The first Sunday in the month, again! The fourth of this year and so time for Storytelling Sunday 3 - 'Pick your Precious' - organised so wonderfully by Sian of From High in the Sky. If you pop over to her blog once you have read my story you will find her story for today (always a brilliant read) plus links to lots of other wonderful stories.
So, what have I chosen this month?
My shelf of photo albums. These are all the photos I have taken since Hugh and I got engaged, 27 years ago, up to 2009. I am slowly moving them into slip in albums as the 'sticky' ones I have been using are starting to eat the photos.
Ah yes, and these albums. These are photos I have taken from when I got my first camera when I was 8, up until Hugh and I got engaged! There are a few of my first scrapbooks too, from before I knew about scrapbooking and stuck photos and memorabilia and journalling into the old sugarpaper books to keep everything together.
And these are the most current photo albums, from 2009 to present day, although most of last year's photos are waiting to go into albums as I only put them in once I have scrapped what I want to scrap! And yes, although I take digital photos and store them on the computer, I still print out the majority as I love to look at real photos in real photo albums!
So, why are these so precious? Well, they hold such wonderful and dear memories - of my first meeting with Hugh, of my younger days, of people who are no longer with me, of my children from bump to present day, of wonderful holidays, of special occasions and also of the mundane. I quite often take down an album and look through it, either on my own or with one of the children. When my Mum comes round she likes to look through the older ones with me, as does my sister and her children. So not only are they wonderful memories for me, but I get to spend time with people I love and share those memories with them too. Hugh would also tell you that I use them to prove a point to him about, for example, when we decorated a room, or when we went on a particular holiday!
So, to finish, here are a couple of photos of my old scrapbooks!
|Even did journalling here! It was actually the diary I kept whilst I was away with the school in Scotland.
|I bet we all remember Strawberry Shortcake!
|A bit of journalling next to each photo and a ticket for a boat ride
|Receipt from the bar where we had an icecream and the umbrella from the icecream.