Clogs and Clippers is my family history blog, where I share stories about the people I’m researching, information about the places and times in which they lived, and my ruminations on the ups and downs of genealogical research.

  • Walton le Dale
    by Stella Budrikis on February 18, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    The sun was shining, but the air had a bitterly cold bite to it, when we left the station in Preston, Lancashire, and made our way south in December last year. We were planning to […]

  • Other places, other times
    by Stella Budrikis on January 5, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Happy New Year everyone! The start of a new year seems a good time to decide on a theme for the posts on Clogs and Clippers for the next twelve months. Last year I chose to […]

Rumours of Hope is really a website masquerading as a blog. It features articles written to inspire anyone who is looking for encouragement, especially those struggling with their Christian faith.
  • Ruth and Boaz - more than a quaint story
    by Stella Budrikis on October 25, 2018 at 4:51 am

    She was a young, childless widow, an immigrant with no property and no income. He was a respectable land owner in a small town. Their story has a touch of […]

  • Precious gifts
    by Stella Budrikis on July 31, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Imagine that a friend gives you a present, rather clumsily wrapped. You know that your friend has very different tastes to yours, in fact, if you were quite […]

Not the Doctor is about “life, the universe and everything except medical advice”.
I haven’t posted there for a while, but you may still find something worth reading in the archives.
  • When will normal life resume?
    by Stella Budrikis on November 16, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Once, when my mother was older than I am now, she told me that she’d been waiting all her life for life to become ‘normal’. She wasn't even sure what […]