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Beautifully illustrated family history books with a difference by a frequent contributor to the UK family history press. I write for Family Tree Magazine UK; Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical and Bookazine; Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. The publishers of my family history books are Pen and Sword Books and The History Press. I tweet (and retweet) thought-provoking content designed to help you tweak your approach to (your family) history at @RuthaSymes . Do follow me.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Ideas for Christmas from Your Ancestors - 7 - Hang Flowers From Your Mantelpiece!

Hang Flowers from Your Mantelpiece!

‘The room being small for the number of guests, there were no available corners for groups of pot plants…Trails of ivy hung down from the mantelshelf, over the sheet of glass which, in this instance, concealed the fireplace.. From a hook just under the shelf I suspended by yellow ribbons a basketful of yellow tulips, Roman hyacinths, begonia leaves and mimosa.’

Constance Jacobs, ‘Flower Decorations’, The Girls’s Own Paper, December 19th 1891.

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