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
early Summer and late Spring
Next is July
First babies and first seaside holidays
Cooler nights and days bringing changes
Then the rich colours of Autumn
A cold month
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.