I live in Aberdeenshire, NE Scotland and just picked up my local paper sweetly called the “Squeak” here. On page 3 is a lovely knitters story I just wanted to share to give every knitter here a wee glow.
Queen Vicotria was on the throne when Cuminestown’s oldest citizen was born & Elizabeth Cockburn is also one of the oldest people in the country celebrating her 107th birthday last week.
Here’s her story:
Until 1999 (age 99yrs) she looked after 5 cattle on her 56 acre farm with only propane gas for power. Her husband died in 1950. She considered installing electricity during the 1950’s but decided the house wasn’t worth it and rather than spend her evenings in front of the TV, she carried on reading the papers and [I][B]KNITTING[/B][/I]!
She also had no running water or telephone and had a 10 minute walk to catch the bus.
She moved to a local village in 2001 (age 101yrs) and acquired her 1st TV, but in “typical fashion” (you have to live in Aberdeenshire to really appreciate how typical this really is!) she complained that it was too small and not in colour, despite never having owned a set of any description for 101 years!
Good genes? Her sister was the oldest person in Britain to have a hip replacement in 1997 at the tender age of 99yrs.
Although becoming frailer, she continues to live on her own in a community complex. According to her grandson, she is still able to get about and knows what’s going on …and…she continues to [I][B]KNIT.
[/B][/I]I just loved this story and I can tell you for sure, I am continuing to drink the water here and knitting like the wind. :knitting: