Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills


It's not often I indulge in personal time travel. In these days of media supplied, 'on tap nostalgia', it's all too easy to lose yourself in someone elses past. This is mine, or at least a piece of it.

Like most kids, I used to get farmed out to various 'Aunties and Uncles' when my folks wanted some time to themselves. As I got older, I got more obnoxious and less easy to leave behind, but in the picture above I must have been about three years old and as I remember it, quite happy to stay with my Aunt Margaret in Kings Park. I seem to remember Margaret and Bob Sweeting in little bits and pieces, I remember Margaret as a very open and friendly woman, Bob as being avuncular and there every so often. I also remember them having a daughter who was a bit younger than me. My mother tells me I was left at Margarets hairdressing salon,though I have trouble remembering this, all I remember was the Kings Park residence. What isn't disputed was the fact that I was spoilt rancid and was the centre of attention for various young and middle aged women. Jesus! What did I have then that I don't have now? (apart from the looks, charm and what looks like a custard cream in my mit.) ;)

That's Morag with me. She looked after me sometimes when Aunt Margaret had to go to work. Going by my placid demeanour and what memories I have of the time, I got on just fine with her. I remember her taking me swimming for the first time, along with some of her pals. Again, the memories are sketchy, but all I remember was being surrounded by people trying to get me to go under water, very much against my wishes. I think I might have been a little older and less charming by that point. It explains their half hearted attempts to drown me.......

The pictures only re-appeared again a few days ago during the spring clean currently afflicting my house. Theres one of me being held up at the camera by Morag and yet another has me in a shopping trolley. I might post that up if anyone requires an overload of cuteness.....

Alas, Bob died some time ago, but Margaret, as far as I know is still about. I'd have to check on that one.....

As for Morag......She was probably about fifteen in that picture so I'm assuming she's out there in the world somewhere.............Ducking kids in swimming pools....... :D

Ok, Let's go YouTubin'....


Joan Jett's old band The Runaways. Love this song.

4 comments:

Fat Sparrow said...

Aw, what a cutie! And look at all that hair! Christ on toast, I didn't have that much hair 'til I was about 5 or so.

iLL Man said...

My parents are convinced I was abducted not long after this and replaced by something altogether less pleasant....

Morag said...

Hello Ewen - this is exactly how I remember you. The photo looks like it was taken in my mum's shop and that's my Hillhead primary school uniform I'm wearing, so it must be circa 1975. So wierd to stumble across this on the net. Would love to catch up. I have lots of memories of Neil & Marion. Ask her about finding the dead body in Kelvingrove pond (you were in a pram and I doubt you'll remember it) and the day the ceiling in the shop fell in on my head! Mail me if you like on msweeting@tutopia.com.

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