The first time I have really been "out and about" for pleasure for nearly two weeks and my first thoughts today were "why couldn't it be like this a week ago?" - for today the sun was shining, the roads had not a trace of snow on them (though there is still plenty in the shady hedgerows) and it was more than easy to get to Hungerford. Too late for Britt-Arnhild to enjoy its pleasures this time - and my deep sadness still looms over me in regard to that disappointment - for me and for her. But I did make up for my continuing chagrin a little by finding a treasure in the Antiques Arcade - just a small portion of which I want to share with you here.
The label said "3 old photograph albums - £10.00" - the "old photograph albums" was enough to catch my eye, and though two of them are nondescript, the third holds such delicious images - and there is even a name inside the album cover... "Eliza C Pedersen - 1900"
The photographs inside are taken from 1893, and seem to be of a Swedish family, at home (?) in Raskog, and on their holiday travels to Switzerland. Anyone with an interest in the paintings of Carl Larssen will see many echoes of his domestic scenes in these photographs - they are pure delight - and because I have scanned them at high resolution, the costumes are also visible in great detail.
Enjoy a little glimpse into another world of innocent pleasures - don't these children look just so contented and the adults so composed?
More images to come, when I have time to scan, enhance and tinker with some more, and with gratitude to my Epson scanner colour restoration feature - modern technology restoring a world that would otherwise have disappeared.