Frances Looking Back Podcast TTT Storytelling

Episode 16: Looking Back with Frances

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, – wherever you are, thank you for listening in.

All of us have a story to tell.  Our lives are full of drama, celebrations, joys, sorrows – even a little mystery, intrigue, and magic are sprinkled on some of the more mundane moments

My mother, Frances was my first storyteller.  Over the years we have shared many narratives.

So put the kettle on and listen in as mom and I look back on –

Well, I’ll let you find out for yourself.

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you

Frances and Rebecca


Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.

Your visit and presence were very much appreciated.

One last thought before we part comes from Fyodor Dostoevsky

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”

Fyodor Dostoevsky, White Nights.”

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

13 replies on “Episode 16: Looking Back with Frances”

Interesting conversations. Rebecca, you mom is a charming narrator. From early on until recently, different individuals were engaged to do our ironing (such service is available in our apartment complex also). I have come across many vintage ironing boxes in this country. Some are made of brass or iron and used hot charcoal to heat them. Across the coastal areas of Kerala, burned coconut shells are mainly used. I look forward for the next kettle to boil. Jo 😊

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I am so glad that you joined our conversation! I had no idea about using coconut shells. You had me on a mini-research project to see how that was done. I have attached a link – hope you can access it. I marveled at the skill used to iron delicate fabrics. How did they control the heat? We live in a world that offers on-demand electricity and have forgotten the older ways. Mom used a sad iron when the electricity went out on her wedding day. If this happened now, well – I wouldn’t know how to use one, much less find a shop to buy one. When mom tells me of her childhood and early years, what is most noticeable is the community and the conversations that accompanied everyday tasks. I believe that our blogging community is creating a virtual community that thrives on sharing knowledge, experience – it gives me great comfort.

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I have spent a wonderful evening gong back through all your podcasts to date, while sipping my Lapsang Souchong tea and knitting away – smiling to myself at your wonderful conversations with Frances and Sarah, and marveling at all the new things I have learned. I did not know that The Messiah premiered in Dublin! Anyway, keep up the good work – it is such a pleasure to hear you and the family sharing your stories. Lots of love and hugs beaming across the waves xxx. PS – you are right – Frances looks absolutely gorgeously pressed in her beautiful wedding dress. 😀

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I did not know how many varieties of Lapsang Souchong tea were available. I am enjoying that marvelous fragrant taste and aroma. By the way, I did not know that The Messiah premiered in Dublin and the back was none other than William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire. What a history. I am so glad you are enjoying the podcasts. You were the person who inspired me on this journey. Many hugs coming your way….

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What a gorgeous gown!!!!
Frances, you were one he!! of a catch. I remember my grandmother using bluing. She had a ringer washer, and told me horror stories of children who got their hands caught in the ringer. Sure kept my hands out of it!!
Rebecca, your podcasts are wonderful. You have a good thing going here!

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Thank you Resa! I love those dire stories our grandmother told us. I remember those horror stories too. Ah, what a grand life we lead. BTW – still trying to figure out how to podcast from a distance. Stay tuned. I have given myself a deadline of the summer to complete my investigations.

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Thank you for taking the time to record some of the interesting times of my life and of things in the past. I really treasure this time with you, and remembering with you some important episodes in my life–and in the lives of many at that time. Again, thank you. Mom

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I am delighted that we are recording these conversations. We have had many excellent conversations over the years. I wish we had started the recording earlier, but the best time to start anything is NOW!


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