Wednesday, 13 April 2011

My Father's birthday

Dad would have been 100 today - 13th April. If the weather is fine we'll have a day out to Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley - Dad's birthplace and childhood home - to celebrate the occasion.

Dad's early years were happy, though he experienced great family tragedies during the long years of WWII. But once he met Mum and settled down he was able to enjoy family life again. We, his four daughters, came along between 1948 and 1956 and in 1957 a musical comedy film about a troupe of dancers was released and ever after we became "Les Girls" to Mum and Dad's friends - Dad was known as Les to all except my Grandmother, who always used his full name, Leslie!

Having watched the trailer for this film on YouTube I'm not sure it was a very suitable name for four small girls and their young mother! But Mum was and still is a great fan of musicals - and I do love Gene Kelly films.

I created these two digital pages using templates from Designs by Anita at TwoPeasinaBucket.


  1. Been thinking about him all day and still can't quite believe he has been missing from our lives for so long, love the photos.

    Jan x

  2. These layouts are fantastic, Ann. I feel like I've known him a bit from them. It's a wonderful tribute! I, especially, like the photo of him with his pipe... reminds me very much of my grandpa (who also passed away)... he'd always have a pipe in his hand no matter what time of the day. Funny how we always thought of it as a nuisance then... but now, I always get a little choked up every time I see one. :o) Hugs to you, my friend, on this special day.

  3. That's a lovely story. Your layouts are very special!

  4. What a wonderful tribute to the memory of your father! Both pages are beautiful. I love the first one with the photo of your dad with his pipe. The poem in the corner is lovely.

  5. What a wonderful tribute to your father. You did a fabulous job on your pages. What beautiful keepsakes. Theresa

  6. How lovely to remember your Dad in this way.I too love the picture of him smoking his pipe. Love the words that you have written.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  7. What lovely pages you have created Ann - thanks for sharing.
    The poster for that musical does look very risqué!

  8. Oh, Ann, your words are always so sweet and lovely. Great photos!
    Hugs, Anja

  9. I love the first picture, very handsome man he was. Thanks for this wonderful post. Hugs Baukje

  10. The layouts are cool!
    The story is wonderful!
    I enjoyed the visit. ;)


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