Category Archives: 1960s

Ghosts of Christmas past (Object 177)

For many of us, Christmas is the time of year when we think most acutely of family, especially of those we have lost. I know that for a lot of people the childhood memories are not always pleasant, which can … Continue reading

Posted in 1960s, Dad, Mum, Parents, Peggy Lane, nee Peigi Murray (maternal grandmother) | Tagged | 1 Comment

Dalmatians and Croatians (Objects 174-176)

I have just been away for a brief but enjoyable city break to Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast. This seems as good an excuse as any to feature these 2 very different Dalmatian dogs from the Usmeum, and my memories … Continue reading

Posted in 1960s, 1980s, Dad, Mum, Ornaments ("ordiments"), Parents, Photographs | Tagged | 2 Comments

Blood brothers

Today is Brother 1’s 60th birthday. It doesn’t seem that long ago that the above photo was taken, in the early 1960s. He is on the right, Brother 2 in the natty bow tie on the left, myself in the … Continue reading

Posted in 1930-1949, 1950s, 1960s, Lane family, Letters, cards and documents, Mum, Peggy Lane, nee Peigi Murray (maternal grandmother), Photographs | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Common People (objects 157-159)

This lovely lino cut of a Dartmoor pony by Paxton Chadwick is one of my favourite pictures. It was given to me for my 18th birthday by the artist’s widow, Lee Chadwick. It wasn’t framed but she had added a … Continue reading

Posted in 1930-1949, 1960s, 1970s, Books, Communism, Dad, Mum, Paintings and sketches, Parents | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Miss You (object no.156)

This little porcelain calf ornament is another one of the china animals from my collection that I’ve kept for sentimental reasons, even though this one was not a gift from a relative or friend or anyone else: I bought it … Continue reading

Posted in 1960s, 1970s, Ornaments ("ordiments") | Leave a comment

Elephant March (for Miles) (object 155)

Like the animals in my previous post, this family of china elephants is another treasured “ordiment” from an “auntie,” Auntie Peggy, another Margaret who was not a real auntie but a close family friend. In my mind this charming quintet … Continue reading

Posted in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Ornaments ("ordiments") | Tagged | Leave a comment

Rain dogs (objects 149-154)

This tiny lead ornament, which is less than 2 inches (5cm) high, is a precious souvenir of someone who was hugely important in my childhood (as well as offering an irresistible opportunity for me to use another favourite song title). … Continue reading

Posted in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Mum, Ornaments ("ordiments"), Photographs | Tagged | Leave a comment