Sunday, 5 August 2012

Storytelling Sunday ~ Lazy Days of Summer

From the days when summers seemed endless and the sun always shone.

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When we got up in the morning, met the other children in our little close and spent the day in the fields behind our homes. Only returning when we got hungry.

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These photos triggered a whole host of memories from childhood summers. The boy on the left was literally the boy next door, next to him is my younger brother, then the boy who lived ‘up the top’ and lastly my nine year old self. Look at those flares! Well it was the seventies.

On my back I’m carrying a rucksac of sorts, that I made from a curtain remnant my Gran gave me. Inside was an exercise book filled with the cards that came free in boxes of tea, depicting wild flowers and birds. There would have been I-Spy books too (remember those?) and a container to collect wild flowers in, for pressing later.

I could go on…..and on. Happy days.

More Lovin’ Summer than Summer Lovin’, which is Sian’s theme for Storytelling Sunday this month. There will be plenty mores tales to read over there. Why not pop in and maybe share one of your own.

22 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

Don't our summers of old sound idyllic....shame children today don't get that freedom. We played in Epping Forest all day....only coming home when we got hungry.

Annie said...

Children of today seem to have so much but in fact they really do miss out on much more. Let's turn back the clocks for them. :-)
Hugs,
A x
ps fab pic

Sian said...

Oh, you took me right back! The sun seemed so watm and the flares so - flappy :) But happy, happy times! A lovely nostalgic tale to put a smile on my face on a pretty wet and dull day here today. Thank you for adding it to our collection

Becky said...

Oh yes! What wonderful photos and memories - I remember those books and going off with my friends too!

KraftyKaren said...

Awww how lovely. I wish I had photos from the 70s - we were so lucky my grandparents lived on a farm and use to spend the whole of the summer with them, such happy days.

Karen x

Missus Wookie said...

We were just talking about iSpy books - both of my kids had them as I insisted :) Neither remember them much tho :( Lovely memories and story - and amazing having those photos too.

heart.hearth.home. said...

Great photographs of happy summer days. Those days seemed endless then, occupied with friends. My two daughters were never inside the house watching tv as a lot of children are now.

Lisa-Jane said...

Its funny but your photo reminded me of endless hours out playing with other kids in my childhood but I can't imagine letting my kids go out alone anytime soon! The colours in your photos reminded me of my old long gone photos too.

Beverly said...

It seems like we lived in a much more peaceful and relaxed era doesn't it? I love this photo and the memories it evoked for you :)

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely post, seems like a souvenir of my summers too! It didnt seem to rain much in our childhood, huh!

Mitra Pratt said...

So sweet loved those eye spy book...

Maria Ontiveros said...

I think my brother owned that same striped shirt of your boy next door! LOL! I loved growing up like that, too. We had such freedom.
Rinda

Amy said...

Life is very different now ... filled with scheduled events and lacking the carefree attitude we all once had. You photos are sensational!

furrypig said...

wow how lucky were you to have those fields behind your house! I definitely remember I spy books what great memories

Ginger said...

I miss those lazy days of summer, a very nostalgic feel here. We would ride our bikes into town to visit with our grandparents :)

Jane said...

childhood memories, so special!

alexa said...

Wonderfully nostalgic ... they don't make summers like those any more. Sigh!

humel said...

What a lovely, warm, nostalgic post! Happy times :)

Jaki Morris said...

Summers were always like that when we were children, weren't they?

Ah, 1979 I remember it well. September 1979 I started work in Midland Bank, 79 Western Road Brighton! I was 16 and fresh out of school, seems like only yesterday

Jakix

Chipper said...

This is the one thing I miss about moving back to the city, not being able to let my kids run free and only come home when they got hungry. **sigh** city life really doesn't allow this. It is a shame that we have to be so protective of our children. Your story is how it should be!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

These are adorable photos! You and I were on the same track this month with our summer childhood memories. :o)

Melissa said...

What great photos & memories. I had to smile reading about the free cards in the tea boxes becase we are always on the look out for old cards like that as Robbie is an avid trading card collector! Oh for a peak inside that bag.