Hope your week is going well.
I have been busy bringing my chaotic flat into some semblance
of order before my guest arrives tomorrow. Well, it looks better than
it did before, and I am looking forward to a fun week with Susi.
For Art Journal Journey, Elizabeth's lovely theme of back to school, I have another hybrid page, once again using a school photo of Erika. Many people wanted to know who she was and what happened to her. She was a distant relation, descended from the sister of my great grandfather. By a strange chance, I was asked to visit a lady living in our old people's home, who wanted to talk to someone in English and/or Spanish, and I went along to see her. We got along very well, and I was asked to become her official carer, and to look after her affairs if she would at sometime not be able to do it herself. After I had retired from school I worked at the home where she was living. One day, she asked me to get down her album of photos, and showed them to me, and her family tree - imagine my surprise when I discovered that we were related! She died at the age of 93, and I had the privilege of conducting her funeral and seeing her buried in her home town, from which the family had had to flee under the Nazis. Many of her former school friends and townsfolk were there, and it was good to see
that the circle of her life was completed in this way.
For my journal page I have used another of her sport team photos; Erika is on the right:
These photos were taken on her 90th birthday.
At the celebration with her younger brother:
We have had a week of good weather and I have enjoyed watching the sunrise day by day:
Have a great day you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!