A Hike Back Through Time: Simple Pleasures


And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. – Nicholas Sparks

Christmas and the approach of a new year stimulate a lot of memories and also a great deal of reflection and pondering for many people. The Internet brings us numerous benefits. We can interact with many people from all over the world and marvel over exotic landscapes. However, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the adventures of others that make our own  lives back at home seem rather dreary or mundane. I was feeling a little deflated myself recently after hearing yet another adventurer urge people to give up everything and travel the world. I have family and other responsibilities that keep me here and they take priority for the moment. We are often bombarded with commands such as, “Do it now. Life is short. You only live once!” I’ve never been overseas and have only traveled in two states of my own country, but it’s still been an interesting life, and there is much to be enjoyed in my own region.

Recently, I spent many hours sorting through a box of old family photos and they were a good reminder that overseas travel and in fact, interstate travel, were not common occurrences like they seem to be now. People often had to work long hours, with few of the modern conveniences we enjoy today and yet many found simple ways to enjoy their precious leisure time that gave them contentment. Many lived in one location their whole lives. Although I would not swap my relative life of ease with theirs, I do feel a little nostalgic about the focus on simple outdoor pleasures. I thought I’d share some of these old pictures with you as a reminder of the distant past when electronic media wasn’t the focus of entertainment; when people looked you in the eyes when having a conversation. I invite you to take a hike back in time with me through these images of some Australians in the first half of the twentieth century. This post is dedicated to a few bloggers and friends of mine who are a little stuck right now due to difficult life circumstances. Your names may not be in the adventure seeker headlines, but your lives are still interesting to me and I appreciate your efforts to maintain your sanity through simple pleasures under some very trying circumstances. I hope 2015 brings you the changes you seek. I wish you all a healthy and happy new year  filled with whatever things  are important to you.

No lycra and no helmet and probably no gears. Cycling in years gone by.

No lycra and no helmet and probably no gears. Cycling in years gone by.

Fishing for lunch. A woman in shorts? I wonder if that was scandalous back then.

Fishing for lunch. A woman in shorts? I wonder if that was scandalous back then.

Swimming by the creek cooled you off. No air conditioners then.

Swimming by the creek cooled you off. No air conditioners…

Glamorous bathing costumes?

Glamorous bathing costumes?

Kid doing what kids did back then...

Kids doing what kids did back then…

A spot of fishing?

A spot of fishing?

A spot of tennis, anyone?

Or maybe some tennis?

Perhaps a ride on a horse?

Perhaps a ride on a horse?

Tea on the verandah.

Or tea on the verandah?

Or a stroll through the botanical gardens.

A  stroll through the botanical gardens.

What was she looking at and pondering?

Dreaming?

Some had the luxury of a car.

Some had the luxury of a car.

Babies kept people busy as they do now...

Babies kept people busy as they do now…

As did war. An airman wearing a Sidcot outfit.

World wars kept many occupied for years including this young airman wearing a Sidcot outfit.

And woman were getting into trousers way back then...

Women were getting into trousers way back then…

And meals were eaten at tables...

And meals were eaten at tables. No mobile phones in hands!

 

19 thoughts on “A Hike Back Through Time: Simple Pleasures

  1. Wonderful images, Jane. Thanks for sharing… though you got me thinking that part of my life could have been “back then”… Just a bit over a month and I’ll be hitting 71! Time sure flies when you’re having fun and most of my best adventures are right here at home. Personally, I think travel (esp. by air) is vastly overrated. 😉

    • Hi Gunta, it sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun. You’re only a spring chicken though at 71. I hope I am as active and positive as you when I hit my 70s. I would like to give overseas travel a go but since it’s not an option at the moment I am enjoying what my own country and local area has to offer. As you say, some of the best adventures can be had at home! Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you have many more years of fun to come! 🙂

    • Thanks, Jerry! There are many more interesting photos in the box but they are quiet faded and need restoring or someone who knows more about photo editing than me. 🙂

      Interesting isn’t it how we have all these “time saving” devices but many people still work long hours and life seems so busy! Now, immediate responses are required for emails (of which there may be hundreds). It often seems the time saved just means more is expected from us! Or sometimes we work harder for perceived “needs” which are really luxuries. It’s very much a material culture now – a throw-a-way society where things become obsolete very quickly or we “need” to renovate every couple of years. I’m glad I’m not a woman back in those days though. I like my electric iron, stove and washing machine. I’d melt wearing a long dress while cooking over a fire in the Australian heat. 😉

  2. What wonderful photos you have in your possession. They are truly amazing.
    I too have many photos from times gone by that have been scanned and now live on my hard drive. Many require further restoration. I love visiting the past. It makes me even more grateful for the little things we take for granted in this day and age.

    • Thanks Suze! I’ll have to get a working scanner one of these days rather than take pictures of pictures. I have many that are terribly faded and water damaged as well. I was shocked to find out that many boxes had already been sent to the rubbish tip after the elderly relative moved into a nursing home. So much history has gone. Oh well, at least we have one box, and yes it is a reminder of the simplicity of the past and how much we can be grateful for. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a wonderful new year! 🙂

  3. Amazing pictures!

    I love going through old family photos.
    Two years ago my grandad died. Mom and I were going through a gigantic pile of “junk” he had in his garage… we were getting more and more annoyed… and then we discovered old photos from the 1850s till 1920s. Incredible!!!

    • Thanks! I’m glad you found the pics interesting. I can imagine how excited you felt to discover what was inside the pile of “junk”! I’m actually a little sad that a few boxes of photos were thrown out before I even got a chance to look at them. I am lucky to have these rescued ones. It’s pretty special to have these images of our ancestors from so long ago. Thanks for the follow and also for reading and commenting. Nice to have you “on board”. 🙂

    • Thank you. 🙂 I’ve got a whole box of these I need to scan before they deteriorate further. I was delighted to receive them. Unfortunately a few boxes had all ready been thrown out when the elderly relative moved into a nursing home. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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