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    Nan Cramb

    Apologies for the failure to blog at all recently. I've lost my blogging mojo, and life has got in the way rather. We were hit with 'flu & chest infections over the holiday period. Luckily it's the first time in years that we haven't had plans to visit family & friends so we had 2 weeks of being ill but not having to go anywhere! 

    Sadly on Boxing day, at around 2am, my Gran died. It wasn't expected - but she was 92, so we knew we wouldn't have her forever. She is one of my personal role models and I am lucky to have had her in my life.

    Agnes Cramb - known as Nan - was born in 1920. She married William (Bill) at the start of World War II and spent her early wedded years (after working at the TNT factory) caring for two sets of parents and her first daughter (my Mum). She raised 3 adventurous children who to her mixed pride & regret all strode out into the world away from the small town on the west coast of Scotland where Bill & Nan lived.


    L-R Grandad, Kay (middle child),Maureen (oldest, my mum), Alan (youngest child), Gran

    She was an excellent & super speedy knitter, a renowned baker & was a very particular housewife. This is a skill I definitely didn't inherit. I remember her scrubbing the front door step - I don't actually have a front door step but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't scrub it if I did! She took up Crown Green bowling around the time that Grandad retired, and discovered her mile-wide competitive streak. She became president of both the Indoor & Outdoor bowling clubs and, approaching 70 yrs young, bowled for Scotland. Yep, my gran, the 5'1" international athlete! In fact she might not have been quite that tall....

    Grandad in uniform!

    Nan & Bill were married for over 50 years before Grandad died. I got to see them quite often in my early 20's, hopping cross country from Edinburgh to Saltcoats, joining Grandad on his much loved walks along the coast. Their 50th wedding anniversary party is the reason I no longer drink tequila! I shared tea, cakes, & a dram with them. And a full Scottish breakfast is a culinary delight, featuring eggs, bacon, square sausage, tattie scones & black pudding, toast & tea. 

    So thanks to you Gran & Grandad. I love both of you unconditionally. Grandad, I wish you had lived to see me married & to meet my boys. You would have got a kick out of them!  Gran, I wish I had started my knitting design career a couple of years earlier, before demetia took hold. You would have been so proud of me. I did go to the wool shop when I was up for the funeral, as a little personal pilgrimage. You made me so many jumpers with wool bought from that shop! Thanks for showing me that you don't have to change the world to live a full and valuable life.

    Gran - I'll pour a dram for you tonight. Slàinte mhòr xxx




    Reader Comments (5)

    My thoughts and feelings are with you and your family, what a beautiful tribute you've paid her in words, she was definitely a knitter and person that I would have loved to meet, what an amazing life. :)

    January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteridiosyncratic eye

    Well if that wasn't the most beautiful thing I have read in a long time! Amazing tribute and they both would be overwhelmingly proud Jax. Big hugs from me sweet xxxxxx

    January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjane turton

    Thanks Jane. Especially coming from you, today, which is a big anniversary for you. I know that your Mum would be over the moon with all that you have done, especially in the past year with Scrumptious Tearooms xx

    January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

    Thanks, Idiosyncratic eye. You would have enjoyed meeting her - she had a gift of being able to talk to anyone, from any background and being able to find something in common with them. If they could understand her west coast accent of course! She was an amazing knitter, and the last knits she made were for my boys. I treasure them.

    January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

    What a wonderful tribute, to a family member who obviously featured highly in your early life. Im sure that she would have been very proud of all your creative talents and the thought that you were inspired by her and have now become such a prolific knitter and designer. My thoughts are with you. x

    January 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdiana

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