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Saturday, 22 January 2022

Snowy Pleasures - Sepia Saturday

This week's Sepia Saturated prompt image shows a charming vintage postcard   of  children enjoying themselves amidst snow.   I have no early childhood photographs in the snow - my family only seemed to bring the camera out in summer, but here are other images of people enjoying the snowtime. 

 This  is the oldest family snow picture in my collection and brings back memories of my father.  The photograph was taken in the wartime winter of 1944 in Luxembourg.  Dad served in the RAF working in codes and ciphers and  at this time was attached to the US 12th Army Group commanded by  General Bradley.  Whilst stationed in Luxembourg, Dad became friendly with 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 after the war  and I think he enjoyed this brief taste of a family life amidst the harshness of war. He later was to experience the Battle of the Bulge. 

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. 

Here she is on her 4th birthday - not looking none too happy.  Still we went through the ritual of a birthday photograph in 1977.
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.

 Our dog might like a walk in the snow - but not too sure about the owner!
Out for a Winter Walk  

With friends in 1966 - I am wearing my "Dr. Zhivago" fur hood - made popular by the film.  

Husband adding  a splash of colour as we set out on a winter woodland walk.


This  was taken June 1997  as we stood on the Stubai Glacier  near Innsbruck , Austria - our favourite country for our summer holiday. 
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,

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.
Below - some years later - happy to take on a snow clearing role. 

 Somebody's idea of fun in snow!  Playing at Snow Angels.  


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to share their family history and memories through photographs

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  1. What a great group of snow photos! Love seeing your gran in mittens as a tyke. I remember knitting mittens for little ones, without a thumb for the smallest.

  2. Everyone having fun in the snow one way & another. Neat pictures! I didn't realize our daughters are so close in age? Mine born in Dec. '72 & yours in Jan. '73 if I did the math correct based on the photo in '77? Another almost SNAP? :)

  3. Wonderful winter wonders! I remember the fantastic satellite image of January 2010 when the entire British Isles were covered in a white blanket of snow. I hope you won't suffer through something like that again.

  4. Such winter fun. I get a kick out of all these kids having fun in the snow.

  5. Great collection of winter photos. Personally I'm glad that winter clothing and boots have improved over the years... :)

  6. Thank you all for your kind comments and for sharing your own snowy tales.


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