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Sometimes sharing my work, sometimes musing on topics that have come to my attention, I blog about my life as an artist at Diane Duncan Art. Part diary, part conversation, I welcome the response of readers to my words.

I have recently added a new page and category Looking Back – Family & Community especially for those who might be interested in genealogy, family history and local history. It springs from a deep interest in the lives of those who have gone before and a desire to preserve their story for future generations.

The World I Entered – War Time Rationing – Part 3

Posted by on January 31, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The World I Entered – War Time Rationing – Part 3

Rationing of Food Items Shortly after the commencement of World War II, rationing was introduced in Canada (on January 24, 1942), to limit the use of imported food and to free up supplies and shipping space for the military and their allies. The government introduced rationing because certain things were in short supply, and to ensure that everyone got their fair share. Each household filled out an application and initial ration books were mailed out on Monday 31 August 1942. Every family member was issued a ration book. Six different series...

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Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regimental History

Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regimental History

As an addendum to the previous post I wanted to share this article found in the Perth Courier of 14 Feb 1946. I was unsuccessful in getting a readable download of this article so decided it merited transcription. I am also sharing update info (with link) to the official web site for this Regiment. Lanark & Renfrew Regimental History Bound Up with Perth Transcribed by Diane Miller Duncan from Perth Courier, 14 Feb 1946 The proposal, announced on Sunday Feb. 3, under the reorganization of the Reserve Army, to change the status of the...

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The World I Entered – Part 2

Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The World I Entered – Part 2

‘The World I Entered’ posts are lengthy and probably not to every readers taste. Dip into them as you will. They are background for future posts and will allow me to provide links for family history down the road. Part 1, and now Part 2, give us a glimpse of ‘the norm’ of life during and immediately following the war. In February 1946, the post-war adjustment is becoming more clearly defined. Industries that stayed viable during the war revel in the opening of markets and anticipated a retail boom once rations are lifted. Farming remains the...

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The World I Entered – Part 1

Posted by on January 29, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 2 comments

The World I Entered – Part 1

This ‘my story’ series, is written as part of a challenge. Although many of our traits are shaped by genetics, the environment that we live in also leaves its mark on us. By looking back to the era of my birth I am gaining insights into the lives of my parents and to the person I became. I’m hoping that by sharing ‘my story’ I can encourage others in the family connection to write ‘their’ story and offer it for sharing with others. To write this article I looked at the six months of Perth Courier issues surrounding the...

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The Farm Buildings – J.R. Ernest Miller Memories

Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The Farm Buildings – J.R. Ernest Miller Memories

The following about the Miller farm buildings is a portion of Dad’s Memories which he wrote and distributed to family members. This version contains edits he requested, but I failed to deliver, prior to his death. The Miller Farm Buildings during my Childhood The byre, as the cow stable was called in the early days, was a wooden floored building with wooden bales to fasten about twelve cows and a box stall for storing turnips and mangels – a large root sugar beet cultivated for livestock feed. There was a small loft above for hay and...

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The Back Kitchen and Woodshed

Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 3 comments

The Back Kitchen and Woodshed

The Back Kitchen and Wood Shed While going through some photos I found this photo of the ‘back kitchen and woodshed’ that was attached to the back of the house. I spent many hours piling wood in the woodshed and one of my ‘chores’ was to fill the woodbox in the house with wood from the woodshed. In addition to the ‘back door’, there was a sliding door that was left open in the summer to let the wind blow through. It move on a track and didn’t cover the back opening during the winter so the opening was...

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