Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A bit of family history

What a happy morning! I was browsing through some blogs and saw a post about Marken Island on Annemiek's blog, Carpe Quiltem. (Love that blog name!) She showed a place where you can get your photo taken in traditional Dutch dress.
Annemiek leaves that sort of thing to the tourists, but many years ago my family visited Marken Island and got our photo taken there. My dad was stationed in Germany in the early fifties and my family traveled around Europe with our pup tents. We took the ferry to Marken Island in 1953 (nowadays you can drive there on a road they put in) and had this photo taken. I was 2 years old -- that's me sitting in my father's lap. In the 1970's my brother worked in the Netherlands for several years and went with my sister-in-law and nieces to Marken Island, where they also dressed up and had their photos taken at the same place.

Even though I don't remember that trip to the Netherlands, I grew up looking at this picture. It made my morning to read about Marken Island on another quilter's blog.

9 comments:

Annemiek said...

This is such a nice thing: one post triggers another at the other site of the world!!
I don't want to be a "know-it all" but the pic is from Volendam on the mainland. The costumes are from Volendam anyway. isn't is funny that the same pics are made today in front of the same fireplace!? Btw: you're an adorable little girl!

jillytacy said...

What a great photo and family story! It's neat that a photo can help capture a moment that you would otherwise have no memory of!
One of the things I love about reading other people's blogs is that it often reminds you of something in your own life or sparks an idea and provides new inspiration!

floribunda said...

HI Cheri, my dad was stationed overseas in the mid fifties, too -- we lived for a year in France and one in Germany when I was 3-5 years old! No camping in pup-tents, but I do have memory "vignettes" of particular places and events!

Karol-Ann said...

What a lovely memory and photo. DH and I went to Whitby a few years back and saw a place to have our photo taken in Victorian get-up. I was keen, but he was not. Perhaps one year we'll do it with the kids!

Joyce said...

What a cute picture and a great family memory.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

love this family photo. some of my favorite photos are ones where we got dressed up and pretended to be someone else. My husband absolutely refuses though. sad. Oh, and I've got a photo like this from one a friend and I visited Holland in high school - not one of my favorites cuz it's in color and I look like a goofball.

The Quilting Pirate said...

What a great story and picture Cheri! Thanks for sharing!

Grannyspot said...

I remember that trip well! And I LOVED dressing up for that photo. (I also remember dressing up for a trip into the salt mines in Austria - we slid down a long slide!)... And I remember camping in Switzerland and Dad bet Ray $5 (a lot of money in those days!) that he couldn't catch a fish in his hands - and by golly he did it!

Laurel said...

As the niece referenced, I can say I also grew up looking at our own version of that photo, as well as the one of your (my dad's) family. They are displayed side by side in my parents' house, as you may know. Perhaps someday I'll have a chance to take my kids there and carry on the tradition. Wouldn't that be cool?!