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Things that make you go 'hmm'…

Then and now…

I went for a walk on my favourite beach last night. I was delighted to find lots of the coastal plants in full bloom along the edge of the beach and on the cliff tops. I think the purple flowers are called ‘thrift’ but will have to check up on the others. 

I had lots of company on my walk – not of the human kind though.

The cliff tops are honeycombed with rabbit warrens and I saw dozens of them during my walk. It’s slightly disconcerting actually. The cliff edges are unstable enough without bunnies mining them! It was a lovely walk though, even though it was grey, the sun kept trying to break through and the sunbeams shining on the sea were gorgeous.

I went for a walk as I needed to get out – I had spent the entire day sewing this giant album I am making. I started by cutting 50 sheets of ivory Colorplan 270gsm paper (which is the same as Falkiners use in their photograph albums). Each sheet had to be measured and cut individually and then scored so I could fold over a 2cm section on one side. This helps to space the pages so that the album lies flat once photographs are placed into it. 

The next step was to sew the pages together which so far has taken me over a day and I am only about half of the way through. I normally just hold the text block in my hands to sew but as these pages are 40cm x 50cm, that’s just not possible. The sewing would be easier I think if I was using a sewing frame but as I don’t have one, I am just lying each new page on top of the previous one and holding them in place. It seems to be working so far….

I found this great web site the other day that invites people to post an image of themselves when they were a child and then to photograph themselves re-creating the childhood photograph. It’s called ‘Young Me, Now Me’ and some of the photographs are hilarious. I ‘borrowed’ these to show you what I mean. You must visit and see the rest of the photographs – or even post your own!

As you might have guessed, I couldn’t resist digging out a Young Me, Now Me combination. It’s not a direct recreation but with a bit of cropping and converting to B&W, it’s close enough…

It’s interesting to note I had bags under my eyes even when I was 8. Must have been all that reading after lights out under the bed covers with a torch! And my hairstyle hasn’t changed that much – just got longer. Which reminds me, I’m off to my hairdresser again on Wednesday. Last time I went, he was in a  wheelchair as he had broken his leg very badly and he did struggle to cut my hair – I’m amazed he even tried. It necessitated me lowering my chair until it was inches off the floor so that he could reach me – I felt like a little girl again, sitting on those miniature chairs we had in primary school.

Shall I be more adventurous this time….? Nah!



23 responses to “Then and now…

  1. AmyH June 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Do you use a weight when you sew? When I started bookbinding I didn’t use a weight, but then I tried it and it makes all the difference. It doesn’t need to be heavy–just heavy enough to hold the pages flat. OK, enough advising!

    Those before and after photos are so hilarious. I especially like the one with the guy on the couch holding up his leg. I know exactly which photo I’d recreate of myself. I should try to find it. . .

  2. strugglingwriter June 2, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve seen that Young Me, Now Me site before. That’s really cool.

    I like your picture(s)! Good luck at the hairdresser. :)

    That’s funny about not being alone because of all the bunnies. A few years ago I was walking at night on the campus I work at and a group of a hundred squirrels (no exaggeration) were congregated under a tree. I think they were planning something. I didn’t stick around to find out what they were planning :)

  3. Diane June 2, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    AmyH – I have this time as I need to anchor the pages in place! Strngely, the size of the pages means they stay fairly stable under their own weight somehow….
    It’s such a great idea isn’t it? People really are going for it :-)

    Paul – ooh! wonder what they were plotting? It makes a great image, I wish you could have got a photo of it!

  4. strugglingwriter June 2, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    DIane – this was in the days before camera phones. I wish I would’ve gotten a picture too!

  5. Lo,TG June 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    That looks like a school photo of you. They must have special cameras, all my school photos are the same – but then I used to read under the blankets as well.

  6. Daddy Papersurfer June 2, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for the tip, not seen that site – excellent idea.

    Now, which is the ‘before’ and which the ‘after’ on your piccies – I mean the book of course …………. OK, going now …….. and good luck at the hairdresser’s ……… *scurries away*

  7. Diane June 2, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Paul – how did we manage before mobile phones? :-)
    I’ve been thinking, maybe there were lots of nuts on the floor under the tree…..

    Lo,TG – it was a school photo. Dreadful navy blue school uniform – not like the jolly coloured sweatshirts primary schools wear today…

    DP – and well you might scurry away.
    Don’t suppose visits to the hairdressers figure largely in your life these days…….tee hee :-)

  8. Tomas June 2, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Wow, what a great lesson shine through this lovely game with the imitation of the old photo.
    Thank you for the briliant idea. That’s the real test – the parabel that cant remain the barren of life.

    though in the concrete case, I have no photos of me in the past, but “Then and now…” will edit the message of all my posts for sure. Thank you for the returning of the youth to my

  9. Lady Banana June 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Ohh the places you have to walk are so very beautiful… I do envy you for that!

    I can so relate to the haircut comic.. I’m in the middle of trying to decide what to do with my hair, I hate going to the hairdressers..

