Friday, August 13, 2010

A Family Occasion

Our trip to a gite in Languedoc Roussillon last week was very much a family event, but we found another family waiting for us when we arrived! The gite owners had decorated the stairs up to our top (servants') floor with their family photos - apparantly this is the wedding of the proprietor's great grandfather in 1910. I should think the house dates from the time of their marriage.
Here are some illustrious ancestors (oops, caught my reflection there!)
Voila monsieur!
Et madame!
Et leur jolie fille.
It really struck me that the pretty little girl of the picture above grew up to become a wartime mum. I wonder how hard it was for them on a farm in occupied France?
The family certainly came through all right, because that little baby in the photo has got to be the parent of our proprietor! A wonderful glimpse into a family's life and the history of their area.

6 comments:

Elizabethd said...

Oh those French moustaches!
What a wonderful family record they have kept.

Serenata said...

Gosh so much history, how wonderful it is still in the same family and that the photos are up to share with others.

marigold jam said...

I wonder why people in old photos always look so fierce?! As you know I am at the moment particularly interested in my own history and family so this was an interesting glimpse into someone else's past.

Jane

Val said...

How interesting, and how insightful of you to think about the lovely young girl growing up to be a war time mum in occupied France. What a poignant thought and the imagination goes wandering along with flashes of the old Newsreels and photo clips we have seen in the past.
Thank you so much for sharing this with me tonight. :0)
Have a lovely weekend,
Val <>< from Oxfordshire

Sherri B. said...

I love old family photos and how wonderful that they have kept this record of the family. Some of the old frames are just beautiful.

Autumn Mist said...

I have just watched Chocolat, and the man with the moustache looks just like the Mayor in the film!