Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Memories are made of this

I spent a little time in town today at my parents home. They are starting to look at downsizing and wanted to go through some  treasures that are stored in the basement . and What treasures we found!!! 
This little box of goodies 


Contained my dads 8mm  movie camera, can you imagine cranking it to take a movie??? 



 And my very first camera!!! A Brownie Reflex,it was already an antique when I got it , you looked down through the viewfinder and it showed the reflection of the photo you were going to take . Black and white only! 

 My photography skills have come an awfully long way since then!
We also unearthed a box of  manuscripts and plays  written by my great grandfather George Palmer!,He  had several published works and was instrumental in the Regina  theatre scene many years ago ! 
I guess, with so many avid readers and prolific writers in my heritage I come by my love of literature and writing  honestly ! 

Then  there is this chair, so many times I tagged along on antique hunts with mom, I have to admit I was often bored and uninterested but now looking back...

This chair is unique and beautiful in an odd way and one of my favorites 
 AN Edison gramophone is perfect working order 
(sorry it is sideways , but blogger and I cannot  work out our differences on this issue )


 Behind you can  catch a glimpse of moms beautiful porcelain antique and specialty doll collection. That I was interested in and I had a small collection of my own started years ago, still have them packed away , maybe someday I will get them out and display them . Cannot say I was always bored on the trips, i did eventually with the dolls collect and entire set of antique china , that I still proudly own and use ! 
And speaking of antique dollies...
Man I was a cute  kid!!!! LOL
So much more to go through ,and memories to recapture.
Stay safe , and as Old man winter lets us feel his  chill, stay warm my friends

14 comments:

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

What fun.... digging, looking and deciding which items to keep... yes displaying all those goodies can be a task! Those cameras - old ones (priceless memories!).

Paint Girl said...

Aren't memories great? Love that chair! And what an adorable kid you were!! Sounds like a great time!!

RoeH said...

Wow. Bell and Howell. I'd forgotten about that brand. Is it even still in existence? Mine was a Brownie Hawkeye and it took 12 photos (B&W because they were cheaper) and two weeks to get the we pics back with only 2 that came out enough to be keepable. And that chair! I want it. :)

GoLightly said...

WOW, those are truly antiques, except for you of course. You aren't even a half-century old yet!
What a cute little girl you were:)

WAY cool, I love that chair, and the gramophone?
That's worth some bucks, girl!!

aurora said...

Your parent's clearly have good taste. Good luck choosing what best to do with such unique memories/things. I love the cameras & chair, and of course that cute picture of you is priceless!

Reddunappy said...

What finds!!
If that camera works still, its probably worth something! LOL
Love that chair!

Nicole said...

How awesome to find those gems, especially the old camera. Does it still work?

Shirley said...

Those cameras would be perfect displayed in a photography studio. That chair is amazing, never seen one like it. Take it to antiques roadshow! The most priceless is the photo of you, likely taken with one of those old cameras.

Crystal said...

I love that chair too, it is so unique! And so fun looking through old photos too.

C-ingspots said...

How fun!! And yes, you were a cute kid...I remember those pics, when our mom got us all dressed up and we went to the photographer's place and were posed, and colored with rosy cheeks. Seems so long ago...

Margaret said...

Adorable baby photo... and I love the chair!

kden said...

Oh my! How much fun. I'm sure I saw a Brownie in my house when I was young. And that chair is adorable. I look back on some things that I thought were stupid when I was younger and they're pretty cool now. Maybe I'm the antique ;-)

Rising Rainbow said...

Looks to me like pickers would love to be digging through that basement with you........some real treasures there. I love the chair. Remember seeing a similar style, but not nearly as ornate somewhere in my travels. Cool to be reminded of it.

Cheyenne said...

OH my, I seriously am a little in awe. That last picture is so beyond precious...and these memories you have are priceless as well. So interesting to hear about your great great Grandfather. What a rich legacy he left and yes, I do believe that the proverbial apple did not fall far from the tree. How could you not love the written word? Thank you SO much for sharing all this! I love it that you have "us" in mind when looking through stuff & captured some photos to share with us all. Yes, a true writer & photographer!