Book passes on father's teachings
FOR years, Doreen Keable had heard herself repeating sayings, re-counting superstitions and using remedies her father had once taught her.And when her 29 children and grandchildren begged her to write them down for prosperity she spent two years creating a labour of love to pass to her family.
FOR years, Doreen Keable had heard herself repeating sayings, re-counting superstitions and using remedies her father had once taught her.
And when her 29 children and grandchildren begged her to write them down for prosperity she spent two years creating a labour of love to pass to her family.
But now the memories of her Yorkshire father have been turned into a book, which is helping to make money for a charity close to her heart.
Some of the Things Our Dad Taught Us has already sold 100 copies, raising cash for Special Objectives for the Local Disabled (SOLD), based in Lowestoft.
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The charity has now ordered a further 1,000 copies to sell at various fundraising fairs.
Doreen, who now lives in Beccles, grew up in Drighlington, near Bradford, with her father Henry Church, known as Harry, her mother, two sisters and a brother.
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“Dad was very strict but he had lots of time for us. At the end of his life he came to live with me,” said Doreen.
“I found that I kept saying all these things that he used to tell me to my children and grandchildren. They said they wished I would write it down. It took me two years while I was remembering things and then I typed it on the typewriter and made it into little homemade book and pictures.”
She hadn't thought about publishing her personal memoirs until her husband Brian spoke with his cousin, Bob Taylor, a graphic designer, who suggested that they should be transferred onto a computer and turned into an actual book.
Family friend Janet Forster-Warnes offered to type the words, while Bob generously designed the layout and asked a friend from Blackwell Print to run off the first 100 copies, all free of charge.
The timeless anecdotes include sayings such as 'you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear' and 'stir with a knife and you stir up strife' as well as a section on Harry's superstitions of never shaving on a Sunday and more amusing remarks like 'if your new shoes squeak, it means they haven't been paid for'.
His Yorkshire sayings, rhymes and remedies of using a potato to treat iron burns and letting a dog lick a grazed knee all make the writings a nostalgic creation that many can relate to.
“My favourite part is probably his remedies because we still use them. Brian has had three colds this year and the only thing that has stopped him feeling ill was my dad's remedy,” said Doreen.
“I think he would have liked the book.”
Both Brian and Doreen are very fond of SOLD, with Brian volunteering on a weekly basis. He has run both the London Marathon and completed a coast to coast walk to raise money for the charity, which creates a workshop environment for physically and sensory disabled people.
To buy a copy of Some of the Things Our Dad Taught Us, telephone Doreen on 01502 712312, visit SOLD in Harvest Drive, Lowestoft, or telephone the charity on 01502 512617.