Dad was an innate teacher and story teller. He loved to teach us the history of England through stories. We would do plays to retell important events in history. My favourite was General Wolf retaking Quebec in Canada in 1759. I loved the bit about “muffling the oars” to sail up the river and win the day. Perhaps not quite how it went but the essence of the story worked out.
We are in Derby now to look at the hero of another of these plays. It is only a few months ago that we learned that this character was actually a real person. We believed dad had invented Mr. Arkwright in his play about industrialisation. So we are in Derby to look at where Mr. Arkwright built his fortune at the start of the industrial revolution.
We began our visit looking at the mining industry here in Derby. On a wet rainy day we visited the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath.
Why This Blog
Three years ago, my sister Julie and I travelled to the UK for 3 weeks. It was 50 years since we had arrived in Australia as £10 tourists. We wanted to see all the places we remembered from our childhood. Not only the places we went to in our childhood but also the places we had never seen but had formed part of our family culture. We felt the trip was a wild success. But there was a down side… we needed to go back and finish a few things off. 2018 and we are back. So let me tell you all about it.