Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Pop's backyard

Backyards in Sydney, 1900
Inner-city backyards is the theme this week. Well we just don't do inner city in my family or my husband's, although some of the current generation rather like living close to cafes and theatres so things may be changing. We're rural or semi-rural back for generations.

So this week I've chosen a photo of my grandfather's backyard. Pop Smith was a farmer but when my grandmother became ill they sold the farm and moved in to the small rural town of Minyip in Victoria's Wimmera area. The photo below is of Pop's backyard in Minyip. My cousin Rex and I were the only grandchildren at the time.

Duncan Smith in his backyard with his grandchildren, Rex and Lorraine.
This photo makes me laugh. How tidy is Pop? Stuff everywhere, no paths, no vegetable garden and sheds in need of maintenance. I think it says a lot about Pop's character and personality.

You can visit other backyards over at Sepia Saturday's webpage.

16 comments:

  1. Wow, it really doesn't look much like a child should be playing there with so much dangerous stuff laying around, but if Pop was there to keep any eye on you two, I guess it was okay. :))

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  2. OMG! What are the chances of Minyip being mentioned twice in the same week of Sepia Saturday???? genepene also had a photo of Minyip. Then a third person (me) also has ties to Minyip!!!! Don't know that I have any photos though!

    That is a wonderful photo that says a lot!

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  3. A great choice for the theme. Your grandfather appears to be a referee to a small dispute. And is that a dog on the left lying on its side?

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    1. Yes, a little dog. I think it's alive:)

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  4. Looks like he is saving materials such as old iron and old bricks for re-use

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  5. Oh my what a place your grandfather had. It appears like he had lots of building supplies ready to be put to work! Fun photo!

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  6. Such a great backyard picture !

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  7. I think all us country kids have had a grandpa or uncle on a farm who was a bit of a 'Steptoe'!
    It was always such fun exploring all the 'junk' … until someone saw a snake!

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  8. Plenty of fencing there Lorraine, and as I've said before, you are so recognisable!

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  9. I think he was trying to get the little guy in line for the photo op. I'm afraid the way things are stored here looks all too familiar to me. My father-in-law, husband and your grandfather were kindred spirits.

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  10. That's a wonderful photo of a backyard. It may not be every person's cup of tea, but what an adventure for a young child.

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  11. Pops looks like a man that spent his life taking care of folks, wife, kids, grandkids. Nice photo.

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  12. Now that's what I call a real back yard,

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  13. That yard looks like it was hit by a tornado.

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  14. Pops would never make the Garden Tour but it does look like a fun place for kids to play -- just imagine all the cool things they could build with those bricks, all the places they could hide. Fun Fun

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  15. Wonderful photo. We live in a house where nothing gets thrown out so I can kind of identify with that backyard. Pop looks like a lovely gentle soul.

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Lorraine