Friday, 9 September 2011

Sepia Saturday: Giggles and Dahlias

In my last Sepia Saturday post, I spoke of life's 'markers', and used a photograph to illustrate my point. Of course, the pictures we hold dear are markers in themselves. Why else would we keep albums?


This happy shot of my maternal grandparents is extra special to me. Whenever I think of them, this how I see them dressed, in my mind's eye. The setting here, is the same as last week's, at the 'The Laurels', and you can see the 'lightning tree' just over my grandmother's left shoulder.

I suspect they're sharing a silly moment in front of the camera. My grandfather had quite a repertoire of corny jokes and funny voices.

The dahlias are just a small swatch of colour that swept through their garden, almost an acre in size.  The place was crammed with fruit, vegetables and flowers, which my grandmother was passionate about.

More often than not, when he was saying his goodbyes, my grandfather would end with a cheery, "Happy days!"

Indeed they were.

24 comments:

  1. A lovely picture. It makes me feel sad though, because we can never go back.

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  2. I felt the same way as Steerforth. Reminds me of my grandparents in their yard photos. Beautiful photograph.

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  3. The dahlias seem in keeping with their infectious smiles, while the earth from which they grow appears to have muddied your grandfather's trousers. What an image!

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  4. Happy days indeed! Lovely post Martin.

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  5. Oh I do like the sound of that, Happy Days! Your grandparents look like an adorable HAPPY couple too! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Steerforth - Thank you. There's an irrefutable argument that it's impossible to live in a place that no longer exists, which is why I'm so glad to have the memories…and the photographs.

    Kristin - Sounds as though your grandparents made quite an impression on you, too. Glad to hear you have photos to connect you to their time.

    Brett - The garden was always a riot of colour. Brown corduroy trousers were the order of the day for my grandfather.

    gabrielle - Photographs like this help to keep me sane in this strange, topsy-turvy world.

    Karen S - Like most couples, they had their ups and downs, but their marriage lasted for just one month short of 69 years!

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  7. Isn't photography such a marvellous invention?

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  8. How lovely - they look so warm and content. Happy days indeed :-)

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  9. Splendid, thank you. Can you remember any of his corny jokes?

    Are they really dahlias, those 6' yellow flowers? I've never seen larger.

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  10. That's a lovely photo of your grandparents. The dahlias and other flowers make a beautiful backdrop and setting. I like the way the red shoes match some of the flowers too.

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  11. Lovely photo Martin, and a nice window onto your grandparents. Garden looks great as well!

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  12. Now they look like the knd of people I would love to have met. You describe them so well and I can just imagine your grandfather teasing your grandmother and making her smie for this picture.

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  13. They are lovely people. I don't know why, but I instinctively trust anyone in cordorouy trousers.

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  14. What a great couple they must have been. Great insight you gave us on them.

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  15. A lovely photo, Martin! And interesting you should mention how you remember your grandparents just as they were in that photo. I have a similar memory of my grandparents. A certain photo of the two of them... a certain pose... their joy transcending time.

    Nevine

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  16. Ditto to all the comments about a lovely photo. At first it struck me as a scene for autumn, with the colors, especially of those magnificent dahlias. They look like they both enjoyed many happy days!

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  17. In many ways it is almost a perfect match for my Sepia Saturday photograph this week and I suspect that the phrase "happy faces, happy times" would also apply. They are almost two bookends (young and old) with live propped up in-between

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  18. Amazing photo as it captures their spirit so well. I almost feel as if I know them from the photo alone!

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  19. What a lovely photograph of them. It captures the things that are true. I like Nevine's phrase "a joy transcending time". And wow - what dahlias!!

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  20. I'm so glad you have this particular photo. It is so heartwarming. As Liz said, it captures their spirit. I found myself wanting to adopt them as my own extra set of grandparents.

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  21. That is a wonderful photo. I have one similar of my mom and dad, dad's arms around mom, her smiling. It's one of the most precious photos I own. Unlike yours, taken in a lovely garden, mine is taken in a jumbled garage.

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  22. I can see that your grandparents had happy souls- how lucky you are to have this photo. I bet you can close your eyes and see their smiling faces!

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  23. A very happy moment captured on a photo. I haven't seen such splendid dahlias in a long time.

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