Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2013 in 52 Pages ➲ WEEK17 + a postcard from the past...

Hello dear Friends! Today, I'm back with another page of the album "2013 in 52 Pages"and this week-end we stumbled upon an amazing postcard written by my Great Uncle in 1947 to his older brother, my Grandfather who passed away when my Dad, his only child, was a teenager...

Bonjour chères Scropines! Aujourd'hui, je reviens avec le project "2013 en 52 Pages"et puis pas plus tard que ce week-end, nous avons trouvé un véritable trésor, une carte postale écrite par mon Grand Oncle Michel à la fin de l'été 1947,  adressée à son grand frère Pierre, mon Grand-père paternel que je n'ai jamais connu ...

WEEK17 / SEMAINE17
As you can see there were a many colorful pictures of Paris and also of Dijon. We were fortunate to have two days of incredible weather when we visited the Côte des Grands Crus and all the sights in Dijon. We also met Cathy from 4enScrap for an afternoon tea...so many happy memories of la Dolce Vita in Burgundy! I picked yellow to complement the bright blue sky, the roses were made using a die and a stamp from Papertrey Ink.

Comme vous pouvez le voir, cette mosaique est composée de nombreuses photos aux couleurs vives. Nous avons eu la chance d'avoir plusieurs jours de beaux temps et deux jours d'été lorsque nous visitions Dijon et la Côte des Grands Crus. Nous avons rencontré Cathy de 4enscrap le temps d'une boisson dans l'adorable boutique/salon de thé "la Rose de Vergy"...à la Dolce Vita en Cote d'Or je me devais d'utiliser du jaune pour cette page...et puis des roses pour la déco de la poche qui sont faites à partir d'une matrice de découpe + tampon Papertrey Ink.
and now after Dijon in Burgundy, here is a postcard from Nuits-Saint-Georges, after WWII, also in Burgundy...
après Dijon, voici une vue de Nuits-Saint-Georges, circa 1947...
This card has touched me so much. It was written by Michel, we all call him Uncle Michel. He's still alive and he's the one who baptized and married almost everyone in the family including my parents in 1963, Mark and myself in 1993. Thanks to this postcard, I now know where my grandfather lived in Tunisia! I treasure Michel's handwriting and all the details he shares like the fact that he's so happy to be getting a small motorbike to drive from one church to another (he was a young priest at the time, in charge of four villages) He mentions Paulette, the oldest daughter. She never married but instead stayed by Michel's side all of her life to take care of him. She was a fabulous cook, I can still remember her famous Coq au Vin!...finally, these words "Just like in Tunisia, life is hard here..."at the beginning of the postcard, say it all... maybe instead of babbling about it I should just translate it?...

☞ My Dear Pierre (my paternal Grandfather)
This morning, we received you letter dated September 20th. Just like in Tunisia, life is hard here. The drought is gone, we are enduring wild fires. I fear a lot of misery come this Winter. I have heard that life is a little easier in Auxois. The summer break is over. I'm now the pastor of Semur and the traveling priest of four villages. I shall even have a small motorbike. Paulette (his older sister) will give you an update on my installation a little later on. She's about to go to Switzerland with Emile (another older brother) and Solange (his wife, my Godmother still alive and kicking at 102!). With the change of season, Papa's health has gotten better, he's walking with more ease. Yves (nephew) comes back to Chagny on Oct.3rd. Marie-Françoise is adorable and we still don't see much of Marie-Claude (?). Kisses, Michel
P.S: The harvest is good both in terms of quality and quantity.
Thank You! Merci!

26 comments:

Monika Wright | I Love It All said...

A true treasure.

Avital said...

I don't have the words to comment (so why do I...). Your layout is beautiful, as always and that find is touching me beyond words even though it's not even my family he's talking about... There is something about handwritten letters from the past that makes me feel like by reading them I can glimpse into the world that had been and live in the life of someone else for a short few minutes. Somewhat like the wardrobe that gets to Narnia...

P.s. I should refer to you as Mon cher Alex from now on (or is it a male endearment?)

Ozen said...

Toujours en admiration devant ton PL. Cette carte postale est un vraie trésor. J'ai la chair de poule en la lisant. Ces petits détails de la vie sont si forts. Tu as dû ressentir une bien grande émotion en la découvrant. Biz

Jinny Newlin said...

What a treasure that postcard is! Once in a while, I come across something similar from my Great Aunt. They almost always force tears. Then, I put them away in a safe location for my daughter, who was named after her, to read one day.

And I just love all the gorgeous pics on your page! That MME line is one of my faves! Yum!

BlueOrchys said...

