Who is / was the man you called Dad? Where was he born, go to school, grow up, work? Who were his parents? Do you have a special memory ?

I chose not to write about my Dads final years and battle with dementia that will be for another time.

The image above was compiled by  my daughter Amanda in memory of her Pa.

You can write as much or as little as you like and the prompts posted yesterday may help you focus.

The workbook sheet I posted yesterday should be helpful  and my tips for writing this week are

  1.   Concentrate on answering the question . I tried to write everything I could think of. I wrote 12 pages and added photos. The task overwhelmed me.
  2.  Make dot points about incidents & memories you would like to chronical and you can go back to these later when you have time
  3.  Don’t try to do it all  it won’t work

READY SET GO —————-. Time to tell a story 🙂


Morse’s Cottage Campbells Creek



Orphans waiting to be rescued

Orphans waiting to be rescued

How often do we see items like this is in second-hand shops, recycle centres and on Ebay.

This posting just popped up in my news feed and made me think about the stuff we all have stored.  What will happen  to your precious records, and photos? Will your family look at shoe boxed full of bits and pieces and  just “chuck ” it out?

Here are three short steps to ensure this does not happen to your documents

  1. Label all photos  write on rear with pencil – name, date, place

2. Keep your collection labelled and indexed  in file boxes or folders.

3.  Most importantly have a discussion with your children, about how to dispose of these items if they are no longer wanted.

Local Museums, Historical Societies even the National Archives  will accept donations.
If you feel you can’t discuss it – put your requests in writing and keep the letter with the documents.

But the best thing of all—— Involve your family in their history.

Bring it alive and make it part of their day to day life.

I hope these beauties find a good home  – I may even put in a bid myself.

This is the accompanying  sellers description

One family collection of antique photos and documents. 

There are roughly 46 photos all up and  numerous documents and vintage cards all came from the same Australian family once collection.  All the photos are Australian

Lot includes
-2 victorian Australian cabinet cards both in very good condition didn’t come out in photo ^ 
-2 1956 wedding invites 
-damaged 1897 certificate 
– 3 pages of burkes peerage Sudely family
-4 loose photos
-1912 death certificate
-6 vintage cards
-2 vintage albums
Album one-
-17x19cms 12 double sided pages with 19 photos inscription 1942 (album tatty)
Album two-
-25.5cmsx 21 cms no back cover 15 double side pages some blank, some with photos and some with just with photo corners
21 photos with photo corners and 5 vintage cards stuck in
Great collection, great photos  Condition of albums and documents is not very good rather tatty photos are generally in good condition

Week 2 Challenge additional info

I have been asked how I drew the floor plan.  Have fun

You don’t have to draw the floor plan of the house but for those of you who do want to this is how I did it – I used Excel.

Then I used a program similar to this to cut and paste symbols

Week 2 Challenge Question

Week 2 Challenge Question

WEEK 2 – challenge question
When and where were you born?  Which child are you ? Brothers and sisters ?
Capture the memories of the house you grew up in and the neighbourhood as you saw it.ascot vale

What do you remember the most about the house?  The people, a place to play hide and seek, helping in the garden, building a cubby house under the table on a wet day?


Help! My photos are stuck in the album!

Help! My photos are stuck in the album!

Are you faced with a sticky problem removing old photos from one of those terrible 1970s to 1980s photo albums?

When you are writing you may want to add images to enhance and add interest to your work.

What do you do when you are face with  the terrible photo albums of the 1960s to 1980s?

You can scan and then use a snipping tool  or you can try to remove the photos to reduce  further damage.

No guarantees this will work as there are so a number of  variables but it is worth a try.

  1. Take a photo of the photograph in situ  or scan it if you can.
  2. This way if damage is done you still have a copy
  3. Try using plain waxed dental floss or quilting thread run through a beeswax block  to lift the photo from the page

If your photo is precious and irreplaceable  consider using a professional conservator.

I have used this technique and had mixed results. Good  luck.