R.J. Anderson (rj_anderson) wrote,
R.J. Anderson

It's Friday Five time!

1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from?

British stock on both sides; my father emigrated from England after serving in the British Navy in WWII, and my mother's parents emigrated from Cornwall to the Timmins (northern Ontario) area some years before she was born. We've never traced our ancestry as such, but rumour has it that the Michells (note the absence of the "t"), my mom's family, were originally Huguenots who fled to Cornwall from France in the 1600's to escape persecution. Being descended from a bunch of radical religious dissenters sounds about right to me. :)

2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit?

Well, I visited England in 1994, but I never did get to either Essex or Cornwall, and it would be nice to see them on another trip. (Any excuse will do.)

3. Which would you least like to visit? Why?

Well, Essex, I guess, because everything my Dad remembers from his childhood is gone now, and the house he grew up in has changed so much that he barely even recognized it. So I suppose there isn't that much to see.

4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage?

Saffron Cake!!! (Sorry, I tend to get over-enthusiastic about this -- all the Anderson kids do.) Mom got the recipe handed down from her mother -- it's a traditional Cornish cake which she makes at Christmas. Definitely an acquired taste, it's a dense, bright yellow loaf liberally dotted with currants and candied peel -- and, of course, saffron, which is the most expensive spice in the world, so we only have this cake once a year. Apart from that, a fondness for British TV shows (including the ability to quote whole Monty Python sketches on demand) is pretty much the only remnant of our heritage I can think of.

5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)?

See #1.
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