Yearly Archives: 2014

My cousin Anita

My cousin Anita is amazing.

Born in 1939, on oxygen, but still smiling and willing to send me copies of all her family history details.

Anita is the youngest child to my grandfather’s slightly younger sister Lilian. She is the last of her immediate family still with us and until I started doing family history research, I never realized how much of a treasure she was.

Every year at the Hill family reunion, she and her family sit at the very first table by the front door. This could be due to her need for oxygen, or it could be just where they’ve always sat. As a child, I don’t believe I even gave it a second glance.

All that changed a couple years ago when I went to the family reunion and my Dad announced to everyone about my new passion. Many family members came to talk to me to give me details on their family and to make sure I had them on the tree – but everyone told me I needed to talk to Anita.

Short in stature, she told me she wasn’t really up to talking that day but if I gave her my address she would send me some things she had written down.

I had no idea what I’d get but was happy when a few months later I received a Christmas card and an envelope filled with yet more names, dates and details. Sure it isn’t as detailed with locations, but it has the names and birthdates for her siblings and for many of their spouses. She has written down all of the children they have had and in some cases grandchildren. She’s put in death information where she could, even the very sad details about one of her nieces committing suicide and her husband dying a few years later in a car accident – both leaving an 11 year old orphan behind.

She sent me a poem written by one of my other cousins and as many older people are wont to do, a story about the bible compared to a deck of cards.

Her kindness and thoughtfulness was very unexpected and yet so very welcomed. I’m currently going through it all again, trying to put all the pieces into the family tree so that another reunion won’t go by with much of her family missing.

So thank you Anita June (Jennings-Grimwood) Hardy. You sure know how to brighten this family historians day!

Tourist in my home town – Cambridge’s Bob McMullen Linear Trail

As the sun began setting over the Grand River valley, my husband, dog and I took to the Bob McMullen Linear Trail for a little exercise and to soak up the autumnal glow on October 2nd.

Sunset, Autumn, Cambridge, Ontario, Grand River
Looking out over the Grand River as it winds to the west in the setting autumn sun.

The head of the Linear Trail is located at the end Bishop Street in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Parking can be found in the same parking lot as the Preston Auditorium, and the start of the trail begins to the south side.

Cambridge, Ontario, White Cliffs, Preston, Autumn
The limestone cliffs along the Grand River as it winds past Preston opposite Preston and the Linear Trail in Cambridge.

Minutes from the hustle bustle of King Street in the Preston area of Cambridge, the trail takes you along the Grand River, which in the setting October sun means warm golden hues from trees as they change colour reflecting on the water.

Cambridge, Ontario, Autumn, Canadian Geese, Grand River
The rich warm colours, the Canadian Geese and the tranquility of the water makes visiting the Linear Trail in Cambridge a worthwhile visit.

These pictures were captured on my iPhone 5C and slightly boosted using an app called Snapseed. If you haven’t played around with Snapseed I highly recommend it. It can help bring out some details and make the colours pop, even though the images didn’t need much work tonight as the colours were outstanding.

Autumn, Bench, Cambridge, Linear Trail
This park bench sitting in the golden sun along the Grand River on the Linear Trail just made me want to curl up with a blanket, hot chocolate and revel in the joys of the autumn season.