Saturday, 16 July 2011

What's in a pair of shoes?

It was a sad day for me.  This trusty old pair of trainers had been left out in the rain.  So not only were they misshapen,  covered in paint and full of holes but now they also smelt awful!  The reason I had already kept them well beyond their use by date was because they had belonged to my dad.  In fact they were they very trainers that he was wearing when he died nearly 12 years ago.  He was running into battle at the time.

Although that should be Battle with a capital 'B'.  It's the town near Hastings just outside of which King Harold also breathed his last in the famous year 1066.  My dad had just run the long uphill mile at about 6 a.m. and that was having already had a heart attack 5 years before.  

The trainers have gone (better to have worn them than to wrap them in cotton wool) but the memories will always remain.  Thanks to his ability to 'drop out' I have my Riverside Cottage Memories, and other startling highlights among the many were the canoeing trips and holidays

Scotland with the folding canoe.

Hampshire with the VW campervan.

France with some friends from Jersey where we then lived.
That's my dad on the right.  I don't think we all slept in that tent ...

... though I'm not sure if anyone slept in here!

So now it's our turn to pass on memories to our children.

For some reason, when I turned my back, Rosanna decided to remove her shoes.  She likes to go barefoot sometimes but the chicken area isn't really the best place.  Her shoes came in handy though ...


  1. What a lovely post about your late dad - great that you have such fond memories to share and pass on to your own children S X

  2. Sweet post. My daughter loves to play with chickens at her grandma's house

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  3. You kept your dad's shoes for 12 years! That is amazing!
    I would be very sad to let them go after having them for so long. I am very lucky to still have my dad but I'm sure I would do the same as you did just to have somehow, a little piece of him with me.
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  4. So nice that you kept your dad's shoes and carried those memories with you. Love the eggs in her shoes.


  5. How precious! And good memories!

  6. What a nice story and I love the eggs in the shoes! :)

  7. What a beautiful story. Your Dad sounds like a neat guy!



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