This week is the 200th ‘birthday' of Sepia Saturday – a great achievement. I have only been participating this year, and not every week. To celebrate we revisiting our Sepia Saturday posts and choosing a favourite one to republish.
The post I have chosen is my response to prompt # 190 (17 Aug 2013) and was one of my most commented on posts. This post represents some of the main reasons I am writing a blog – I have so many old family photos and by posting them it prompts Mum and Dad to tell their stories (and produce more photos).
For example, they recently tracked down the exact place where the first photo was taken!
Fri 16 Aug 2013
Sepia Saturday – A Family of Picnics
|Sunday School picnic at Terang c1910|
my Uncle Bill (8-year-old) is just right of centre with a handful of cherries
on his way to his mother, my great grandmother
I have so many photos to go with this prompt I hardly knew where to start.
We are a family of picnickers over many generations. Australia certainly has the weather for picnics, and the space.
I guess many families have picnics but ours not only photographed themselves on picnics, leaving the evidence many times over, but they also kept the photos for generations and generations.
This week’s photo prompt, as usual was accompanied by some ‘word’ prompts:
- picnics (check),
- kettle (does a billy count?),
- primus stoves (does a campfire count?),
- teapots (again the billy but I think I have a silver teapot),
- chickens (well they always ran around in our backyard / farm – just too fast for the photos, but I'm sure we ate chicken),
- gardens (Australia’s ‘big backyard’ was our garden, but here is one of my Nanna in her garden),
- straw hats (and white hats and bowler hats and more at the Terang Sunday School picnic),
- blankets (also plentiful),
- shy girl (that’d be my mum)
So here's way less than half the picnic shots I have:
|Pretty ladies in white with flowers in their hair in the garden|
at Watch Hill (my Nanna is in the centre)
|No blanket here - tough country people. My mum (right) hiding behind her mug|
|Waiting while the billy boiled - Nanna, her daughters and their cousins.|
Mum hiding (again) behind her mum.
|Mum not hiding this time, but a new picnic trick? Balance a bottle on your head?|
|A typical birthday party in the 1960s, card table, plastic tablecloth, Mum's hair!|
My brother trying to cut the cake with a boomerang!
|Great grandfather sitting on the running board surrounded by ladies|
|Great grandfather, his sons and friends picnicking in the sand dunes|
|Much younger great grandfather (left), next to his mother and sisters|
c1895 Black Rock, Victoria (his niece, the baby was born in 1894)
|Author, Lindsay Russell (centre), 2nd cousin of my grandmother|
possibly on the 'shores' of Lake Corangamite, Colac.
Can you spot the silver teapot?
|I love the happiness in this photo! My Nanna is centre back.|
My grandfather's brother (Uncle Ricky - see Anzac Day blog) is at back.
And a couple of extra photos for good measure:
|Another shot of the fabulous attire (and hats) at the Sunday School picnic|
|Another birthday picnic on the farm, this time I'm the shy one!|
Happy Birthday Sepia Saturday!!