Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:
1) What did your mother really like to do in her work or spare time? Did she have hobbies, or a workshop, or did she like cooking, or reading, or watching TV?
3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.
With 7 girls to raise, mum didn’t have a lot of spare time. As long as I can remember she wasn’t working. Before she married dad, she worked in the family dressmaking business, and she continued to sew our clothes when we were growing up. As mentioned in an earlier post, she made my wedding dress, and my bridesmaids dresses.
Mum actually didn’t really like sewing, so it would have been out of necessity, as mum and dad didn’t have enough money to buy many new clothes. When we did get new clothes, they were generally as Christmas or birthday presents.
One activity that mum did seem to enjoy was coaching and umpiring netball. I first remember going to my elder sisters’ netball games, and mum either coaching or umpiring, and then she coached my netball teams. Mum encouraged me to become a netball umpire as well, although I only did that for a short time.
Mum used to help out at the school canteen. I remember those times, as we used to get some extra pocket money to buy our lunch those days. My favourite bought lunch was a pastie (or a sausage roll or meat pie), and a cream bun.
I also remember mum joining Toastmasters, to learn how to have confidence with public speaking.