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Grandmas Trace Their Own Grandma's Roots

 


We found what we wanted in Settle ...

Soon it was time to hop on a bus for a six hour ride to Leeds. From there we caught a train to the little village of Settle in Yorkshire (where our grandmother was born). We stood on the train platform, just taking it all in, posing for each other's photographs, happy to be in the part of the world where our grandparents had grown up and married.

In Settle we stayed at Liverpool House, a lovely B&B furnished completely in antiques. We found it extremely clean, our hosts, Greta & Robert Duerden most helpful and accommodating. Rates were $US33.00 per person which included a delicious breakfast. Contact tel: 01729 822247

We ate dinner ( a traditional carvery ) at the Golden Lion Hotel and then went for a one mile walk to the next town of Giggleswick. This was where our grandfather was born. Saving the best for last, our final stop was at the small church where our grandparents were married. It was such a wonderful feeling to walk the same streets that they walked in their youth. All three of us felt so connected and fulfilled to have made this trip together. It was truly a life-long dream come true.

I've written this mini-journal for journeywoman.com to encourage other women my age who have a travel dream to "just do it!" Enjoy your life now that your children have grown and your hard-working years are coming to an end. Treat yourselves! Travelling with other women, especially sisters, daughters or cousins, is such fun. We got to do all the things "girls" like to do and we so enjoyed getting to know each once again. It was a wonderful experience and one I'd do again in a minute!


Bubby Marilyn's cookies...

Editor Evelyn Hannon's note: My friend Marilyn Bicher is the absolute best cook and grandmother (Jewish Bubby) I know. She always has delicious cookies in her cookie jar for her grandchildren to enjoy. I thought it was appropriate to end this article by asking Marilyn to share one of her favourite recipes with other Journeywomen. Marilyn writes...

The following Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe used to be one of my children's favourite's and now, a few decades later, my grandchildren love to make these cookies with me, too. Of course, they also love to lick the extra cookie dough off the beaters!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
1cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1'2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of shortening (You can use butter.)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 package chipits

Drop cookie dough by teaspoon on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Women write about their grandmothers...

"The closest friends I have made all through life have been people who grew up close to a loved and loving grandmother..."
(Source: Margaret Mead, Blackberry Winter, 1972)

"A house needs a grandma in it."
(Source: Louisa May Alcott, 1989)

"A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt."
(Source: Florence King, Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye, 1989)

"Uncles and aunts, and cousins, are all very well, and fathers and mothers are not to be despised; but a grandmother at holiday time, is worth them all."
(Source: Fanny Fern, Folly as it Flies, 1868)

"My Bubby is my absolute best friend. She gives me unconditional love and she rocks!"
(Source: Erica Ehm, Canadian Songwriter)


(Source: The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women, Rosalie Maggio)


For another lovely grandmother travel story click here.

 

 

 

 

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