Friday, July 20, 2007

Muma and Dada lived next door to us in Boarhills. They weren't really relatives - we just called them that. Muma had the most musical laugh. She cleaned at the school and did the lunches. She always wore an apron and made the best cakes and cocka-leeky soup. They actually displayed the photos of their children, who they named after themselves.


Dada was always smiling. He was Polish and once walked home from Siberia. He was the ploughman and had to get up very early to feed the cart-horses so they would be ready for work. I think Muma and Dada believed they were the luckiest people in the world.



Dada kept racing pigeons in a loft in his back garden. He was so proud of his winners.


Late in the Autumn, when we heard the wild ducks flying over, Daddy and Dada would set off at dawn to go duck shooting. Once, I crept out of bed and followed them a while.




EDM challenge # 125 Draw some birds

16 comments:

Tami said...

I think you may have out done yourself on these! I love the colors and the compositions! Thanks so much for for comments on my blog; you are right, the ocean should become hazy in the distance. thank you

Hashi said...

So nice to see some more pictures from you, Alison. I have missed your regular posts. I hope all is well in your daily life.

Penny said...

Lovely stuff Alison, great to hear from you,I do miss the daily posts. Its been cold here so I imagine its been freezing in Canberra. I am so sad we are not able to go skiing this year, all those reports of powder snow.

caseytoussaint said...

Oh I just love these latest paintings! I've been enjoying them since I first found your blog many months ago, but I think they're getting even better. I'd love to see them published in a book.

Claudia said...

Oh, so nice that you're back! And I love to read and see more of your childhood memories! Especially the last illustration I like so much!

Africantapestry said...

It is so good seeing you back with your wonderful tales! I too believe that your Muma and Dada were the luckiest people! All these drawings are beautiful and heavy with memories and love...
Ronell

Annie said...

So good to have you posting, again, Alison. These are beautiful memories and paintings-- I agree with Casey that they would make a lovely book.I believe Muma and Dada WERE the luxiest people in the world,

constance said...

Alison, I really think you're as skilled as you are passionate! Your compositions are great and yes, they are full of life :)

martha said...

A great set of sketches and memories. I love the colors especially in the first one, and the way it's cropped.

janey said...

It's definitely a book waiting to be. What a great way to chronicle your memories.

Tracy said...

aren't these wonderful! not only do i love the drawings/paintings themselves i love they come from your memories. like reading a storybook only you know this is a real story :-) now i have to go and read and look some more !

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

These are delightful and evocative of a different time. And composed so well. What a great project. Perhaps I should back-track in my memories to a horse and cart when my Dad delivered milk into the billies, or we played in Dad's shearing shed half a block away from the house.
w.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Amazing, fabulous, brilliant! When will you be making a book??

Jana Bouc said...

Oh my gosh! I agree with Tami--you've truly out done yourself. The way the scene goes off into the distance is really great and the soft watercolors work perfectly. I love the little you on the gate in the yellow polka dot pants. Were those favorites you remember? Great stuff. I hope when this becomes a book you'll make them available for purchase because I want one. I still have your pelican card on my bulletin board right over my computer and love looking at those cheery busy convivial pelicans.

Lynn said...

These are just fabulous! What a wonderful project this is. You've done a lovely job on all your memory paintings.

laserone said...

OH, these are wonderful! I really love this entry. :)