Thank you so much to Judith Barrow for featuring me in her places in our memories series with a chat about the Cambridge Botanical Gardens, and the sculptural treasures of Cambridge and Edinburgh that have inspired me in much of my writing.
Today I’d like to step back in time and look at my very first post on this blog:
What magical ingredients made me become a blogger/writer? I think if I was doing a sum it would be a strange black cat, plus a book: (Dorian Gray,) add some thoughts about art and lots and lots of reading. No minus equations allowed, creativity always involves a stack of pluses and no negativity!
Recently my eldest daughter asked me for some old photos of her when she was little for a project she is currently doing for University. So I opened my large oriental camphor wood chest and we had a lovely time searching through many photos. I came across a really cute photo of my cat Chester when he was a tiny, adorable kitten, and I was a mere slip of a girl. I realised that my very first post on this blog is missing a very important ingredient. What could that be? An easy answer – some delightful old photos of my much-loved cat Chester. He was such a magnificent fellow, and I loved him very much, so let me share them with you….
Me with Chester, looking all energetic!!!
Here he is exploring interesting little hiding places:
And he had an inquisitive nature:
This is how magnificent he was when he grew up! This photo doesn’t quite do him justice, he really was a handsome fellow, with striking markings and a character to match.
If you’d like to join in with my bloggers monthly link up, please draw attention to your old posts by writing a short blog post as I have done and then add your links to the comment field of this post. If you wish you may use the photo at the top of this post as your blog post header. All link up posts will go up on the second Thursday of the month, and join in whenever you want. No pressure!
Also if you wish you can link your posts to a popular hastag #Throwback Thursday #THT or if you’re posting on a Friday #FBF #FlashbackFriday. These are great link ups for old photos, or memorabilia…
More about that here: Lifewire – Throwback Thursday
Shake out your old posts and give them a new lease of life.
Bye for now from less energetic grown up me!!!
THE CHERISHED BLOG FEST
I discovered the Cherished Blog Fest via Dan Antion, at No Facilities.
So what is my cherished possession?
It is this very lovely camphor wood chest that dates back to my childhood in Hong Kong. My mum and dad brought back various items of oriental furniture from their time in the Far East. When my brother and I left home we were both given a beautiful chest to take away with us. I store all my favourite photos of my childhood, my life and my children in this precious chest, as well as wedding momentos, anniversary cards, and special birthday cards.)
It is totally deserving of the term cherished.
In fact this chest became quite a catalyst of inspiration.
Here’s a couple of paragraphs from my manuscript on the theme of precious items hidden in a chest:
Reaching inside her camphor wood chest she delved for her secret lucky dip of stashed bits and bobs that she kept away from the prying eyes of her parents. Inside the chest were crystal books, pretty little stones, trinkets, a tattoo henna kit, and her much loved drum-sticks. She placed her art set in amongst all her precious things and closed the chest tight.
An overwhelming feeling came over her that today would be a day that she would remember forever. It wasn’t just a dream! It had really happened, and the proof, the Red Jade Crystal, lay hidden in her precious chest of secrets.
© Marjorie Mallon 2015 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.
How to join in the Cherished BlogFest
Rules as per the organisers:
Cherished is the word!
The Cherished Blogfest is about the most cherished object in your possession. I once came across an assertion that life is but memories. Without memories there is no life. Memories trigger our emotions and we interact by our emotions. The things that we love, that we cherish the most, that we hate and loathe, and fear—we treat them as such because of the memories attached to them, invested in them.
We would also love you to tell us about the objects that spark off your fondest memories.
Therefore, for the Cherished Blogfest, we invite you to talk to us about one of your cherished objects. Tell us what it is, post a picture of it if you like, and tell us why you cherish it.
Keep your posts to a maximum of 500 words, and join us on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July 2015 in sharing memories, emotions, information.
Above all, join us in making new connections and renewing old ones. Visit the blogs of the cohosts and follow them, even as you increase your own followers and readers.
Add your name and blog link in this Linky List, sign up for the Cherished Blogfest, and share your cherished memories on 24th, 25th and 26th of July 2015.
Place the badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media.
NB: The Badge is a courtesy of Cheryl KP and Daniel Antion, both of whom are truly extraordinary people, full of heart, passion, dedication, and love.
Hope you enjoyed my Cherished Blogfest. Do you have a particularly cherished possession that you’d like to share too?
Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx