Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Tuesday's Treasure

Today I thought I'd share a memory, it's of my beloved Grandmother "Marnie". Marnie was central to her family, we all congregated at a place to celebrate birthday's, xmas or just to get together. My fondest memory of Marnie was when I was little and joining her and her bowls ladies for morning tea. We used her lovely china, ate pikelets and cupcakes and I remember lots of laughing.
Marnie was born in Wales and travelled to Australia on a boat. She even met her future husband Donald (Pop) on that journey. They married in secret when she was a primary school teacher, the secrecy was so she could continue teaching as married women did not work. Her bridal bouquet was a bag of sausages her mother had asked her to buy when she went to town.
When I saw this quilt at the Hobart Craft Show it reminded me of her and of the women I saw when I visited her at a nursing home in her last year of life. I loved the story that accompanied it.
Marnie and Pop played a huge role in my life when I was little whilst Mum and Dad both worked full time, they cared for me, took me on trips, taught me to read and count. I love both of them and miss them. I hope one day we meet up again in another life.

26 comments:

nerines said...

That's lovely and gorgeous quilt:)

Karen 'n Chris said...

An absolute Treasure. Gorgeous quilt and beautiful poem. I have the same type of image of my Nana in my memory too. I wish she was still here, I have so much to show her.

Janice said...

What lovely memories to have. I only had my Grandma up till I was nine and she didn't live locally. You are blessed to have had such a wonderful relationship with your grandparents.

BubzRugz said...

What a special treasure - wonderful memories of a very special person......... Hugz

Robyn said...

Jo what a wonderful memory to share.
Thanks.
The quilt is wonderful too and I think it's so important to think about how these dear folks spend their time as we too will be there one day.

We should treasure our elderly so much more :-)
A wonderful post.

Joy said...

Jo what lovely memories of your dear Marnie you have. You're so lucky, I don't remember much about mine except of course that I loved them ;o). The last time I saw either of my grandmothers I was very young.
That's a really beautiful quilt too, thanks for sharing :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

teresa said...

Beautiful memory Jo... My Gran also played a huge part in my life when I was little. Loved the quilt and especially the words that went along with it.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What a lovely post Jo. I really miss my wonderful granny too. Lucy xxx

Sandi Butler said...

What lovely memories of your grandmother, Jo, she sounded like a wonderful woman.

Liz said...

Thank you for sharing the memories . I know how much I loved my gran and nan.

clare's craftroom said...

Jo what a lovely post , I love that poem . Thanks so much for playing .

Elyte said...

Lovely post Jo. I never had grandparents around me so I missed out on those lovely memories.

Maree: said...

Lovely Post & Awesome Quilt..
cheers

mandapanda said...

Oh Jo, you are so very luckt to have such beautiful and treasured memories of your Grandparents! I never knew my Dad's parents, and I didn't grow up near my Mum's, so I don;t have any special memories like that to cherish! I envy you those childhood days of piklets and laughter! Thanks so much for sharing!

suz said...

what a lovely memory to share with us. That quilt is wonderful.

Sheila said...

You were very fortunate to have such a special grandmother , lovely story .

Sue said...

What a lovely story. I love the idea of a sausage bouquet.

julia said...

Thanks for sharing your story - it really touched me...
The quilt you found at the craft show is awesome - but even more with the beautiful sentences describing the designer's intentions...

DAWNIE said...

A lovely tribute to your Grandmother - yes very special Grandmothers

Rebecca Dippel Designs said...

I have the same memories and my grandmother was the hub of our family. Amazed how one person can hold all of us together. A Wonderful treasure

Bec said...

A beautiful quilt and a beautiful post.

Melody said...

An amazing quilt and very touching words. Thank you for sharing

rozhearts said...

That is such a special memory Jo To remember the special people in our lives enriches us all.
Thanks for sharing such a treasure.
(((HUGS))) Roz.

Allie said...

What a sweet tribute to your Grandmother. That quilt sure is a tear-jerker.

Margaret said...

Too lovely to say anymore than thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

What a special story and a wonderful relationship you had with your grandparents , we are not all that fortunate .