This picture was posted by a friend, and we were challenged to put our own words to it

This was what came to my mind:

Ganny Sue was my father’s step-mother. His biological mother died before I was born. My maternal Nan was a citified working woman and totally different to Ganny-Sue, who was the archetypical farm-wife; she bottled fruits and vegetables, baked bread every day and made her own clothes. She was always in the middle of some ambitious sewing project and would have a few pins stuck in her blouse, or a thimble in her pocket. She had an old dressmaker’s dummy that she called Daphne and poor old Daphne was loudly blamed if anything went wrong. My Grampy used to say to me “Old Daph’s in for it again, what say you and me take a little walk and fetch the eggs”.

Her sewing room was a delight for a little girl; she had a seat that open up to a three-tiered sewing box containing all manner of sewing notions. There were bits of rolled up ribbon, reels of cotton and buttons galore. Tape measures and tassels dangled from the lampshade and a big basket of fabric leftovers stood in a corner. It was from this box that I learned to sew when I got a little older.

This is a little frock that she made for me when I was a baby. Sadly the box it was stored in was damaged by a flood some years ago, and the wet wood stained the dress.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Rose says:

    Found you courtesy of Granny’s blog.
    Will come and visit you often 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yay! Thanks Rose, absolutely a treat to see you again.

  2. Madmom says:

    A lovely memory. So glad you still have the dress.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Since writing this post, Our Alice has managed to repair the dress and remove all the stains. It’s been starched and I’m considering having it framed.
      Enjoy your evening Madmom.

  3. kasper says:


    There you are!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, here I am, totally thrilled to see you 🙂

  4. Half-pint says:

    Lovely memories, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I give myself a lump in the throat Shorty.

  5. lyndatjie says:

    So that is where you get your love from for all things beautiful and creative…. What a lovely memory to have. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Lyndatjie.

  6. adair says:

    Lovely post.It brought back such lovely memories of my ouma’s sewing room and the ‘frocks’ she used to make for me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Adair, I’m sure you were an adorable little tot.

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