This year is a biggie for our little family. My husband Jud @helpfulhistory is turning 50 – yikes – that always means I’m just a couple of years behind. I’ll put that to the back of my mind for now. The other milestone for us is we will be celebrating our 20 year wedding anniversary. Now I’m not exactly sure how this all happened (and so quickly) but there’s not much we can do about it except celebrate.
Anyhoo what all of these milestones have led to is a rummaging through old photos to put a couple of albums together (sshhh – don’t tell Jud). It’s not an easy or quick task because inevitably I get sidetracked and nostalgic. A warm, sentimental haze comes over me and I then start reminiscing about the good old days – mostly the 1970’s of course. So my inspiration this week comes from this period and of course all things vintage and retro, starting with me and my gorgeous Dad.
|Circa 1975. Lovin’ Dad’s Tom Jones look and those red and orange floral curtains are forever etched into my memory.|
|The Oasis Gardens in Sunnybank was a place that I frequented a lot as a youngster in the 1970’s and 1980’s. It was spectacular. Knocked down some time in the early 1990’s to make way for an ugly housing development.|
|A trip to Sydney in 1976 – my Mum, my brother and I – all wearing clothing that Mum made. Being a home economics teacher meant we very rarely wore store bought clothes.|
|This was around 1974 and I thought I was THE hottest 10 year old on the planet. Wearing one of Mum’s creations in lime green at a country family get-together.|
|Look at those beach umbrellas! Circa 1973 – Tallebudgera Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland|
|Loved playing dress ups – blue eyeshadow and heels! Perfect.|
|More home made outfits. Loving the upstyle hair-do on Mum.|
|What more could a girl want – capri pants, cute cardie and a pink Holden. Mum circa 1963|
|Every Saturday morning Mum would catch the tram into the city and have her hair styled and set for the week. Our busy lives mean we just don’t have time for those kind of frivolities any more.|
|Jud with his Mumma on the beach around 1964. Why can’t I buy a bathing cap like that anywhere?!|
|Jud’s parents around 1962. Another lovely cardie, teamed with a pretty full skirt.|
And this is only the tip of the iceberg. So many photos to sort through. I know things always seem better than they actually were through sentimental glasses but I really do love this era. I wish someone would invent a way to go back to a time and place that no longer exist. The places sometimes do but they just aren’t the same anymore. Do you have a favourite era? What is it that you love about it?