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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Gallery...Grandparents

Tara's prompt for this week's Gallery is Grandparents.

I have thought of lots of different ways to interpret this theme.  My own children adore my parents who they see every week, and I'm so happy they are creating strong and happy memories of their time together.

However, I am dedicating my post to my own grandparents. Bill and Joan were my maternal grandparents,  Eliza and Jim were my paternal grandparents.

Sadly, three of my grandparents died when I was a child but I still have wonderful memories of them all.

 My maternal Grandad  used to build us wooden dolls' houses in his shed where he had a spider that he used to call his pet.  There was a cherry tree outside the shed and I used to eat my body weight in its fruit. 
Our Nan used to make amazing roast potatoes when we went for Sunday dinner at her house.  She lived to be 98 and so four of my children had the privilege of knowing and loving her.  I'm so grateful that they had the honour of having a wonderful great grandma!



My paternal grandparents lived in Birmingham and so we saw them less often but I remember my nan being a wonderful singer and singing to my grandad at a wedding anniversary party.  They used sterilised milk in their tea and had a nutcracker shaped like an animal in their kitchen.  They used to go hop picking every year.


I found a picture of my own parent's wedding with both sets of grandparents, long before us grandkids came along.  It is such a wonderful thing to delve into your own past and look back at those that came before you.  I love the fact that I can see traits of myself and of my children in the faces of my grandparents.  I love how funny quirks or mannerisms in my children sometimes seem so familiar.  


One day soon I might become a grandparent, my eldest is 23 this year.  I can imagine how amazing it must be to see your own genes passed on to a whole new generation.  We are forever a living reminder of those who came before us.  That is one of the greatest joys of family.  It is eternal.


14 comments:

  1. Aww gorgeous and nostalgic pictures. x

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  2. Such a fab post and lovely to read about your Grandparents. You have just reminded me that my Nan & Grandad had a pint of sterilised delivered every day as Grandad liked it in his tea. Funny, the little things that bring the memories flooding back x

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  3. Very meaningful post and such character in those faces. I like the first pic in particular but all great. Isn't it odd what we end up remembering?

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  4. Lovely photos and a moving post. Nat

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  5. Having a bond with our grandparents is so special and it's lovely that you have such fond memories of yours and your children of your grandma. I am sure you will make a wonderful grandma too x

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  6. am loving all the shared memories today, very true words (and I really like the sound of the nut cracker)

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  7. A lovely post Wendy- and your Grandparents sounded like amazing people.x

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  8. awww so much love in the gallery today. I remember my Nan's roast potatoes and her gravy mmmmmmmm lol

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  9. Gorgeous post Wendy - I love the memories you have of your Grandparents (don't Nans Sunday dinners just rock!) xxx

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  10. Beautiful post. I love the fact that it's the small details that mean so much like the cherry tree and roast potatoes!

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  11. Oh what a lovely post! I really do like this "We are forever a living reminder of those who came before us". Brilliant.

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  12. What memories this blog bought back to me - I must confess I felt very emotional seeing pics of the grandparents who sadly are no longer with us - I am confident that they were as proud of their grandchildren as I am of mine and happy memories will always prevail.

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  13. I love that wedding photo. It reminded me I do have one of my own parents wedding somewhere. I must find it and show the kids!

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  14. I know this blog goes back a long way but this is the first time I have actually read it and what a wonderful read it was. Special memories last forever and I am happy to say that I have many happy memories of my parents and, of course, Stan's parents - Thankyou Wendy for the lovely things you said about past events. xxx

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