Thursday, April 22, 2010

Life is What Happens While You are Busy Making Other Plans

Meet my Grandparents: Reginald and Louisa on their wedding day 1929.

In 1930 my father Frank arrived. Here Dad and son are at the Tower of London, most likely 1931.

They had days at the seaside. This is at Hythe Beach approx 1933. Real cutie huh?

He started sports early and later became a cub.


He joined the Royal Navy as a boy seaman at age 16.

In his early 20's he became a Petty Officer in Her Majesty's Navy. Looks very smart in his uniform!

Then he married my mother Vivien. She's the one on the right. Her twin sister Beryl is on the left. They had me in the mid 50's and started the 60's by moving to Canada. Along came a brother and two more sisters.

This is Dad standing beside a very old, very large tree on the famous Malahat highway on Vancouver Island in 1964.

And here he is again standing by a large Ponderosa pine in the Okanagan in 1995. We were living there then and he came for a visit. It was a wonderful time!

This was taken by my brother last month. I haven't done any weaving since I last wrote as my father is sick right now with a bad blood infection and is in the hospital. I'm home long enough to get laundry done and I'll get to my workshop this weekend. I'll take some pictures there at the class to share with you next time. Then I'm heading back to help these two:
My brother Kent and sister Melinda! Yes, its stressful right now, but we're working together to get Dad well again.
Weaving will be there to help me unwind from this challenge as well!

22 comments:

Laura said...

sorry your dad is ill - best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Laura

ASpinnerWeaver said...

What a great photo collection and tribute to your dad. Sorry to hear about his illness. Hope he recovers soon. ~Annie

Synnøve. said...

Il hope he get well soon.
My best whishes.

Nice to see all the photos from the early 1900 to know.
I hope your friday will be nice.
Hugs from Norway.

barbara said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Hopefully, there will be a speedy recovery for your father. Thanks for sharing the family history. Take care of yourself too, Susan.
Weaverly yours .... Barbara

ladyoftheloom said...

Hope your Dad makes a full recovery! Lovely pictures too!

LA said...

I'll keep you & your Dad in my thoughts. I had wondered if the remodel had gone suddenly haywire, but this explains it all. Your weaving will wait for you....

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

I'm so sorry - I hope your father gets on the road to recovery soon and that you're able to take care of yourself too during this stressful time. Good thoughts coming your way from here.

dorothylochmaben said...

Susan - what lovely pictures of your Father, what wonderful memories they must hold for you. Hope he will continue to improve and maintain his independence. Take care of yourself
Dorothy

bspinner said...

I enjoyed reading about your family history and see all the great pictures.

I'm so sorry to hear your dad is sick and hope he has a very speedy recrovery!!!!

charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing those lovely pictures. I hope your father gets well soon, take care!

Trapunto said...

"Life is what happens...." too true. Wow, your dad is a looker--last picture especially! I wish you all peace and health.

Spinning Out of Control said...

Ok...I have to say, and I don't want to be offensive, but your dad was HOT! I hope he feels better :(

Love your grandmother's wedding dress!

callybooker said...

Sorry that your dad is not well. Does the hospital have the technology for him to see your photo post? I'm sure he would be thrilled. Love is a great medicine!

Susan said...

I can't thank you enough for all the wonderful comments during this difficult time for my family.

Yes, my Dad was a 'hottie' in his day and even now with his English charm, the widows leave fresh baked goods on his doorstep at the building where he lives. (My Mum died in 1995)

I'm going back this coming week and it looks to be a busy one as they have determined he must have new heart valves. Big surgery and long recovery; tough at any age but tougher still when you are almost 80.

I don't think they have the technology at the hospital Cally...but he knows.

Susan

Margreet said...

Susan, sorry to hear about your Dad. Hope he gets well soon. I loved the photos that you put up! Weaving is there when you are ready for it again.

gnomenapper said...

Beautiful tribute <3

Sharon said...

Dontha hate this part? I look at your bother, your dad's look-alike. My heart is in my leaky eyes and I hope you dad hops right back up and makes you all feel foolish.

marion said...

Sorry to hear your dad is ill, I hope he gets well soon.

Janet said...

I do hope your dad gets well soon. I love the old photos.

Louisa said...

What a lovely photo-history of your dad, Susan! Almost-80 is not that old these days. I'm sure he has a great chance of recovery. Hang in there and take care of yourself too. If you need a moment away, we could get together for tea or something!

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

What a great tribute to your dad, I hope he recovers soon. I'll keep him in my prayers.

Renee said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad, hope he will have a good recovery. The pictures and story are wonderful. Just catching up after being away for a bit.