My theme this month is going to be 'Affairs of the Heart.'
Feel free to take the prompt wherever it suits..
- maybe it will be a vintage Valentine's card in a shop or a little gift you have saved in a drawer somewhere.
- or a special little thing you do in your house that might become a traditon for your children in their future...
- it might be just your news this week which fits the theme and you can put it down for posterity..
This vintage valentine card is framed and hangs in my hall. It came from a 'scrapbook' which belonged to my husband's grandmother. She was a great hoarder and I am eternally grateful for some of the beautiful and interesting things that she kept.
Her story is an interesting one, her name was Elizabeth and she was engaged to a man who went out to South Africa to farm, but in the end she did not want to leave Scotland and broke off her engagement. It's not clear whether this Valentine card was from her sweetheart over the seas or another!
She later married a man nearly 40 years older than her and moved to the farm and house that we now live in. They had a son and two daughters, one of whom died falling off a gate. When her husband died, her eldest son inherited in his early twenties, whether it was that he was not a good business man or just inherited too young, he got into a lot of debt and Elizabeth took out a mortgage to buy the house and farm from her son. By this time Elizabeth had had another child (out of wedlock) then met the man who would be my husband's grandfather. He had already been married and had a large family in Lancashire, he married Elizabeth and she had another three children including my late father-in-law.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the Valentine card and hearing a little of Elizabeth's story.