Sepia Saturday 102 – fish

In keeping with Alan’s great Sepia Saturday photo of a shop selling, amongst other things, fresh fish, I think the nearest I can get to being on theme this week is this photo from Great Granny’s Album of my great grandfather, James Stewart, fishing at Loch Earn in Perthshire.  It was 7 July 1928 and they were staying at the Lochearnhead Hotel.

Like her Dad, Granny was a competent fisherwoman (not to be confused with a fishwife) and often came home with more fish/bigger fish than my grandfather did, much to his disdain.

My Dad inherited the fondness for fishing and had a small 16′ boat with an outboard motor which he kept on a loch near the North Coast of Scotland.  I was only in it once – when it was delivered to our home – and I sat in it on the trailer, not the water.  Accompanying Dad on his fishing trips meant promising to sit quietly in the boat from early morning till whenever he got fed up – as a teenager, I couldn’t have committed to that and probably still couldn’t now .  Even Ben, the black labrador, once got so bored that he jumped out of the boat and swam to the shore, ruining the rest of the day’s fishing.  He wasn’t invited again.  Mum used to entertain herself by reading or knitting, or if it was sunny (not so good for fishing) sunbathing.  Dad wore an old sweatshirt or jumper and waterproofs when fishing, unlike his Grandpa James in his shirt, tie and waistcoat :-)

Tight lines!

Jo

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Sepia Saturday 101

This week Alan’s Sepia Saturday post shows the front cover of a 1930 Chevrolet brochure, so I wondered if I had some appropriate vehicle photos in Great Granny’s album – I thought I might have used them all in a previous Cars post (including a car made in Scotland by women for women) and found this

the buffoon on the right has Granny's hat on!

the buffoon on the right has Granny's hat on!

This is the Galloway saloon made by women, but look – curtains in the back!  More information on the Galloway can be found on on the Old Classic Car website.  Noted on the back of the photo is “Hovingham Sept 1928″ – Alan’s neck of the woods.

This vintage tourer seems to have been just the job for touring as here we have it again, this time the note on the back says “The Trossachs Road 21/22 Sep 1928″

I wonder if the driver is the same man – he’s wearing plus 4’s as in the previous photo, which makes me think he was a huntin’ shootin’ type.  The trousers remind me of a corny Scottish postcard from my childhood, which they probably still sell today.  It showed a cartoon of a hunter proudly returning from the hill with a stag which he had killed.  Someone asks “Did you shoot him in the Trossachs?” and he replies “No, right between the eyes”.  GROAN!

For other similar posts, nip along to Sepia Saturday and see what’s going on, or why not post one of your own?  It doesn’t have to be Sepia, just share one of your old photos with us.

PS:  Wordpress have just congratulated me on my 50th post – have I really gassed on so much? :-)

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#Sepia Saturday 100th post celebrations

Alan who hosts Sepia Saturday, and the various contributors, are celebrating the 100th Sepia Saturday post today – Hurray!  We’re all looking forward to the next 100 too :-)

Trying to keep with the theme of “100”, I rummaged in my family tree to see how many of my ancestors lived to that ripe old age.  Disappointingly, only one – my 3 x Great Grandfather, John Stewart, was born in 1796 and died in 1897 in Ayrshire aged 101.  He was a farmer at Overmuir Farm, and was also Tree-Climbing Granny‘s great grandfather.

My newly discovered relative in Canada had a visit from other relations on Monday so I emailed some pictures over, and they very kindly emailed me some back this week.  I haven’t seen this photo of Granny’s parents before, so I’m terribly excited to have a copy.

James Cameron Stewart and Janet Christian HardieThanks to Janet and Douglas for sharing this (and other photos) with me.  Isn’t Chris’s hat spectacular?  Her skirt seems to have some kind of decoration (probably not gravy, like if it had been me) and the sleeves of her jacket are very ornate.  A very smart couple indeed!

Jo

SEPIA SATURDAY is a weekly meme which encourages bloggers to publish and share old images and photographs. All that is required is for contributors to post an old image (it doesn’t have to be in sepia) and provide a few words in explanation. If you could provide a link back to the Sepia Saturday Blog and visit as many of the other contributors as you can, it would also be appreciated

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#Sepia Saturday 99 – Glamorous Granny (no, not busty blonde mother of 6)

In the infamous( (I like to think) album, I found this photo of Granny (on the right – a vision in blue) and her nameless chum, being terribly sensible compared to previous photos.  This photo has been converted into a postcard, although it was never posted and there’s nothing on the back.  I don’t have any musical relatives (or any photos of them being musical) and no relatives who were pictured sitting on barrels, so I’ve gone my own way, as I do…

Glad to see that Granny has a hanky at hand, just in case.  The young lady on the left must have been a significant part of Granny’s life, as she appears in another postcard, looking equally elegant in the snow.  Well, at least you can’t see her grey socks and lace-ups in the following one, and she has a cute canine accessory.

Through the wonders of T’interweb, I have made contact with a “cousin” in Canada, and she has yet another cousin visiting next week, so hopefully I’ll be able to share Granny’s pictures with folk who have their own relatives starring in them :-D

Hurray for the Interweb :-)  I can hardly wait!

SEPIA SATURDAY is a weekly meme which encourages bloggers to publish and share old images and photographs. All that is required is for contributors to post an old image (it doesn’t have to be in sepia) and provide a few words in explanation. If you could provide a link back to the Sepia Saturday Blog and visit as many of the other contributors as you can, it would also be appreciated. There is no weekly theme, as such, but some people like to use the archive image published with the weekly call as a kind of theme. There is no requirement to adopt such an approach : the choice of image is entirely up to you. Once you have published your Sepia Saturday post, add a link to that post to the Linky List published each week and leave a comment to let everyone know you are joining in.

