Farewell to the old home.

It is 1976. We had lived in our first home since we married in 1971. Now we were saying farewell, ready to move into our present home.

There’s my wife sitting on the floor.


Knock down furniture had been taken apart for removal. Pictures were off the wall. There was a clutter of cardboard boxes.

But now for something to amuse.

We still have the same L S Lowry print hanging on the wall.

image004It has faded quite a bit in the last 40 years.

We still have much of the same furniture.

image006Stool, chairs and coffee table all exist still. We had that rug then too. The chairs and the sofa have been reupholstered twice.

The knock down furniture is still up and in the orange colour we had chosen then to match the furniture. They have been relegated to a spare room, along with the same curtains.

image008Actually, the carpet in that room is also still the same as the one my wife sat on in 1976.

There’s a blue suitcase in the 1976 picture. That is in use as a container in our loft. I can recognise that in front of it is the gramophone I still use – a battery electric one rather than a wind up.

And of course, I still have my wife or should I say we still have each other.

The French phrase is plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose which means the more things change, the more they stay the same. Perhaps in my house we’d better say the times change but the things stay the same.



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One Response to “Farewell to the old home.”

  1. Janet Says:

    We had that red curtain in blue in our first home in Dublin 1969.

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