Nellie – A Darlaston Wench: Book Review

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Poppy

  ‘Poppy on East Hill, Sudbury’ by Jay Cool Poppy is a blood-red word, No pulse, now lost No heartbeat, hampered Called out for World War’s cost. Yet poppies, red and proud, Sit high atop Linen suits in crowds Giving life to men’s non-stop Legs that march to beat of drum As sockets swing Arms,…

Conversing with Cows

  Joan Cool nee Tomlin (1906 to 1992), Jay Cool’s Paternal Grandmother – Pendeford Mill, Tettenhall, Near Wolverhampton https://www.flickr.com/photos/scribe/1902475710/ My Nanna hated her christened name, Jennifer, and insisted on being known as Joan. (Little did she know what grief this name change was destined to cause her grand-daughter, Jay Cool – in future Ancestry.com investigations.)…

To Everywhere – Wem, Shropshire, 1973

Wem, Shropshire & Cosford, Albrighton, Shropshire – May 1973 Ribbons Ribbons. Rainbow ribbons, swishing and swirling and swooping around above my head. I’m entranced. I’m standing on my nanna and grandad’s lawn at Single Lane, all safe and secure amidst the surrounding platoons of yellow daffodils and purple tulips, gazing up at loopy sky drawings; my…

To Everywhere – Albrighton, Wolves, 1978

Single Lane, Albrighton, Shropshire – May 1978 Egg Head One of my early memories of my Grandad is of a bald, shiny head with its back to me. A bald, shiny head sitting in a rather tatty, wooden framed armchair by the coal fire in the sitting room. I’d like to say it is a fond…