Thursday, July 11, 2013

Favourite photos. The Lounge.

Hello everyone. It's Thursday so it is Lounge time. Thank goodness for enforced topics because sometimes I can't think of anything to blog about.

I KNOW!

Hard to believe right? 


Today Tegan is hosting over at her blog Musings of the Misguided and we are talking about our favourite photos.

If you are a regular reader of the blog you will know that photography is not my strong suit. I mean, I appreciate a good photo as much as the next person, but taking them? Taking them is something else.

My family have never been very VISUALLY TALENTED. I mean my Mum is practically blind and Dad is - oh well, his talents lie elsewhere (as Faux Fuchsia would say).  Most of the photos of my childhood are off centre or obscured by a blurry thumb or two. I'm pretty sure the parentals wouldn't mind me saying that.

M's family are excellent photographers and have a vast library of family photos.  I am jealous.

Anyway I chose some of my favourite family pics to show you.  The first 3 are from my ARTISTIC AND OFF CENTRE QUIRKY WALL OF PHOTO FAME that I have arranged in the hallway with my MAD INTERIOR DESIGN SKILLLLLZZZZ.

 Therefore in order to share them with you I had to take photos of the photos.

HENCE THE RATHER POOR QUALITY! 

But that's just how I roll.

I am also breaking my rule about not including people's faces (except mine these days) because they are all pretty old pics so I think it's ok.



This is a family photo of my Mum, Dad, my brother and I. I love it, because in a sort of pathetic yearning for what might have been that only other adult children of divorced parents could understand, I like to look at it and imagine they had never separated. Sad but true. PS My brother is unfairly characterised as grumpy in this photo but he was just squinting into the sun. He was a dead set cheery baby. 


This is a photo of my paternal grandmother (she is the one on the right) and her sisters. Her young unmarried uncle had this photo taken of the girls so he could have something to keep while he was away at war in WW1. The family story is that he was killed on the last day of the war, and the photo came home with his things. I am sure lots of families have similar stories. So sad.


This is a photo of my maternal grandmother judging the Miss Something Something Competition in the Whitsundays. I can't remember what. I think the sash on the girl at the end says "Coral Queen 1965"? My grandfather was the police inspector up that way at the time and she had to do things like this. Well, she probably didn't HAVE to but who would knock this gig back???!! Fun! 


Also I am including one last pic, because I am having an early mid life crisis. Here's a photo of me when I was the three things that I am not any more and never will be again.

1. Young (er)
2. Childless
3. Thin (ner)



Anyway there's a few of my favourite pics. Obviously I have an endless stream of adorable photos of my kids and some nice ones of my husband but we don't have all day now do we? 

Smell you later!

Mwah.

44 comments:

  1. I love the stories behind old photos - they are always so interesting.
    That is a lovely dress that you are wearing and it looks beautiful on you.
    Have the best day !
    Me

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  2. Your mum is absolutely gorgeous. Nice to see she passed on her good looks ;)

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    1. Ha! She was really beautiful and is still a good looking old bird.

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  3. You look fab in red hun! And that family pic is very cute - glad you clarified the grumpy look :)
    LOVE LOVE old photos, might have to scourge through some of mine one day.
    Have a happy Friday x

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    1. Thanks Em! Yes you should totally get some old pics for us to see!!

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  4. You're so adorable in that first photo!

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    1. My hair is certainly something else!!!

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  5. Love your pics, the old ones are awesome love you in the red too!

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  6. Gorgeous photos. You can't imagine how lonely and homesick those blokes at war must have been. Poor things.

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    1. I know. It's too tragic for words really :-(

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  7. I love old photos. For some reason I feel like they tell stories moreso than modern photos.

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  9. I love looking at photos of people, find them endlessly fascinating. The war story is heartbreaking

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  10. I'm laughing at your brother's expression...are you sure you didn't give him a little pinch? So sad about the 2nd one.I agree, red is your colour, lovely!

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    1. How funny! Maybe I did!
      Also I always felt that red was unkind to my somewhat florid complexion. Hmm.

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  11. I love that little girl photo of you...cutest!
    And I am all for off centre quirky photo walls!

    I don't know what kind of life crisis I am in the middle of...but perhaps looking at old photos of myself will lift my spirits...or send me off to the bathroom to examine my wrinkles and wonder what happened to my youthful glow.

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    1. It's certainly mixed feelings C!
      I wish I was a hideously ugly and fat as I thought I was when I was younger! Oh to be that hideous again!!

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  13. Oh my GOODNESS how cute are you with your little bowl-headed fringe!!!!!!! Bring it back. Go on - dare you.

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    1. I don't think even I could rock a bowl cut. I mean I'm into my hair but I am just not hipster enough. If I had myself a knitted Xmas sweater and some black rimmed spectacles however...I just might be able to pull it off!!!!

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  14. Lovely NS and how great to have all those old family pics. sadly we don't have any as they went astray somewhere between Sydney and England years ago. off to trawl the archives and see what I've got to offer.

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    1. Oh that is so sad!!! We have quite a lot of old pics, but I don't have many of dads family because they would still be mostly back in NI with his sister.

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  15. Family pics are so precious. I love the idea of a photo wall. I kind of have one but it's a bit bare...

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    1. The key is to make everything look deliberately off centre! Then nobody will realise you can't hang a hook or line up a picture to save yourself (or perhaps that's just me!!!)

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  16. A lot of history there for you-it is wonderful when you can keep hold of those images..my mum has our childhood photos...I am busy making too many iPhone pics to print off...

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    1. I know! I've hardly printed any of my second child! He is a digital baby for sure!!

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  17. Love old school- pre digital camera sepia pics. You were such a cutie!

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    1. I was cute it is true. Even with the cray cray bowl cut!!!

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  18. Bahaha - that spam comment above is hilarious. I love photos that a personal and with a history behind them! I so know the feeling of divorced parents and looking at photos of when they were still together. Xx

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    1. I know, it's silly isn't it but I can't help it!
      The spam comments I get are sometimes utterly hysterical! Hysterical I say!

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  19. Oh my goodness that family pic is p and a much grumpier b!!!! Unbelievable. Especially p... K xxoo

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  21. Love these! That one that your grandma's uncle took is just so precious!
    Despite what happened, there's a lot of love in that first family photo. xxx

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    1. Thanks Grace! Yes they are very special to me :-)

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  22. Lovely.

    And I totally get you. I'm one of those kids too. Even though years have passed and both are very happy, I still have my divorced parents wedding photograph.

    As far as I'm aware, no-one knows I have it. It makes me determined that my wife and I will be the parents, the family, the one house everyone goes to on holidays.

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    1. I'm a bit like that too Alex! It does make you fairly determined to make it work doesn't it!

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  23. I must be the only child of divorced parents who DOESN'T have nostalgic feelings about their parents marriage! But I think that's because they got divorced when I was in my teens and I was so self-absorbed that my over-riding response was embarrassment. I mean why couldn't they be NORMAL OMG!!

    I loved the one of you in the red dress - foxy lady indeed :)

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    1. Oh I go in for nostalgia and maudlin ness ness in a big way. They are my favourite self indulgent emooooottttiiioons!!!

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