Sunday, June 28, 2009

Shadow Shot #30

Last weekend I visited my grandad. With my mum and kids, we drove the 9 hours to visit him for a few days. He is 94 next month and still lives by himself.

While he didn't really know who I or the kids were, due to his dementia (and his general forgetfulness that has nothing to do with dementia, and everything to do with him being who is is!!) he really enjoyed the kids' company.

His favourite pastime, particularly in the winter, is to sit in the sun on his verandah, feeding the birds and watering his geraniums; he gets very cranky on cloudy days! This shot was taken of him sitting in the sun - you can just see some of his geraniums in the background.

The 'fluff' at his chin is actually my little girl's hair, so not a perfect pic, but I love the shadows, reflections and wrinkles on his face. You can see that he is happy.

Head on over to visit Hey Harriet for more Shadow Shot Sunday pics.
Happy Sunday everyone! :)


Hey Harriet said...

That is a very happy photo Ali! Considering his dementia, I think he is doing very well to to continue living independently. That's great!!! I can relate to being cranky when it is cloudy. I'm exactly the same! :D

Just like Martha said...

What a beautiful photo, what a beautiful man he looks so happy - we could all take a feather out of his book!

Wicked Child Designs said...

lovely shot Ali!! sounds like you had a great weekend, even if it was cloudy.

xo Teneale

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Your face, old man, is
dark-furrowed from smiling—
tell me your secret.

bobbie said...

What a wonderful portrait! And he looks so happy and full of life.

littlechrissy said...

94 and living by himself? What a star! A v nice pic... aren't grandparents wonderful?

Anonymous said...

That is a great photo! Wrinkly people make such interesting art subjects. So much depth to an aged person's face with a life story to tell.

See you on Sat :)

Sandrine said...

This portrait is very touching, Grandparents are soo important...I miss mine greatly!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Oldie but goodie, Ali!

He really is happy. YOu can see in his face, though.

I agree with Harriet regarding on dementia. Wonderful man.


Lisa's RetroStyle said...

He's so flippin' CUTE!! I just wanna kiss him:D

Good for him still living alone. Not always an easy feat with dementia. Hopefully some friends or family who live a bit closer keep and eye on him.

Sounds like a nice life to me, feeding the birds and watering the flowers.

Great shadow shot!!

Linda said...

This is a wonderful portrait -- what a fantastic smile your grandfather has!

Jane ... said...

What a great portrait--love the fluffy eyebrows and your grandfather's smiling eyes! We could all learn from him. Smile and the world smiles with you. :D