taken there in a future episode. In the meantime being called upstairs for cuppa - so will wish you all a very good evening..................................................

Warm Regards, Mike and Ann.


stigofthedump said...

Lovely set of photies, thank you, and thank you again for a lovely weekend, it was great to see you both.
Stiggy x

Z said...

How delightful, you have a lovely family.

Many years ago, I read a book of Adrian Bell's essays, where he went to a lecture on place names. Baldock has the same root as Baghdad, apparently, having been named by Knights Templars on their return from the Crusades. Copdock, on the other hand, had a landmark pollarded oak tree.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Stig. Thank YOU both for a lovely weekend. We both thoroughly enjoyed seeng you both, and all the children. It was a thoroughly good weekend off. We enjoyed it, as always.

Mike and Ann said...

Thank you Z. As you'll have gathered, it was a really enjoyable weekend off. I've always found the origin of place names very interesting. I vaguely reemember a short story by, I think H.G.Wells. It is about two young lady teachers who both admire a male colleague, but they both really dislike his surname -Snooks. One - a wise virgin, I suppose, gives up all thought of hime. The other, a wiser one, looks up the origin of his surname, then marries him, and gets him to change change Snooks to the origin of that odd name, which is, of course, Sevenoaks, and makes a head master of him (as well as a happy man).

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Stig. Thank YOU both for a lovely weekend. We both thoroughly enjoyed seeng you both, and all the children. It was a thoroughly good weekend off. We enjoyed it, as alway

Crowbard said...

Thank you everybody, It is such a joy to see photos of the growing family.
Hmmm, food for thought, Z ~ Copdock, I can see was from a coppiced oak, so was Baldock from a leafless oak, a bald oak? or was it a ballad oak beneath which a minstrel sang his ballads, perhaps? Apparently not, I've just located the following article:-
The surname Baldock is of early medieval English origin, and is a locational name from a place thus called in Hertfordshire. The placename was recorded as "Baldac" in the 1168 Pipe Rolls of the county, and was named in commemoration of the city of "Baghdad", known in Middle English and Old French as "Baldac". The derivation of the name, according to Arabic etymology, is said to mean "city of Dat", Dat being the personal name of a Mohammedan monk. The English town was founded in the 12th Century by the Knights Templar, who held manor there, and they named it from the Old French form of Baghdad. During the Middle Ages, when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their former village name as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name. Thomas Baldac is noted in the 1280 Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire. In the modern idiom the surname can be found as Baldick and Baldock. Ralph de Baldock was archdeacon of St. Andrew's, Holborn (1276); dean of St. Paul's (1294); and Bishop of London (1306 - 1313). A Coat of Arms granted to the family depicts a black eagle displayed with two heads on a shield divided in quarter erminois and ermine, on a blue chief engrailed three gold escallops, the Crest being on a green mount a greyhound sejant, the dexter paw resting on a silver escallop. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de Baldoca, which was dated 1185, in the "Records of the Templars in England", Bedfordshire, during the reign of King Henry II (1154 - 1189).

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Pat said...

You are both so lucky - you always seem to have a gorgeous baby to cuddle

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Pat. How right you are, although I think the word is 'blessed'. We both love tinies.