There was no hesitation in coming up with my posting for this week's theme. It had to be the two little girls who became my mother and aunt, Kathleen and Edith Danson.
They have featured before on my blog, but the photographs below match the theme so well - there is even a even a wicker chair. I just had to show you them again!
My mother Kathleen and her sister Edith were born one year and one week apart, in 1907 and 1908, daughters of William Danson and Alice English of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. They remained close sisters all their lives.
|Playing in the garden - Edith (seated on a wicker chair) & Kathleen, c.1914|
|Edith and Kathleen, 1916.|
Not quite the long hair of the prompt picture, but instead big bows in their straight hair. I strongly suspect that this photograph was taken for my grandfather going to war in 1916.
Aunt Edith was the eldest born on 2nd September 1907. I think of her as one of line of "Feisty Danson Females" and she was fond of regaling me with stories of the family and her life in teaching. She was the only one in the family to win a scholarship to Fleetwood Grammar School, riding the four miles on her bike in all weathers. She became a teacher at Burn Naze School in Thornton (a poor area of town the time), kept home for her father and brother, travelled widely, even to Russia in Iron Curtain days, and married for the first time at the aged 73. You can tell from her photographs that she was someone who enjoyed life. Aunt Edith, was, of course, my godmother and took on the role with great gusto at all stages of my life.