Excellent !!! D'abord, ta page de PL sublime comme d'habitude et ce trésor ! C'est très émouvant de vivre cette époque juste avec quelques lignes pleines de justesse ! J'adore ! Gros bisous ma chère Alex !

Cathygel said...

Une superbe page Alexandra ... mince je suis dessus-)
Au plaisir de te revoir un jour en France ou de l'autre coté de l'atlantique!
Bizzz

margote05 said...

Quel trésor cette carte!!!
Et j'aime toujours autant tes mosaïques. Celle-ci est particulièrement gaie et colorée, ça fait plaisir de voir que tu en as profité en France. Gros bisous

Mary said...

Encore une jolie page Alexandra !
Bises

Alice Wertz said...

really enjoy seeing your weekly collage and really love that you stamped the roses in brown/kraft to complement the photos. beautiful layout as always. thanks for sharing the precious postcard, too. that's a wonderful family treasure and such pretty handwriting from your uncle! =)

Paula (PEP) said...

A delightful post - I know how amazing it is to be married by someone who's part of the family too, my Mum married us in 2001.
Your page is super with the neutral background plus I like the way your banner & roses echo the browns in the photos. Using the yellow to make the blue sky 'pop' works beautifully - especially with your little blue gem/brad echoing the deep blue of the steeple in the adjacent panel; it has a similar metallicness to it.
Paula (PEP)

Annette said...

wow what a great post.. you are so full of life.. I love it.. This page is amazing.. Love those awesome photos..

Alexandra said...

Superbe page avec de belles photos, Dijon n'était pas encore sous les eaux ! C'est toujours très émouvant de retrouver d'anciennes correspondances.

Lynnda said...

I love your 8inch page[always]...its may look simple but its beautiful!...

ahhh loving the story about your Uncle.... i heart his handwriting!...hugs...x

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Your page is gorgeous and love love love love love love the postcard! What a wonderful thing to have!!!

Greta said...

Oh how very wonderful, Alexandra! Such an unexpected treasure & the writing is so clear it looks as if it was just written. Several years after my mom died I found a letter written to her by her father when she told him she was pregnant with me (her first.) There are no words to describe what these things mean to families. I'm so glad you have this. Your layout is a keepsake, too.

Isabelle P. said...

Très jolie page ! Elle en a de la chance Cathy de t'avoir rencontrée ! Peut-être pour la prochaine fois ;-)
Toujours très émouvantes ces trouvailles venant du passé !
Bisous ma belle

sandi said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This looks fabulous! Love, love, love!

Patricia45 said...

Nuits St Georges pour moi ça évoque le vin! et quel vin!

Miriam Prantner said...

What wonderful photos of your trip, but what an amazing thing to find! Those ties to the past are so precious, I'm so happy that you found it and I know that you'll preserve it for generations to come!

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, Alex.........how sweet that postcard is! An absolute family heirloom! Thanks for sharing it, and thanks for the beautiful PL page, too. I SO love your photo collages, and you put together the most interesting combos of papers, colors, and details. I love the stamped roses done in brown. So unusual and eye catching. Love the wooden banner, too, and that one single dew drop is the perfect finishing touch!

Marie-Pierre said...

Je comprends ton émotion suite à cette jolie découverte, c'est un précieux souvenir.
J'aime beaucoup ta page si lumineuse.
Bises

AlexM said...

Quelle découverte cette carte postale! un trésor comme tu dis. bises

Agata said...

Cette carte est un véritable trésor! J'imagine que ta page le sera tout autant d'ici quelques décennies... Bisous!

Kelly Griglione said...

Thank you so much for sharing a piece of your family history! What a treat for us. Even knowing it's not my relatives, it's still touching and such an honest glimpse into a specific point in time at a specific point in space. Totally what I love about antiques! Wonderful layout too ... I'll be sad when your France photos run out : (

Mylène said...

Magnifique mosaïque encore une fois.
Je devine ton émotion. J'ai récupéré il y a quelques années un petit carnet qui appartenait à mon grand-père maternel qui était japonais. Dedans des notes écrites alors qu'il était interné en Australie après avoir été arrêté en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Il a été ensuite expulsé vers le Japon. Il n'est revenu en Nouvelle-Calédonie et près de sa famille que 15 ans après. Je l'ai cotoyé quelques années avant son décès. Ce passé n'a refait surface qu'il y a quelques années avec une exposition mise en oeuvre par une universitaire japonaise. Cela m'a beaucoup émue de découvrir un passé familial que je ne connaissais pas...

Anonymous said...

Je ne peux qu'imaginer l'emotion que tu as du ressentir en lisant cette carte postale...Ce qui tout de suite frappee c'est son ecriture qui est tres proche de la tienne!! Merci d'avoir partage cette histoire familiale!

bisous,

Gabrielle