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.

  • Samuel St Leger's Irish marriage
    by Stella Budrikis on July 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    They say everything comes to the one who waits, and that's certainly true in family history research. Back in 2014, when I last wrote about my mother's great grandfather, Samuel […]

  • Why did Matthew spurn his family?
    by Stella Budrikis on July 1, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Equitable Street, Milnrow. Matthew and his family lived at number 33 in 1911. Most of the unsolved mysteries from my family tree involve "what" "when" or […]

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.
  • 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 […]

  • Confident sinners
    by Stella Budrikis on July 13, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Here's a paradox - the longer we've been a Christian, the more we come to realise how sinful we really are. We discover that our antagonism towards God runs […]

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 […]