Great Grandfather’s Dancing Dog

Posted on 9th February 2012 in #thegallery/ Enid Blyton/ family/ grandfather

My grandfather was a man of great presence.

He liked good manners, courtesy, politeness and was often intimidating.

He spoke of his own father (a man I never met) with quiet respect. He spoke of being spanked and punished for his frequent cheeky outbursts. He described an austere man who I had always assumed was remote and authoritarian.

After my grandfather died, I found these:




They are little cards with carefully illustrated pictures of animals – much in the style of Enid Blyton – aren’t they gorgeous!

On the back of each, if you can make it out, is an inscription:

Not so remote and austere after all huh!

I think my favourite character is the little dancing dog :) I’ll never know what he named them and if he did little stories to go with them, but I can’t help smiling when I look at them.



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  • Reply mummycentral 9th February 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Such a wonderful insight into the past. Three cheers for the goose in the hat.

  • Reply susankmann 10th February 2012 at 4:18 pm

    These are gorgeous, what lovely memories and a nice thing to find x

  • Reply Actually Mummy... 11th February 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Sounds so much like me: strict and bossy, with bouts of remorse that drive me to massive efforts at love-demonstration!
    Lovely though, and how touching to have those to refer to and remember by :)

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