Monday, November 14, 2011

Memories of Winter Afternoons



If on cold winter afternoons when I arrived home from school the aroma of freshly baked scones filled the house I knew…. it was movie afternoon. I loved movie afternoons. The films were broadcast on “The Early Show” from 4:30PM to 6PM. If a film ran longer than 90 minutes, it was shown over two afternoons. Mom loved films and kept a watchful eye on the schedule.

Siobhan, Trisha and I settled ourselves on the sofa Mom covered earlier with a brown blanket. Then Mom joined us in the sitting room with a tray holding a pot of tea, four cups and scones stacked high on a plate, topped with melting butter and jam. Movie afternoons were the only time we were allowed to eat in the sitting room. A real treat.

Easter week, we watched films every afternoon. Mom, Siobhan, Trisha and I sat together sipping tea and savouring scones watching ‘Quo Vadis,’ ‘The Robe,’ ‘King of Kings’ and many others.

The smell of freshly baked scones always brings me back to those cozy winter afternoons in our sitting room.

17 comments:

Kittie Howard said...

Beautiful post, Ann, truly beautiful. Your mother's a wonderful lady. You're blessed to have such memories.

Ann said...

Thank you Kitty. Yes my Mom would make grey dreary days into special, “just us girls" days. She gave us some wonderful memories and at little or no cost.

Old Kitty said...

What a most aromatic and gorgeous memory! Scones, films, your beautiful mum and sisters!! Now that's what I call quality time! Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing! Take care x

Tracy said...

Ann, what a lovely sentiment to express for your family. Isn't it great to be able to share those happy memories?
Take good care...

Jules said...

Isn't it funny how one of our senses can bring back so much? Now I want a scone. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Agnes said...

I loved reading this Ann. So beautiful.

KarenG said...

Ah what a dear mother, and the picture with her and her girls is just delightful. (No scone recipe? I want a scone recipe, preferably the one that comes with butter, jam and all things yummy, like girl time at the movies)

Brigid said...

Ann, such a lovely memory and the photo is so sweet.
It's apple tart for me in my memories, coming in from choir practise on Saturday evenings. Scents are so evocative.

MISH said...

What a beautiful memory... loved the nostalgia... and the simplicity of childhood memories has a special appeal!

Barbara Scully said...

Oh Ann what a lovely memory... movie afternoons.. with scones... perfect.

Liza said...

I love this memory! For a moment, I sat there with you!

Ann Best said...

This is JUST lovely: the photograph, the post. Oh, to go back to those days. These are the greatest of memories!
Ann Best, Memoir Author of In the Mirror & Imprisoned

Theresa Milstein said...

What nice memories. I remember coming in from playing in the snow and having hot cocoa.

Now I just think of winter as COLD!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Happy Memories indeed I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post.

Len Lambert said...

What a beautiful memory, Ann. I love the smell of freshly baked scones, too! :)

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful blog and great posts. How fun that you spend your time between Wisconsin and Ireland.

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niamh said...

Don't smells bring memories back so much better than any other sense? And thats a lovely memory, I'd love to give my own kids one like that. It sounds so cosy:) Lovely post