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A visit home (and some flashbacks)

I make it back home a couple of times a year. To get there is a one hour flight and about the same again by car, or about nine hours if I have time to drive the whole way. It’s ‘home’ because that’s a convenient label to give the area where I grew up and where my parents still live.

These days they live in a small town at the head of the Kaipara Harbour and my grandmother lives with them. We used to live further out in the country, my brother and I going to a small rural primary school (which is still going strong) and then the high school in town.

In February I made a weekend trip back as I didn’t go up for Christmas and two birthdays were about to be celebrated, including Gran’s 96th.

As well as spending time with the family I got out around my old stomping ground. I’ve posted separately the old dairy factory and cemetery. Below is a picture summary of the remainder and I’ve delved into old photo albums for a trippy flashback or two.

Dad waits to get picked up for golf

Dad waits to get picked up for golf

Mum and Gran at the local market

Mum and Gran at the local market

Me and Gran 2013...

Me and Gran in 2013…

...and in 1973

…and in 1973

Gran on her wedding day in 1943. Her dress is still around and in great condition - I tried it on, at Mum's insistence!, and it kind of just fitted but I ain't the little thing that Gran was!

Gran on her wedding day in 1943. She still has the dress and it’s in pretty good nick – I tried it on, at Mum’s insistence!, and it sort of almost fitted but I ain’t the little thing that Gran was

Gran's mother's 100yo engagement ring which was very kindly given to me during my visit (not in the proposal kind of way!!)

Gran’s mother’s 100yo engagement ring which was very kindly given to me during my visit (not in the proposal kind of way!!)

My old doll Tammy (missing a row or two of hair due to a classic maim-doll-with-scissors incident)

My old doll Tammy, missing a row or two of hair due to a classic maim-doll-with-scissors incident

Fun times in 2013...

With my brother Kyle: fun times in 2013…

...and fun times in 1974

…and fun times in 1974

My brother at his place

My brother at his place

The Kaipara River which runs from the Waitakere Ranges to the Kaipara Harbour. It's always a delightful brown due to the sediments which run into it

The Kaipara River which runs from the Waitakere Ranges to the Kaipara Harbour. It’s always a delightful brown due to the sediments which run into it

A weeny fishing boat heads out to the harbour

A weeny fishing boat puttering out to the harbour

Kaipara River

Flower-diving bee

I used to play netball on what is now a carpark, and we sure as heck didn't have security fencing around the perimeter

I used to play netball on what is now the high school carpark and back then we sure as heck didn’t have security fencing around the perimeter

In 1998 back when they were netball courts

In 1998, yours truly attempting a shot at goal

A derelict house beside what used to be the movie theatre

A derelict house beside what used to be the movie theatre

Freight trains still go through here but passenger services only run on special occasions

Freight trains still go through here but passenger services only run on special occasions

It’s good to have a place like this from your past to periodically revisit. It’s also good to be able to leave it behind each time as well.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great post, Hayley! It was so cool to see photos of your family. Good times, indeed! Cheers

    11 May 2013
    • Thanks Steph! Hopefully they’re not too embarrassed about making an appearance 🙂

      11 May 2013
  2. Janice Strong #

    A great post Hayley I even was feeling nostalgia with family memories. You certainly give of yourself which is a wonderful part of your personality and your family will love you for that. Your grandmother is absolutely amazing for 96. Wonderful photos of you and brother too. Of course I honed in on the horses are they his? And you look so much like your gran in her photo of 1943 the similarity is definitely there. You were a lovely little girl and young basketballer and your Mum and Dad are looking so well and happy. A true tribute to your family Hayley. Really enjoyed it. Love Janice xxx

    11 May 2013
    • Thanks so much for another lovely comment Janice! The horses belong to friends of Kyle but they graze on the property. Gran will be tickled at your compliment, I’ll pass that on when I write to her this week. x

      11 May 2013

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