Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Thank you. And old, old, photos....

Thanks so much for all your kind words of support and encouragement following my self-pitying post yesterday, I can't tell you how much it meant and how it was just what I needed.

I wonder how much of myself to reveal in this blog, when I started out I wanted it to be a record of *me*, something my boys could read in the future and get the complete picture. But it has evolved into something a little different and so a post like the one yesterday jars so much with the usual content. I expect I have scared some followers off!!

I feel better from the queasy point of view which has helped me feel better overall, and I will try and keep all your comments in mind whenever panic grips me.

Anyway, moving on - a few weeks ago while sorting out the garage we found a huge bag of slides from the 1970's. We also found the projector but it being something of a dinosaur (and without a plug - do you remember when things came without plugs? Seems mad!!) we had to think of something else.

So a slide scanner was purchased from eBay - they range from about £30 upwards, we just went for the cheaper one - you attach it to your PC with a USB cable and slide the slides through it scanning as you go. You can also scan your negatives too although I haven't tried that yet.

There were some FAB pics of parents when they lived in Africa (1970-1972). 

I *love* this one:

This one was taken the day they got to Zambia - Mum says she thought something was going to jump out of the flowers at her!!:

Some very glamorous ones of Mum:

She and Dad worked in a casino so she got to wear v. posh frocks

Look at those fabulous legs!! I love the dresses in these two pics, I'd wear them now with leggings!!

Dad with Victoria Falls in the background:

Back in England Dad had a lifelong love of fishing:

Mum loves his hair in this pic!!!! Apparently, she wouldn't let him cut it!!:

And then I came along:

I so enjoyed rediscovering these photos, I remember seeing them on the big old projector as a child but it is even nicer to see them now and on modern technology - at the same time they make me feel sad - sad that Mum and Dad split up when I was 15 and even sadder that Dad is no longer here, I would have loved to have sat with him and heard the stories like I did when Mum, my Sis and I looked at them a couple of weeks ago.

You'll notice Dad had a cigarette in almost every picture and it was them that were his downfall - he died of lung cancer in 2009 :0(

Still, I am so pleased to have these pics of him as a strong, handsome chap - I urge anyone who has a stash of old slides to buy a scanner and rediscover your old memories!!


S x


  1. Those are fabulous photos. Don't you look like your mum! Your dad looks like a great character.

  2. Looking at old photos is great. I love it. All those photos in a box in the loft, now they come on a disc and you look at them on your computer - not the same!
    Julie xxxxxxx

  3. gorgeous pic old photos are the best xx

  4. Hello lovely, glad you're feeling better today. I did read your previous post and have been thinking about you a lot today (I had a long drive to work and home again which gives me lots of time to think!). Sorry I didn't have time to respond yesterday.

    Anyhow, I just want to say that you mustn't feel bad for sharing how you feel - this is your blog and you can write any damn thing you want to! Also, you shouldn't think you will have scared some of your readers away - although we don't know each other in real life, there's a bit of a bond here between us blogfriends and you should know that we all support you and are rooting for you.

    And as for this bit I'm about to say, if I were with you right now I'd be laughing with you and nudging you in the ribs.... you KNOW not to believe everything you read in our blogs. Just as we all take 'flattering' photos of ourselves and the cleanest little corners of our houses, we all choose what we're going to talk about and what we want to gloss over. You will feel better one day, that I am sure of. In the meantime, just make sure you really milk the good days and give yourself a breather until the bad days pass - just don't beat yourself up over it. You're as normal as anyone!



  5. Lovely photos ,I ve got some old slides my dad gave to me before he died and am so glad I read your post today as I had no idea about the slide scanners,Im off to ebay to track one down!have a lovely evening,hun,juliexxx

  6. Hey Sarah, I'm so glad you are feeling a little better. I second'home bird's comments 100%. Anybody who is honest about themselves is only to be admired, you are very brave.
    Love the slide scanner idea. Hubby has a mass of slides from his early travel experiences. I'd love to see them again.
    Take care,
    Anne xx

  7. Hi Sarah,
    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Your old photos are great! Thanks for sharing. So neat to see things from life years ago.
    xo Susan

  8. i superbly enjoy old family photographs! :) smiling from ear to ear.



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