March 24, 2016
After the Canadian reunion I be taken home by Caro-Claire and Martin (branch 2) and I bin spending time in and around Orillia in Ontario.
I’ve bin very helpful. Here I be helping with the shopping. A bit different to a walk from Bucks to Bideford Market back home.
Caro-Claire found me a ship but I be enjoying meself so much I baint sailing ’ome yet. This looks a bit bigger then the ole Ebeneezer. I had some fish ‘n’ chips and I didn’t even have to catch it meself.
It be a mighty lot of snowy ’ere, we don’t get nothin’ like this in Deben. I’ve even given a hand with shovelling the snow.
They let me join in the Christmas celebrations. Being ’ere in Canada be a proper job.
Looking forrard to spending more time on this side of the pond.
February 29, 2016
I did travel across Canada in one of them there camper vans; it be a gurt big one.
We did head to Upper Canada Village where I saw a Mill but it baint like the mill back home at Bucks.
There were plenty of fish but that there 3x great grandson of mine said we weren’t allowed to catch them.
Then on a train up the Agawa Canyon.
I paid a visit to Port Hope, home of me big brother William who came out ’ere in the 1830s.
I did find where his house were before they built a gurt bridge. Funny that cos me nephew James be buried under a gurt bridge in New Zealand.
I had great fun meeting all them Braunds in Toronto.
October 9, 2015
‘I be away again. I did leave from Bideford Quay as my big brother William did in 1836 but instead of taking six weeks at sea, I be on a plane, right across Canada and back again in that time.
That there Janet has me being a visual aid at the conference for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa – much more o’ this and I be chargin’ an appearance fee.
Then we do ‘ead for Prince Edward Island. Many folk from Bideford be settled ‘ere. Some o’ me mates be on the timber ships, back and forth for the shipbuilders in Appledore.’
August 31, 2015
I bin on a gurt ship with no mast or sails. I didn’t even have to row! We bin all round the Baltic.
In Belgium we stopped at Bruges, there be some big ole buildings here. I went to a herring market but they baint very good at fishing as I didn’t see any herring.
Then on to Germany and the fishing village of Warnemunde; I did see a sign but they can’t spell my name right.
Next I did go to the old town of Tallin in Estonia; it be an old place but there baint no Braunds.
Then I be in Russia.
I did go on the canals in St. Petersburg.
This boat be a bit more like the ole Ebeneezer. There be a lot of gold about. I don’t think it would look quite right on King’s Cottage back ‘ome.
Porvoo in Finland be a bit like Clovelly but they do allow cars on their cobbles and I didn’t see any donkeys.
In Sweden I saw a proper boat, the Vasa and did try to fire a cannon.
Then I be off to Copenhagen to help to guard the palace.
April 19, 2015
Today I be at what they do call a family history fair. I hear tell I be in Birmingham and some Braunds did pass this way. I get to meet folk from family history societies, spending time looking at where Braunds be from with the Guild of One Name Studies
and then meeting Oakey at Devon Family History Society’s stand.
I did sup a cup o’ tay in the Findmypast café
and pass by a gurt monument to the fallen of the first world war.
Then I did contemplate taking a Baltic voyage in the ole Ebenezer.
My three time great grandson did say he be taking me there soon but on some monstrous vessel ‘e do call a cruise liner.
I did pass by the famous antiques’ expert, Mr Eric Knowles
, only to be told I be an antique of no particular value!
With thanks to Mr Eric Knowles
January 20, 2015
Before Christmas I do be off to Aylesbury, where that there Janet be giving a talk. I be what they do call a ‘visual aid’. I did meet Tony and Nicky from branch 1 while I be there.
Aylesbury d be in Bucks they say but b’aint my sort of Bucks.
Then I did go to Bucks to sing some carols on Christmas Eve
December 25, 2014
That there 3 times great grandson of mine, Chris Braund. Did take me to the Isle of Wight. We did go by boat but it weren’t my sort o’ boat.
Before I did know it I be whisked off to Blist’s Hill
, where I be right at home as they do all be from me own time.
Then I be in Cambridge because young Lucy be one year old.
Then I did go to Bucks but it weren’t me own Bucks – there be another one! I be what you do call a visual aid for Janet (branch 6). I did meet Tony and Nicki (branch 1) while I be there.