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Friday, June 19, 2015

in the good old summertime...







Summer officially arrives on Sunday, June 21, so I thought I'd show you some old summertime photos that I found in a small carved wooden box that came from my Grammie's house.  They were in an envelope marked "The Farm" with a few other photos.  

In the 1800's my great grandparents and my grandparents were merchants and traders as well as shipbuilders in Moncton, New Brunswick.  They were wealthy enough to own a lot of property and by the late 1800's my grandparents had a large home in the city and a farmhouse in the country.   The above photo is at the farmhouse in the summer.  That is my grandmother on the left but I don't know who the others are.  The young girl could possibly be my aunt, the one who had the tea room called Hillsteps in 1932.  I love the wicker chaise and the fact that they are knitting while sitting in the sun.  {I'm sure it was posed as ladies didn't sit in the sun much in those days.} My grandmother appears to be inspecting the work of one of the ladies.  I only remember my grandmother with white hair (much like mine is getting to be!) worn in a bun at the back of her head so to see that she had brunette hair (as I do did) makes me smile. (see the labels below this post for links to posts about Hillsteps)


This is an early photo of the farmhouse.  Look at the beautiful gardens along the pathway to the front door!  The farm was on a hill that overlooked the city which was miles away then but today the city has spread out to this road.  I like the large veranda along the side with the glassed in room at the top.  I wonder how one accessed that room.  What a view they would have had from there! How I'd love to have seen this beautiful farm as it was back then.  


Do you see the boy on the horse?  Someone wrote on the back of the photo that it is Jack....my father.  He was born in 1896 and looks to be about 10 years of age in this photo.  He was quite a horseman and was in the cavalry during World War 1.  Note that the glassed in section of the veranda is missing.  The extension on the back of the house would be the summer kitchen. The house burned one day when the family was in town.  I suppose they had a wood fire on.  My father told the story that on the way out the road from town the horses pulling their carriage or wagon got really anxious and started galloping faster and smoke could be seen.  I don't know who all was where that day but it's sad the the house burned down.  I have a photo of my grandfather on a horse in the winter of 1924 there so I'm not sure when the property was sold.  There is a modern house on that spot today which was built in the 1970's, I think, and the city has grown up around there now.  You wouldn't know it was out in the 'boonies' even when I was growing up if you saw it today.

Here's another great old photo.  A couple of ladies all ready to go fishing.  That might be my aunt on the left.  Does anyone know the year and make of this old car?  I'm guessing it's a Ford from the 1920's or thereabouts.  What do you think?

These next two are newer.....well, the 1950's new.  

This is a family picnic in 1952.  My brother is on our aunt's lap and he is 1, next to them is my great-aunt, then my older sister (9), Dad, and Mum trying to feed me (2) a banana but I swung my head away just as my great-uncle took the photo.  :)  This looks more like a snack than a real picnic.  Probably to feed hungry little ones while out for a drive.  We usually met up with my great aunt and uncle at a picnic spot but I'm not sure where this one was.


Daddy, baby sister Margaret, me, little brother Johnnie, big sister Pat (standing), Grammie, cousin Joan and her friend.  Note the vintage car too.  
This is a family picnic at Penobsquis, NB in 1958.  I'm the 3rd from the left sitting down and that is my Grammie (with her white hair) in the centre with the flower on her sweater.  She often wore pearls (you can see them) and a hat.  My Mum took the photo.  We would often go for a drive to a favourite picnic park about an hour (in those days) away and have a picnic.  The photo is old and grainy so it's difficult to see what food we brought along.  I see lots of pop bottles.  :)  I'm sure it was a big effort on my mother's part to prepare and pack the picnic lunch and get 3 little kids ready on a hot summer day.  And I'm sure we were probably a bit cranky and fought in the back seat of the hot car ~ with no air conditioning or seat belts or carseats!!  I remember my brother and I arguing over who could lay up in the back window as we drove along the highway any time we went for a drive!!  Did you ever do that?  Was that safe??  Oh my!  How we ever survived childhood back then I don't know.  

