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On Father’s Day – for the original Bristol Parents


This picture was taken in June 1978, maybe even on Father’s Day itself, on the suspension bridge. On the right is my lovely Mum, heavily pregnant with my sister who arrived a few days later. On the left is my fabulous dad, with me on his shoulders.

Everything’s just as it should be. Mum’s incredible maternity fashion, complete with wedges I couldn’t have worn past month four of pregnancy. Dad’s flared slacks and his short sleeved shirts (Not sure he actually owns a long sleeved one to this day). And me, riding on his shoulders. He looks a lot like me, and I look a lot like my daughter. Weird.

I’ve chosen this for Father’s Day as my dad is even more outnumbered by women these days. My folks are divorced and he has a wonderful partner of 20+ years, and two new granddaughters. So it seemed right to show him, at the start of a family life, right here in Bristol where they lived happily and brought my sister into the world.

Bristol has happy memories for both my parents and they are so excited that I’ve moved here. Dad’s even been to visit (this happened once in 13 years in London). I love hearing his stories about living in Brecon Rd (up in Henleaze) and Mum’s tales of being a new parent here. She was one of the first ever women to do an NCT course, and had to go to Bath to do it!

They both tell me of how much things have changed, the harbourside, the house prices, the pubs. And the things that haven’t – that making friends in Bristol is a pleasure, that the green spaces and the easy-going lifestyle makes you happy.

I think my dad is permanently in awe of his granddaughters, and I’ve done my best to make him and mum proud of me. Ahead of Father’s Day, where I hopefully get to thank Dad in person, I just wanted to give a small tribute to my parents, the orginal Bristol parents themselves.


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  1. I had no idea you were born here. I was too (just off Jamaica St in Stokes Croft) but only for the first year or so of my life and then came back when I was 22 as I just felt drawn to it! x

    • I wasn’t born here Fritha, missed out by about a year, but my sister was. And yes, given the opportunity, I came back straight away. Brecon Rd where we lived did still looks the same, I wonder about Jamaica St, do you ever go and have a look?

  2. Such a wonderful post and I love your mothers wedges – amazing – such style 🙂

    Laura x

  3. Lovely post, I enjoy these flashbacks into another era and isn’t it weird seeing your face repeated in the generation past the next generation too! Bristol is a great city, only visited it once but it was one of my uni options!

  4. What a lovely sentiment! Your mums style is amazing! Rob was born and raised in Bristol so it’s really lovely to see him share his childhood memories with Theo and I.

  5. What a beautiful father’s day tribute. You are so sweet. I loved reading this and you have a great blog here. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again soon. #sharewithme

  6. Such a lovely idea ahead of Father’s Day #sharewithme

  7. I found a bunch of old pics recently which, along with all the general revelations that have come with being a mum, have really made me see my parents in a different light! In the past I think I’ve found it hard, looking at them with their four grown up kids, to really believe that they were ever once at the start of their parenting journey like I am now. It’s great to take the time to reflect – and that is one cool photo! x

    • I know, it’s so weird finally being able to look through their eyes, isn’t it? Thanks for visiting!

  8. What a lovely post hun. I love old pictures and was recently given some by mum that I have never seen before x

  9. What a great photo 🙂 A lovely tribute to your dad. Having kids of your own does make you look at your parents differently, and appreciate their own parenting journey far more x #brilliantblogposts

  10. It’s ALWAYS appropriate to give thanks for your parents! 🙂 I thank them every single day, whether or not I actually speak to them!

  11. Bristol is pretty magical for me. The vibe! The art scene. Everything is cool there. I wish we live there but its too pricey. But living near that city is a joy. I can only imagine how much better it is if you really live there =) #brilliantblogposts

  12. This is beautiful, my Mum arrived to Bristol when her family first emigrated there from Cyprus when she was 10, she has some amazing memories there and we ourselves lived there for 6 months a few years ago, we loved it, the sense of community and beautiful countryside! Thanks for this and linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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