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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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I live in Australia, my ancestry is in Cornwall. a Celt. a hedgewitch of sorts. I am an Earth Healer. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. A gypsy. An eccentric. a mystic. I am a searcher, a seeker, a pilgrim on Earth. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. I love to dream, to walk and to wonder

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February 01, 2006

bits from my past


my dad - was born in a one bedroom dirt floor cottage on the Hawkesbury River. Years ago he took me to see where he was born. A small stone building with hessian hanging on the windows - it was pretty delapidated then, so I guess it is probably gone by now and I wouldn't have a clue where to start looking to find it. Somewhere near Lower Portland, I think. I don't know much about his childhood except that he was the 'baby' - youngest of 7 boys. My poor grandma !!! - I don't have any of his childhood photos. Sad that, no record of his childhood, just gone. Did he crawl on the dirt floor? Was he a happy baby? However - I am lucky enough to have a few of his bits & bobs. This one was his rattle - amazing that it is still in one piece and I have no idea of how it worked. But it is priceless - a kookaburra made from celluloid standing on an old tin stand. Did my dad sit in a high chair while he played with this? I just wish I knew it's story.

10 Comments:

Blogger HomemakerAng said...

these things are just a tresures arent they? how sweet. I bet he lead a very interesting, freedom loving childhood!

8:09 am  
Blogger Alice said...

That's why I keep on saying, boringly and endlessly, we must not let our history die with us. It's the little, everyday things that make a life story so interesting.

9:06 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

I agree with Alice. We must pass on our family history. Each of my daughters received a family book from me where I had put photos and every story I had been told or remembered about my dads and mothers family. I also wrote about their dad growing up and stories about my childhood and how he and I met so that they can pass on our history with the rest. Having items like the rattle is even more precious!

9:54 am  
Blogger Amy said...

That's so awesome that you have a treasure from your dad's childhood.

11:22 am  
Blogger Nicole said...

Ooooh I love Peggy's idea. I crave information about my family... it is apart of who we are and what ingredients make our dish. I made a genealogy book for my grandma last year and went back 100's of years in her family. I also have two journals for my children that I write in, which were started them at conception. ps...I love the crystal in the background.

12:12 pm  
Blogger Connie and Rob said...

Oh I love that rattle. What a wonderful keepsake.

My father is 92 years old and is still with us but as far as I know there are no pictures or trinkets from his childhood. I would do anything for just something.

Take care,
Connie

1:18 pm  
Blogger Mindy said...

What a charming little bird! I love these treasures from the past, they keep our family history alive!

2:22 pm  
Blogger berryhead said...

Love this! I'm glad you were able to at least have something your papa held in his hands. :)

12:33 am  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Robyn,
What a sweet little rattle,I am so glad that you do have something of his when he was a baby. Both of my parents are in their 80's and neither(especially Dad)like to talk about their childhood much. I am always after them to use a tape recorder and reminisce.

12:54 pm  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

That is such an interesting rattle! How rare that it has been saved and you now have it. Very special. I don't have anything of my parents from thier childhood. I guess the thing I have to value is the old pictures of them and newpaper clippings.

4:01 pm  

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