Sunday, December 27, 2009

We Have Water! But Can't Get to the Sales! Old Photos.

Thankfully, the water de-frosted yesterday so we had running water again. It does make life easier! We have had sun during the day which did the trick I think. The trouble is, the sun has melted much of the snow, then at night the temperature has dropped to freezing and it's all frozen again! What with our water freezing and the gas freezing, Jim said 'I guess it's the plague of frogs next'! lol.

We thought we'd head off to the sales today. We haven't been out since the Monday before Christmas because of the weather. We expected the roads to be ice free by now. How wrong we were. The road up to the main road isn't too bad as the farmers have been gritting it, so we reached the top road ok. Far from being clear, the top road was just sheet ice. We struggled to get up the first incline and decided fairly quickly that it wasn't worth the risk, so turned round and went back home! Ah well, the best laid plans and all that.

It was a bit disappointing as we'd both fancied a day out. Buster was so excited to see us, you'd think we had been out for hours, not 20 minutes.

So we spent most of today sorting out my studio/office. Jim put a curtain pole up and we have hung one curtain up on it, as that's all we have that fits! I have brought things down from upstairs and the shed outside. It's so exciting rediscovering things that were in store.

Old Photos

Like most people I have many old photo albums, some of which are falling apart. Jim is going to scan them for me and has just started. My daughter K and son Jason will probably be surprised to see these photos. Please forgive the quality, it was in 1973 and 74! The one at the top shows K and Jason at the top of our slide. This was taken in the garden of our old cottage in Thetford, Norfolk. My first husband and I bought it in 1972 for not much more than £2000! It was very small with 2 bedrooms upstairs and 2 rooms downstairs. We then bought the one next door and eventually the one next door to that! The whole lot cost about £5000. Hard to believe now. Inside were huge oak beams and the ceilings were very low and the windows tiny.

Jason at the top of the slide. What a mucky face he has!

K (she was called Trina then) at the top and Jason waiting at the bottom of the slide.

This photo was taken after a wedding with Jason on the left and Trina on the right. I remember making that suit of K's!

Finally, this is Jason and K's dad Ken, my first husband at our housewarming party. I don't remember the lady but she was called Pat according to my note under the photo!

That's it for today -short and sweet. I hope those of you still on holiday are enjoying the break.


Stampmaiden said...

WOW! Love the old photos, especially the first one of your children in the back yard. So classic! AND, I gotta tell you, my husband Jim had the same shirt Ken is wearing in the last photo only my husband's shirt was in blue and white! Very vintage, very cool. LOL!!!

kj said...

why don't photos look like these anymore? these are fantastic and so is your family.

boy, bt, the weather is calling the shots where you live, huh? i hope you are soon free to go anywhere!


Leatherdykeuk said...

How fabulous!

DK has been scanning old photos, too.

Heather said...

I don't think winter has finished with any of us just yet - we have a hard frost today and are due for more snow tomorrow. Luckily there are still quite a few leftovers to be eaten but I shall want some fresh vegs. before long. I'm busy being lazy and enjoying my pressies, in between doing a few chores. Lovely to look back on old family photos - they are so precious.

DK Leather said...

~laughs~ brilliant pictures!!

Sorry about the aborted day out, hope you get to go soon :D xxx

steven said...

frozen water pipes! that's rotten luck bt!!! i remember it happening here once when the outside temperatures dropped to forty below zero. we poured hot salted water down the drain and kept at it until it finally opened up. i love the old photos of your family. i'd love to see the inside of the house when it was opened out! have a lovely day. with water. ice-free roads. the sales still on! steven

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What fun going through old photos. I hope you are able to get out soon.

BT said...

Hiya Linda, so glad you enjoyed the old photos - they are 'of their time' aren't they? And some in black and white too. How funny about Jim and Kens' shirt!! I loved it.

kj, I don't know. I think we're all too good at it now, with digital photography! We are lucky to be able to scan them now and improve the quality a little! Frosty again today so no let up in the ice sadly.

Hi Rachel, it's such fun, I thought she'd enjoy these!

Hi Heather. It's turning out to be a really cold Winter, isn't it? More frost last night and it's not looking like it's going to get any better soon. Luckily Jim bought a fairly big turkey and we have things in the freezer so we're not desperate yet. Such fun enjoying your presents though. Make the most of the rest.

I thought you'd like them K!! More to come when Jim's done them for me.

Love your comments Steven. Our water comes from an underground water source so we can't do the pouring water trick!! Jim has now covered some with polystyrene and lagged the ones sticking out of the grounds so fingers crossed.

I do have lots of inside photos of that house steven, it was my favourite of all time and I still dream about it sometimes. When they are scanned, I will post some for you to see.

Water, tick, ice-free roads, NO, day out NO!!!

Hi Lisa, thank you. I'm glad you like the photos. Such a long time ago now.

jinksy said...

Can't beat old pics!Hope you aren't frozen in for too long... :)

aims said...

What wonderful memories. I'm so glad you're in your new studio!

BT said...

You're right Jinksy. It's not looking good re the weather!!

Thanks aims, I've been trying to sort it all evening!

Renee said...

I love the photos Gina.

The tray is beautiful and is holding a pair of earrings as we speak.

Thank you.

Love Renee xoxo

Snowbrush said...

Luv dem ole fotos! They could be on this side of the pond cept for the archetexture.

Jason said...

Ohh great pics, me dad looks spookily like me in that pic I thought. First time I have said that!

Bummer re the sales, I bought Sam a new dishwasher (thats 3 in 3 years) and a new microwave, I jut avoided a new 3 piece (£2k) for now! None of it very exciting!

Very sensible coming home, that ice is so dangerous.

Still on hols for me, the kids and Sam have their 94th cold of the


Golden West said...

Old photos are so fun, especially the unposed candid shots. Stay warm!

BT said...

Thank you Renee and I'm so glad you've found a use for the tray but sad that you've been having such a rough time. ~hugs~

Lol, snowbrush. Yes, that's a 17th century cottage!! Not many of those in the USA!

I thought you'd enjoy those Jason! I think your Dad does look like you in that photo too! I hope he enjoyed his Christmas trip. It's raining quite hard today and the ice in our garden has all but melted so maybe the road will clear. Fingers crossed.

Pain about the colds. Glad you're still off though.

Hi Golden, I'm having fun with the old photos! Glad you enjoyed them. xxx

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh my goodness, I just LOVE old photos, and these are precious beyond belief. I love the laundry drying in the sun as well. Such a lovely, nostalgic photo. Good to see your wonderful new studio. Looks like you all had a very lovely and relaxing Christmas. I hope things thaw out a bit more for you. Thank you, Gina, for your visits this year and your friendship. May the new year bring you good health and good fortune and lots of crafty, happy, moments filled with love!