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    Miss Fannie
    Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:03 pm Groupie
    Just checking in to say hello. Be blessed today.

    Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:51 am
    Forum Host
    Hi Frankie/Miss Fannie!

    These photos are nothing to look at, just memories from the past! I have a lot of these ancient recipe books -- most are falling apart. One was published in 1906. Unfortunately It's impossible to photograph them, really! Most are from my 2 grannies, and some from Mom's days as a young housewife during the war years.

    These are just some pages, with my granny and my mom's handwriting (recipes) on empty pages. I wish I could leave these books to a museum -- no-one else will be interested, and it's sad that so much will probably simply be thrown away one day.

    The scribbled recipe on an open page of a recipe book (bottom photo) is my maternal granny's handwriting. I noticed how English words are often used among the Afrikaans.

    Miss Fannie
    Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:48 pm Groupie
    Zurie, I love old handwritten recipes from our mothers and grandmothers. You are so fortunate to have such treasures. So many of them cooked by memory from watching their own mom or grandmothers cook. Most of what I cook for my family is like that. I have just started making it a new habit to cook all kinds of recipes. I am blessed to have my DH's grandmother's amd mother's books, but nothing from my own side of the family.
    Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:56 pm
    Forum Host
    Oh Zurie those books are so cool! Are those in Dutch?

    I have one that is in a plastic bag because it is in down to just pages, my grandmother used to hold it together with a rubber band.
    Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:10 am
    Forum Host
    No, it's Afrikaans. It is clear that paper was scarce (remember WW2 and its shortages) and as recipes were passed on between women, they scribbled them down on empty pages in their meagre recipe books.

    I have two of those long ones, with a recipe for every day of the year! All contributed by various women.

    Apart from cakes and pies my mom and grannies didn't really use recipes for daily dinners. Mom was a great instinctive cook.
    Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:36 pm
    Forum Host
    What a great keep sake to bad our children don’t full appreciate what history and memories they hold.
    Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:15 pm
    Forum Host
    Fanny, this was actually a brilliant idea for a thread, and it's a pity so few dropped in to have a look. There should be so many "memory lane" photos out there!!

    I came across this bad, very old film photo, dated 1983. It's shocking to see how young my husband looks, and the blurry child left is now 42 years old, with his own family!

    Dad, who passed on in 2011, just 4 months short of his 100th birthday, is carving a leg of lamb roast. In front I can see Mum's gorgeous chicken pie. We were visiting from Johannesburg -- this must have been during December school holidays.

    Good memories, but also a bit sad ... So long ago.

    Miss Fannie
    Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:03 pm Groupie
    Zurie, I was struck by the warmth and comfort evident around yor mother"s dinner table. Your son was blessed to have had such an experience. So many memories are bittersweet. I wish families today took more time with each other around the is so hectic. DH and I have started taking all of our meals in the formal dining room. It gets us away from the kitchen mess, phone, and TV. We have started walking after dinner then sitting on the front poarch. It is time to savor every moment. Thank you for sharing your precious family photos in this thread, We live in separate parts of the world, yet I have grown fond of our connection. Take care...I am off to the ZWT9 thread to complete the Acadian Exodus challenge.

    Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:11 pm
    Forum Host
    Yes this thread was a wonderful idea and I really thought more would just drop by to chat and share memories.

    Children do seem to do better with a strong family supporting them as they grow. You said old and 1983 in the same sentence but to me that still feels just like yesterday.

    We never took a lot of photos and definitely not at the table as my grandmother would have had a fit.
    Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:37 am
    Forum Host
    That's the bad thing I realised when this thread began --- none of us ever took photos where the family and/or relatives were eating!! It tends to be beach shots, or posed shots, but nothing of the informal shots we would take today!

    How I wish I'd taken lots of photos of our family at the table -- I had so many wonderful uncles and aunts and cousins, and we've had grand times during holidays, and especially getting together for Gran's birthday for a party ... yet NO photos. What a loss! icon_sad.gif
    Miss Fannie
    Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:40 am Groupie
    Maybe we can encourage our adult children to start taking more photos at family gatherings.
    Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:47 am Groupie
    Since we're tripping down memory lane, here I am with my bride 41 years ago today, and then in Feb 2012 at a family function.

    I like to think we've aged well for three kids, many job changes and the day-to-day challenges that all married couples face. Happy anniversary to my lovely bride. I would do it all over again with her.
    Miss Fannie
    Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:16 am Groupie
    Still handsome and lovely after so many years, Joe. Happy Anniversary to you both.
    Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:51 pm Groupie
    Thank you, Miss Fannie. icon_biggrin.gif
    Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:48 am
    Forum Host
    That's real Memory Lane stuff, Joe!! You two were a lovely couple, and you're still lovely. How nice that you posted these photos!!! wave.gif
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