This week's sepia saturday
prompt photo is of a sister & brother looking happily,lovingly at one another.
I took from this that the two kids didnt really care that the photographer was there or not. (S)he was incidental and accidental .
They would have looked that way anyway......
A photo of my Mum.Aged about 3-4?
It's taken in a bus shelter on Portobello seafront in Edinburgh.1930-ish?
. The elderly lady is My Mum's Aunt Nellie.
I remember Aunt Nellie well from my own young childhood.She was ,obviously much older/smaller & wrinkly then! She was nearly 100 when she finally died.
I even stayed in her house in Joppa .We used to visit her when i was roughly to same age as Mum in this photo.I remember travelling upon a steam train ( The Flying Scotsman?) directly from Halifax Railway Station to Joppa Station ( pre-Beeching )
My bedroom in Joppa had a big brass bed! If i stood on tip toes & looked outside I could (if I stretched!) view a tiny corner of the sea ,' just visible from the top right hand corner of the window
There was lots of "family politics"
floating about on the horizon...... .Even by the late 50's/early 60's.
Aunty Nellie lived alone in that house near the sea.
Her sister Aunty Margaret lived with my Aunt Brenda 100 yards away on the other side of the busy main road into the city.
They never visited /talked to each other for perhaps 20 years......
(How strange to be so close , yet so invisible........)
We stayed at Nellie's and visited Margaret for Tea. Nellie of course never joined us.
I still dont know the cause of the feud.They didnt have blogs then.Who Knows.......
My Mum as a child was passed around various family members ( Her own Mum dead in childbirth & her dad at sea and remarried)
.My Mum showed me this photo a few years before she died.
Here we see her and Nellie.
She said they had not been "allowed" to meet at the time......
But evidently they did! but in secret .
(I never thought to ask who the photographer was. )
What is even more poignant , Nellie looks very much like my Mum did in her final years.......
Make of that what you will.
Your guess is really as good as mine.although I cant help thinking that that Me ,brother Zyg my Dad & Mum staying at Nellie's & not at Margaret 's was meant as a "statement".......
Meanwhile.Things are still shit for me.
Various worries currently.
It really pisses me off how people seem to think me laid -back . I'm not really .I keep it too myself generally ( apart from here.now.and to the world!) 😎😎😍😎
We even got a letter recently criticising us for posting a photo of us smiling on New Year's Eve. We must not be "that bothered" ,obviously!
Photos hide more that they reveal. Although that is ,i believe ,a bloody good haircut wot i got today !!
Not bad for a bloke who is 65 on July 30th........!
Anyway.The best bit of news I,ve had this week is that "The Blitz" Tearooms in the Square in Hebden Bridge is closing down!
Bloody Appalling place IMHO.
Perhaps they may now open a Tea Rooms in Syria instead?
'Never did like the concept. Fake Nostalgia. Now, had they served Spam& Powdered Eggs & dressed the waitresses in stripy Concentration Camp threads..well,maybe it would have worked..
but,as it was, the place just reeked of Brexit & Nigel Farages socks and farts.......
|Saturday update: we went to an Art Exhibition in Hebden Bridge at north light studio.I saw a very regal (royal) family hiding behind screen ,spying on us.........|