how one thought leads to another

My brother, back home in Sweden, has bought a scanner! It’s the kind that can scan film negatives, slides and so on. This was wonderful news to me. Gerry has so many old photos from way back, of his childhood … boxes of them … and I’ve always lamented ยซI don’t have any photos at all of my earlier life!!!ยป Well … now I do! He has already sent me 108, and that’s just for starters!

Many of them are of our town … buildings and streets that no longer are. They’re all from the 60’s, which was his big ‘photo period’ … all black and white. Others are personal, with people in them …friends and relatives. The last two batches have been from my first communion.

In one of those pictures, my teacher from grade 3 through 6 appeared. She died just last month, I read in the obituaries in the local paper, but here’s how one thought led to another: I showed these photos to Gerry and told him about them …who the people were, and so on … also, how I’d told everyone that I did not want any gifts of any sort for my confirmation.

From my teacher, still I received this beautiful little cross, to be used as a bookmark in the Bible … it was handmade by her sister, and all of a sudden I remembered that I had it here! Immediately grabbed my camera and took a picture of it.

Thanks to the Internet, I’ve now found out that this is “Bobbin Lace” [please, click on the link for an explanation]. We [girls], got to try the technique when I was a kid in school and it was extremely complicated.

April sure started out in a lovely way here and we went out for a little spin. Sunshine, no winds … the ferry over to Kingston peninsula had started again after the Winter, so we drove up there. I’m always hoping to see eagles up there, as we’ve seen so many, but no such luck today. Still … a wonderful day all together!

27 thoughts on “how one thought leads to another

  1. I love my scanner… it does negatives and slides… and I have even found a way of taking the large negatives Dad had from his old press camera , they are about a 5×7.. and making them into a picture… I love mine..

    I ‘ve scanned just about all the pictures that I have and Mom has loaned me… now my brother John who just retired has taken up scanning some for his family.. .and then working on making them better.

    I was going to say the cross looks like tatting, sort of… bobbin lace is really much harder.
    Glad you remembered it.

    1. The quality of the pictures he’s sending me, is very good! Seems to be a really good thing!

      When I looked up the Swedish word for this technique, I saw the word ‘tatting’ go by, but it wasn’t that. Found Bobbin Lace in Wikipedia..

  2. I have several boxes of childhood photos to go through, and organize. It is a task I’ve put off for years. I love your little tatted cross. I always wanted to learn to tat, but never have taken the time to do that either. It seems there’s little time to do the needlework projects I know how to do. Time … the one thing that we can never get back, yet is so elusive, so precious, and so frustrating in the way it slips by. Days turn to weeks, to months, to years, and it is impossible to fit everything in. I’m sure taking the time to reflect back to your younger days is a real treat … enjoy the memories. Perhaps soon, I’ll take the time to do the same. It seems like a worthy way to spend time, for sure.

    1. Yes, Orples … time certainly slips by — sometimes I’m surprised to find that it’s Monday again, for example. Every day is precious …we better take care of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi,
    That is really fantastic that you have now got some photos from your childhood, what a lovely surprise for you to get the photos. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love the bobbin lace cross, what a very pretty bookmark, and yes I had to click onto the link as I have never heard of bobbin lace before, it certainly looks like it takes a bit of work as well as talent, very nice.

    1. Mags,
      It’s wonderful! I’ve seen shots of people I’d almost forgotten …buildings too. It was a great surprise, that he decided to do this. I can only imagine what a task he has … he’s only sending the ones to me where I’m somehow involved …he must have hundreds of his three daughters too!

      Bobbin lace was not for me LOL

    1. Thank you, Karina.. We do have a scanner — the type that’s in the printer. This one must be much better quality though..

      1. I had a printer/scanner, and it was horrible! ๐Ÿ˜› I eventually got rid of it. It was useless. Hopefully yours works better than ours did!

        1. Ours is …not good. It would be alright if there were only texts, but not for photos. We’ll see what happens … there are so many other things I want ๐Ÿ˜‰

          1. Oh yeah, I know what you mean. I waited 8 years to finally buy a wide-angle lens…and if I hadn’t gotten a used one at B&H photo in New York, I would be waiting still!

  4. The bookmark is so pretty!
    I’m glad your brother is scanning you over some of your childhood pictures Rebekah, that type of scanner is great – I want one too!

    1. It’s very pretty and delicate … glad I still have it.
      Would be cool to have a scanner like that — Gerry still has loads of negatives and slides..

  5. Technology is amazing isn’t it. Being able to scan and save photos, and then whisk them across the world to someone else on a computer. I recently found a friend via the internet who I hadn’t seen for 50 years – and it ended up we were both living in France. Enjoy your lovely old photo-memories.

    1. It truly is amazing … I never cease to marvel over it!

      How cool, that you’re both in the same country! Have you seen each other?

    1. Thanks … also for stopping by and commenting! Every now and then I shoot in b/w, or I turn them b/w afterwards..

    1. wow! I still remember trying it, and it was extremely difficult! cool that someone knew what it was..

  6. How fun for you to get so many old photos!!! Enjoy!!

    My Swedish friend who is here in Lindsborg now does textile art. When I visited her home in 2000, she was doing bobbin lace in her house. Looked way beyond my talents. Very beautiful. My mom could tat, but I never learned. Wish I had now.

    We are more into having summer than spring. Not enjoying the heat and humidity.

    1. I’ve seen such beautiful bobbin lace … so delicate, as the thread is so thing! And I’ve seen women doing it — they who know it, are so incredibly FAST with those little things…
      I’m thinking of the nice temperatures we have now and enjoying every minute of it because I know what’s coming..

  7. I think that is fabulous your brother is able to scan all the old photos. I would love to see them. It’s nice that he is so interested. Is this scanner especially for this or is it for scanning anything. I didn’t know there were scanners just for doing that.

    The outside, loopy white part of your cross we call tatting here. My grandmother made a lot of it in her evening hours when she was no longer able to read as well because she could do the tatting by memory and feel. It is a lost art. It is beautiful. She did it around the edge of two pillow cases that she embroidered for my mom. I am assuming it was for her wedding present.

    Are those homes in the bottom photo? If so they are huge!

  8. The cross is such a lovely bookmark holding many precious memories.
    I have a printer, scanner, fax and it is o.k. but wish I had one like your brothers. Could you ask him the brand perhaps?

    Thank you for sharing these memories.

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