Today, (7th June) is my mothers birthday. This is one of my favourite pictures of my Mum taken in 1957 when she was 37. Well actually she was really 38, but we did not know that then. It would be some twelve years before she applied to Somerset House in London for a copy of her birth certificate, and the truth was revealed. Gregarious, generous, full of life, are just a few of the qualities which come to mind. In a hurry, to the point of being impatient, warm, caring, hard working are just a few more. As she didn’t know her father we are not too sure where these qualities came from but I see them popping up here and there in my daughters. I have named them the ‘Pat Factor’. If you have read ‘a farthing cone’ you would know she was a polar opposite to her mother who was quiet, reserved and shy. My Grandmother was a keeper at home, but my Mother was always on the go, out and about serving the community etc. She spent her last few years in a Nursing Home in Tasmania where, almost blind, she dashed about forgetting to take her ‘walker’ with her. It was only in her last weeks that she stopped going down to the Dementia ward to sit with the patients whom she named ‘her ladies’. I salute you Mum.
My father took this photo of mum with a friend picking Raspberries at a berry farm. (In the Dandenongs I presume.)