A Happy Memory #TheGallery

Posted on 14th September 2011 in #thegallery/ grandparents

Not a memory of mine, these are (or were) my grandparents. I’m guessing it is sometime in the 1970’s. This is my favourite photo of them because they are quite obviously having fun in it.

As a child I remember them being quite strict, my grandfather especially, I wasn’t allowed to wear jeans or trousers, I wasn’t allowed to chew gum, I wasn’t allowed to drop my ‘aitches and I was quizzed about capital cities and dates of wars over dinner – which could be anything from browned mince to a buffet of caviar, whole salmon, onions in vinegars and mushrooms à la grecque!

So for me, coming across this photo was a little bit like finding a Pandora’s box, albeit one that I can no longer open as they have both long since passed. 

This is my entry for week 37 of The Gallery, see more entries or enter yourself by clicking on the badge on the right hand side of my blog. x


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  • Reply BlendingTime (@BlendingTime) 14th September 2011 at 2:40 pm

    That’s a brilliant photo. I love coming across photos that cast memories into doubt on what people were really like. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply susankmann 14th September 2011 at 2:44 pm

    What lovely memories and a lovely photo. They look happy x

  • Reply dawniebrown 14th September 2011 at 3:45 pm

    What a fantastic photo, it made me giggle! It’s lovely when you find something that reveals a whole new side to people isn’t it :)

  • Reply Linda (Have a Lovely Time) 14th September 2011 at 5:49 pm

    What a wonderful picture, the sort you can imagine on the cover of a coffee table book filled with nostalgia. Interesting that to you they seemed strict – I suppose we understand them better as we get older. x

  • Reply Kate on Thin Ice 14th September 2011 at 8:09 pm

    This is a wonderful picture, never seen one like it.
    Sometimes it is hard to remember that older people were young and daft once. Often think strict people are just trying to protect their loved ones from mistakes and hurt

  • Reply Mrs TeePot 14th September 2011 at 11:18 pm

    awww I can see why you love that photo, it does look like they’re having a fabulous time! And to be able to see that side of them must be amazing

  • Reply Funky Wellies 21st September 2011 at 9:34 am

    Look at these smiles! It looks like such a fun time, and I am glad you were able to balance your recollection of them with this relaxed version.

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