Friday, January 24, 2020

Sepia Saturday 504

The theme for Sepia Saturday is all about childhood, children at play  and the things we used to play on. Looking through my old family photos, I did not come across much to fIt the theme exactly, but I found some interesting shots of children at play which I am happy to share.

 This first one - not very clear shows my uncle (in white on the right) with some of his school mates with a decorated goat cart. Taken around 1916, I would guess.

 Not from my family photos,but cute nevertheless.  Two little girls in a toy cart.

My English cousins with pony. Late thirties.

My cousins Glen and Roger taken around 1944.  Pedal cars were all the rage in my childhood.

Some of my many cousins visiting grandparents.  Taken in the early forties

Our street gang. Very few candid snaps in those days - children were always posed for photos. I'm on the right with missing front teeth. Circa 1946.

The gang again, but now expanding in numbers. Taken around 1950.

Finally a swing.  My brother and I  - he in his first school uniform. He was so proud of it, he wanted to wear it all the time. Circa 1949

Even big kids like swings!

Liz Needle - linking with Sepia Saturday.

Saturday, January 18, 2020


Australia has recently been hit by devastating bushfires which have done enormous damage to the environment, native fauna, private property, vineyards, orchards, farms, livestock and human lives.

We watched in horror as the fire unfolded before our eyes. This is the scene from our front veranda early in the morning of the Adelaide Hills fire. An hour later as the fire got closer we evacuated.

We were able to return late that night to find that we were some of the lucky ones. Our property was safe. The next morning we realised just how lucky. The wind had changed an hour or so after we left and the fire was diverted around us, some 300 metres away on two sides.

Morning revealed the total devastation 300 metres away - burnt out paddocks, homesteads, scrub as far as the eye could see - tens of thousands of hectares gone!. I took a few photos, but my heart wasn't in it. Too much sadness and emotion.

Liz Needle  -  linking with Skywatch Friday

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sepia Saturday 502

Perfect. Just up my alley!  I have so many group photos I hardly know where to start. After 55 years of teaching, a teacher mother and numerous teaching uncles, aunts, cousins, bothers-in-law etc, my access to group photos is unlimited.

However I have decided to stick with family photos as these are more interesting to me.

My husband's great grandfather Captain Alexander Frederick Boord was a seaman and a pilot  He and his wife had a large family of 13 children  - mainly daughters - and he was known locally as 'the pilot with many daughters".

 Below is a family photo the Boord children - several of them died at an early age and do not appear here.

And Captain Boord and his brood.

And this is of a Boord wedding - circa 1914. Captain Boord is third from the left in the back row. The bride - his daughter Nellie Rae is third from right in the front row.

To jump forward to around 1948. Here we have some of the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Captain Boord. The lady in the centre front is his daughter Lydia Rosa Needle, with two of her daughter to the left of her and her grandchildren. Her son Ronald had six sons of whom my husband Don was the second.

 Here are 5 of the 6 Needle boys as youngsters

And below the 6 Needle boys as adult. My husband is the beardless one.

Liz Needle  -  linking with Sepia Saturday

Monday, December 02, 2019

Sepia Saturday 498

Sepia Saturday this week is about women working in factory conditions. 

During the war one of my aunts worked in the munitions factory in Adelaide. Most of the younger men were away at war, so many women stepped in to do the jobs that men would have normally been employed to do.

My photos this week are celebrating the women who worked perhaps as part of the family business, or to support their families, to support themselves as independent women or because they were passionate about their careers.

Working on the family farm, to provide milk for the household.

A school nurse dealing out medicine - perhaps cod liver oil?

My great -aunt Laura in her first teaching position (above) and later as a senior teacher, much admired by her teenage students.

Women working in clothing manufacture businesses.

circa 1910?

circa 1920-30?

circa 1950?

I'm just guessing dates, judging by clothes and hairstyles.

Liz Needle  -  linking with "Sepia Saturday 498"

Friday, November 29, 2019

Skywatch Friday

I often feature this tree in my skywatch sots. Love the blue in this sky. Have a great weekend everyone.

Liz Needle - linking with  "Skywatch Friday".

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Weekend in Black and White

Inspiration this week from a restaurant.

Liz Needle  -  linking with "The Weekend in Black and White".

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sepia Saturday 497

 The theme photo this week shows  a portrait of a beautiful woman, so I thought I would share some of the beautiful women in my family.

A cousin of my mothers  - Magdalene (Lene)
                       My grandmother 'Minnie"
My Aunt Ida

                   Another of my mother's cousins  - Ida

One of my cousins - Kathy

                                               Kathy's sister Mary
 My cousin Dorothy and me

Another cousin - Janet

My Great Grand-mother   - Anna

 And last, but not least  -  my mother, Laura

Liz Needle  -  linking with Sepia Saturday

Friday Skywatch

I didn't take this shot for the sky, rather for the rare sight of a Wedge-tailed Eagle's nest. This was taken in the far north of South Australia off the road to William Creek.  This is the real Australian outback.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia's largest raptor with a wing span of up to 2.5 metres.

The photo below was of a rescue eagle at a raptor facility.

Liz Needle  -  linking with  "Skywatch Friday"