Tuesday, 4 May 2010

A lovely inheritance!

This is just a short blog post but I wanted to show you what a lovely thing I got when I went to visit my mum's recently.

When I was about 1 year old, my Dad went off on a supply ship for the Navy, he was gone a long time, in fact apparently when he returned I didn't even recognised him! Anyway he did it because at the time he could earn a lot of money doing it, and he was prepared to sacrifice time with me at such a young age in order to provide well for us. It must have been a hard choice to make, except my Dad was a lot older than my mum and he was brought up in much harder times - he was born in 1916, he was 50 when I was adopted at birth - so for him the choice of providing is what men did. When I was younger I didn't understand that, but as I've got older I can see he was from a different generation and that's how he viewed a father's role, as a provider.

Anyway I digress! He travelled all over the Far East region, I don't know exactly where he went but he brought lots of strange exotic gifts back. I remember vividly the battery operated elephant which lifted it's trunk and trumpeted, which fightened the living daylights out of me! He brought wall hangings, tablecloths, china, gosh you name it he brought it, lots of oriental design stuff. Ooooh doesn't writing stuff make you think, I've always loved oriental 50's stuff, maybe that's why, wow never thought of that before!

This visit to my mum's I finally took home the coffee set I've been meaning to for years. I love it, as I said before I love oriental design. He bought it in the mid-late 60's but I guess the design probably hadn't changed much for years!

Here it is




And this is a picture of my Dad he was always a sharp dresser!



It now has pride of place on display in the kitchen with some of my 50s china, cheers Dad!

11 comments:

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Beautiful! Mom loved Asian stuff too. The kitchen still has it's original retractable Oriental ceiling lamp which I will likely replace (the cord is no longer safe).

Oh and love that red and silver crushed ice formica kitchen table!

My Dad was a lot older too when I was born. That's why I grew up hearing Big Band and Swing music. =)

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Thank you, ah yes I do love my diner set

There are definate advantages to having older parents!!

Gingeyginge said...

Thank you for your lovely comment.x.

.Lisa - I Need A Typist Virtual Assistant Services said...

Peacock eggs anyone? ;) The set is gorgeous, and what a lovely story! Love this pic of your Dad too!!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

no problem Gingeyginge it's nice to see you after all this time!

ha ha ha Lisa, the old peacock eggs story eh? Bless him, there were so many stories like that!

Melzaelf said...

Wow what a beautiful set it's gorgeous.

Natasha de Vil said...

What a gorgeous set and it's so nice to hear a little history to go with the item, makes it mean so much more.

In The Heyday said...

Ohhh you lucky girl. Well done Dad!

phenolicfanatic said...

Very very cool- the things I have from my family are the most special of all!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Thanks ladies!

Andi B. Goode said...

Wow, that's amazing!!
-Andi x

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