Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Doesn't time fly

So much has happened in the last few months that I have really neglected my Blog and the updates have not been coming. Sorry.

If you look at my previous Blog, my life was turned on edge when we were informed that we had been approved for emigration to Australia.

Update: Our house is sold and we will be
moving shortly into rented accommodation
until we move to Australia next year.

Also in my previous Blog; I needed to make decisions about adding to my Family Tree, information regarding my great great grandfathers possible parents, brothers and sisters.

Update: I have added those names shown in
my previous Blog and I'm in the process of
gathering information, documents etc.

Also in my previous Blog; I said I would have to give up my allotment at the end of this year.

Update: I'm really pleased that my daughter
Joanne will now be taking over the allotment.

One of the other problems I will have over the next few days is that I will lose access to continue to update this Blog. This is due to losing the email address that the Blog is attached to when we move.

So I will be starting a new Blog;

Growing Family Trees and English - Australian Vegetables

and this will be found on:

My first post on my new Blog will be published in the next few days and I hope you can follow me.

If you cannot, thank you for your interest, it's being a pleasure to have
Blogged you.

And finally;
Bad spellers of the world untie
Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then tell you why it isn't

He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame
A man who was attempting to walk around the world…drowned today
Proof read carefully to see if you any words out
People who live in stone houses shouldn't throw glasses
You know, I started out with nothing & still have most of it left

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Decisions, what decisions????

Remember from my last Blog about Decisions? Decisions? Decisions?
(If you can't remember, have a look now and then read on......)
(If you can remember, read the jokes below until everyone else has caught up!!!)

Making decisions:
An American fighter plane was flying over Afghanistan when he noticed a flying carpet on each side of his plane, both with a machine gunner on board. Sensing danger he made a decision to shoot them down. Back at base he got a right telling off – apparently they were Allied Carpets

I was driving to work this morning when I saw an RAC van parked up. Curious, I made the decision to go over to the van and saw that the driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself ‘that guy’s heading for a breakdown’.

The government has made a decision and have announced that for the new school curriculum, boys are going to study the workings of the female mind. The lessons, however, will be changed on an hourly basis!

Back to my Blog:

I needed to make a decision about adding to my Family Tree, information regarding my great great grandfathers possible parents, brothers and sisters. This was because I could only presume that the information was correct and not fully prove it.

I also needed to make a decision about planting out the seedlings from the greenhouse to the outside areas of the allotment, due to the very cold weather we were having at that time.

Well the decisions were made for me as life was turned on edge when we were informed (after 5 years of applying) that we had been approved for emigration to Australia.

  • I need to start the process of adding the new members of my family to the Family Tree as it would be easier, and cheaper, to purchase documents etc. whilst in England.
  • In the allotment the seedlings will need to be planted out as I would be giving up the allotment by the end of the year, and after a month, here is the result below.
The right decision, everything is growing really well.

More about the allotment later in the Blog.

Making decisions:
A married couple was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. At the party everybody wanted to know how they managed to stay married so long in this day and age. The husband responded "When we were first married we came to an agreement. I would make all the major decisions and my wife would make all the minor decisions. And in 60 years of marriage we have never needed to make a major decision."

The decision about adding to the Family Tree.

Who is now going to be added?

My new great, great, great grandparents:
Charles Nickisson (1771-1852) married (1799) to Elizabeth Stubbs (c1775-1850), .

Their children:
Henry Nickisson (already in the Family Tree)
Sarah Nickisson (1802-?)
Charles Nickisson (1805-1864) married (1832) to Elizabeth Oseland (c1805-?)
George Nickisson (1811-1842)
William Nickisson (1816-1866) married (1842) to Mary Ann Parkes (1823-1904
Mary Ann Nickisson (1821-1840)

Their children:
Robert Nickisson (1837-1880)
Charles Edwin Nickisson (1845-1871) married (1865) to Mary Elizabeth Hallam (1846-1905)
Alfred Parkes Nickisson (1840-?) married (1874) Harriet Frances Hancox (1854-?)
Ellen Nickisson (1845-?) married (1866) Edwin Willis (1842-?)
Elizabeth Nickisson (1847-1891) married ( 1871) Carl Casper Franklin (?)
Frederick Nickisson (1857-1941)
Louisa Nickisson (1863-1875)

Their children:
Charles Edwin Nickisson (1869-1870)
Polly Nickisson (1866-?)
Alice Jane Nickisson (1867-?) married (1906) James Howard Small (1860-1915)
Fanny Emily Nickisson (1871-1910) married (1892) John Harvey (?)
Joseph Arthur Nickisson (1876-?)
Frederick W Nickisson (1878-1878)
Herbert S Nickisson (1879-?)
Alice Eva H Nickisson (1882-1882)
Louisa Nickisson-Corbett (1884-?)
Carl Frederick Franklin (1872-1936)
Mary Louisa Franklin (1874-1875)
Ellen Elizabeth Franklin (1878-1931)
William Edward Franklin (1876-1937)

Lots to add to the Nickisson Family Tree.
Will keep you up to date with how its going and more about their families

Correct decision:
Two men applied for the same position. They had the same qualifications. In order to determine which to hire, the applicants were asked to take a test. Both men missed only one of the questions. The manager said to the first applicant, “Thank you for your interest, but we’ve decided to give the job to the other applicant.”
“But why? We both answered 9 out of the 10 questions correctly,” said the rejected applicant.
“We based our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed,” said the manager. “Your fellow applicant put down for question 5, ‘I don’t know the answer.’ You put down, ‘Neither do I.’

Now the decision about planting out into the allotment, it went really well.

We didn't lose any plants to the weather although it took sometime for
the vegetables to really get growing. But its going really well now.

