Monday, November 10, 2008


Family cannot be bought, it's a free gift.
Memories attached to the past help us treasure our roots and bring the history to new generations.
This chest comes from Astrid, sister of my Dad's mother. It's probably elder than 1819, the lack of rosepaint shows that.
My Dad's parents married in 1910. The red chair was bought then with a short sofa and one more chair.
When it was time to share inheritance, the four brothers made five heaps. (one also for aunt Elly, then a missionary in Kenya.) One of the brothers was placed with his back to the heaps and the others asked who shall have this heap? Until all the belongings of my grandparents were righteously shared.
This chair stood in our fireplace room. My dad used to sit there, listening to his old records.
Original fabric, plush, on the backside. There used to be a row of small tassels dangling from the armrests and also under the seat of the chair. I loved playing with them, crawling around on the floor while the adults were drinking coffee.
Best heritage; living, caring cousins. Vivian came over from Chicago as my Dad and my uncle gradually sickened. She was the treasure of their hearts, being the first niece, daughter of their only sister.
Cousin Reidar has really taken care of family heritage.
Here in the loft over his garage.

Cars and car accessories are Reidar's passion.
He literally grew up in the garages of his dad and uncle.

Memorabilia from the old buses of my granddad.
Red?? Adults ticket.
Cousin Reidar and his wife are passionate veteran car enthusiasts. At this occasion Gunnar and I were allowed to sit back in the master's seats, while my cousin drove his Buick to a number one position. Red? Cars in the background, Berit's dress and my shoes.
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Originated by MaryT, check hers for today.


Terry said...

In the antique car photo...
What about the red light on the cute brown car and the red roof and are your Norwegian yield signs red trimmed Felisol?
I would say that you have done a fine job with the red in this photo!

It is so sweet tbat your family has shared the family heirlooms and that there are pieces of history in all of their homes!

Felisol, you have finally given us a glimpse of your famous phone camera...Really cool!
Love Terry

Ralph said...

The chair looks so comfortable. It would be a pleasure to sit on it, not just for the comfort, but knowing the original owner senjoyed sitting in it as well. It is most certainly not a 'heap'. Furniture was built to last back then.

Like last week, good friends are rubies, for sure.

EG CameraGirl said...

It was fun to see your family heirlooms! Thank you. ;-)

Olga said...

that pink/red chair is very cheerful!

as far as my bike picture, it's in DC...if you make it here, you can take a ride.

marLou said...

Such wonderful family heirlooms and treasures. All priceless!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh how fabulous that you have things from your family that date so far back! Wonderful. Enjoyed it all Felisol!!

Jim said...

Hi Felisol, you did good here again as usual. My pick of the day is the old Buick followed by the red chair.
Happy RtU, I am at
today (my regular blog).

Amrita said...

Family keepsafes tell us so much about its history and people. Such a lovely way to rememberour dearones.
The car is a beauty Relisol

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

Nice Ruby heirlooms!

Dora said... car!

It Meows #7 and It Meows #8

Anonymous said...

I love the chair too! It looks very comfortable for a sit down with a nice book:)

thanks for the stop by earlier:) always appreciated!

Catherine said...

I love your red trunk, Felisol, with all its family secrets.
And with your father's chair you depict all a family atmosphere.
Very well done. Thanks to share all your ruby treasure.
Felisol, reading your name on your comment I thought I would arrive in Spain. In fact, it was the opposite!

Robin said...

What wonderful links connecting your past with your present.

That chest is a treasure indeed. I can just imagine it filled with linens and everything a new bride would need for her home.

Dianne said...

wow what treasures

I love the chest and the chair

and your family photo :)

Mojo said...

It's amazing how tings like this can trigger memories so sharply. Love that old Buick!

Pia K said...

That chest is really wonderful and the sofa chair too, such treasures for many reasons. Thanks for sharing your life in pictures and words, have a good RT!

Anonymous said...

oh i love the chair set! lovely!

Julie said...

Cool pictures....I love your scripture choice for Mimi's Blogblast for Peace too!

Nice to meet you!

HAH! My word verification is "REDis". How fun is that?

Maggie Moo said...

I love the red chair! It's very cool that it's still around.

Mrs. Mac said...

Your family and friend's treasures speak volumes. The trunk with the many people that must have stored valuables inside ... what did you mean by it not having 'rosepaint'? I could imagine you as a youngster under the chair playing with the fringe while grownups talked.

Constance said...

I have a soft spot for family heirlooms. I just got my grandmother's trunk back from having it restored. I absolutely love it! Seeing the old cars reminds me of one of my brothers. He took an old Model-T and turned it into a roadster. It looks so awesome!

Have a lovely day!

Debbie Petras said...

I love this whole idea of red! What great family pieces of history. I haven't heard the name Berit since childhood. There was a girl I knew who was named that. It must be Norwegian.

Saija said...

i love it when you share your stories ... they are so wonderfully warm and filled, with your love for places and people sprinkled all over them!

blessings on you!

Patti said...

You have wonderful family stories here.
I especially like the red chair. Nice to see the heirlooms.

Happy Belated Ruby Tuesday!