Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sepia Saturday

Sepia Sat is a great chance to re-look at my favorite old photos, this one of my Dad, Thomas Brien Meehan and his little sister, Moira Waymouth (nee Meehan) taken in 1925, has to be one of my most loved pics. . .
Dad was born Sept 1923 and just over a year later in 1924 came his tiny dark haired sister Moira. This photo is such a wonderful pictorial description as Dad was a gentle, loving and kind son, brother, husband and father all through his life - I think he looks very protective of his tiny, tempestuous sister with the dark Irish eyes and curls - she was very like her Father in looks and Dad was the image of his Mother but with his Dad`s gentle personality - Moira was the feisty one and Dad always the peace maker !

I love the rocking horse, the pic being taken outside their mill house in Ongarue - this town been quite a bustling place back then when there still were acres of native bush to be cleared for farmland (sigh), it did turn out that the land wasn`t that great, and to produce decent grass had to have millions of tons of super phosphate dumped on it and then it still needed more every year. Many farmers were forced to walk off their land during the depression years as they could not make a living out of it. This was after they had worked so hard to clear and fence the steep hill sides of that part of NZ - the central plateau.

Both Dad and Moira have passed away now, both from cancer, after leading full and happy lives. Dad died 7 yrs ago, I still miss him like mad, he was a wonderful father and friend, we could talk for ages about anything, I miss him ..

5 comments:

Marilyn said...

Certainly is a very special photo, both of the children look lovely and I love it that the rocking horse was outside. What a lovely tribute to your father. My father was very gentle too, a peacemaker, and he also died of cancer seven years ago.

Tattered and Lost said...

Wonderful photo. A really great moment captured.

Joan said...

This is a lovely photo and tribute to your father. I love the rocking horse. i don't suppose it survived.

Nancy said...

Your photograph is so special. You can almost see the different characters of the two children in their faces - one feisty, one peaceful. No doubt your father was given plenty of opportunities to practice his patience if his sister was feisty like some little ones I've known.

paula said...

Priceless picture! Thanks for sharing it. :)