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Ormiston Mercat Cross

Just when you think you don’t have a blog post brewing, a big one suddenly appears out of nowhere!

I hadn’t decided if I was going to do a post for today’s Sepia Saturday when I had to nip out for milk late this afternoon and I just went to the nearest shop, the Co-Op in Ormiston.  As I drove up the Main Street, the sun was shining on the familiar old market cross standing slap-bang in the middle of the street and I thought it looked better than usual in the low sunshine.  I snapped it with my phone and thought no more of it – I just enjoy taking random photos that I like and phones make that a breeze.

Ormiston Mercat Cross

Ormiston Mercat Cross 24 Sep 2011

I lived in Beech Cottage (the little white house you can just see on the left) for a couple of years in the late 90’s, and I’ve had a strong connection with the village of Ormiston throughout my life.  Our local parish Church was the one in Ormiston when I was a child (not that we went very often) – and the village had our nearest swing park which was 2 1/2 miles away from the farm, so the four of us kids had Special Outings with my Porter Grandparents to give Mum peace for an hour – a rare treat for all of us!  These grandparents are on Mum’s side – not the relatively carefree tree-climbing granny you already know from Dad’s side.

Back home (with milk) I thought about Sepia Saturday and went to one of my favourite websites for looking at miscellaneous old Scottish stuff – RCAHMS to see what they had on Ormiston Cross.  A lot of their data can only be accessed in person, however, they do have some interesting things online (have a look if you have any Scottish connections) and I found this photo

Ormiston Cross from West

Item SC 1164189

Caption General view from W.
Notes Scanned from a glass plate.
Category SCANNED IMAGES
Object type Digital image
This is a copy of EL 1779
Copyright © Batsford Ltd London

Person B C Clayton
Role Photographer

The original cobblestones have been uncovered since this photo was taken (shame it’s not dated), and if you look very closely down the at the far end of the Main Street, you can see another monument.  This is dedicated to Robert Moffat (1795 – 1883), the Scottish missionary and explorer (his daughter, Mary, married “Dr Livingston, I Presume”).  My Granny Porter claimed that we were the “great great great great great grandchildren” of Robert Moffat, and we paid homage at the monument on some visits to the swing park.  The monument bears an image of the great man and his even greater beard.

My Granny’s paternal grandmother was a Moffat, and somehow a (dare I say “tenuous”) connection had been made between Robert and her granny, and by the time it reached us it was Law.  Needless to say, in all my years as a genealogist, I have been unable to prove any connection and suspect it is highly unlikely that there is one, beyond sharing the Moffat surname.

However, we did get to have a go on the see-saw and the swings :-)

There’s now a plaque on the East side of the railings giving more info on the Cross

I’m very pleased that I wasn’t subjected to public exposure of malefactors :-)

It’s Sepia Saturday – check out the other contributors’ interesting old photos, and why not have a go at posting one of your own – it doesn’t have to be sepia :-)

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Little girls – Sepia Saturday

The theme this week is (as usual) open to interpretation, so keeping with Great Granny’s album, I’ve chosen a rather tattered and creased (well-loved) old picture of my Granny and her sister as girls – it’s the earliest one I have of Granny, and I reckon Mary is about 10 (born 1909) and Chrissie about 7 or 8 (born 1912).  Written on the back is “Mary and Chrissie in years long gone bye” in Great Granny’s handwriting

Chrissie looks very shy, or is maybe laughing and has been caught looking downwards.  As with many of this type of photo, they are posed in front of a flower bed which must have taken a lot of work and been a source of great pride :-)  Both girls are wearing what looks like velvet jackets, so it must have been rather cool – a typical Scottish autumn?

Mary (Granny) holds a steady gaze at the camera – perhaps a sign of her developing personality, which previous Great Granny’s Album pics have shown to be fun-loving and down to earth.  She died when I was only 3, so I never knew her as an adult, but it’s lovely to have so many pictures of her and be able to build up an idea of her life, albeit from brief snapshots in time.   Great auntie Chrissie survived well into her eighties, and I remember her well – she was the spitting image of Granny.  They both had red hair, which is unfortunately lost in the black and white photos – I wonder if they had tempers to match?  :-D

Jo

SEPIA SATURDAY is a weekly meme which encourages bloggers to publish and share old images and photographs. All that is required is for contributors to post an old image (it doesn’t have to be in sepia) and provide a few words in explanation. If you could provide a link back to the Sepia Saturday Blog and visit as many of the other contributors as you can, it would also be appreciated.  Go on, share an old photo with us – it’s great fun and all the other contributors are very supportive :-)

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Tut. Get your hand off his knee, Granny!

Another photo from my Granny’s album and, as usual, the gang of cousins and friends are messing about and having fun.  But wait, Granny has her HAND ON THAT BLOKE’S KNEE!  I’m shocked at such forward behaviour in the late 1920’s.  I’m not surprised that her cousin is tickling her foot, or that she is resting her legs around her sister’s shoulders (although Chrissie looks none too happy), but what’s the Knee Thing all about?

Mary & Chrissie Stewart, late 1920's, Perthshire

After scanning this small photo and on close inspection, he looks like my Dad – Doh!  It’s my Granddad, who she married several years later in 1934.  I think this is the earliest photo I have of my Granddad, so this is a nice surprise for me.  Granny lived at New Farm, Errol as a companion to her aunt and so her Hardie cousins were like brothers to her.  Granddad farmed nearby and Auntie told me that this was how they met.

Jo :-)

SEPIA SATURDAY is a weekly meme which encourages bloggers to publish and share old images and photographs. All that is required is for contributors to post an old image (it doesn’t have to be in sepia) and provide a few words in explanation. 

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