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I'm here because it's a place where I want to be.

What do I do with my life - still pondering that, keep exploring the possibilities I suppose...

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Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster, playwright (c. 1580-1634)

There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines. -Margaret Millar, novelist (1915-1994)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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Memory Lane or should I say Murray Street ...

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Irene and I with my Gran Elizabeth Broughton and my Mum Ida Quinn at 'Murray Street' which was the big house where Granny Broughton lived with Aunty Anne, Uncle Phil and Aunty Phyllis
and cousin Bernard. The family met here every Sunday. Uncle Jack
(everybody's favourite) and Aunty Doreen, John and Roger would come
after dinner.
It had a range and we would make toast on a toasting fork and there were bells on the wall from a time past when there were servants.
If we were lucky Uncle Stan and sometimes Aunty Renee would pop in too and Anne's friends Victor and Martin. We had the freedom of the house we would dress up in Anne's clothes and when John and Roger (our cousins) came we would play hide and seek - the cellars and attics made this very
Then there would be tea and a massive game of cards or dominoes (9's) and then home covered with blankets, in the workbox attached to the side of my Dad's motorbike (JNF 127) .

My Gran would have been about 70 in these pictures. All I really remember is that she worked tirelessly and that she would sit me on her knee and sing 'The owl and the pussycat' and she gave me silver threepenny bits. She died about two weeks after having a stroke when I was about seven. She was in a coma for a couple of weeks before she died (in her room).

I loved the garden of the house too because it was walled and therefore a private world. There was a red hawthorn tree in the garden - we weren't allowed to take the flowers inside it was bad luck.

I clearly remember a summer when the deck chairs were brought out of storage and when opened up we found they had become a home for earwigs!
18th Feb 2011, 00:32   | tags:,

Factotum says:

What a lovely set of images and stories, Viv.

18th Feb 2011, 01:06

Viv says:

:) time to put it down maybe I can get my cousins to chip in and expand the images of my youth!
I've been copying pic's of Irene for my nieces and doing lots of remembering and thinking.

18th Feb 2011, 01:15

Cris2I says:

Stopped time,great thing.

18th Feb 2011, 01:39

Viv says:

Now look back at the balloon lady - can you see why I think of Gran when I look at her - or is it just me?

Glad I have some pictures to support my memories Cris.

18th Feb 2011, 02:01

Cris2I says:

Sharing own memories with others can do them immortal Viv.

18th Feb 2011, 02:25

Dhamaka says:

in that top shot your Gran and Irene share the same secret sparkle in their eyes

18th Feb 2011, 17:00

bethmadethis says:

I can see the resemblance :)

18th Feb 2011, 19:05

Viv says:

To the balloon lady? :)

19th Feb 2011, 03:04

Factotum says:

I remember your photos of the balloon lady
and yes, I see the resemblance!

20th Feb 2011, 02:15

Viv says:

Ah I didn't think to put a link 'cos I posted another with my new blinds posts :)

20th Feb 2011, 07:59

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