The Treasures of old Photo Albums

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Recently again, I was doing some more sorting and purging in my optimistic pursuit and efforts at reducing unnecessary STUFF that somehow manages to accumulate in one’s home.  And from so many years, I have my work cut out for me….haha!

I did go through some bins and shelves and sorted a good number of things into the categories of garbage, donating to our local second-hand store, and keepers.

Then, on my way to get lunch, I happened to pass by the shelf that holds a good number of old photo albums. I pulled out a trilogy from the year 2000 and thought this would be going back far enough to be quite fun for my sons and I to look through after our lunch break……everyone looking much younger then!  And boy, did we share a lot of laughs and talk about the memories connected to all the photos.

One of the photos we came across was this one, in which all four of my children were at an age where they were exactly one head space apart from each other in height.

Being the family photographer as well, I had partially planned such an opportunity in the back of my mind as a potential photo…just waiting for the perfect time to snag it!

On that evening I had their cooperation, and everything was just right….and at the last minute, the youngest turned his gaze, smiling away.  This was back in the days of actual film, in which I didn’t have the option to take 20 digitals of a particular shot by which to have a good selection to find the ONE.  I had but only two takes.  And this was the better one.  And well, also, kids don’t hang around too long for photo taking, ‘cuz there are other cool things they want to do!

“Mom!  You’re taking too long!”  “Mom…hurry up!”

Hahaha!

Good times indeed.

And that photo still made it into the home-made family photo calendars for 2001.

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Bonus:   Here is another photo from that time……given the title “Snuggle Puddle.”

 

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Tourist Moments #3

On my trip in July of 2007 to the South Island of New Zealand – on the occasion of my girlfriend’s wedding – her daughter, Emily, and I took off one free afternoon to go on a mini-excursion.

We came upon this nifty looking, wooden Maori carving – quite TALL – which is located at the Karaka Point Historic Reserve  (a short drive outside of Picton).

 

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This look-out point offers up a spectacular view of part of the Marlborough Sounds area.

The following sequence of photos gives you a somewhat panoramic glimpse into these beautiful sounds.

 

 

 

The clouds and waves that day created a bit of dramatic ambiance.

I looked up some added information for you.

Online the site, 100% Pure New Zealand, describes the Marlborough Sounds as follows:

“Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. The area has three main bodies of water – Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorous Sounds. The Department of Conservation manages over 50 reserves in this scenic playground.”

 

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There are grassy areas where one can walk about and enjoy the views.  I imagined what it would be like to walk all the way to the end of that huge outcropping.

 

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And finally, included is the sign as well.   😀

 

 

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Life Imitating Art

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Does this photo remind you of a famous album cover?

Yes, yes, it’s an orchard instead of a crosswalk.

And yes, it’s in Canada instead of in England.

Well you see…..my four kids and I are HUGE fans of the Beatles, and every so often for fun we do something random and silly.

As we did one fine late summer’s day  in the year 2005, when the kids and I went to visit an apple orchard – t’was a field trip – and also to go pick fresh apples……and suddenly they got into their poses, and I snapped the shot.  Hahaha!

BONUS!   I ended up using that photo for  Christmas greeting cards that year. ❤

My Beloved “Born Free”

Here is a montage of photos from a youtube channel I just found, when I went searching for links to go with my beloved “Born Free” song.
I say beloved, because from the first time I heard the song and saw the movie, it made its home in my heart.

Something about Elsa, the lioness, and her caring human friends touched me deeply.

Every time….and I mean EVERY time I hear that song, I get all choked up inside. It’s a good choked up. My eyes water. I have no idea why, but it gets to me.

I suppose because it’s a song that speaks of freedom, which is the joy and true being of every creature on earth – human and animal – and to be born free and to live free is so important.
Thank you, Spotify algorithms for sharing the song again with me…..Matt Monro sings it.  I forever associate the song with his voice, too.