I'm sure there were many happy idyllic days spent at the farmhouse away from the hot city back then.  Just as today when folk have cottages or camps by the seashore or a lake or river.  Or even a trailer parked at a campground for a season.  I guess most of us like to have a get away place if possible.  I'm glad we live in the country not too far from the city as we can enjoy the fresh country air without leaving home.  Do you have a place to escape to in the hot summer months?  Do you still enjoy taking a picnic lunch on a drive to a special spot?  Summer is here and I hope we all can do something special like that even if it's just to a local park in the neighbourhood.   It's time to take a break and enjoy the beautiful season that is upon us.  

The summer days are here when we can enjoy our decks and porches, our backyards, go for walks down the sidewalk and chat with neighbours sitting on their porches, cool off in a pool or river, relax by a fire pit, catch fire flies in a jar, pick fresh veggies in the garden, go berry picking, take a backroad drive, have a picnic in a park, go to an outdoor concert, watch the kids play ball and soccer, go fishing, get outside and just breathe in the sweet summer air.....
There is so much to pack into this new season.  

HAPPY SUMMER TO YOU!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and welcome summer and all it has to offer.
 Enjoy the weekend!

Pamela









35 comments:

  1. some great old photos. shame about the big farmhouse burning down. i really like the first shot. full of warmth and genuine fun. :)

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  2. Happy summer to you too! Great Post.What a treasure of photos you have.

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  3. Fantastic old photos Pamela , I really enjoyed this post . Yes that old car from what I can see looks like a 1910 model T ford lovely vintage car . The other vintage car in the other photos looks like a 1950 Cadillac . Yes I am a vintage car buff lol . Lovely farm house and property a shame it burned down but glad no one was there at the time of the fire ! I am soo happy summer is just around the corner . Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great weekend !

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  4. Great old photos Pam. Great memories! Do young families today even go on picnics anymore?

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  5. Wow...what great old photos! Such good memories of summertime long ago in your part of the world. Treasures! Sad that the old farmhouse burned.

    Enjoy your summer!

    PS Good question by Linda H...'Do young families today even go on picnics anymore?'

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  6. Great photos, love the farmhouse!

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  7. How nice to have the old photos and so much information about them. I love the ladies with their knitting. You don't see many photos of women doing something like this. They are usually just sitting looking at the camera. I'm so glad you shared these with us. You could write a book or story about your family. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  8. Such delightful pictures of a wonderful time in the past.

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  9. I have to pull out a couple of boxes now.

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  10. I love your family story Pamela ... and the photos are priceless. Isn't it great when you have old photos like that and to know a part of your family history. It's funny I was just thinking last night ... I don't know anything about my great grandparents except that on my father's side they were from New Brunswick Canada and somehow my grandparents migrated to the U.S. and lived in New Bedford Massachusetts where I used to go to visit them. Makes me want to delve more deeply into my ancestors. Thank you for sharing ... such a wonderful story.

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  11. Happy Long Summers's Day! Love hearing about your family and where they lived! So easy to forget what it was like back then

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  12. Out of the mists of time, Pamela! Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  13. It is so lovely to look back through family photos. Do you compile your family tree Pam? I'm working on ours and it is amazing to find all that is out there.

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  14. You are so fortunate to have these!!...:)JP

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  15. Wonderful photos and so many stories to wonder about in them. I of course love the first as I'm a yarn lover. Interesting you mention knitting in the sun, I have a hard time knitting when it's hot, though with air conditioning it's a lot easier. Then I was thinking, well up in Canada it's probably not that hot in the sun anyway! They were getting their daily Vit. D. dose!

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  16. What wonderful pictures and wonderful memories too!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!! I hope that you have a great summer! xx

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  17. What great old photos, Pamela! And that house in the country was gorgeous too...too bad no colored photos back then to see those flowers lining the walkway. I guess we are spoiled with our A/C and all the comforts we enjoy these days....we don't know what we are missing if we never had it do we? Thanks for sharing these great pics! Have a great weekend :)

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  18. I love this post, Pamela!
    Thank you for sharing your family photos.It looks like you made many happy memories!
    Your g'parents had a lovely summer home, so sad it burned down.
    Yes, with summer so short we need to enjoy it to the fullest!
    Happy Weekend

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  19. Lovely old photos always nice to remember old times.
    Merle.............

