Return of the Swifts

We saw our first swifts circling over Nostell Lakes a week ago and, by coincidence, since then their namesakes, my mum’s family, the Swifts, have taken centre stage in my family tree research. I’ve taken a break from genealogy since the death of my mum in February 2015; she was my last link with my Victorian […]

Richard Brook

We’ve been remembering my old friend, conservationist, plant breeder and 60s music fanatic, Richard Brook, who died on 20 April, aged 74. These extracts from his diary were compiled by Richard’s second cousin, Ann  Brook and read at his funeral on Monday by her sister Philippa. The ‘Tripartite’ mentioned in the May entry refers to his award-winning ‘Tripartite’ narcissus, […]