So who is Tottie Limejuice?
Everyone always wants to know where I got the name Tottie Limejuice, the pen-name under which I wrote Sell the Pig and Is That Billinge Lump?, the name which I also use for my Facebook and Twitter names.
Well she’s an invention of my late Auntie Ethel, mother’s older sister. She was the one who never married, whose role was helping her mother with the large brood. Auntie had a wonderful way of making up words and phrases, like a flopper-dopperer, for someone who was a bit foppish, or kneely-knawling down, for when you kneel but also have to scrabble about a bit. Auntie was a dress-maker, seamstress and milliner so when she was pinning up hems, she had to do a lot of kneely-knawling.
Mother with her family. From left to right: younger sister Doris, younger brother John, brother in law Leslie, (the Judge, Doris’s husband), mother, and older sister Ethel.
As Auntie got older she got very confused and would accuse glamorous and well-off younger sister of coming to her house and stealing her home-made knickers and swanning around “like Tottie Limejuice”. I liked the name so much, I claimed it for my own.
At one of Doris’s many luncheon parties at the “Big House”: Left to right: Auntie Ethel, Uncle Leslie, Auntie Doris, Uncle John, Mother.
It was Auntie Ethel who encouraged me to buy my grottage in Lincolnshire when it was in such an awful state that the surveyor I got to check it over for mortgage purposes described it as “unfit for human habitation!”. She was a frequent visitor, with mother, to my homes wherever I lived, including travelling by coach out to Germany where I lived for four years.
Like mother, she was always interested in gardening so whenever they visited, we always took a trip to a local garden centre or park.
Mother with her older sister Ethel, the creator of “Tottie Limejuice”
So now you know where the name comes from!
24th January 2014 @ 11:54 am
What a lovely way to honor her! You have had the gift of strong, creative women on your life! It shows in your compassion and writing.
24th January 2014 @ 12:35 pm
Thank you Donna, very kind of you to say so
Marilyn Griffin Medici
24th January 2014 @ 12:50 pm
Thank you so much for sharing these photos! Please keep them coming, as I love being able to see the faces and places of those I’ve read about in your books. I’m really enjoying this. 🙂
24th January 2014 @ 12:52 pm
Thank you, Marilyn! I am delighted to do so. I have gazillions of photos 🙂
24th January 2014 @ 10:58 pm
Absolutely love your family’s story.
25th January 2014 @ 7:56 am
Thank you Judi. It’s too snowy for outdoor work today so I’ll see if I can find more photos for you all.
25th January 2014 @ 3:47 am
Why do you write under a pen name? Privacy?
25th January 2014 @ 7:58 am
Just as the blog post says Debbie, I liked the name so much I claimed it for my own 🙂