I stumbled across this photo this morning and it brought back so many memories that I decided to use it today. From the left we have Twin1, MissM, Twin2. I’m guessing that MissM is 2-3 years of age and the boys 4-5. The boys were obviously about to go to a pirate birthday party. You can see that Twin1 is holding the ‘parrot’ invitation in his hands.
This photo was taken on the front stairs of our previous house. It was the one and only house that we built but the second home we lived in since being married (not counting the unit we rented when first married). All our children were born when we lived in this house. We moved in around June 1991 and lived there for 17 years! I really miss it. So much of me and us is in that house – the beautiful hand-made terracotta tiles imported from Mexico, the gardens that we landscaped and edged ourselves, our initials in the slab where the garden shed sits and so much more. We wanted to stay there. We investigated extending by building up but we would only have ended up over capitalizing. You see, we had outgrown the house. We were bursting at the seams. There was not enough storage, not enough room for us, so with heavy hearts we sold and moved.
Can you see our old cat ‘Monty’ up further on the stairs. He was a beautiful gentle cat and lived till he was 12 years of age. When we lived in our first house, a neighbour a couple of houses down our street moved out and abandoned their cat. Their cat turned quite feral and had a couple of kittens. Monty is one of those kittens. The other kitten went to some friends of ours. The abandoned cat went on to have another litter of kittens that were feral like the mother had become. We managed to catch the mother and all of those kittens and took them to the RSPCA. It was the smartest and kindest thing to do.
So this photograph reminds me of many things – how quickly time flies (it only seems like yesterday my kids were little like this); Monty our gorgeous gentle old cat; our much-loved home that we sadly had to leave. It also reminds me of that street we used to live in. We had great neighbours who became good friends. Many of us had small children so we used to socialize quite frequently. Those were such great days!
Today I’m linking up with the Camera Chronicles – Flashback Friday