I have been taking photos since I was about eleven or twelve I would say. Back in the day I was 'that' friend who always had her camera and recorded what we got up to. Not a lot has changed since then. Recently I scanned a huge amount of my dads old slides that recorded my childhood and it definitely stirred up memories of a happy life.
Born in 1962, the third and final daughter to a pretty good looking couple.
With a strong Blonde gene.
I still have the Pink onesie from the top left photo, unfortunately it no longer fits!! How big was my case on my first day of school. Wonder what was packed inside it? I look like I was leaving home not starting school!!
My sisters and I were lucky to grow up in a time when families did things together. Our mum stayed at home to raise us, made our clothes and our father provided us with a stable home and many a happy holiday. I tried to give my lads a similar up bringing, which in this day and age isn't quite the norm. They like me have zillions of memories of family holidays and good basic fun.
I am still good friends with these girls of my younger days.
Leonie top left and centre, Lou-lou-belle top right, Dawn bottom left, and Annette bottom right. We have all managed to keep in touch over the years, one way or another. In the top left photo is Karen and I have recently re connected with her via good old social media 'Facebook'. Lucky us old birds know how to socialise the modern way!! I often think of blogging as having pen pals.
Those teenage years in the late 70s and early 80s were pretty carefree and easy going. Life was all good for me. Summers were spent at the beach. TOF always refers to me as 'that tree hugging hippy'. We met when I was 18, me all sweet and innocent, him a bloke nearly 3 years my senior. There were other boyfriends but he was the one.
One constant in my life has and always will be my sister Helen. Sisters and friends the very best combination. Someone knows me and my confidant. Thanks for always being there.
When most of my friends were traveling overseas or starting families early I was having home perms and hanging out with my niece and nephews. I have never traveled out of my country, I just didn't find the need or desire. My love of the beach will be forever, NZ is perfect for me. Before you think what a sad thing I was, I had a healthy social life even with those perms!!
I cannot imagine a home without pets in it. Growing up I had a lamb, rabbit, chickens, numerous cats and a dog. My boys have grown up in the same pets welcome environment.
My bedroom was my room to decorate how I wished. No rules about pins in walls for me. Funny looking back how I thought I was fat, what did I know!?
The art of selfies is nothing new!!!
Not strictly a follower of fashion, more a follower of what I liked even back then. Jumpsuits, double denim, hand knitted ferile cardy (yes made by me) and of course those perms!!!
Still love a pretty frock over jeans!!
Then TOF came back into my life, my own superhero (PJs made by me for him!) my partner in crime even if it was a dress up party. The rest as you say is history.
I will always take photos, it is my passion. I look forward to grandchildren, family milestones such as birthday and such things to keep my trigger finger working. Until then you will have to be content with my garden, my pets, my family and ME!!
Hope I haven't bored the last breathe out of you all with this post!!