You may remember when reading mum's book "Clock of Time" that when they landed in Albany from England the first people to speak to them on the wharf were Annie and Jim Dakin, a couple from Yorkshire who made it a habit of meeting all ships arriving from the 'old country'.
My keepsake this week is a beautiful handkerchief that Annie Dakin gave me as the 'something old' when I was married (the first time) 62 years ago yesterday (18th July, 1953). I have no idea how old the hanky is but I know Annie had it for a long time (unused) and could have even brought it with her when she and Jim emigrated from the UK. It could well be 100 years old. I believe it is handmade, is Nottingham lace and it is so delicate you would only 'wear' it for show.
Although I have kept it wrapped in tissue paper is has discoloured with age. I may try soaking it in warm water as it is still very strong and it would be great if it was cream all over again. I keep it in my hanky drawer and by having it so close it constantly reminds me of a gracious little old lady (Annie was born in 1885) of whom we were all very fond. She and Jim did not have any children but were very happy together; he absolutely adored her and would spoil her at every opportunity.
P.S. It is 63 years today since Aubrey and I were engaged. We remain friends and occasionally chat on the telephone.