Sunbeam and Suitcases: the story of a year (excerpts)

One sunny morning, opening a door that creaks a little, I am surprised by a discovery of things past.

In an attic room, at the top of a busy house, a collection of suitcases, picnic hampers, boxes and baskets…

There are twelve, one for each month of the year, joined in a circle created by the fall of a sunbeam.

To begin with there is

1May

early Summer and late Spring

Birthday picnics in the garden
a little house and recollections of Birthday Picnics in the garden

 

Then

2June

full Summer

2Junea
and a particular memory

 

Next is July

July honeymoons
Letters home telling of joys and griefs intertwined

 

Summer days

4August

First babies and first seaside holidays

Plans for the future and present happiness
Plans for the future and present happiness

 

5Sept

Cooler nights and days bringing changes

Geese flying South - a dramatic sight
Geese flying South – a dramatic sight

 

Then the rich colours of Autumn

6Oct

 

Leaving home for the wider world
Leaving home for the wider world

 

Old November

7Nov
Letters home, missing you all

 

Magical wintertime

8Dec

Magical wintertime
Special trips to the theatre, sparkles and mystery

 

January

January looking both ways: the old and the new year
Looking both ways

 

A cold month

Bed time stories : it's cold outside
But bed time stories and cosiness indoors

 

March

March and thoughts of Spring
Thoughts of Spring and where we all began

 

Finally April

April and funny adventures to recall
Funny adventures recalled

 

Every now and again I return to this attic to admire the gentle sunbeam, to explore among the suitcases and hampers and boxes and baskets, to see what I can find. How about you? Do you have a similar store of things past? Memories that can be recalled by the turning of the year or by the discovery of a certain something set aside from other days? I’d love to hear about them if you do xx

This is a glimpse of my installation Sunbeam and Suitcases, part of The Dreaming of Home exhibition at The Customs House, South Shields, 2016

Photographs courtesy of Jamie McElderry www.jamiemacphotography.com

Fuller versions of these stories are to be found here in my Journal as I continue to develop this work of keepsakes and mementos; celebrating the beauty of the changing Seasons; thinking on the themes of present happiness and times past: about what we hold dear and what we let go.

Thank you for visiting, most welcome one and all.