Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Sitting in the sun this morning trying to finish a few things for the Website I got to thinking about Mum's and Grannies. Yes!...........I am sewing for Mother's Day and I always seem to pull out the old doilies and pretty threads when I make for that special day.  But the thing is I don't know why cause really when we really look around it is nearly impossible to find a stereotypical Nanna.
Those little old ladies who wear knitted cardies, skirts or dresses and proper slippers, not moccasins.They have  pretty rooms with comfy chairs. The chairs with crocheted doileys on the arms and a lovely quilt on the back for those chilly nights. There is a basket of knitting next to her favourite chair and a magazine rack with The English Women's Weekly and maybe a Gardening Magazine.
In the kitchen there is not a dirty dish to be seen, there is a Tablecloth on the table and a cake, batch of scones or biscuits fresh from the oven. A cup of tea in a proper cup and saucer and poured from a tea pot with one of the above fresh baked goods is always a highlight of a visit.

The reality is that Grandma is probably at Bowls 5 days a week, on a bus trip somewhere, at the pokies, playing Tennis, doing aerobics or even Bungee Jumping  and if you do manage to catch her at home you might get a Tea bag thrown at a cup and a bought biscuit cause she is too busy to bake. She wears  Black Pepper windcheaters cause they dry much faster than hand knitted and you will hardly ever see her in a dress. At night they channel flick  and there isn't a knitting needle in sight! When they come to visit they don't bring home made goodies either, more likely a cask of red and a bottle of home made Baileys. ( Well at least she brought something handmade I suppose!)

It isn't the old Ladies that do the baking, knitting and sewing or throw doileys willy nilly about the house....it is us! The next one or two generations after.  We sigh over Vintage and the Grannies roll their eyes and wonder what we want that old junk for. We bake and create amazing vegie gardens and they slip into Coles and buy the things they want. We are creating the welcoming homemade nests while all the old girls are out there doing their thing.

I will still make my pretty Vintage gifts and long for the sweet stereotypical Mum and Nanna but I know for sure that when I get old I will be out there doing what they are doing (not bowls though!) and loving every minute of it.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go. and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickles for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice now?
So people who know me aren't too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.
Jenny Joseph


Lisa - Sweet Little Pretties said...

I think I might be a typical nanna haha

I have awarded you the Liebster Award http://sweetlilpretties.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/some-blogging-love-liebster-award.html

Wendy Sice said...

Hi Jackie! Glad to have found you through Lisa. Your blog is so pretty, and I'm loving all your vintagey vibes! xx

Cathy said...

hi, found your blog through Lisa. So very true what you write about nannas!

Paula Alice said...

Loved your post - you had me giggling all the way through and talking to you via the screen - 'Thats so true'!!!
My husband thinks I'm mad cause when he walks into the house he feels like he's in his grandmas house and he's 10 yrs old again!!! He just shakes his head at me. Only fellow crafters and vintagers get each other, and we think its all absolutely fabulous.

Pam said...

While I was reading your very amusing post Jackie, I kept thinking to myself 'I wonder if she's talking about her own mum!' :))))
I'm with you though....I definitely want to be enjoying every minute of it, when 'it' comes, but we can still love the vintage in life. xxx

quilary said...

...well purple is my favourite colour, and I sit and knit in front of the tv, and I don't have a grandchild...yes I'm one of the 'not quite nanna' generation too!

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Love it Jackie! ~*~Lisa

Anonymous said...

A great post Jackie! Barb x