Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Show and Tell

I can hardly call this Show and Tell Friday when it's now Sunday evening but I'm working, once again, on the better late than never theory:)
The two pictures at the top are actually exactly the same size though they don't look it in the photos. I had to take them off the wall and lay them on the bed as the reflection of light from the window made them impossible to photograph on the wall of the half landing where they live. I think I've mentioned before that I have an aunt in Montreal who went out to Canada as a war bride in 1945 and had never been home since. In 1999 I went to stay with her to meet her and my five Canadian cousins for the first time. On a visit to the home of my cousin Terry he was showing me round and I remarked that I liked this pair of pictures. He simply took them off the wall and gave them to me!! At the time they were in heavy,ornate frames so there was no way I could get them in a case and take them back to the UK like that. Cousin Maurice came to the rescue and removed them from the frames and I just brought back the actual pictures carefully wrapped in layers of tissue and right in the middle of the clothes in my case. When I got home I had them re-framed and they've hung on the wall ever since. They have no intrinsic value, they were done by an amateur artist who lived near my cousin. I like them because they have an old-fashioned air about them and I like the golden colour of the wood they done on, but most of all I love them because they are a constant reminder of my kind and generous cousin in Canada.


Kelli said...

How nice of your cousin to give you these two pictures, Rowan! They are very sweet, I think covered bridges are romantic. :0) I'm glad you joined in for Show and Tell!
P.s I couldn't get your link to work on Mr. Linky so feel free to try it again! said...

hi rowan,i really like your name,i used to have a school teacher,who asked the class to guess her first name,it began with R but no one could guess it! her name was ROWENA we all thought what an unusual name[as children do] but i loved it,your photo's are lovely as well,the woods i love and the differant flowers and plants,the photo's are so clear,really good.
i like pictures like the 2 you have, i have a lovely pencilled picture i found in Sheringham at Norfolk and i love it,a very simple one of 3 women outside a baker shop,i will try to put it on tomorrow, best wishes ann.

Blue the Spa Girl said...

What a nice reminder. And the top one reminds me of Bridges of Madison County, and the covered bridges. (The kind of covered bridge where you can almost hear the silence before the bugs start to chirp on a hot summer day.)

Janet said...

This is such a nice story and the pictures are beautiful. It's a lovely reminder of your visit to your cousin's home.

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

What a lovely gesture and reminder of your cousin Rowan. And those bluebells are so beautiful Wish we had them here.


Sheila said...

A lovely reminder of your visit and family in Canada.
They may have more value than you think, these things have become popular in recent years.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Good to see you posting again. I love the pictures and can quite see why you admired them. What a kind gift to remind you of a special visit.

Naturegirl said...

Such a nice memory for you and How nice that you have Canadian relatives!Have you been to Montreal recently ? I agree with kelli covered bridges do make romantic photos.from a Canadian gal NG

KerrdeLune (Cate) said...

These are beautiful pictures, Rowan, and I love the gold background.

PAT said...

Hi Rowan...
I love the pictures and best of all I love their story!

I enjoyed this post and your previous post, too!

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Remiman said...

The pictures are warm and nostalgic. They look like woodburned images?
You are right on about thier value being in the giving between friends, new and renewed, as much as anything.