I thought I’d share this very sweet photo borrowed from my mum, showing my brothers at the ages of, I’d guess, 5 and 3. They are in the front yard of the Manse, under the big maple tree; the swing that you can see behind John hung from one of its branches. John seems to have got a fair bit of the dirt that he was playing in onto his face, which was par for the course. Also on display is our (very dusty) 1961 Pontiac, a Strato Chief, I believe. That was our second car at the Manse, replacing the ’56 Chev that we arrived in in 1964. (Dad always regretted having got rid of that Chev.) At the time there was a fence along the front of the yard, quite a nice one; I wrote about it here. You can see the gates that opened onto the driveway.
If I’ve guessed John’s and Ken’s ages right, the year would be 1968 or 1969. Aren’t they cute little boys?
Here’s another shot of the lads. In this one you can see St. Andrew’s United Church up the road:
And here’s one from a few weeks ago, showing much the same view. I guess the trees along the road have grown up quite a bit (see: yesterday’s post), because you can now just barely see the steeple of St. Andrew’s.
All that’s missing in the last one are two cute little boys, a big old maple tree, and a very dusty ’61 Strato Chief.