Family Travel Guide: Swansea Bay, Gower and Mumbles, …

Hiraeth. (n.) a homesickness for a home to …

View Post

Coastal Adventures: Exploring the Stunning Yorkshire Coast

Would I like to share my favourite parts …

View Post

The Malverns: A Dog and Family Friendly Weekend …

From our ivy-framed hotel bay window Narnia style …

View Post

Tuscan Mommas: Villa Le Capanne

Sometimes Mums need to escape, to let their …

View Post

Day in the life of a Luxury Ski …

Recently I stayed in Morzine with TG Ski, …

View Post
Dinosnores at the Natural History Museum and the Airbnb Base Camp Experience, London

Dino Snores & Airbnb at the Natural History Museum

If your family has contemplated travelling down to …

View Post
A stay at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, near Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire, UK

Ahoy Me Hearties. 21 Smuggle into Boggle Hole Youth …

Boggle Hole YHA is an absolute dream of …

View Post
Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere, England's Lake District

A Romantic Getaway: Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere, Lake District

I will never forget running straight up to …

View Post

Little legacy #5 Jewels

During a bout of tonsillitis a few weeks ago, I did some big thinking. I read Joan Didion’s My Year of Magical Thinking, a very insightful account of Didion’s experience of grief. Didion made me think that, after a month of endless ups, downs, illness and corkscrews on the rollercoster known as grief, I was perhaps ready to step off, and step onto the one called mourning. The mourning ride is a bit gentler, still sad, but a more stable place, you can predict where it’s headed, even steer your own course. I decided to climb a mountain, to blog about the little legacies mum left me, and I finally felt ready to ask my Dad to bring over Mum’s jewellery collection, which I have inherited, to sort.

It’s been comforting to look through mum’s collection, and choose pieces I want to wear, it feels like part of her is with me.  I decided to take pictures to make sense of everything, of course there are familiar pieces I will never forget, but it was this picture of her brooches that really fascinated me.  Each one neatly captures a little era of it’s own.  I like the bigger picture they make when put together too.  I have great memories of some objects, I can see 50s, 60s, 70s and 90s influences in them, they almost read like a timeline of mum’s life.

(I don’t know what blogger does to my photos, but this is nowhere near as snappy as the original, sorry).

Do you have any jewellery or precious objects you have inherited?  Or do you have jewellery that will form your own legacy?

@AResidence

little legacy A small thing handed down by a predecessor

Little legacy is a remembrance project , a positive and creative space, to celebrate small things handed down by predecessors.  I am going to post one every Thursday. If you want to join me at any point, either as a project or a one off, there’s more information here and a space to link up below, or simply join in through the comments.  

Share:

I'd love to know your thoughts!