|Hopes and Dreams (17cm x 24 cm)|
Sadly I never knew my Grandma as she died before I was born so Aunty Elsie was a sort of surrogate Grandma. She was born in 1899 - I'm not sure when or why this photo was taken, but she looks a lot younger here than in her wedding photos of 1928, so I'm guessing it was taken around 1920, maybe her 21st birthday?
Her and her husband lived in Cottenham (near Cambridge) and were fruit and flower growers. There are pictures of them from the 1930s with strawberries and tulips they'd grown for market.
She sometimes looked after us as children and although they’d sold most of their smallholding by then, I remember feeding a donkey in the orchard behind her house. When I was in my early 20s I worked nearby and used to call and see her every week. She gave me tea and tinned salmon sandwiches, taught me how to harvest asparagus, and told me off for suggesting that at 86 she shouldn’t be up a ladder picking plums! She talked lots about people and relatives that I didn’t really know but had probably met every year on Feast Sunday without knowing who they were!
She was a lovely lady and I hope she would like what I’ve done with her photo. After some editing in photoshop I printed it onto calico. Then I added vintage lace, velvet, recycled sari ribbon and some vintage buttons.
I used to think of her a lot when I had my allotment – especially when harvesting my asparagus as when she died I was lucky enough to be given this:
her asparagus knife.