This week’s Sepia Saturday theme is on the subject of shoes, however all my family photos seem to show folks in Utilitarian Footwear (not very attractive or interesting) so I’m not sticking with the theme this week (although I would show you photos of my huge collection of US-made cowboy boots if you asked nicely). Granny did do some outrageous stuff while wearing her good stockings and shoes, but that’s a story you’ve heard before, while she was up a tree with her cousins, and old enough to know better. This week, may I introduce my maternal Grandmother (the somewhat boistrous and fun Elsie of the trashed sewing box) and the rather more reserved but the best Granddad ever (Douglas the biker)….
Having posted a charming photo of Norman (Douglas’s brother) and his cute granddaughter, Rose, I decided to rummage around in my photos and see what pics I have of Douglas’s other brothers. Douglas had 6 brothers, James who died aged 3 1/2 from scarlet fever, Bruce and Tommy who I don’t have any photos of, and Andrew, Norman and Gordon. These last three brothers managed to maintain contact with Douglas and they met up regularly and had photos taken for posterity. Douglas was the last of the brothers to die, in 2002 (he was 91).
Douglas and Elsie took a road trip in 1955 with Douglas’s brother, Gordon, and his wife Betty. My mum would have been 17 when her folks just decided to Up Sticks from central Scotland and head off to Europe for a couple of months. Quite a surprising decision at the time, I would think, but Douglas was a mechanic to trade, so they had no worries about the reliability of the vehicle. They obviously had no worries about being shut in a car with his brother and sister-in-law either :-)
They headed off from Fife, Scotland – and I have to tell you, I never saw Douglas or Elsie in such a casual state when they were older – so it’s lovely to see now :-). The four of them went off on their travels, annoying goatherds in the French Alps by nicking their sticks
and generally being a bit touristy. I bet Douglas had to drag Elsie out of the Casino.
But at least the only run-in with the cops was to find out the way to Turin, and not to bail Elsie out of the Police Station :-)
There will be a couple of further instalments from this little album, so if you are a Sepia Saturday blogger and want to see what the Fab Four got up to, please subscribe in your reader of choice, as I hope to be back “on theme” next week :-)