Thursday, June 18, 2009

Going Back

As Neil Young said, I feel like goin' back....

Here is a photo that my mother found. It was taken approximately 1909 and the young girl in the front with the pigtails is my Grandmother. How amazing that we have pix of these things. My grandmother probably only had paintings of her family, if she had anything at all other than memory! I can see a few likenesses (if thats even a word) in some of our close rellies. Apparently when my Grandmother wa a lot older (about 1955) she went to a small village either in or near Mevagissey (in Cornwall, UK I believe) and went into a shop to post a letter only to be met by someone who was a deadringer for her brother. Yep, they were related but how weird would that be....travel several thousand kilometres to bump into someone who looked like you, and was related...without even trying? It's a bit redneck.

And do you remember this wee rabbit, Daisy? Turns out Daisy was a fraud. Daisy, like Gretel, is a bloke rabbit. So far these rabbits have cost me more than the fare to Sydney for a dirty weekend. Anyone got any good recipes??


16 comments:

Reluctant Blogger said...

Oh that bunny is just gorgeous. My heart goes all squidgy when I see bunnies - I think I must have been one in a previous life and am still drawn to them. Explains why I have so many children I suppose.

Ah so you have Cornish roots. me too. Perhaps we are related?

Steve said...

I love old photos. Whenever i visit my granddad I pore over the old photos he has - most of them brown and blurry with age... but they're so emotive.

Margaret Pangert said...

Oh, no, you can't eat that rabbit! I'd be glad to take him off your hands! He's adorable!
Everyone looks Swedish in that photo--see the fair-colored hair and the high Slavic cheekbones? Swedish.
(I've been seeing you at the Magic Lantern Showen and wanted to visit you.)

The Sagittarian said...

RB - well, I know I go a bit about them but they are kinda cute really. Yesterday in his cage at the vet's (having his teeth ground) he was all cuddled up and pat-worthy.

Steve - I know what you mean, my mother has a box of old photos which I am always pestering her to either put in albums or at least write on the backs of them who they are! My dad's brother went round the world in the navy and some of his photos are fantastic!

Margaret - hello there and welcome. Thanks for visiting, I have to admit tho' that the "fair hair" in the photo is actually red! My youngest daughter has long blonde hair but in most sunlight it has a reddish hue which is really pretty. As for daisy, I couldn't really eat him.

The villager: said...

It's amazing to see these old photographs; and to think that the pictures we take today that seem so current, will one day appear just as 'old fashioned.'

A Write Blog said...

I wonder if, in a hundred years time, people pore over our postings of photos as well, as our missives, and start calling it 'history'.

Now there's a subject for a blog post.

Owen said...

This is very perplexing, these rabbits that seem to be giving you gender related surprises... are you sure they are not getting out at night and heading to illicit rabbit sex-change clinics ???

The old photo is a beauty, you are so lucky to have some history like that... I have nothing beyond a photo of my paternal grandparents I took myself. But nothing a hundred years old...

Have a GREAT weekend... !

The Sagittarian said...

Villager - I know, it really is thought provoking eh?

AWB - You're right, maybe I will get round to something like that. My kids asked me once if the world was in colour when I was a kid or if it was black and white!!

Owen - I'm thinking perhaps the rabbits are driving me to an early nut-house! Mind you, some crazy woman at the vets tried to tell us that rabbits can change their own sex. Not sure that is true....so far the weekend has been cold and wet! Tonight we're off out to watch the rugby, hoping that the All Blacks will play like real men this week!

meggie said...

OMG, I love your rabbit stories!!
I also loved seeing that old photo I have been contemplating a post about resemblances.
One of our friends brought Rabbit around for Gom. Rabbit to be cooked. Imagine my horror. I remember cooking it for him in Chch, & detesting it....the smell. I am dreading cooking this 'bred-to-be-eaten rabbit'.!!

The Poet Laura-eate said...

But that's good isn't it to have two of the same sex who can't possibly cross-polynate?

Mind you he might start cross-dressing with a name like Daisy!

What an amazing co-incidence re your Granny.

The Sagittarian said...

Meggie - plenty of mushrooms would be my advice! (Only joking) I personally find rabbit too gamey and have never really liked it, esp since the first time I tried rabbit I spent half the meal spitting out bits of pellet!

Laura - well, that WAS the original idea - 2 rabbits, sisters in fact. girls - great. So now we have 2 boys so yes it's good not to worry that one of them might have been female. Daisy the Cross Dressing Rabbit - hm, maybe a short story there? Probably only for hardy kids tho'.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Oh this photo is so old !! I always appreciate old photos !! Amazing..Unseen Rajasthan

india said...

Neil Young is the origin of more than a few useful phrases

The Sagittarian said...

Unseen, thanks so much.

India - hi there, and welcme, thanks for calling in! I'm not sure which of your blogs to peek at so will cover them all. Neil Young has been in my repertoire for so long that he should really be Neil Old!

Noushad. PT said...

oh what an animal..........really cute

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