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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Birthday Honours

Today is the birthday of my maternal grandmother, born in 1897. Even though she died forty years ago, the date came into my head and reminded me, possibly because I’ve been tweaking the family tree recently, and delving into the history of her family.

I have written about her many times on this blog, and early readers may remember that one of my first ever posts was about her wedding, a hundred years ago this year, in Wedding Day Delay. I also covered her rôle in WW1 as a munitionette, in She Did Her Bit. In Golden Years she appeared with mygrandfather at their 50th wedding anniversaary. I’m not going to reprise all the posts here, nor repeat my many memories of her; instead here is a collage taken from the family albums. The first, taken in 1916, is the earliest photo we have of her, and the last, taken by my father, is when she had moved in to live with my parents and was quite frail. She died in 1977.

This picture, shows her very much as I remember her in her later years. My grandfather died in 1971, and for a while she managed to stay in her own home, with some help. 


Join others at Sepia Saturday this week, to see more old photographs and memories.

8 comments:

  1. Scrolling through the photos is like watching a time-lapse video. While there is certainly a big change in her appearance from her younger years, once she became an older adult, she didn't seem to change at all. Lovely tribute for the anniversary of her birthday.

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  2. Since I am relatively new to Sepia Saturday, I went back and read your earlier posts about your grandmother. So wonderful that you have so many photos and the precious family stories to go with them!

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  3. How fortunate to have so many lovely pictures of your grandmother. My favorite is the middle photo in the top row. It's very striking.

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  4. You've made two lovely arrangements of photos using a grid of 9 images. It reminds me of the panes of a sash window. And why is it that favorite grandmother photos always include aprons?

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  5. A lovely collage of your grandmother, seeing her down the ages. I liked she kept her “pinny” on for her photograph - it reminded me of my mother who had a grand collection of aprons, made by herself - one style for housework in the morning, and others for serving tea in the afternoon.

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  6. I'm glad to see you posted in remembrance of your grandmother, and what a great collection of photos. It's grand to have a beautiful loving grandmother wearing her apron in that last photo.

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  7. A Reminder That A Good Life Is A Varied One. Your Photos Do Justice To Her Many Roles & Works. She Looks A Lovely Lady.

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  8. This is a lovely post, Nell. Blogging in all its glory. A significant person remembered, and memories shared.

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