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Sunday, May 24, 2015

May 1966 - There Were Two


The tree on the left is the magnolia I have loved since childhood. It used to have a friend, the one right behind it. I wonder when it was lost. I can't imagine that Grampa would have pulled it out. 

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visit www.reconnectingrelatives.com.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 1966 - The Unforgotten Side Yard



The side yard would not be forgotten. The chimney had not yet been built and there was a door entering directly into the living room. You can just see the tail end of an old car whizzing by on the road. Of course, they whizz by quite a bit faster in 2015, almost 50 years later. 

That is THE magnolia tree. It was one of a pair. It still survives today, but it's twin has gone. The poor tree sustained quite a bit of damage in the ice storm a couple of years ago, but it has persevered. 

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visit www.reconnectingrelatives.com.

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 1965 in the Garden - Staging the Scene



Grampa loved a good scene and would arrange photos and movies to appear spontaneous. Here he appears to be whipping my aunt and uncle as they turn the dirt in the garden.

The big clue to the staging is the grin on my uncle's face. I would love to see my aunt's face as I am sure she isn't a happy teenager at the moment. 

Jennifer Shoer aka ScrappyGen
Reconnecting Relatives, LLC

These photos are from my grandfather's collection of carefully labeled slides and photographs. Some include not only the exact date, but also the time of date. Grampa was a prolific photographer. The Magical Backyard is a collection of photo memories from my grandparent's (and now my aunt's) backyard. 

Spend some time here; enjoy the garden or sit in the shade of the big maple tree. It's a peaceful place enjoyed now by the fourth generation of the Smith family in Bristol, Connecticut. 

If you would like to create a website celebrating your family or a time or place, please contact Jennifer at Reconnecting Relatives, LLC or visit www.reconnectingrelatives.com