Saturday, July 3, 2010

SEPIA SATURDAY (19)

MONT-JOLI, Qc, circa mid-1930s,
in my grand-parents' backyard.
my mom is up the steps.
seems like a relaxing summer day.
strange to see my grandma sitting down
as i always saw her doing a myriade of things,
as there was always a lot of visitors stopping by their house,
be it friends, neighbors and relatives.
she was so friendly and such a great cook,
it's no wonder people were flocking to her kitchen...
this was my SEPIA SATURDAY for this week.
and do check out the original blog
where the idea originated
and that keeps everyone in touch with each others,
sharing those memories of a gone era.
:)~
HUGZ

18 comments:

  1. I am smiling now - but yesterday I was too tired for smiling, guess why!
    Because I am a grandmother of six and yesterday was first day, when I got a little time to rest before next visitors are here again :)
    But fortunately one day is enough and now I feel myself very happy that I have all those children and friends and "a myriade of things" to do.
    Your post is so cheerful in so many ways, thank you and thanks a lot also for commenting on my site.

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  2. @ leena:
    i thought being a grandparent was the fun job. i see it's still a "job". much to do, but if delight in the company of those, it's all worth it!! as we say over here: glad to see you coming over; glad to see you go back home!!

    i've much enjoyed your pictures on your blog, and i appreciate the links you've provided to these other photoblogs. not that i intend to participate as i already have the "12 of 12" project that keeps me busy once a month. but i certainly like seeing what others do, as inspiration.

    don't let that "myriade of things" keep you too busy and enjoy the company you keep!!
    :)~
    bonne journee!!!
    HUGZ

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  3. I agree with what you say about it being strange to see your grandmother sitting down. The wonderful thing about these old photographs is that it re-introduces us to people and allows us to see them with a different frame of reference. It's like a form of time travel really. Lovely pictures, lovely post.

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  4. @ alan burnett:
    i'm pretty sure my grandpa yelled to my grandma to come sit for a minute, just to take this picture, and she ran back to her ovens afterward....
    poor ninnie!!
    she was such a great woman,
    with a terrible husband...
    (read here: agressive!! he hit me once when i was just a young kid. my mom gave him a piece of her mind...)

    HUGZ

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  5. The photos are absolutely beautiful--the shadows and light patterns, so haunting!

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  6. @ leah:
    my mom, were she alive today, could tell you many stories about "la tourelle", which has been removed since the house is no longer with family...
    pity!!!
    grandpa sold it almost for nothing, (like $3000, just enough to sustain his drinking habit...
    but can you imagine such a place, in the daylight, or the nighttime, the confidences that happened there?
    she had fond memories of the place, and from my early childhood memories, i can understand.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  7. I find the angle of the two shots to be interesting. It is a layered look of foreground and people staggered into the back. A classic summer cloth seat lawn chair. A great blog.

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  8. I really enjoyed these two photographs. Reading your responses to comments added a lot of information about the personalities of your gramma and grampa. If appearances can tell anything (and they're often not accurace), I thought your grandfather looked not a little grumpy/disgruntled/unhappy....


    I know you weren't thinking about the bows in the girls' hair when you posted but because I posted photos with bows, it was the first thing that I noticed. I love the girls' bows!


    Your grandmother sounds like a gem. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photogaphs.

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  9. Wonderful shots of the children standing and waiting. Memories were being created.

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  10. different striking photos and if your grandmother is just relaxing, that is something I am sure she was due! Some of the shadows made it a bit difficult to see on my laptop, but these photos are of a precious time and place for sure. And the children, being quiet in their place so to speak, in the background.

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  11. @ l.d.burgus:
    a casual picture which i figure they never thought we'd be marveling at decades later.
    :)~
    thanx 4 dropping by!!
    HUGZ

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  12. @ nancy:
    grandpa was a stern man. i rarely saw him smile, except perhaps when we went, just the two of us, for our morning walk, when i was visiting. he liked me, apparently. or so i've been told...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  13. @ tattered and lost:
    do you think they realized that much? we often take pictures just for the fun of it, and yet, we seem to forget the endurance and importance such things can have.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  14. @ pat transplanted to MN:
    without over analysing the picture, have you noticed when grandma is sitting, the children came in closer, and than grandpa sat down and my mom stepped back while her sister's gone?... food for thoughts!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  15. I love the strong shadow effect on the photos.The Sun Looks Mighty Bright!

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  16. @ tony (UK):
    pollution was not so much a problem back then, despite the local airport. the light had a certain crispness. contrary to what i see here now in montreal, when it's kind of hazy...
    you know?!?...

    HUGZ

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  17. I, too, love the shadows. Your mom looks like such a polite little girl- just waiting for her turn to be photographed or to be noticed.

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  18. @ barbara & nancy:
    ROTFLMAO!!
    my mom mastered early in life the art of appearances, always looking most proper. but the girl/woman had a temper you wouldn't expect...
    BEWARE!!
    not everything is at it appears...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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