I love Elsa’s story.
I have had a soft spot for the large cats, since I was a young girl.
Panthers, tigers, leopards…..and especially lions.
The movie “Born Free” came out in 1966, so I was 6.
It made a lasting impression on me.

Even when watching the movie again years later, that child-like love resurfaced.

It’ll also explain why I felt compelled to get all THREE books at one point in my teen years. The two movies were based on the books (Born Free, Living Free, Forever Free) – written by Joy Adamson, describing the adventures she and her husband, George, experienced, when they lived in Kenya. Among their adventures was when they rescued orphaned Elsa, raised her and successfully (with some challenges, of course) returned her to the wild.
And Elsa managed to be part of a lion pride again and have her own cubs.

But mostly I fell in love with Elsa. Her wild and gentle spirit.

Here’s the song…..perhaps you’ve heard it before?

 

NOTE:  There are photos in this montage excerpted from Joy Adamson’s books and from the movie, “Born Free.”

 

A Paradox?

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Looking from high up,

Distance creates smallness and

Likewise majesty.

 

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This is a high view of some of the Nelson Lakes National Park area on the South Island of New Zealand.  My friends and I went hiking there on a day trip during my visit in 2007.

I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but something about New Zealand always calls to me. ❤

 

THIS COULD BE A REPOST

Yesterday I was listening to several old songs by The Grass Roots; it brought back memories of my younger years. Now I see this blog post of one of their hit songs with these timely and meaningful lyrics. They speak to me. I decided to share with you, in case they spoke to you as well.
Have a listen.

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“Hey, Howdy, Hey!”

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Friendly companions;

And a neighbourly hello,

Such a warm welcome!

 

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When I was down to Picton on the South Island of New Zealand for my  visit in 2007 on the occasion of my girlfriend’s wedding, I had rented a tiny cabin as my home base.

And adjoining the property where my cabin was located, marked with a dividing fence – there were about 10 cabins in total – on the other side was the yard of someone who had some charming animals milling about.  There were several geese and sheep, and at one point these two came right up to where I was standing to get a really good look at me.   Haha!  Fair is fair, right?  I was being inquisitive about them.  So….it works the other way, too.

 

Face Within a Face

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Somewhat familiar,

A blending of art with fun.

Would Van Gogh approve?

 

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I took this photo four years ago, when my uncle and his girlfriend came over from Germany to visit with my parents in Toronto and also squeeze in a visit with my crew.

When all four of them came up to Ottawa, we all got together to spend the day…..and played tourists in Ottawa as well.

It was a gorgeous day in September, as we walked about in the downtown area, visiting the parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal locks, among other sights.

When we were walking past a school of fine arts along one of the streets in the market area, on an easel standing outside there was this over-sized framed “painting” with a hole where the face would normally be.  It was an invitation to passing tourists to have some fun with this famous image of Van Gogh’s self portrait.

So, my uncle decided to have some fun – in my family we enjoy being silly! – by making one of his faces, and I went along with it.  Haha!

 

 

Changing Winds

I was exploring music videos again on youtube the other day.  Among a variety of songs, I found this one by the Scorpions – I’m expanding my knowledge regarding their music lately.

It’s a song for a sombre subject.  Many musicians have written lyrics and melodies regarding war and conflicts before, sharing all kinds of perspectives……possibly to reflect to us the things we should always be mindful of in our humanity.

And….ultimately to strive towards achieving peaceful, harmonious living.

 

Whipping up some classic tunes

Finding myself in a reminiscing mood last night for classic oldies in brass music…..and up popped the name, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass!

Lots of fond memories!
My parents had an album that I would listen to over and over on the record player when I was a little girl.  It had a yummiliciously looking photo on the front cover of a young woman covered in…..”Whipped Cream and Other Delights.”

So, I did some searching and scooped up this one for your listening pleasure…..AND perhaps to get your mouths watering…..haha!

 

 

And here’s one more signature one by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass….

Another BIG favourite of mine!

 

 

ENJOY!