Sara and Edward Long with baby ‘Jean’
The Sepia Saturday prompt this week involves a piano.
I have a very special piano.
It was given to my great grandmother Sara Henrietta LONG nee STONEHOUSE by her husband, Edward LONG on the occasion of the birth of her first child in 1901.
The child was my (great) Auntie Jean, Frances Jean McVey LONG.
Auntie Jean didn’t have any children and the piano passed to me when I was nine or ten.
It’s a beautiful piano, lovely rich walnut wood with brass candlesticks.
I can remember Mum insisting that I polish these candlesticks every time my Nanna (Auntie Jean’s younger sister) would be coming to visit.
The piano in the 1920s in the Long home at Ballangeich, Victoria
Every time I have the piano tuner around, he is surprised as to how great the piano still is.
He said often pianos deteriorate, and the felts go as they get to this age.
I hope the piano continues in good condition so I am able to pass it on one day to one of my piano-playing nieces or nephew.
|Me at the piano c1970|
|Me at the piano a few years ago, |
ably assisted by my step daughter