We have already picked some Turnips, Lettuce, Cabbage, Rhubarb, Radish, Peas and our first Cauliflower.
We still have Runner Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Beetroot, Carrots, Leeks, Broccoli, Sweetcorn, Broad Beans & Courgettes to pick when they are ready.
We have also had plenty of Strawberries to pick.

In the greenhouse we have,
Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumber, Lettuce and the Grape vine.

And finally. a smart decision:
Two gas servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking gas meters. They parked their van at the end of the road and worked their way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter. Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger colleague to a race down the road back to the van to prove that the older guy could outrun a younger one. As they came running up to the van, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong. Gasping for breath, she replied, "When I see two gas men running as hard as you two were, I figured I'd better run too!"

See you soon

Decisions? Decisions? Decisions? What decisions???

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Decisions? Decisions? Decisions?

What do I do?

My Family Tree wants to grow more but I won't let it!!!!!!!!!

My seedlings want to grow more but I won't let them!!!!!!!!!

 Let me explain; My Family Tree wants to grow more but I won't let it!!!!!!!!!

If you have read my Blog before, you know that I have proof that my Family Tree goes back as far as my Great Great Grandfather, Henry Nickisson (c1810-1846). I also have information that suggests that his father is a Charles Nickisson (1771-1852) and his mother, Elizabeth Stubbs (c1775-1850). If this was true, I also have information that my great great grandfather had brothers and sisters.
But because I cannot prove these connections, I will not let my tree grow

What do I do?

One Liner: Deciding not to choose is still making a choice

I have a subscription to "Family Tree" monthly magazine and I wrote to them for advice on the above subject and asked the question; When do I stop trying to prove a connection and take this information on face value?
I had a reply, by email, from the magazine letting me know that an answer to my question would be published in the February edition (2010).

I eagerly awaited the magazine to be delivered by the postman, it came and I immediately turned to the "Your Q&A" page. Their was my question, the first on the page (of four pages), Did the Editor think that it was such an important question?

Stop letting your head get bigger and bigger Garry. Read Read Read the answer!!

I was disappointed!!

The answer was as I thought it would be;
"In the ordinary course you should look for at least two sources (aim for three) to prove parentage or other relationships. There are occasions when you have to make assumptions about parentage, but it is important to document them as such, and keep an open mind and to recognise that an assumption is just what it is."

What do I do?

One Liner: Make a firm decision now... you can always change it later

I have so much information to add to the tree about my great great grandfathers possible parents, brothers and sisters.
Charles Nickisson and Elizabeth Stubbs - Charles occupation was a 'Dyer', at the age of 72 he was tried for Larceny but found Not Guilty. What other stories to tell?
Brothers and Sisters;
Sarah Nickisson (1802-?) Perhaps married to a Joseph Chapman? More investigations.
Charles Nickisson (1805-1864) Married and had two children and four Grandchildren. Occupation, Saddler and and harness maker in Birmingham.
George Nickisson (1811-1842) That's all I know at the moment.
William Nickisson (1816-1866) Married with five children and many grandchildren. After he died, his wife and four of his children went to Australia. Then the story unfolds.
Mary Ann Nickisson (1821-1840) Such a short life.

What do I do?

If you can help, advice, update, please let me know.

One Liner: A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice

Decisions? Decisions? Decisions?

What do I do?

Let me explain; My seedlings want to grow more but I won't let them!!!!!!!!!

With this lovely warm weather, all the seedlings in the allotment greenhouse and 'conservatory' are growing so well we really do need to put them out into the allotment plots.

What do I do?

One Liner: I was always indecisive, but now I'm not so sure

The problem is that in the evenings the temperature is dropping so dramatically, even the possibility of frost, that we are worried about how the plants will cope with the extreme changes in temperature.
You can see from the pictures below how well the seedling have grown
Runner Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Lettuce, BeetrootCarrots,
Leeks & Broccoli are still inside ready to go out.

Peas, Sweetcorn, Broad Beans & Courgettes are outside in the coldframe.
What do I do?

In the last few days we have taken a chance with the Cauliflower seedlings and
put them in the same plot as the Cabbage that have grown through winter,
hoping the net frame will protect them.
We have also planted out the Turnips hoping that the fencing/boarding
around this area will protect them from any frost.

One Liner: In my house I'm the boss, I just allow my wife to be the decision maker

Remember the Grape Vine (Hybrid, Vitis 'Regent') Joanne bought me last birthday?
Would it survive the winter in the allotment 'conservatory'? Yes, look at it now.
 The grapes are already forming on the vine.

Lets hope we can put the remaining plants out in the allotment in the next week or so,
we will let you know.

More than One Liners:
- My wife and I have an agreement that works... She is responsible for the small decisions, and I am responsible for the big ones.She decides things like where to take our next holiday, the colour of our next car, and the budget for interior designs. I decide whether or not the Prime Minister should extend trading status to China, how high the Banks should go with short term interest rates, and the timetable for the elimination of CFCs from automobile air conditioners.

- One day, after a man had his annual medical, the doctor came out and said, "You had a great checkup. Is there anything that you'd like to talk about or ask me?"
"Well," he said, "I was thinking about getting a vasectomy."
"That's a pretty big decision. Have you talked it over with your family?"
"Yeah, and they're in favour 15 to 2."

And Finally:
- Many years ago, a young reporter was given the opportunity to interview a very successful, very wealthy banker. The reporter asked him, "Sir, What is the secret of your success?"
He said "Two words, young man."
"And, Sir, what are they?"
"Right decisions."
"But how do you make right decisions?"
"One word." he responded.
"And, sir, What is that?"
"And how do you get Experience?"
"Two words"
"And, Sir, what are they?"

The banker replied with a wry smile, "Wrong decisions."

See you soon.