I have one of those wierd families, you know the kind that this one doesn’t talk to that one & this one had a secret baby & this other one married his cousin & all sorts of mystery & cloak & dagger stories. I have been working on the Gothic Arch topic Celtic & I knew there was some Celtic history somewhere in my family tree way back. (the red hair, green eyes & fair skin is a bit of a give away) In the process of researching, I came across a big piece of my family tree puzzle. I have a big box of old B & W photographs I inherited when my paternal grandfather died & I really don’t know who hardly any of the people in them are, so it has been a bit of a guessing game. Some time ago I tried to start to put together some of my family tree, & made some progress, but got stuck quite quickly. In the process of doing this arch, I stumbled onto a BIG piece of the puzzle. I have been using Ancestory.com & it seems to be quite good. In the process I found a distant relative who has been looking for some of the detail that I had, and they were able to help me. I have my grandparents original wedding invitation and (quite out of character for the day) the invitation to the wedding is from my Grandmother, not from either family. I had no one still alive to make any enquiries to about this, so I had just shelved it. I had this photo here, which looks like a family photo, but I wasn’t sure whether these were people that my Nana may have borded with (her family was from interstate) This week I discovered that these people were her parents (therefore my paternal great grandparents) & all her siblings! She was the youngest of 10 children! By the time she was married (1939, war time) here mother had died & her father was deathly ill. AS well as that – I discovered that my grandfather actually had 5 siblings & everything I had ever seen showed him as the only child…..SO a big week! My arch has been created with olive green tones, in keeping with the customary celtic tones. I had this B & W photocopy of a large gate with celtic patterning that someone had given me & so I muddied it up with qn acrylic glaze & some Raw Umber paint. I have some clippings from the Book of Kells & I have highlighted all the gold. The small ‘whiter’ piece in the middle at the bottom is a clipping from my family tree back to England in 1854 (when my relatives first came to Oz).