Thursday, October 7, 2010

C is for Cornish Alphabe Thursday.....




Hey everyone! It is Alphabe Thursday over at http:jennymatlock.blogspot.com
Every week she features a different letter of the alphabet, and we write stories or share pictures or recipes...Come play along!
On a side note, I havent on my own had a lot of time to visit, but I promise if you visit me, you will get a visit back...I miss reading all the entries! I sure try to get to as many as I can....

Cornish....That is my maiden name and a good English name it is. When I tell people my last name, most people immediately make some kind of reference to Cornish Game Hens....Those tasty little birds that make a great dinner.








A game hen I am not, just in case you were wondering....There is also the Cornish School of Art in Seattle....I think it would be so amazing to attend there...I love art, I love to learn and there has to be a few perks for being of the same name...I would think anyway!








There is also the beautiful Cornish Peninsula in England...I was looking through pictures on the internet and it is right on the water....I have always lived on the salt water except for here in Utah...(the stinky lake does not count, just for the record, though it is salty and there is a Cornish Salt too...)Maybe the saltwater is in my blood because it is where I am happiest.









I know all about my ancestry on my Mothers side and my paternal Grandmother's side. I know very little about my Grandfather....He died when my Dad was 16 at age 46 of a heart attack. I do know his father came in from England and came to Wisconsin and then Oregon. My Grandfather Cornish despite his young age was married 5 times. My Grandma who was a real pistol, refused to talk to me about him except to tell me that he was a $#%%%$##### you know, womanizer....I have gone to Temple Square in Salt Lake City to their Geneology library and looked up records, but I hit a dead end. Probably the most interesting "Cornish" thing that I know, is that in 1953 my Grandfather received a personal invite for Queen Elizabeth's Coronation...I wonder how she knew where he lived?











My Aunt has the invitation...It is a little bit of our history though I dont know the story behind it....I just hope he didnt "womanize" the Queen Mother or something!

21 comments:

alisonmillerwoods said...

Thanks for posting that "C" entry. Such a varied look at the name Cornish. Fun facts and thoughts. (I wish I knew how to cook Cornish hen. . . )

Barb said...

Wonderful play on words....

Me too...wish I knew how to cook a cornish hen.

Barb said...

Wonderful play on words....

Me too...wish I knew how to cook a cornish hen.

Tracy said...

wow that was a brilliant post I love Cornwall . I am lucky enough to live in UK and have visited.

Joanne Lendaro said...

I love reading where the letters take you! What a great writing exercise!

mle said...

What a fun C path you took, meandering from your last name to the Queen's coronation!! Cheers!
have a great weekend : )

quiltcrazygaljennalouise said...

Great posting, fun to read:) Always a great stop at your blog:) Have a wonderful weekend!

PERMANENT POSIES said...

I find the study of our ancestors to be so interesting. That is a great story and I would love to know why he was invited. I like your name...Cornish. My maiden name was Root. I could do a blog about that...ha.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an interesting story. I have been a bit MIA myself, although I do plan to mention you on Saturday's post (for your sewing skills).

I assure you, you are not a game hen, my dear. And that story of the Queen is too, too funny.

BTW, I almost joined your Thursday story group, but decided there were too many "rules." I'm a "no requirements challenge" kind of gal and hate it when I have to give up my firstborn (or worse) to be part of any challenge. So, for now, I'll simply read your lovely stories and watch from afar. Thanks for being such a great friend.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Very cool c post.

Love the invitation, what a family treasure!

Judie said...

Great C post! Very educational. My husband won't eat Cornish game hens because he says they are too much trouble--all those little bones!

Brenda said...

I'd say you know more about your family history than I do. Interesting facts thanks for sharing.

sarah said...

what a wonderful "c" post! family history is the best! knowing where you came from can tell you so much about where you are going... well i think! i have a few crooked branches on my family tree too! they are the most interesting! thx for sharing!....blessings...s.....

Splendid Little Stars said...

How clever of you to post items relating to your maiden name! (I may take your idea and do that when it's time for K.) very interesting post!

Jo said...

oh that was one interesting story ... and how cool to have that invitation ... i wonder why he received it??? there has to be a story there ...

Yarni Gras! said...

haha.....womanize the Queen Mother! Guess you'll never know!!!! What an interesting post, thanks for sharing :-)

Pondside said...

I love family mysteries. Maybe someday you'll unravel this one and find an amazing connection!

Jenny said...

I feel bad.

I've never cooked a cornish game hen. But now, whenever I do, I will think of you.

I'm so glad you're still participating Melinda. I know your life is just crazy now but it is always good to see you here and to marvel at your fun perception on things.

Thank you for linking.

A+

Viki said...

I think it's so neat when someone has a name related to a real thing. I have a girlfriend whose maiden name was Pitcher and her married name now is Bird lol.

I used to make cornish hens years ago. I haven't made them for years. I don't know why I stopped.

Annesphamily said...

A culinary post so clever and sweet! Cooking for us all, a delactable treat! Anne

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Very cool post! My father was stationed in Cornwall during WWII as an air traffic controller with the Army Air Corps (now Air Force). He made a return trip fifty years later. I have a little watercolor sketch he made of the houses on the street where he stayed-very, very hilly!