Two stories were shared on June’s topic ‘Music and my Family Story’. Bev shared a story featuring the Irish traditional songs 'The Rocky Road to Dublin' and 'Cockles and Mussels', while Sue's presentation featured her singing a hymn cherished by her beloved, and very musical, mother.
Story topics for the coming month relate to 'Inheritance', both in the formal and legal sense involving wills and bequests; and in the informal sense of the handing down of recipes over time.
‘Inheritance 1’ Stories relating to wealth, wills, inheritance can arise during family research. Describe an ‘inheritance’ matter which you have come across during your research, who and what it involved, the outcome initially and over time.
OR ‘Inheritance 2’
Alternative 1 - Think of recipes or meals which remind you of people in your family tree. Perhaps they feature in meals following long-held family traditions, are included in oral history or family recipe books over time. Share the story behind one or more recipes, finding the recipe to share with others and on the web site.
Alternative 2– research the traditional foods/recipes of an area in which your forebears lived. Can you see any links in recipes, food culture of your family? Trial one of the recipes and report back on your experience.
Alternative 3 – Which recipes from your family’s collection of old family recipes you would like to bequeath in a recipe collection for your children/nieces and nephews – Who do you remember, or were you told, had made them. Select three, including a short intro to the recipe featuring key memories of the person who made them.
(Show and Tell’ could include old recipe books, even samples of food cooked using recipes!)
With fewer members in class for reasons including illness, travel and leaving Benalla, our sharing of pains and gains and family stories is taking less time. After a 'ring around', we've decided to cut back from 1 to 4pm to 2 to 4pm for the remainder of the year.
'Get Well' wishes go to class members who are currently unwell, along with a big 'Hi' to those travelling north!