Sunday, April 1, 2012

Storytelling Sunday | "Old Pete"

Late last night I rung up my dad to ask him a few questions about the photos I was fingering through and in particular the one of him going to school with his horse "Old Pete". We had a bit of a chuckle as I told him tomorrow (today) was Storytelling Sunday and I needed him to share with me what he remembered about "Old Pete" and the walks to school.

Old Pete was slow on his walks, he was old, but gentle and managed to get my dad, Aunt Meta and the cousins to school in a timely manner. I made a layout below and the journaling reads as follows:

"Old Pete" had a job and that was to walk the 3 1/2 miles... pulling the children along in the caboose. His job was to get the children to school before 9:00. Once he arrived, dad would detach the caboose and Pete was put into his barn stall where he would wait for his oat bundle at lunch. He had a good rest before the 3 1/2 mile walk back... dropping the cousins off on the way.


"Old Pete" may have walked slow, but he was always reliable, except for when he was shy and would turn around and walk the other way!


There is my story for this edition of Storytelling Sunday. If you would like to share one of your own, you can link up, or if you care to sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and read through the wonderful stories from around the globe, then come and join us over at Sian's From High In The Sky!

24 comments:

  1. Good old Pete, and what a way to travel to school!

    Your layout really does justice to such a wonderful, evocative, photograph. Love it!

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  2. I love the story of Old Pete and your layout is beautiful x

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  3. Ginger, I love the thought of your dad helping out with Storytelling Sunday. Actually, I'm really moved by it :) It's all- round lovely: the story and the layout. Thank you so much

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  4. That's a great photo and story to have scrapped

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  5. Fun to see I'm not the only one who asks family for details for stories for Storytelling Sunday :) What a neat way to travel to school and I'm glad Ol Pete got a good rest and an oat lunch.

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  6. I cannot begin to imagine being brought to school by a horse! What an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Awesome story! So great that you recorded it.
    Rinda

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  8. Such a wonderful story and hard to imagine from my desk in suburban London! A gorgeous page.

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  9. What a lovely way to get to school :) Love the story and the LO.

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  10. oh wow! i wonder though, what time did you set out to get to school? Fantastic story and a lovely memory to have.

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  11. That's a great question Louise - one I did ask dad, but forgot to mention here! He said it took them about 45 minutes :)

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  12. That's a great story..it seems so wonderfully 'pioneer-like' to me, yet couldn't have been SO long ago! Your LO is fab
    Alison xx

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  13. What a great story....wonderful that you have photos.

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  14. What a great story! I love that you've got the page to remember this one too.

    Plus Old Pete is sooooo cute :D

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  15. Ginger, I love that there is a picture of Old Pete with the children, he was huge! Wonderful story to have documented as family history.

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  16. really lovely story, photo and LO. thanks so much for sharing - has made me smile!

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  17. Getting to school via horse is a new one on me! What a fun memory.

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  18. How times have changed! I would have liked to have taken that ride to school instead of a half hour car ride or three buses.

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  19. How times change! What a wonderful layout and two amazing photos. I'm always asking my mum and gran for details on my vintage photos. I'm behind on my blog reading so I'm delighted to have caught this one :-)

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  20. I love how you've treated this photo - so very effective with the bright additions. And an amazing story - much better than motorised transport.

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  21. that is such a great story Ginger and I love the LO you made xxx

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  22. What a wonderful memory to record. I love your layout - that neutral background is perfect with the bits of color you used to highlight the photo & journaling.

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  23. What an amazing experience - gorgeous page too - love the bright ginger? and teal touches!

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  24. What a wonderful memory and such a stylish layout to document it too.

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