Thursday, 8 December 2011

Grandma J, 1916 - 2011

I always had a sense that my grandmother came from a completely different age to me. She lived her whole life in and around the same town. Coming from a generation where women didn't go out to work.

Afternoon tea was an everyday ritual at Grandma's house and her orange cake is one of my favourite things. A good cook, she liked eating out too. My grandparents used to go out for lunch a couple of times a week until quite recently. Perhaps that's where I get some of my passion for cooking and eating?

She had a keen interest in current affairs, particularly politics. She liked to know your opinion on a subject and would always ask where you stood on one of the issues of the day. She had a good sense of fun and a streak of cheekiness.

Remarkably she lived in her own home until the last week of her life and was (almost) as sharp as ever. Married for over sixty five years she received two wedding anniversary cards from the Queen. Not many people can say that.

Her love and support for me was unconditional. I was her "favourite grandson". (In truth I was the only grandson, but don't let that get in the way of a good story.)

Grandma you will be missed.



  1. Richard, so sorry for your loss. Though sounds like the 'favourite grandson' gained a lot from such a wonderful woman.

  2. So sorry to hear about your Grandma - she sounds like a delightful lady.

  3. sorry for your lost richard~

  4. Oh Rich these are wonderful musings about your grandparents..I can only hope my two boys learn a little of bit of that gift that only grandparents impart.Jx