Capturing The Life That Was

Last week I purchased an external hard drive to make a double back up of my digital photo collection. Gee it was easy! I had lots of photos ( I mean LOTS) on CDs all carefully labelled and categorised and I even had proof sheets printed of what was on each disk.

It was so easy to just whip them into iphoto ( I am a Mac girl) and there they all are - in chronological order and able to be sorted in keyword categories at the click of a mouse!

I skim through all the photos they really reveal just how much I have a love affair with days gone by. There are so many photos capturing aspects of a life that was.

I am always intrigued by the lifestyle that people led in the past. The days of hard work and little reward, an instilled work ethic that is rare to come by these days, a complete life of self sacrifice to others with no chance of any recognition.

My Grandmother told me once that the girls of today just don't have the stamina to be able to do all the things they did.....and I would have to agree!

Although, I have been quoted as saying that I could do without electricity and running water, grow my food and still get by quite okay ......as long as I had wi-fi and a solar powered lap top to blog about it! LOL

Look at this tired old truck - can't you see the expression on his face ? Years of hard work can be seen across his brow!

I don't have to walk four miles to school barefoot in the snow. I haven't birthed 13 children all 9 months apart and I will never have to fight for women to get the vote..... but I really do think that there are some traditions and principles that we should not let go of in our modern world.

We should not shy away from hard work. We should only eat our fill. We should show respect to our elders. We should live within our means and we  should raise our children with values that we want to see reflected in our society.

......and then we should blog about it to share the message !


Ladybird World Mother said...

Fab post. Agree with every word. And love the photos, could see the expression on that truck so clearly!! x

Cheryl said...

One of the reasons I love blogging and following blogs so much is I have found a little community of like minded people. I too could ditch modern day trappings, but could I keep the dishwasher and the washing machine, and the electricity to power it (LOL)

Anonymous said...

You are a woman after my own heart! My younger sister often says to me that if it were a hundred years, i would fit in just perfectly. And just quietly, I think I would too :) It can feel lonely at times living a simple existence, as my husband and I do with our three children, as some people just don't understand that this is the life we chose, and love. But it is always comforting to know there are others out there that think just the same way I do.
Hope you have a great day!
P.S Love, love, love the photos!

Leilani Schuck Weatherington said...

A lovely post and wonderful pictures -- especially like the one of the truck. I recall one of my aunts had a working hand-crank phone still up into the early 1960s. Great job

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