After the internet problems on Thursday and a busy day yesterday, I decided to skip the Friday theme – especially as it wasn’t a very easy theme for me to illustrate… Spring signs! We do have spring in Puerto Rico; it is for example getting [even]warmer after winter and the sun doesn’t set as early as before but really, I couldn’t tell what the real Puerto Rican spring signs are.
For me spring should be more obvious – like new leaves on the trees after a cold and dark winter, when nature becomes colourful again after the greys and browns of the colder season and when people start dressing accordingly in lighter and brighter clothes and sit on terraces and park benches sipping coffee and eating ice cream… Nope, those kind of spring signs we don’t get in the Caribbean! I wrote a spring flower post last year and here is another one with lots and lots of spring flowers from the Dutch Keukenhof flower exhibit!
Instead, I would like to share some more photos from our stay in Spain in March. O’s parents are true collectors and they keep everything – fortunately they have a lot of space to store all these things… For me, as a person who loves old objects with a history, it was a true treasure hunt to discover what is kept in the various storage locations.
Here are a few of the treasures we found – hopefully we will be able to salvage them to be used again once we move back to Europe!
My grandfather [and now father] used to keep nails and screws in such boxes. I think it is a pity to keep them in the garage, and I would like to have them on display instead – but my father was wondering where he should put the nails then…
This cutlery reminds me of the [nysilver] cutlery I have lost (!?) from my great-grandmother – it had a P inscribed for Persson but fitted perfectly with my name! And my brother’s name D corresponds with my mother’s maiden family name – quite clever actually! Unfortunately there is no family silver ware with J for my sister’s name…
I “interviewed” O’s parents to find out what the names of their grandparents and what they did as a profession as I am very interested in genealogy (släktforskning). It was very fascinating, and they were both very pleased that I asked those questions since I guess their children don’t really care. O’s father has promised to show me more photos next time I visit!
On both my parents’ sides we have records of our ancestors hundreds of years back, while no ancestral research has been done yet for O’s family. I think it is a cultural difference – in Spain people have been busy working and surviving also in recent years and there hasn’t been time left over for hobbies… While in Sweden already my grandparents’ generation had the opportunity to retire fairly early and discover hobbies such as studying family history.
Seeing all these things just left to dust in storage makes my heart break – I could furnish and decorate an entire house with it! And of course hang Joaquina’s portrait on the wall! Fortunately O loves old stuff just like me, and O’s siblings don’t seem the least interested…
Once again I think it is a cultural difference – Spain was poor and “under-developed” (sounds so conceited but I can’t find a more diplomatic way to express it) for a longer time and people have just started appreciating old things. Just like my grandmother can’t understand why I love keeping her grandmother’s hand-made rug in the kitchen!