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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Snowy Pleasures - Sepia Saturday

This week’s Sepia Saturday photographic prompt show a children’s playground, with the swings, roundabout and seats empty but for coverings of snow.

Linking the snow and the playground - snowy pleasures is my theme and people enjoying themselves.  I have no childhood photographs in the snow - my family only seemed to bring the camera out in summer.  


Below is the oldest snow picture in my collection and brings back memories of my father.  This photograph was taken in the wartime winter of 1944 in Luxembourg.  Dad served in the RAF working in codes and cyphers and  at this time was attached to the US 12th Army Group commanded by  General Bradley.  Whilst stationed in Luxembourg, Dad became friendly wth a local  family.   Here he is (on the left)  with Mr. Batten out for a walk with his little daughter.  Dad remained in contact with the Batten family for many years and I think he enjoyed this brief taste of a family life amidst the harshness of war. 

 Onto my own family - my daughter was born in January and it often seemed to be snowing on her birthday  and it could play havoc with party plans.

 1976 - out for a walk in the park in Hawick in the  Scottish Borders. 

Fast forward  some 20 years and daughter is enjoying the pleasures of taking our dog a  walk in winter on the hill above our home.

Below:   Summer snow in July 1997  - husband and I are on the Stubai Glacier, near Innsbruck. 

Onto where we live now in Earlston in the Scottish Borders,  with some pictures from the collection of my local heritage group - Auld Earlston.

                          Members of Earlston Curling Club enjoying a game, 1995.

Regarded as one of the worst winters in living memory - 1947.  Here children are playing on the road - but in fine weather this is the main A68 road through the central Borders, linking Newcastle and Edinburgh. 

 2009 and my granddaughter exploring this new world of snow for the first time

 But summer fun cannot be far behind - and she was soon back enjoying the swings.

Sepia Saturday gives an opportunity for genealogy bloggers  
to share their family history and memories through photographs. 


Click  HERE  to find further snowtime tales from Sepia Saturday bloggers.


  1. Great joy of smiling children in snow...it does bring such a different peaceful feeling, for a while at least.

  2. Some great fun pictures here. The folks participating in the sport of curling are probably having good fun. That said, curling is probably about the most boring winter sport to watch if you aren't playing! :)

  3. Lots of snowy children here. Your granddaughter looks so much warmer in the summer :)

  4. Lovely photos.
    The red coat looks great in the snow.
    None of you look cold or miserable. I took my small children to see the snow once but we didn’t have gloves and they didn’t enjoy playing with it the first time.

  5. I guess you get more snow than most up there in the Borders. Lovely photos but you cant beat a baby’s first taste of snow for sheer delight.


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