Each week Sepia Saturday, provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.
A stark image of fences, sheds and back yards is this week's prompt. and here are five generations of my family taken in their varied back yards.
There is an anecdote here connected with "back yard". Many years ago I spent a year working in the USA and was invited to visit a work colleague, who commented that we would sit in the "back yard". I wasn't too sure about that prospect! For to me (born in the north of England), it conjured up a "Coronation Street" picture of back-to-back terraced houses with a small paved or cobbled back yard for storing the dustbins and bikes - very utilitarian. I was wrong, of course, with my interpretation, for Instead I found that this American "back yard" was a large garden with a beautiful lawn and flower beds - so much for transatlantic misunderstandings!
My first photograph was taken in a typical English back yard where my grandparents William Danson and Alice English posed for a photograph before he set off for war in 1916. They lived in a terraced house on Bull Street, just off the Square, in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, The houses were demolished in the 1960's and replaced by a shopping centre.
|William Danson and Alice English - my grandparents , 1916.|
|Bull Street, Poulton-le-Fylde, where my Danson grandparents lived until 1926.|
|Me - enjoying the sun in Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1966.|
|Onto 1981 and the back garden of our home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. It is summer and this is my first attempt (and virtually the last) at cooking on a barbecue, but my efforts fell foul of the weather - hence the umbrella. Did I really need that watering can there as a health & safty measure? I hunted all over for this photograph for a recent prompt but found it last week in the loft, so am pleased to put it to good use here!|
1998 - a lovely family group of three generations, taken after my brother's (second) wedding - and yes he did wear that red shirt for the occasion.
Dad in the middle, with my niece and daughter seated.
my little granddaughter enjoying her back garden.
Happy family photographs that make me smile!
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