Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Every picture tells a story ...


I recently discovered an old negative, not seen for many years.. buried in a drawer of papers. Thanks to my dear friend Emma, it finally came to life as a photo as she cleverly scanned it with some techy wizadry.. et voila.. a flood of memories were re-awakened.
The year was 1961.. and I was three years old..sitting on my mother's lap in our super deluxe Vauxhall Cresta. I can still remember the smell of the leather seats of the car, the cardboard sandwiches which were a traditional lunch on journeys from Berkshire to Cornwall. We always stopped on Dartmoor to stretch our legs and re-charge our batteries with our picnic lunch.. and feed the wild Dartmoor ponies my uneaten crusts...tut tut! It used to take 8 hours door to door.. truly an epic voyage.
If I had to save one belonging from a burning house.. it would be this photo.

I am still struggling to come up to full steam.. but hope to be back in the blogging community with a spring in my step soon..

33 comments:

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

What a charming photograph, and the memories attached to it make it radiate with joy! =)

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi Michele
What a wonderful photo, and it looks so fresh and crisp, as if it was taken yesterday :-)
And such a wonderful momento for you to have discovered after all these years - absolute treasure.
Wishing you a happy and sunny springtime,
Denise x

dots and spots said...

Hi there - how are you? Miss you my twitter friend! Hope all is well and you are super busy! Have a lovely Easter break soon - we're off to Cornwall for a few days for a lovely rest - remember those long car journeys as a child -at least it's only 3 hours away now.

Rubyred said...

Hello Michele,
such lovely memories.How lovely that your negative has been brought back to life!
Look at your cute little face!
Have you been gardening now that we have a little sunshine?
Rachel x

Micki said...

Fabulous photograph and what a wonderful memory you have of it too!!

Micki x

BusyLizzie said...

What a fantastic photograph, and a beautiful memory (apart from the sandwiches!) Oh yes, I too remember those long car journeys down to the West Country (Polperro) to visit the family. Hope you do feel 100% up to speed soon. Lizzie xx

Rosie said...

It's a fabulous photo. How nice it brings such lovely memories for you :)

hensteeth said...

How high can a fringe go?
Oh much higher!!!!

Pooh's Abode said...

What a lovely photograph. I can understand fully why it is so special to you.
Viv
xxx

Claire@AreWeNearlyThereYet said...

I can't believe that adorable photo has survived! I love the way it is through the window, like it is a window in to that memory. Just gorgeous!
I think it deserves being printed off and put in its own vintage frame and displayed somewhere.
xxx

Bobo Bun said...

What a find for you Michelle. Thanks for sharing your memories as I really enjoyed reading them. Your mum looks very chic in the photo by the way.

Lisa x

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a lovely picture! You looked so cute too. We should have a blog "My Mum & Me" photo challenge!

Jayne
x

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

How lovely! You haven't changed a bit - well a little, but I can see it's you!

A treasure indeed.

Sx

Frances said...

Ahhh, that picture shows two beauties, and definitely would be the start of lots of memories.

Best wishes!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

What a wonderful evocative photo, gorgeous colours and quality.
Such a special frozen moment in time, all the optimism of a holiday sretching out ahead of you.
The light is amazing too..... I love to discover old photos, brilliant!

Have a great week Michele,

Sarah x

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

What a lovely photograph. I remember those eight hour journeys really well, we always used to go overnight and would get to Dartmoor as the sun was coming up. Now we can do it in around 4 hours but it does not hold the magic of falling asleep in the back of the car and waking up on holiday.
Debbie

Ragged Roses said...

Hello fringe twin! I understand completely just how much of a treasure that photo is for you. Isn't it wonderful how so many memories can tumbling out...
Lots of love from coldwater canyon
Mx

KC'sCourt! said...

Lovely photograph. We travelled overnight to Devon took us twelve hours nearly going through the newly opened Dartford Tunnel. Wonderful memories!

Josie-Mary said...

What a lovely photo. I really like looking at other peoples old photo's. You should join Show & Tell Sunday (4th April) it's all about your favourite photo/picture.
Hope you feel 100% again soon :) x

ginny said...

how wonderful Michele! hope you are well,
warmest
ginny x

Emma Bond said...

dear M, so glad we were able to bring your photo back to life and of course you do look so cute. See you soon with new puppy in tow.xxx

The Fairy Tale Maker said...

Wow - what a fantastic find. Your mother looks very glamorous. I know what you mean about the smell of leather seats. My dad had an old Daimler which used to overheat on every long journey. It was his pride and joy though!

JuicyFig said...

What a good photo - it is surprising how when one sence is stimulated, the rest often join in!

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Beautiful photograph, beautiful light, beautiful people!
XX
Becky

Louise said...

This photo is a real treasure, and one which could have been lost forever, if you hadn't made that discovery. It's truly wonderful. You really do look very cute sitting their Michele, and in a very fashionable twinset too! x

Carol said...

Omg! I can see you....what a fantastic photo Michele.
Sorry I have not been in touch, busy is not a good excuse, I know.
Must catch up very soon.
Hugs & loads of love,
Carol xxxx

silverpebble said...

What a wonderful image Michele. I do love your three-year-old bob. Thanks so much for showing us x

OhSoVintage said...

What a great photo and how wonderful to have an old negative brought back to life again.
Ruth x

A Time to Dance said...

What a wonderful picture...its lovel and your mum looks so beautiful...

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Michele

What a lovely photo, I really like how it captures a time...
You look so sweet in that photo, very cute cute hairstyle.

I laughed about the sandwiches as that is one of my memories too. When we used to come over to UK for holidays, we would stay for a couple of weeks in Surrey with my Grandparents and then would drive up to Scotland for a holiday. The journey up was full of "cardboard" sandwiches, I also remember how unfriendly pubs were. Fancy not letting children eat inside. My sister and I were not impressed with British food or pubs...Thank goodness, things have improved greatly since the 60's & 70's!

Wonderful things photos, they take you right back...

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

LiLi M. said...

Hello Michèle,
Just hopping over to wish you and your family a happy Easter. One day I will have the time to write you a proper email *blush*. Until then I wish you good luck on preparing for the fair!

THIS'N'THAT said...

Hi there! Nostalgia is so good for the soul isn't it. Happy Easter
Love Lesley XX

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a sweet picture....and what a memory! It truly was a gift waiting for you to open.

Warm blessings,
Spencer