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Author Archives: Clare Travers

Leaving Africa part II

When our time in Bunia came to an end in the summer of 1985 we were quite ready to go back to Cambridge.  It had been the most difficult of our postings, primarily because communications were so limited and the sense we had of being in the middle of nowhere was never harder to live … Continue reading »

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Leaving Africa

I have written a fair bit about our life in Kenya and Zaire in the eighties, when Ben was working for a multi-national company: our arrival from England with first one, then two babies.  There will be more to come but today I have been thinking about our departures from those countries.  This is perhaps … Continue reading »

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Letters from my grandparents

I have written before on the subject of letters from my grandparents and what they meant to me when I received them and what they mean to me now.  I took one out of my writing box – a blue leather case I got for my 13th birthday (how I had longed for it and … Continue reading »

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Where do I write

At the moment the question that is most exercising me about my writing is not what to write, but where to write.  This has been prompted by a small but significant leap, having done some writing recently that could be added into my project on living in the bush and starting out  married life far from home. … Continue reading »

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Three years on

A little over three years ago, without quite knowing what I was letting myself in for, I arrived at the Faber offices in Bloomsbury for the first meeting of their new Writing Family History course. I had signed up the summer before and had not given it much thought until the day arrived for that … Continue reading »

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A lasting memory of a conversation

The photograph posted here has been in my mind this week as I had a visit from my aunt Clare, (always known as big Clare in our family,making me baby Clare),the one in the picture.  She is my mother’s youngest sister and of the four daughters and one son that made up the Jennings family, … Continue reading »

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My 17th birthday present

In November 1973 I had my 17th birthday.  I was at boarding school and my grandmother wrote a letter to me there, (my birthday always being in term time).  I have it in front of me now and on the envelope there is a stamp depicting Princess Anne and her then husband to be, Mark … Continue reading »

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Sharing family history

I forgot to post a blog on the due date in March – March 14th.  It was not so much forgetting per se but down to the fact that I was meeting up with two cousins on my father’s side of the family to try and sort through photograph albums that had been in my … Continue reading »

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The tale of a mother

A short paragraph in the newspaper caught my eye earlier in the week: it was about the sale of a rare first edition of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.  Having been unable to interest a publishing house in her book, Beatrix Potter paid for 250 copies to be privately printed.  That was in 1901 and the … Continue reading »

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Reliving a love story

In the Times of Wednesday this week I read a short article abut love letters and how sometimes their story can change lives. A young woman in Canada found a cache of love letters written by her grandmother from post-war London to her newly-wed husband, a Canadian soldier, who had been repatriated to Canada ahead … Continue reading »

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