When we were in Ireland, over the summer, we visited a small museum. We’ve been to it many times before. It’s on the island of Achill, a quiet remote part of the West Coast of Ireland. Part of the exhibition was to showcase how life was in Ireland many years ago and the traditions that are still upheld in Achill and other parts of Ireland today. There were some little videos, clips of the older generation talking about the things they remembered from being young and the traditions such as peat farming and boxty making. It was some of these little videos that reminded me of a couple of times I have visited my mum’s family and could smell the peat fire.
Finlay was particularly taken with these videos, he sat and watched them for a long time and continued watching them even when Orla and Archie became restless and started climbing on the boat sculptures and the fisherman exhibition so we felt like we ought to make a swift exit. On the way home he was chatting about the videos and asked why they were made. When I explained to him that they were made to help keep memories alive and to give voices to the memories to remind us of how things were in the past. When he heard health-canada-pharmacy.com this, he said “Well we should interview Nanny Dot then so we can find out what life was like when she was small.” Nanny Dot (affectionately named by Elodie when she was small because her name is Dorothy) is my dad’s mum and so my Nanny and the children’s Great Nanny, who they love so much.
So, next time we popped to visit, Elodie and Finlay spent the car journey thinking up questions to ask Nanny Dot to find out what her childhood was like. Elodie particulary wanted to know about what it was like to be evacuated and Finlay wanted to know about life before computers! They were so excited by the prospect of interviewing her but when we arrived, Finlay became all shy and so the finished interview is much shorter than expected! I think our 6 year old Fin, is going to need a little more training in interview techinique before he makes any of his own documentaries. He whizzed through the questions, sometimes cutting Nanny Dot off in the middle – oops! Oh, and he is obsessed with my mum’s garden furniture so occasionally becomes a little distracted!! But here is his first attempt. A mini documentary of Our Lovely Nanny Dot: