I love you Dad!

Me and my amazing Dad!

Today is Fathers Day in the UK so I thought I'd share a little post about my Dad and my Paternal lineage.  Both my Dad and I were born and bred in Norfolk.  My Dad has a fantastic Norfolk accent and when he lived on the South Coast for a couple of years we often used to say that you needed a translation book to understand him!  My Dad is a Carpenter/Builder by trade, loves Indian Motorcycles (he'd own one if he could) and loves to go down the pub for a pie and a pint every Tuesday.

My Ukrainian Grandad at a POW camp in Norfolk

My Grandad was born in Koropets, Ukraine and ended up in Norfolk as a prisoner of war at the end of WWII.  No wonder my Grandma fell for him, he was a pretty dapper chappie!  He passed away when I was 9 but I always rememebr going to see him at the local maltings where he worked.  I remember he used to take us down the local shop with 5p each to buy some sweets....and in those days you could get 10 sweets for 5p (yes, that's right, I'm old enough to remember half-penny sweets!).  I used to buy the chocolate sweets shapped like carpenters tools, I wanted to be just like my Dad (bless!).  He used to make Gooseberry wine and we used to help him squish all the berries.  I also rememeber that he LOVED watching Countdown, during which we weren't allowed to talk, but always did!  He would always tell us to be quiet in his mother-tongue, Ukrainian!  he he!!  

My Ukrainian Great Grandfather

My Great Grandfather was born and bred in Ukraine, and sadly I know very little about him.  This is one of the few photos I have of him, I think he looks like a pretty stern chap if you ask me! 

Happy Fathers Day Dad, thanks for always looking after me, even now that I'm in my 30's! xx


  1. Your grandfather looks like a filmstar in those sunnies!
    You should send that pic to the sartorialist - he has a vintage section: http://www.thesartorialist.com/category/vintage-photos/

    Jamie ;-)

  2. Oooooh interesting, what lovely photos. Does he accept other people photos then? I couldn't see anything about submitting photos on the site.

    Thanks for pointing me in his direction.

    Em xx

  3. I guess you just use his contact email:

    Supply some info with the pic - just click on a few vintage pics to see what others have written...

  4. Done! Thanks Jamie, now just to wait and see if it makes the cut!


  5. It is always interesting finding about the people that make us who we are! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks for the message Cate. I would dearly love to know more about my Ukrainian heritage as I feel a very strong connection with that part of my family history. A year and a half ago I met a long lost English-Ukrainian relative who now lives in America and it really felt like I'd found a piece of me that was missing. It was amazing.



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