  10. DrowseyMonkey June 2, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Those photos of the beach are lovely, I love it when anything yellow just pops up like that. And the bunny, well…so sweet. I’m amazed he didn’t take off before you got the photo, they’re so fast!

    As for that website with the photos, omg … that’s too funny! I gotta check it out. Love your photo. I still can’t believe you have adult children tho.

  11. RennyBA June 2, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Ohhh those beach pictures looks wonderful and a great reminder of the the summer is soon here. Sorry we took your sunny weather away up north in Scandinavia for some days – I’m sure you’ll soon get some too!

    Great nostalgic picture combinations ;-)

  12. 70steen June 2, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Gosh you have some patience Diane……. can’t wait to see how the book finishes up

    Just off to surf that web site it looks fab.
    Great photo of you then & now … aprt from the hairdo you haven’t changed much at all :-)

  13. Teresa June 3, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Good luck with the album! Dealing with it would drive me to drink. You definitely needed a walk along that gorgeous beach.

    What fun “young/now” photos; some of those people really tried very hard to recreate the images. Hilarious!

    You haven’t changed much at all! Pretty then, pretty now. I had a similar ‘do in my single digit years, as well as bags under my eyes too. :>

    I hope your hairdresser will have a better time of it this time. :)

  14. burntmaze June 3, 2008 at 9:49 am

    that looks like such a fun thing to do. old photos, hmmmmm.

    you’re so lucky to be so close to the sea. i grew up by the sea in north devon and have such great memories. i’m heading back to england in a month for a bit and will be on the south coast this time. salt air….you can’t beat it!

  15. nursemyra June 3, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    love all the photos, especially the top one with the blues and purples.


  16. Diane June 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Tomas – it is a really good idea isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed looking at it!

    LadyB – I am lucky, I know.
    Tomorrow is H day. Just to add more stress, I read the other day that dark hair dye is possibly carcinogenic and shouldn’t be used more than 9 times a year. I may have to let the greys show through finally….. :-)

    Drowsey – I couldn’t believe how many flowers had appeared so quickly – must be all the rain! The bunny did run off but then stopped and I got him with the zoom lens!
    My oldest is 25 – eek! how did that happen? :-)

    Renny – can you send some sunshine my way please? I am going rusty….:-)

    70steen – the book is taking me ages, I am being so careful not to make mistakes . As for the photos, you are too kind ….and a very bad liar :-) It is a great web site though!

    Teresa – I had a day off album making today – I am finding it quite stressful! hairdressers tomorrow – hope his leg is better!

    Burntmaze – Devon is so pretty too! You are right, it’s the salt air which is invigorating. I love windy days on the beach with big waves and salty air – magic :-) Hope you enjoy your holiday.

    Nurse Myra – so glad you like the photos. The colours aren’t quite as vivid as in real life. I wish I knew more about Photoshop to get them perfect but I lose the sea and sky when I try and brighten them :-/

  17. laketrees June 4, 2008 at 1:45 am

    you haven’t changed much Diane !!!
    what a cutie you were…
    those guys in the tartan pants are a classic…
    don’t forget if you get your hair cut short it’s a constant trip to the hairdressers… :0
    I love the style of your hair’s very elegant :)
    that’s certainly a mammoth job you have ahead of you with the photo album…
    you will need to make one for your beaut pics of the beach..
    love the bunny pic :)
    and the sun coming through the clouds :)

  18. Speedcat June 4, 2008 at 9:49 am

    What a fun post … I loved it!!! Super outdoor pictures, and the OLD / NEW comparison is a wildly good idea.

    You were so cute … and still are ;-)

    Happy day, and good luck at the hair choppers.

  19. billiescraftroom June 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Well done with your book so far. I would be too intimidated to try something that large yet.

    I love the cartoon at the end about hair cuts…that’s so me, evry time!

    Best wishes

    Billie :)

  20. Jenny June 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Awwww, your Young Me, Now Me pic is so cute! I love that bunny too ….

  21. Diane June 4, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Kim – back from hairdressers and it is now something in between Young Me, Now Me hairstyle!
    Glad you like the pics :-)

    Speedy – thank you, glad you enjoyed it and you have made me blush :-) You are very kind!

    Billie – it scaring me! I’m being extra, extra, careful as I don’t want to make any mistakes as it would be a VERY expensive mistake apart from anything else!
    I compromised as usual at the hairdressers – I’m such a coward :-)

    Jenny – thanks, awful thing is I remember that being taken and it is very scary how long ago that was :-)

  22. Razumny June 10, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Lovely pics.

    I miss Dorset quite a bit actually, lived there for a year a while back. Lovely place, though a bit chaotic when a quarter inch or so if snow hits…

  23. Diane June 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Razumny – glad you enjoyed them. Dorset is pretty, I enjoy living here.
    We haven’t had any snow this year, when we did a few years ago, you are right, the whole place grinds to a halt!

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