Friday, December 31, 2010

who am I when there is a sea?

A raindrop,dripping from a cloud,
Was ashamed when it saw the sea.
'Who am I when there is a sea?' it said.
When it saw itself with the eye of humility,
A shell nurtured it in its embrace.
They say that toddlers often enjoy playing more with the box the Christmas present came in rather than the present itself! Not so Me. Before Christmas , I bought myself the present of a negative scanner from the new Aldi's thats just opened next door to The Rochdale Hammam.I was royally pissed -off when I opened the box on Christmas Day to find it empty.
Yesterday I returned to complain.I now have the contents!
The first old negative ( 4x4 inches)I scanned was the above.It gave me quite a jolt.I think it was taken in Perth,Scotland.Late 1880's/early 1890's? I have never seen a photo before of my Great-Grandmother, but it must be her, she looks so much like My Mum  that its a bit disturbing.given the stern look on her face.
This is a Sepia Saturday Post.

My Thanks to Labour Councillor Bob Piper for these nice words.
+I Want To Send Some New Year Love To The Beautiful KAZ.
In Manchester.


Brian Miller said...

have a wonderful new year tony...what an interesting many more discoveries in 2011

Trulyfool said...


I really like your 'verve'. Lot of honesty from you.

Had you asked me to date that photo, I wouldn't have guessed it that old. I might have said 'the Thirties', basing it on the good lady's hairstyle. Also, I think of 19th Century as a time when many more people wore hats.

I like her face. It's stern-seeming, all right. But maybe she's trying to make out what's going on in the mid-distance? She's responsible enough to be concerned?

Happy New Year!


Roy said...

Happy New year, Tony! And yippee for the new negative scanner; sounds like lots of fun and it looks like it's given you lots more material to work with. Here's to at least another 10 years of blogging!

tony said...

The photo is,for certain 19th century.They are from a mixed batch of photos & negatives that i can date from that time.Maybe she is pissed-off because she lost her hat?

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Happy New Year and happy 10th Bloggiversary!

Anonymous said...

I really like the "sea" poem.
Your negative scanner sounds cool. I never knew there was such a thing!
Love the Kinks...haven't heard then in ages. Thanks for the memories : )
Have a joyous New Year!!!

Bruno Laliberté said...

you're a role model for me, having blogged for so long. looking forward to many more years.
happy new year!!

Vicki Lane said...

Ten years, my goodness! Congratulations!

The lady in the picture could be a relative of mine -- or me in a very few more years...

Zuzana said...

Ten years of blogging??? Wow... I did not even know blogs existed then.;)That is some anniversary indeed.;)
So sorry about an empty box, I am not sure that has ever happened to me.;))
Happy New Year dearest Tony - may 2011 be the best year ever!;))

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Perhaps she is Royally Pissed at being found? Ten years is a lot of posting and musing ... quite a feat!-J

tony said...

Feet Run In My Family!

Kurt said...

The Wayback Machine only saved five pages from my blog.

I've wanted a negative scanner for several years. Hope to get one before I'm dead.

ArtSparker said...

Happy Anniversary, glad you got the box situation straightened out.

Xmichra said...

Happy New Year Tony, and happy blogoversary!!! I should look at that way back machine and see if I am there... I almost hope not. How silly!!

Unknown said...

Happy New Year--& 10 years of blogging is amazing--congratulations!

Ms Scarlet said...

10 years!!! I must examine your annuls.
Congratulations and have a Happy New Year!

Akelamalu said...

10 YEARS BLOGGING????????????

Crikey Tony I thought I was pushing it a bit at nearly 4!


savannah said...

congratulations on 10 years, sugar! and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! XOXOXOXOXO

Joanne Casey said...

Happy New Year, Tony!

Baino said...

Whoa that's a long time. I didn't know what blogging was 10 years ago. Well done. Ah, the negative scanner? Not sure I want to revive my old negs but it reproduces pretty well. Have a good 2011 Tony. Hope to visit more frequently this year, I've been a rather sloppy blogger and visitor of late. Cheers from Down Under

Anonymous said...

Ah, the dancing baby. It's been a while. Happy ten years.

Ta for the links - especially the wayback machine.

Looking back, you were hardcore.

Your exploits with Aldi remind me of those blokes who try to sell you hi-fi boxes containing bricks, from the back of vans. Endless hours of happy scanning lie ahead of you. Looking forward to seeing more of the results.