Tuesday, 11 November 2008


This is a picture of My Granny and Grandpa and their 10 children ~my dear Mum is in the top row on the right the one wearing that Hat ~
My Auntie Violet is still alive and I am going to see her so she can tell me all the names of the Children ~ I can only guess as I was not alive when they were young ~
I love this picture and my Granny Gee sitting in the middle with the child on her knee ~ my Sister Joy and I always visited her Sunday mornings and she would always give us a slice of seed cake which we ate on the way home ~ we both hated the seeds in the cake and would pick them out ~ and there were hundreds of them ~ and they tasted of aniseed ~ can still taste them today :o) and they were horrible
:o( there were more seed than cake but we must have been hungry because we always finished it before we got home ~
I do not remember my Grandad Gee he died before I was born but oh my Gosh he does look like one of my five brothers ~ and my Borther Dennis would agree with me ~ as they look so alike ~
Ally x

32 comments:

Indigo said...

What a priceless picture. I do hope your able to learn the names of the rest of the kids. Anise seeds do taste like a bitter licorice. A small bit sweetens gravies and stuffing. I can't imagine a bread full of them. (Hugs)Indigo

BlueRidge Boomer said...

My daughter has a passion for old family pictures...she would love to find one like this...priceless!

Goatfarmer said...

Isnt it nice to have old family photo's even if you dont know all their names.
Terrie

Gaboatman said...

Ally
I can just see you two girls walking home spitting out the seeds from those cakes. What a great picture of your family. I hope you are able to get all the names from your aunt.
Sam

Stuart said...

seed cake is simply THE BEST seems however I am the only person who thinks so...

Nancy said...

Fun to have pictures, memories like that. Never heard of seed cake though!
xo,
Nancy

Joann said...

I don't like Anise seed either, it taste like black licorice, doesn't it!! Yuck, don't like black licorice!! LOL!! What a great picture to have, sad that you didn't get to meet all your aunts and uncles!!

Joann

Paula said...

I love to look at old pictures. Never heard of seed cake but I know I don't like anise.

Hollie said...

I have never heard of seed cake. LOL about spitting the seeds out. It's great that you have someone still around that you can get the names from. I love looking back at photos like this one.

Jenny said...

I have some photos like that. I am trying to put names to them as i do the family tree. I am finding it really interesting as i go back over the years and try to imagine their lives. I can go back to c1649 with one side.
Jenny <><

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

that picture is a treasure for sure. I hope you get all the names straight with your aunt. Both my maternal and paternal grandparents each had 10 children but there were not any family pictures taken that I've ever seen.
'On Ya'-ma

Yasmin said...

What a step back into the past Ally, and your aunt still going. Seed cake was quite popular then, not my favourite was more of a fruit cake girl. thanks for sharing with us.

Yasmin
xx

Linda's World said...

I love looking at old pictures. Thanks for sharing this one with us. Linda in Washington

Kath said...

I have lots of old photo's like this one Ally.I love them.You brought back memories for me with your seed cake trials he-he.I loved my Mothers seed cake.Not had any since she died.It's not heard of much now though.OH!! for the good old days.I have only just found your posting some are not showing up on my bloglist..Sorry my comment is late.Take Care God Bless Kath xx
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Marie said...

Wonderful old picture Ally and wonderful memories. I can just see you picking the seeds out of your cake! I love aniseed so I probably would have relished every biteful!

Rose~* said...

Loved the picture of your Mom and her family. Yes, they sure had large families back then, compared to now. Both of my parents had large ones, too. Good luck with the names - my Mom still makes a "poppy seed" cake, but I've never had one with anise seed in it, although I do like black licorice. Yum!

Jon said...

This is a great photograph, Ally! I guess we both come from prolific families. My great-grandmother had twelve children!

Odds Bodkins. said...

A great photo Ally, and in good condition too for its age.
Hope you manage to name all the people in it.

B. x

Joan said...

What a great picture to have you must treasure it. Have never had seed cake. How old is Autie Violet. Love Joan

Lainey Laine said...

Ally what an absolutely gorgeous picture. I wouldnt like the seeds either. Awww can just imagine you both trying to eat it. Bless.

And thank you for your lovely kind comments on my journal recently. I am so glad to be your friend.
Laine xxxx
http://lainey-lainesworld.blogspot.com/

madcobug said...

That is a great family photo. I hope you can find out the name of them soon. I have an old family picture dating back to my gggrandmother but I don't know who any of them are but a couple. Helen

Christopher said...

Thats amazing to see a picture from the 1900's or Roaring 20's and that you still got those pictures :)

ps I do have to ask whats seed cake?

~ Christopher ~

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salemslot9 said...

your mother looks very smart in her hat~the girl on the left in the front with crossed arms doesn't want to be there~lol

Jan said...

I hope you are able to find out who all the brothers and sisters are on the picture ,my Dad was one of twen too ,didnt they have big familys then ,My Brother has grown to look just like our Graddad,and if I catch myself unawares I have seen my Granny in me too hee hee ..love Jan xx

Jeannette said...

Hi Ally, I think I missed this entry! The photo is lovely, I hope your aunt can supply you with names. My mum used to make seed cake every week. I don't know what she did with it because none of us liked it! Lol! Jeannette xx

Carlene Noggle said...

HI ALLIE;
I LOVE OLD PICTURES! I KNOW YOUR MOM HAD TO HAVE WORKED SO HARD WITH ALL THOSE CHILDREN...NEVER HAVE TASTED ANISE SEEDS BUT HAVE HEARD THEY TASTE LIKE LICORICE? FUNNY HOW YOU WILL EAT MOST ANYTHING WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY.
LOVE YA,
CARLENE

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

I love old photo's, Ally. It just amazes me at the number of children they had and how properly dressed all of them were.

LOL at the seed cake. My grandma made anise seed cake and poppy seed cake. I liked the poppy seed but the anise was so strong. xx

Donna said...

I love old pictures!

Jimmy's Journal said...

What a great picture. I love old pictures. By the way, what a special person you are with your nice deeds for Kelley's daughter.

Jimmy

tinkerbell said...

Allways love your blog, and was pleased to see this wonderful old photograph, my family has done a great deal of family research and have managed to trace back to 1506, have found many cousins and aunts that we knew nothing about( my father spent most of his young years in Dr Barnados),it has been so interesting and so rewarding,so I wish you well in finding names for all in your picture

Sandra said...

Hi Ally, I`ve just nominated you for a Marie Antoinette award for real people, real journals. Pop over to my journal to collect your award logo. :o)

Love Sandra xxxx

mtrib2 said...

I enjoyed seeing the photo of your family. Having all your memories written down for future generation's will be great when the photo passes to them. I am sorry to read of your friend having been in the car wreck. Salty and I have been staying warm with all the wood from my yard and surrounding land cut from this past summer. I have a new post on my Blogger/journal. mark