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Weekly Photo Challenge – Hands

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This was Mum’s 87th Birthday in July last year. We had a tea party, balloons and cake and sparkling wine. This picture is Mum with her four precious grandsons, the light of her life. Their hands reaching out to her and hers holding on just say ‘Love”. Mum died peacefully two weeks later. 

Weekly photo challenge – Old fashioned

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Pink satin tea cosy. Made by my Great Aunt Evaline in the 1940s and which won her 1st prize in the Eisteddfod.
My aunt lived with her best friend, my ‘aunty’ Elsie in a big old house on the Welsh Island of Anglesey.
I used to love to visit them, it always felt slightly exotic and their lifestyle was so different to my suburban 60’s childhood. I remember how we used to have to stop on the way there to buy Craven A cigarettes for Aunty Elsie and how she would throw on a fur coat and wellys over an old frock and stride off down the beach smoking and chatting and seeming so sophisticated. My real Aunty was a much less vibrant character, stocky and solid to Elsies elfin features and slim quickness. Evaline would come to stay with us, getting the bus all the way. After a four hour journey she would descend laden with parcels, suitcase and wearing her slippers.
I loved them both. My old fashioned lovely aunties.

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It’s the little things

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Summer is on my window ledge. The scent of sweet peas permeates the kitchen. They sit in a jug on the windowsill in all their purple and pink freshness. I collected son 2 from his volunteer conservation work yesterday and he handed me a bunch grown in their garden, wet tissue paper round the stems. An unexpected gift. He has no money so these little gifts are all the more special. A few weeks ago it was lettuce and radishes.
When your children are little and their gifts are a crayoned drawing or a bunch of dandelions they fill up your heart. So I find do sweet peas and salad.

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