Remembering Frank

Today is a very special day. It’s the wedding anniversary of my grandparents Mavis and Frank Purnell. It’s also one year today since we gathered for Grandpa’s funeral, sixty years to the day after he married Grandma on May 21st, 1949. In their honour, I’m sharing with you some very special photos, taken by Grandma and Grandpa as a young couple living in England. I’m sure you’ll find them as moving as I do.




Thankyou to Mum, Aunty Sue and especially Grandma for allowing me to share these.

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7 Responses to “Remembering Frank”


  1. 1 kerentravels May 21, 2010 at 7:38 am

    This is one of those cases when pictures speak volumes more than words. Simply gorgeous photos. Nostalgic and lovely, you can just feel a close, happy family.

  2. 2 Merren May 21, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Thank you darling Alison for showing that you value the special relationships within a family. I was privileged to be the daughter of a wonderful Mum and Dad and these moments reflect how lucky I was.
    We will always remember your Grandpa,my Dad,Frank.
    Mum

  3. 4 Aunty Deb May 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

    “Wow” Alison,what beautiful photos and memories, which I have never seen before!! how blessed I am to belong to such a family as well. Missing you and Tony, give Rose a big hug and kiss for us, your other Aunt, Deb xx

    • 5 mavisandfrank May 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      Hello Aunty Deb, thanks for the lovely comment. They are such beautiful photos, aren’t they. I think Grandpa was quite the photographer, getting down to different levels and capturing the moment beautifully. Give my love to Michael, Baz and Elly.

  4. 6 Sue May 23, 2010 at 4:58 am

    These photos brought a tear to my eye Alison. I remember all those moments with Dad, Mum and of course Merren. What a wonderful childhood we had.Hope you ,Tony and Rose share similar experiences. Love Sue x

    • 7 mavisandfrank May 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Aunty Sue, I think looking at these again has made me remember to try and enjoy these times with Tony and Rose, even when things are hard. You and mum were such beautiful little girls, you look so sweet in matching outfits! You should try it again sometime, haha xxx


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