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Friday, 25 March 2011

Flashback Friday...Grandad

This week's Flashback Friday photo is a favourite of mine.  It's a photo of my Nan and Grandad from the 50's.  I love the "we've partied too hard" expression on my Grandad's face.  Fag in hand, pint in hand, party hat perched on his head at a jaunty angle!  A real man's man.  My Nan looks more serene with her sherry, but still a little jolly.  

My Grandad Bill died when I was about 9 years old and I don't have many memories of him before he fell victim to the bone cancer that killed him.  But I do remember him as being a big, strong man who used to make me wooden toys in his shed.  My favourite was a red and white set of shelves which was my shop.  It had my name painted on the top and I remember copying the letters to learn how to write my name.   We went for dinner and tea every Sunday at their house and we'd have cucumber in vinegar and tinned ham.  I wish I had more memories of him.  My mum sadly did not have a good relationship with her dad and the tales I've heard of him over the years do not sit comfortably with my image of the big, strong, toymaker that I remember so fondly.  So my memories forged with the innocence of my youth are the ones I hold dear of my Grandad.
  

8 comments:

  1. It is a great photo they look like they were enjoying themselves. :)
    So often our memories can be so different to stories we are told as we get older.

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  2. Oh how Brilliant...Love their party hats! They look like they were certainly having a good time x

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  3. Hilarious - the look on their faces is first class LOL

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  4. What an amazing snapshot in time! I want to have a party like that...minus the fags though.

    I love the memory you've shared here. I too have amazing memories of my Grandpa. He developed Alzheimer's and died in 2008, months before Little Miss was born. I keep my memories of my Grandpa before Alzheimer's began to erase him.

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful post for Flashback Friday! ;)

    Karin

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  5. I love this picture. The fag the matching hats on at similar jaunty angles you could not recreate that look. This is locked in a time never to be repeated and that's probably for the best, but thankfully we have gems like this to remember it by.

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  6. What a fab picture, your grandad has an air of old school celeb about him!

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  7. I love your Grandad in this photo - brilliant!

    You are right to hold the memories you have of him close to you and not be influenced at all by different memories.

    xxx

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  8. I loved the blog about my parents - my Mum and Dad certainly looked as though they had a good time - my Mum loved to party but Dad was just as happy sitting in his armchair supping a glass of beer.

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