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  20. Happy summer to you Pamela. I really enjoyed your descriptions of your old family photos. I find it fascinating to look back at how life was at that time. The clothing is so interesting and imagining what the family was doing on a summer's day was a good way to interpret the photos. I am lucky to have a lot of the old family pictures. What a lovely home and garden your family had at the farm. Thanks for sharing Pamela!

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  21. Oh, what a treasure of beautiful, fascinating photos and lovely memories you have!
    Happy summer to you and your family!

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  22. Pam, what a sweet and sentimental post, so perfect for the first day of summer, with its many fun things to do, and in the process, make magical memories, too! Love the old photos of your family and that farmhouse - what a beauty, it was! Sorry to read about the fire, but glad you have these photos that document it in its heyday!

    Happy Summer!

    Hugs,
    Poppy

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  23. I love looking at old photos and marveling at the way everyone dressed. And, I love the architecture of the older homes.

    I laughed when I saw your post title. Rita of Panoply just decorated her space at a shop and the theme was, In the Good Old Summertime. I told her I was going to think of a blog post to go with that title. And then I saw yours!

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  24. Wonderful photos and family history, Pamela. Those old photos are so precious, aren't they? What great memories of the farmhouse.

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  25. Great post about great memories - and nothing like a bit of nostalgia. We have many similar photos of day trips to a park for a swim and a picnic - with 7 kids in our family you just didn't go for overnight trips anywhere. But we weren't deprived of any of life's simple pleasures like the ones you described. And yes, we too survived (miraculously) without seatbelts and bike helmets ...

    I'm slowly working on scanning many old photos so they can be shared with other family members and perhaps survive into the future (as long as we can keep pace with storage technology).

    Have a great week Pamela.

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  26. i love vintage photographs. what fun. makes me want to sing that song ... such happy memories. i think we have it on a record. i see the word above "nostalgic" ... so true. i enjoy black and white ... kind of makes it more vintage. keeps it in the past ... like it will never lose it memory or good time in our lives. thank you for sharing ... i enjoyed this post big big time. have a happy day!! stay happy & loving life. ( :

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  27. Those are absolutely delightful photos, what a treasure to be able to pick out familiar faces from them. I love the clothing they wore, but can you imagine how hot they must have been in all of those layers...and that's the cooler items.

    Gorgeous old house, it's too bad it burned down.

    We are going to be over 38 by the weekend...going to have to shed a few layers.

    Jen

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  28. Those are absolutely delightful photos, what a treasure to be able to pick out familiar faces from them. I love the clothing they wore, but can you imagine how hot they must have been in all of those layers...and that's the cooler items.

    Gorgeous old house, it's too bad it burned down.

    We are going to be over 38 by the weekend...going to have to shed a few layers.

    Jen

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  29. I enjoyed these old photos, Pamela! It's super that you have so many family photos from so far back in time!

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  30. Wow great post. Great photo's. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Great old family photos. Isn't it fun to have those old pics to look at. Especially when you know who some of them are.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Judy

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  32. Hi Pam! Oh, I loved your post and seeing and hearing about your family! How fortunate that they were well off and could have the two homes. I know though, it must have been terrible for the lovely summer home to burn. Look at you so little and so cute! I just adore old family photos! My mother's birthday was June 21st. She would have been 92. Hope your summer is going well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  33. Pamela, what great photos. How wonderful to have that link back when times were simpler (at least it seems to us, I imagine there were a lot of hardships for the adults then) but to see your grandmother on a picnic with a hat and flower in her lapel, that reminds me of my grandmother too. My sister has a big box full of photos that were from my dad's side of the family. I need to get with her and sort them out. It is so important to know the stories and have the ties to the old days. That must have been a beautiful home..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  34. Pam, those photos are precious! Oh, to have that wicker chaise. Definitely swoon worthy! Love the photo of your dad on the horse.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  35. I love looking at past pictures. Most of my mom's and grandmothers burned in a house fire.
    I wouldn't want to sit in the sun either with all those long sleeved jackets.
    Can't just imagine the view from the top of the house.

    Thanks for sharing

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