A GRANDMOTHER has taken a stroll down memory lane reliving life on Mersea as far back as the 1960s.

Pixie Farthing, a grandmother of 17, has produced her second book of memoirs.

The book titled, Nothing Stays The Same, is a continuation of her first book From When I Can Remember.

It features plenty of anecdotes, some previously unknown, which a narrative of changing times and attitudes.

Many locals contributed their stories for the book, providing a broader view of life on Mersea.

Alongside the chapters recounting Mersea’s history, many photos are included of people and places both past and present.

When asked why she wanted to continue the process, Pixie, who is now in her 80s, said: “As a grandmother of 17 grandchildren, I couldn’t just leave it there.

"I wanted to tell the stories of our family growing, our children and grandchildren growing up, and the ups and downs of family life.

“It felt only natural to bring things right up to date.”

While the book was being written, plenty of research was needed to verify the facts, memories and further support the historical nature of the book.

Pixie added: “I would sometimes doubt my own mind, and have to check that I wasn’t remembering something incorrectly. Luckily there are still a few of us old Mersea-ites that I could chat to.

“Often those chats led to further tales. Sadly, a number of those oldies we could turn to for answers, are now no longer with us.

“This confirmed to me that it was important to tell my story, along with others, so that our family histories and that of the island is not lost.”

The publishing of Nothing Stays The Same is a proud moment for Pixie and her family, with Pixie even writing whilst hospitalised at the beginning of the pandemic.

Pixie stated she was thankful that she has been able to complete her memoirs and hopes she has done justice to the uniqueness of life on Mersea Island.

A book launch and signing was held at The Oyster Gallery, West Mersea.