Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Diary 1977-1981

I carried on sorting out our wardrobe today and managed to throw away 2 black bags of rubbish. This is my Nanna's 5 year diary which is kept safe on the top shelf. She started it in 1977 and wrote in it every day without fail. It was given to me when she passed away in 1990 and I've read it through 3 or 4 times. 
It's very much every day things that she writes about; family, grandchildren, weather and illness. There's also some views on the politics of the time especially her thoughts on the winter of discontent. Subjects range from births, deaths, cup final results, church talks and holidays and when I read it I can recall lots of things that she's talking about as though it were only yesterday. It's little snippets like the fact that Mike Yarwood was on This Is Your Life on my 11th birthday that I like. 
I wonder if people still keep diaries or is it considered old-fashioned?

xxx






9 comments:

  1. what a treasure! Such a wonderful thing to have.
    Yes. I keep a written diary. I'm coming to the end of a lovely 3 year one, so a new one is on my Christmas list. I have had to destroy some of my older diaries, did not want Violet to read them when she's older!! But, I have kept the one I had when she was born. Re reading it makes me happy and sad. Happy that I was finally a mum, but sad at how hard I found it with a newborn.
    And just because I'm oh so modern, I keep a private blogger blog just for myself. Just covering all options really!
    x

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    1. Get you, with your diaries and public and private blogs! I just thought you liked changing your photos. I think that's what puts me off writing a 'proper' diary - somebody finding it and reading it. So any diary I've attempted has been about the 'boring' stuff. Mind you so is my Nanna's and it actually makes really good reading. I'm seriously considering starting a 5 year diary and more to the point actually writing in it every day. I love reading my Nanna's and being able to glance back up the page to see what was happening the year before.

      I think if any new Mum kept a diary the first year after their baby had been born it would cover happy, sad, panic, depression, frustration, exhaustion, fun, laughter, in fact the whole spectrum of feelings and emotions. The mum of one of Amy's friends told me she was diagnosed with PND because she didn't trust anybody else to look after her baby and wouldn't let her out of her sight. I always thought it was more about not coping and not being able to bond with the baby rather than being over-protective. The point I'm trying to make is that I think all Mum's find it hard one way or the other. If I could sum up my first year with Amy I'd say I was an over protective Mum with a big dollop of exhaustion thrown in and an expert at keeping up appearances. Both me and Amy got through it OK though lol. xx

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  2. p,s. this explains my different profile photo sometimes. Just been scribbling in 'my' diary and stopped by to visit you. x

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  3. I keep a written diary, nothing posh, just a new A4 spiral bound notebook each year. It also has lists and anything I need to remember. Although I can't always find where I've written things!

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  4. I've started many a New Year with a new diary but have never seen it through. I'm definitely a notebook and list maker though. I love my lists of things to do. Maybe I'll try a 5 year diary. There's only a few lines to fill each day. I could possibly do that. xx

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  5. I've kept a diary for about 10 years now and I write in it everyday. There are no deep thoughts or profound statements in it. More on the lines of what we did, where we went and who I talked to. Oh, and I write down every meal we eat!!!!

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    1. Wow 10 years and you've written in it every day. I'm impressed. Yes, my Nanna's diary sounds similar to yours, just the general day to day stuff which I find fascinating. She was commenting on the price of food and how expensive it was and she listed prices of bread and milk etc. I can't remember what the price was but I love snippets like that. I'm becoming more and more drawn to the idea of keeping a 'proper' diary xx

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  6. I kept diaries throughout my teenage years. Good grief I was angsty! It was mostly about ALL the unrequited love in my life, and when I re read them, there was a LOT!! My blog is. My diary now I suppose - which us basically doing what is said on the tin!

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    1. Aww Rachel. I know how you feel. I sobbed my heart out when my first boyfriend finished with me. I honestly thought my life was over and I'd never find 'love' again haha. I can remember the whole break up as though it were yesterday.

      Yes I use my blog as a diary and I especially like the photo bit, but I do like to pick up my Nanna's diary and flick through the pages. I'm a bit like that with books though. I have to hold one, a kindle etc just wouldn't do it for me. xx

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