Today is John’s birthday and while he would rather not have too much notice made, I have a sweet pile of presents or “pressies” as some might say here and his requested blackberry crumble with candles and ice cream for later. (Okay, he didn’t ask for candles, but he needs them to make a wish … right?)
As soon we pull ourselves together this morning, we will head south to explore several places where we can walk on the beach and touch the sea. We won’t be taking any little pails and shovels like John had in the photo above, but I expect we will have plenty of fun just the same. I was thrilled when he mentioned going to one place in particular when I asked how he wished to spend his birthday.
Cadgwith is a sweet little seaside village which looks much the same as it did in 1930 when his dad at sixteen took this photograph while the family was in the area on holiday. I plan to take John’s picture as close to the thatched cottage on the right as I can get and will edit this post to include it when we return. (If you click to enlarge this, you can see John’s grandmother on the left.)
I am so pleased to be able to share a third birthday celebration with this lovely man who changed my life so dramatically only a few years ago. Happy Birthday John!
* If you are reading this through email or other subscription, please refresh to get the edited version. I had an old family photo from the wrong village and had to correct it.
Updates & Additions … I am back as I promised with some pictures from our day. These were taken 80 years after the one above and another one taken the same day 80 years ago.
( I added the color version of Cadgwith by special request for Dorothy I mean, Kim who wanted to see OZ * see her comment below)
I took this photograph this afternoon of John standing where his grandmother stood 80 years ago when she was two years younger than I am now. I was a little closer to my subject than John’s dad was in 1930. I also thought you might enjoy a few more from today that go with the original taken 1930.
My image from today is below.
Here is a last image before I say goodnight, It is one I took of John while he was photographing from what is likely the same spot his father did when he was still only a sixteen year old boy. I bet his dad would have loved digital photography. Remember you can click any image to enlarge. Click twice to make it ginormous.
Happy Birthday John Hope you have a wonderful day , and enjoy your seaside trip .. oh and the blackberry crumble too.
Happy Birthday to John!
Looking forward to the new photo of Cadgwith.
The Paris photos from the last post are gorgeous.
And many more, John. (I’m with you on the blackberry crumble, by the way.)
a photo that his DAD took at 16? Cool! Can’t wait to see the modern version next to it. Hope you all had a lovely day! Happy Birthday John!
Happy Birthday John, now I have a craving for crumble!
Happy Birthday John! And Many Happy Returns. Looking forward to hearing about your pressies as well. Gardening tools. books, things to create with? DIY? Crumble spoons?!
Warm wishes, Mariellen
Thanks to everyone who posted birthday wishes.
Had a great day around the Lizard Peninsula.
Photos will follow, no doubt 🙂
Happy birthday to John!!
I love the old and new photos – great post! You are doing wonderful things with that new camera. Thanks for sharing – so interesting.
Love the comparisons, love picking out the differences!
Happy Birthday to John!
Glad the birthday went well. I LOVE the photographs, they are just simply wonderful! I feel like I’ve been to the little village today!
oh my gosh! so cool! What a connection you both must have felt with the past. Wonderful!
Can you please post a color one of the first view, 2010 version? I want to see the view come alive, like the Wizard of Oz . . . .