Posted by: christinelaennec | June 28, 2013

Archival adventures

All week long I have been working at packing things that are tucked away in cupboards and wardrobes and under beds.  By and large I’ve left things that are a very noticeable part of our home where they are for now.  This is so not to upset our dear friend and helper too much:

This look means:  "What the heck is going on around here?!  Hands off my litter box!"

This look means: “What the heck is going on around here?! Hands off my litter box!”

It’s amazing how much we have tucked away here and there.  I’ve chucked some of it out, but we’ve also had a great time looking through old papers.  We found a series of lively sketches that Michael wrote when he was the Dafter’s age, of his home life.  With an older sister and triplets as the younger sibling, his dinnertimes were (it would seem) a bit of a free-for-all at times.

And some of our notes of the children’s antics and sayings have made us fall over laughing.  For example, a scrap noting a conversation I had with the Dafter when she was about 7.  We were in the front garden.

Dafter:  What do you suppose this pink rock is?  It broke in half when I picked it up.

me:  I don’t know.  Clay, maybe?

Dafter:  I doubt it. That doesn’t make a very good story.  “There was a girl and she found a rock and it was made of clay, The End.” I don’t think so!

I don’t think Tilly really understands why there is a growing pile of boxes in Our Son’s old room, but as long as she has plenty of cuddles and the occasional hot water bottle on a rainy day, she’s happy if it’s making us laugh.




  1. Cute Dafter, and sweet Tilly! 🙂 Good to keep your sense of humour during this time of change! xxx

  2. Oh, I can get really sidetracked when looking at old stuff that has been out of my sight for years… So cute the story about the pink rock, so precious that you kept it. Good luck with the packing!

  3. Our cats would see a box being packed and get in it. We were constantly checking where the cats were in case they got taped in and packed too.

    • Good think!

      I’m wondering if Christine gives Tilly hot water bottles? I love it!

  4. I know moving is a lot of work but it’s also fun discovering hidden treasures. Sounds like you’re making progress and Tilly is being patient. I never thought of a hot water bottle for a cat – that’s a great idea!


  5. My daughter left home after high school when she was 17 and never came back. This year she turns 30. As I write this I’m sitting in her old bedroom and on the shelf above me are a whole lot of her maths notes, index cards of French verbs (well, French language stuff of some sort), pictures of her high school friends, etc. I’m wondering: do you also have Son’s stuff to pack, as I would have to pack my daughter’s stuff?….things she almost certainly does not want, but which I don’t have the authority to take to the dump?

  6. Good luck, with all the packing..

  7. Lovely to find those long-forgotten treasures, Christine.

  8. Oh, dear Tilly! She is so beautiful. Our cat reacts instantly the minute she spots some packing being done – worrying about perhaps having to go to the cattery. This all reminds me of moving from Aberdeen to Oxford with a twenty-year-old cat – and it was fine. She just seemed to recognise it was going to happen, and she put up with it – and of course got lots of cuddles at the end of the journey. That was our Tabby, who looked rather like Tilly.
    We still sometimes discover bits of paper on which our children wrote their thoughts thirty or so years ago, and I get swamped with nostalgia. Recently we found a quite puzzling one on which our very sociable extrovert younger son, then aged about seven, had written that he was thinking about changing schools because he had no friends where he was. Should we have been worried?! I think he got over it.

  9. I love that picture of Tilly and I think it’s great that you’ve kept scraps of paper with quotes on them. I have a notebook that I write such things into, most of which come from my dad and are quite amusing. It’s very entertaining to read it every now and then; it always makes me laugh. I hope the packing’s going well and you’re feeling more or less on top of things, I imagine it feels like a very big job at times.

  10. Tilly is adorable! Good luck with all the packing. 🙂

  11. Moving can be a bittersweet process. Reliving fond memories makes it sweet. ❤

  12. Give Tilly a hug from me

  13. I wanted to let you know that I did get the Linky set up for Things I Learned in June. I hope you’ll come see me and decide to play along.

  14. How cute is your wee cat?!
    Good luck with all the packing xo

  15. I love your cat’s expression!

  16. Dear all,
    Thanks for your nice comments! Packing is continuing and things here are picking up pace a bit as the available time to do everything becomes less.

    Yes, I do give Tilly a hot-water-bottle in her basket on a cold day. There’s a photo here: Her hot-water-bottle is red with white spots and is used only by her because it is covered with cat hair and little snags where she has kneaded it when particularly pleased.

    oldblack, you’re right, I do have things belonging to Our Son to pack, but they have already been condensed into boxes by him and us, so that’s a useful step to have taken! I have no suggestions for you as to how to handle a grown child’s possessions… tricky from a number of points of view.

  17. Sounds as if you are being very methodical. Do you have large black bin bags for going OUT, or are you transporting everything to Glasgow? How foresighted of you to keep The Dafter’s ‘sayings’!
    We are about to face the reverse situation – son moving several years’ of belongings back home from Glasgow. We can tell already that it will not all fit back into our tiny house…

  18. It is wonderful to find old writings school work and diaries, things tucked away in our memories suddenly brought back to life.

    Good luck with the packing I am sure you will find lots more history


  19. […] of it very beneficial.  We’ve taken time to look through old photo albums, to sort through funny old family papers, to talk about the history of some of the things that we’ve taken the trouble to drag around […]

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