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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Off In Another World

My days of late have been filled with daydreams of days gone by. Of a slower pace of life; back when things where simpler and life was sweeter. I long to re-create that kind of atmosphere in my home and while I'm well aware of the advance in technology and all the modern things and trends of this world (and believe some of them have benefits), I cannot erase the fact that I am old-fashioned to the core. 

I often wonder how it would be to live a life before electricity. Granted, their lives were full of so much more intense manual labour, as no electricity means no power tools, no washing machines, ovens or dishwashers, etc; but it would have been (well to the best of my imagination) much more free from distractions. Maybe more time to smell the roses? More time to sit back and fully absorb the satisfaction of a full days work under the hot sun. A sense of high value in filling the kitchen with aromas sweet and strong; knowing bellies will be filled to the brim with the work of your hands. Just a sweet, simple life. 

I've really been lost in this 'daydream cloud' and I think it lingers over me more at Christmas time, although I don't really know why. I've seen shows on television about families who have agreed to live 'as the pilgrims' for a whole month. It would be nice to join them. Beatrix Potter comes to mind as I think of the old ways of life. The movie Miss Potter increases my desire to visit England with it's thatched roofed cottages, country gardens and cobblestone paths leading to lakes with downy ducks cooling their feathers in their morning bath. Reading by candlelight, or lamp light, snuggled under hand-made, loved stitched quilts and blankets (maybe with a kitten to snuggle too). Gardens filled with blooming beauty and home-grown bounties of produce everywhere the eye travels. 

Yesterday, I took the opportunity to capture some of this 'feathered brain' thinking by taking some old-fashioned style photographs of my oldest daughter. We had a lovely time choosing clothes and putting makeup on and then heading out to take the photographs.

Come and have a look ... 











I'm really finding it hard to choose a favourite; all of them are just so sweet and very much my girl, who also loves everything old-fashioned. I have no idea how long this olden time thinking is going to last, but I intend to enjoy every minute of it!

I hope you're having a beautiful week!


20 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! And, if you ever get a chance to visit England, the Lake District, and Beatrix Potter's house, you should. I can tell by reading this post that you would love it!

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    1. Thank you Kathleen, I know for a fact that I would love England! One day ... :)

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  2. Those are absolutely gorgeous! You did a great job and she is such a beautiful subject!! I too enjoy the old ways and I can be happy all night in the house by the fire or by candle light with a book! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you so much! She sure is a beautiful subject! Our home now doesn't have a fireplace but our old one did and it was lovely! I think I'll read by candlelight sometime very soon! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. You have a very beautiful daughter. The photos are lovely!

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    1. Thank you Phyllis, she is very beautiful!

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  4. "My days of late have been filled with daydreams of days gone by. Of a slower pace of life; back when things where simpler and life was sweeter. I long to re-create that kind of atmosphere in my home and while I'm well aware of the advance in technology and all the modern things and trends of this world (and believe some of them have benefits), I cannot erase the fact that I am old-fashioned to the core." I COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS MYSELF! I too long for those days... great pictures!

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    1. I laughed to myself when I read your comment, Melissa! It's good to know there are other 'daydreamers' out there who also long for simpler days!

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  5. The pictures are just beautiful! I am also inspired to live a simpler life. Beatrix Potter is also very popular in our house. I think this time of year makes us even more nostalgic. Thanks so much for linking up :)

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    1. Hi Suzy Mae, thanks so much for your comment. I couldn't have said it better myself; this time of year definitely makes us feel more nostalgic! Thanks for visiting :)

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  6. Love the pictures! ~ Visiting from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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    1. Thanks for visiting and saying hi, Nita! :)

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  7. What a sweet dream. I truly suspect those days though much harder in many ways, were way less stressful. I don't think we were designed to be engulfed in this world of technology the way we are. Absolutely gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing with TGI Saturdays. Blessings to you.

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    1. I completely agree with you Latisha, we really weren't supposed to be 'engulfed' in technology, as you say. The simpler the life the better, that's what I think! Thanks for the encouragement with the photos too. God bless.

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  8. Just lovely! :)

    My daughter and I also did a dress up old fashioned "picture day" together recently and it was a lot of fun!

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    1. Hi Jes! They really are great fun! The other day I found some vintage photography props at the op-shop and I'm really looking forward to taking pics of my children wearing/using them! Photo shoots are a great way to have fun together! Hope you have a beautiful week :)

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  9. Thanks for linking up at Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-It Party! Your post was pinned to our group board.

    What a fun mother daughter activity. and what a pretty girl! I love the one you took from above looking down on her.

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    1. Thanks Hil, I think that one is my favourite too. It was a really fun time! Thanks for pinning my post. Have a great week!

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  10. Lovely photos. Thanks for the inspiration. We are planning on taking family photos tomorrow to send with our Christmas cards. Posing a book lover with a book is such a perfect portrait. I linked from Strangers and Pilgrims.
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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    1. Hi Leslie, I really enjoy posing my subjects with items that are a part of who they are! I think it makes the photos more personal and adds more interest too. I hope your family photos turn out beautifully! Thank you for stopping by! Blessings to you too!

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