Battle of Britain Day

However politically incorrect it may be to some, I like many others have felt super proud and thankful today of Britain and her allies triumph during the infamous Battle of Britain. I’m also feeling very proud of Elva and her artistic legacy. 80 years is a long time...

Vegetarian Movers and Shakers

For the food trendy among us, Veganuary is in full swing and again my fathers’ fond assertions of Elva being ‘before her time’ have loomed large in my mind. It might be fashionable now, but the vegans and vegetarians of yesteryear were relentlessly ridiculed, and to...

Rosemary & Time (tick – tock)

One of the many privileges I have experienced through chasing my great aunts story was meeting 88 year old, Dr Rosemary Hill. It was a few weeks ago now but with “time” being the elusive creature it is, it has taken me until now to write about her. As a...

My New Favourite

Until recently, my favourite Elva painting was ‘Japanese Monument’ which has hung in my home for many years now. Happily however, having learned of my chase, I was contacted by a gentleman called Nicholas, who for thirty-four years has been the custodian...
NATIONAL SCARF DAY

NATIONAL SCARF DAY

Well I certainly never expected to be printing a scarf in my Elva chase but it is mini projects like this that make the overall chase such fun; I never know quite what I’ll be doing or investigating next.  All it takes is a flick through Elva’s paperwork and something...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVA

29TH September 1908; the weather was unusually warm for the time of year and I can’t help but imagine my great grandmother, Clara Blacker, hot, bothered and exhausted by her contractions, probably sick from chloroform, desperately willing Elva’s birth to be over....

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