My flashback Friday moment is a tribute to my mum and her thriftiness - because she really is the queen of thrift from whom I (should) have learned lots!
This is a photo of me and my two sisters taken in 1979 in Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre. Dad has dragged us to a harbour - we always toured the top spots on holiday. Harbours being a particular favourite of my Dad (he's a harbour master so talk about a bus man's holiday!).
I love the fact that you can tell it's the 1970's by the oh so stylish clothes and haircuts. Not to mention the Ford Cortina - Gene Hunt (Life on Mars) eat your heart out! Incidentally, I'm the one second from the right in the super '70's tracksuit combo! What was my mother thinking?
And I feel sure - in fact, I know - that my baby sister (she was about 2 months old here) sat in the back on my Mum's knee. None of your fancy car seat nonsense in 1979, you know!
My mum was and still is far better at the whole thrifty saving money stuff than I could ever claim to be. I lived my life in hand-me-downs from my older sister (although strangely, my little sister always managed to get stuff bought new - spoiled rotten!). Mum had what we referred to as her 'nuclear war cupboard' which contained tins and tins of food 'just in case'. There were even Fray Bentos pies in there - a pie in a tin! I don't think any of us ever had one of them - but they were in that old cupboard 'just in case' because 'you never know'. What exactly we never knew remains a mystery but we were well stocked for any eventuality.
For me, this photo sums up our family holidays. Five of us, crammed in a car, off visiting harbours. Bizarre way to spend a fortnight in August but each to their own!