Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Its nostalgia all the way this week, as Carmi, over at written inc. is asking us to either photograph something that brings back our childhood memories, or photos from our archives.

Follow the link above to see some photographic memories from others - I am sure you will be fascinated!

I don't seem to have anything much from my childhood - after all, it was a long way past!   I do still have a tatty  little bear, but not too sure where he is!

However, I have come up with these:-

This is me, aged 6, in 1940, trying on my Grandad's spectacles.  He was my favourite Grandad!

My father, in his Home Guard Uniform!   Whenever I hear or read about the Home Guards in  WWII, I think of him all done up in his battledress!

This was one of the first photographs I ever took.   It's 1947, and my Father and my younger sister are busy posing for me.   I used a little Box Brownie camera, and my Father, who was a very good amateur photographer, taught me a great deal.

This must be about the same time - we were allowed to make camp fires in the garden and cook odds and ends.   I am being bossy and not letting my sister do anything!   I still have a yearning to do it all again!

This must be about 1947, we used to go to Cromer, on the north Norfolk coast, every summer.   In those days we all wore bathing hats, and the bathing suits (not swim wear then!) were nearly all regulation black or navy.   Very fetching!

And this is me, aged about 14 or 15, trying to look all mysterious and "interesting".   This was the first thing I ever knitted all by myself, and I insisted on doing a complicated pattern with birds across the front!   The jumper was yellow and the birds were brown, and I was immensely proud of it.   I kept it for ages, but eventually the moths found it and I had to throw it away!   I might add that in those days it was all three-ply wool and small needles - double knitting hadn't been heard of.   Don't think I would do that again!


Karen S. said...

Very interesting and so enjoyable too! I was just going to check and see if Carmi finally posted a theme, when I saw your post. Fun!

Bob Scotney said...

Very entertaining. You and I are a similar age but my family never owned a camera so it was impossible for me to find any similar photos. My father was a sergeant in the home guard so I remember him in uniform too.

Michèle Dextras & Jean-Claude Barre said...

Wonderful family photos! Love the sweater (jumper) and I am very impressed! I couldn't knit a scarf let alone a sweater!

Alexia said...

Lovely photos, and so interesting! Thank you.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Those are wonderful, Gilly. Love the one of you with the spectacles and your granddad!

Granny Annie said...

Thank you for sharing those great pictures. I have a pair of glasses that were my mothers and they look a lot like the pair you are trying on in the first picture. I wonder who first thought of changing to more stylish glasses from those round ones.

Trish Marshall said...

Wonderful photos Gilly.

sarala said...

The picture of you with your grandfather is excellent. I am impressed you learned on a Brownie camera! I have thought of trying to get a working one to play with but it would be a lot of fuss.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Loved seeing these Gilly! Lesley x