Friday, December 23, 2016

"O Tannenbaum"

I was recently leafing through a family history book when I came across this set of Christmas photos. This book is about my Dad's family and their arrival in Canada. My Grandfather (Opa) came to Canada in 1926 along with his brothers. sisters, Mom and his Opa. His father had been killed just a few days before they were to leave Russia. The photos above are from the early 1930's . Sorry, they are rather hard to see. My great Uncle Peter is in  the bottom left photo while my Great Oma is in the photo on the bottom right.
In this set of photos below my Dad Rudy is sitting on my Great Oma's lap along with his sister Erica. Two of his brothers are in the photo as well. This would have been taken in the late 1930's.
The other photos are my Great Uncle's and my Opa Willi cutting firewood.
The photo above is self explanatory if you read the text. What caught my eye is the date of the arrival of the last of the family. Ninety years ago today! Thankfully someone over the years kept all these photos and the whole family can now enjoy them.
Gorgeous sunset a couple nights ago. I never tire of this view!
We received a bit of snow overnight so I went out this morning to clear off the deck and fill the feeders. This Robin was chirping away at the top of the tree.
I had scattered some peanuts yesterday and this squirrel must have found one.
So many Junco's this winter.
I scattered some more peanuts out for everyone and the squirrel was quickly enjoying them.

Have a wonderful Holiday everyone. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting all year long. I am continually amazed at the kindness of fellow bloggers. You all are great!
Robin

16 comments:

  1. Happy holidays, Robin! The old photos are amazing treasures to have. I'm not sure if my uncle Peter has old family photos, I know Dad had an old album, I used to look at it as a child, but it's been decades since I've seen it.

    The sky was amazing!

    And as always, you have so many critters. :-)

    Take care and we'll see you soon, I hope. Hugs.

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    1. Hi Kim, I hope your Uncle Peter has some old family photos. Maybe he could scan them and send them to you.
      If you want to see a gorgeous sky you should head over to Karen's blog "Life is good" Her sunrise photos are beautiful.
      The squirrels are definitely enjoying the peanuts I put out!
      See you very soon!

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  2. What wonderful old pictures. Guess that brought back all kinds of memories. Love the pictures of the squirrels. Merry Christmas to all of you.

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    1. Hi Marg, glad you enjoyed the photos. I am very pleased to have them.
      Merry Christmas to you all too Marg!

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  3. How nice that you have all those old pictures from your family from so long ago. What treasures they are.
    I agree about bloggers. Some of the nicest people I know. : )

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    1. Hi Karen, I do enjoy looking through the old photos. Always good to remember where we all come from.
      Have a wonderful holiday!

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  4. I love old photos! And those fat little squirrels!

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    1. I do too! History just fascinates me. The fat squirrels are adorable. I can't resist taking photos of them.
      Enjoy Christmas!

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  5. Love all of your wild visitors, feathered and furry alike! You do a wonderful job catching them on camera. Love it! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Marcie, I do really enjoy taking all the critter photos.
      Have a wonderful Christmas too!

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  6. Such a pudgy little squirrel.

    I'm surprised you still have robins. I went to a coffee shop in Green Cove Springs (Florida) and saw what I thought was EVERY ROBIN IN THE WORLD!!! LOL

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    1. Hi Dee, thanks for stopping by. The squirrels need to be pudgy this time of year to be able to get through the winter.
      It is only the last few years that we have seen Robin's staying here for the winter. It would have been a lovely sight to see all those Robin's!

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  7. The critters are delightful, but the family photos wonderful!!!! What a nice legacy.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. Hi Jenn, I do feel very blessed to have these photos. The critters are pretty special too.

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  8. What amazing family photos!! And what a story. I can't imagine the emotions your grandfather must have felt arriving here after losing his father just before the trip.

    WIshing you a very happy, healthy 2017. Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave on my blog!!

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    1. Hi Natalie, my Opa's journey and arrival in Canada is quite a story. He didn't talk much about it but thankfully somewhere along the line everything was written down and we now know the history.
      I wish you and Gordon and all your critters a Happy New Year!

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