I was intrigued. Aunty Elsie was my Grandma's sister, I never knew my Grandma but I was very close to Great Aunty Elsie, (I've blogged about her before).
The next weekend Dad gave me the bits which included this book:
It doesn't look very exciting does it.
But, on opening it, I discovered it was meticulously kept accounts from Dec 1954 to March 1964, all recorded my her husband, Uncle Cyril (I know it was him who wrote it and not her as there are many entries referring to 'wife's wages').
Today, whilst I was reading more of it, I found an entry showing that they'd paid my Grandma, Mrs Harris, for casual fruit labour work, in July 1957.
He also bought a new summer suit in August 1959 from Joshua Taylor for £17 and 8 shillings.
Joshua Taylor's was a shop in Cambridge that I remember from my childhood, I think it was on the corner where Monsoon is now.
Why did it stop in March 1964? Because they retired - the last entry of income is the first payment of their pensions in February 1964
It's a truly fascinating piece of my family's history; I can see where they went on holiday, when they built their new house (and who built it and for how much), and the fact that they had an insurance claim for some damage to some gates.
This is them, Aunty Elsie and Uncle Cyril, the man who hand wrote every single entry in the book. It was taken in the 1930s and is from a book called 'Cottenham in Focus'. They are with their 'Clara Butt' tulips.
One day, I will try and find out some of the answers to the questions that I have about the entries - for example, who or what is 'Soar' - it seems to be a company they sold to but I've never heard them mentioned before. But for now I'll just enjoy as it reveals more insights into their lives.