Monday, August 5, 2013

My Family Circa 1979/80

If you have popped into my blog in the past, you will know that I love to share photographs from the 1970's. Well, this time round, instead of sharing someone else's photographs and memories, I thought I would reach into the vault and share a few of my own.

My mum and dad used to own a huge caravan on a block of land in the beach side town of Anglesea, along the Great Ocean Road in VIC.

I have great memories of Summer holidays and Easters spent down at the Caravan in Anglesea when I was little. And perhaps the fond memories of these holidays spent with my family, are where alot of my love for the 70's & 80's comes from.

 The caravan was great fun - except for the odd hairy Huntsman spider dropping in from the huge Gum Trees above it, and the 'Deb' powdered mash potato that mum used to dish up at dinner time. Foul.
 There was an outhouse up the back of the block in a tin shed, but as I was the littlest (and maybe because I carried on about going up there on my own because I was afraid of creepy crawlies), I was allowed to use the toilet in the caravan. Just one of the many upsides to being the youngest.

The caravan in Anglesea is now long gone, replaced by a holiday house which we all still love to visit with our own families and children, on long weekends and school holidays.
Every now and then, my brothers, sister and I time it so we are all down there together with our families (usually minus mum and dad - they'd rather steer clear of the beach house when we all converge there!).

It sure gets tight for room when we are all there at once, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
There is always plenty of ribbing going on, movie marathons, table tennis tournaments, laughs and good times with some of the best people I know.


 Mum and us.

 The caravan! She was huge!!

View of the Kombi, Caravan and Annex from the front of the block.

David in the Annex. It was well set up with for the boys with LEGO,
trucks and cars they would bring down. Foam boogie boards in the back ground.

 Dad and us. (Me with the attention span of a flea.)

 Jenny fishing.

 Scott at the breakfast table.
Bunk beds were on the right hand side in that end room.
(Scott fell out of that top bunk bed whilst sleeping many a time - classic.)

Me, wearing dads thongs on the swing. Bull ants were always lurking!

Dad with me clinging onto his hair and Jenny in front.


21 comments:

  1. LOVE the pictures, Donna!!! So cool! And what an amazing spot for a beach house! Share it sometime?

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    1. Thanks Tove! Anglesea is a indeed a great small coastal town. It has remained relatively small for decades while other towns along the Great Ocean Road have become huge and very much suburbia. I will def share some of the beach house here on the blog one day. : )

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  2. What a fabulous post. Almost got a bit teary! Those were the days, weren't they? What happy memories you have. Love the photos and the foam boogie boards!

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    1. Hi there and thanks MMMC! So glad you enjoyed the pics. I'd really love to own a Kombi like we used to have, and one day a Caravan from that vintage too. Although maybe one not quite so big! : )

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  3. I love that you showed us some of your own family photos. What a good-looking family! It sounds like wonderful times back then, and it's so nice that all the brothers and sisters can get together with their family at the site of the old caravan. You were a real cutie!

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    1. Thanks Dana! I've always thought twice about sharing personal stuff on the blog, but threw caution to the wind this time round.
      Not sure about a cutie, I think I was more of pain than anything to my siblings. Ha! But yes, it is great that we still all get to spend time together in Anglesea. : )

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  4. Classic photos of good old fashioned fun Donna! So many lovely memories and I loved seeing some of your own photos too. That is a massive caravan. I love the photo with the Kombi and the caravan in the shade. It makes me feel like a beach holiday now :)

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    1. Thanks Jane! Yep, can't beat a beach holiday. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Yes, the caravan was a beast! Who said size doesn't matter?
      : )

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  5. Great photos! I never knew your fam had a Combi! The fashion, the furniture, the shape of the pics, just loved looking at them. How tiny you were!! xx

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    1. Thanks Pollos! Yeah, the good old Kombi! It was mainly used as dads work van. He would bolt the back seats back in for road trips and holidays away. Would love to own a Kombi of own. Not as cheap as I thought they'd be though! One day. : )

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  6. Thanks Donna, to give us such a personal view into your own childhood. I love this special orange tone of photos shoot in the 70ies and 80ies... And you all have that lucky face on the pics!

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    1. Hi Ria! I totally agree with you - I love that orange, slightly faded tone of photos from that era too. Glad you enjoyed the photos. : )

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  7. They were my holidays as well, but at Blairgowie! Maybe that is the link to our retro passions! xx

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  8. Great family pics Donna. Always wanted one of those tracksuits with the stripes down the side. Kombi drool, deckchair drool....

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    1. Thanks Simmone. Yep, what I would'nt do to own a Kombi these days.
      x: )

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  9. These pics are gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much - that's very kind. xx

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  10. Hi Aunty Donna its is your 2 fav nieces Abbey and Shan. what great photos of you guys. It is soooo weird to c a younger mum. it is also is so scary how much u looked like shan when she was little.

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    1. Hello there dear nieces! Thank for your comment. Yes, Shanty and I are definitely related! : )

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