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Just fresh back from a whirlwind trip from rural Hampshire to rainy Sydney, and back, via 24 hours in Singapore for four days...crazy I know, but I so wanted to be there for my special brother’s 60th birthday and I was then also able to take in another friend’s 60th celebrations on the way home on a Singapore stop-over - very handily!

My arrival in a rather cold and very wet Sydney was a total surprise for my brother and was the most wonderful joy for us both. We spent the happiest of days together with his family and I was there for his fab party on the tall Sail Training ship The James Craig, with close family and old and dear friends, many of whom I have known for most of my life.  b2ap3_thumbnail_James-Craig-Launched-1874.pngHaving the luxury of spending those hours together, we got talking about all the memories, the childhood stories, school days, university education, houses and countries we have lived in, cars we saved up for and holidays enjoyed - all the rich mosaic of memories which stitch together to form our shared past. All the family had managed to gather together a load of old photos covering all his sixty years and these brought back so many memories, many of which I had thought forgotten. Seeing photos which one hasn’t looked at for thirty years jogs the old brain cells into activity again and the memories come flooding back.

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I am incredibly lucky to enjoy an especially close bond with my family and milestone occasions such as these remind one of just how important these relationships are in anchoring one’s life. The unconditional love of family and old friends really does support one through the topsy turvy twists and turns of life. Everyone needs a helping hand occasionally and the mutual support of a close family bond is of immeasurable importance.

 

Back home now with all the excitement settled and back to reality (sigh!) - I have my photos from the trip to keep those memories alive. So next time you’ve got a rainy Sunday and no plans, I would so recommend getting out those old shoe boxes and albums and having a good rifle through. You will have such fun and jog so many old memories. And if you’ve got a big birthday or anniversary coming up in the family, get those key photos out and send them to us and we will create a celebration collage with the most special memories which can go up on the wall to be enjoyed for years to come. What better gift can you give those you love? And if you haven’t spoken to your brother, sister or cousin for a while, go on, pick up the ‘phone...you won’t regret it.

 

Just send us your pics, call us on 01420 562208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we would love to hear from you! Happy sorting!

www.collagecompany.co.uk

 

July 2015

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Even though I am not exactly young any more (well OK, definitely well past middle age!), I still love and get excited by birthdays! So I am thrilled to tell you that we have nearly reached The Collage Company’s 4th birthday - yippee and nearly Happy Birthday to Us!!!

As ever, the last year seems to have flown past and we have achieved a lot both in developing the brand and building sales - so a massive thank you to all our clients past and present. We love getting feedback from our clients and hearing wonderful comments such as “ I can’t tell you how thrilled I am”...or “the product was just fantastic” is just brilliant! Please keep them coming!

Thoughts of birthdays led me to wondering what celebrations we should plan (more of this later) and to exploring a few of the weird and wonderful ways in which people around the globe celebrate their birthdays, other than the obvious balloons, bunting, streamers and cakes!

For instance, only in America (I think?!) does the latest craze seem to be ‘smash-cakes’ - cakes smothered in  icing and decoration  purely for the toddler to destroy and make as much mess as they wish??? Other rather odd (well, to me anyway!) customs include being soaked to the skin and having flour thrown all over you (Jamaica why??), birthday nose-greasing (Canada - weird!!) and having your face pushed into your cake (Venezuela)  which strikes me as a tragic waste of rather yummy birthday cake! In Vietnam New Year’s Day is everybody’s birthday and children celebrate the year and the lunar symbol under which they were born - certainly wouldn’t feel like your special day would it?!

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And what about presents? I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I do get rather excited about presents on my birthday - and surprises are definitely the best type! But I would definitely have a sense of humour failure if I were to receive the gift that one friend’s brother-in law received from his wife for his birthday - a plot in a graveyard!! Other odd gifts I have come across included an urn with relative’s ashes in it (?!!), an ironing board (do you think he is still alive?!) and a case of Spam...definitely NOT the thought that counts!

Luckily, the next time you are stuck for what to buy for that difficult person who has everything or the elderly relation who doesn’t want more ‘things‘ - think unique photo collage and your job is done! Our beautiful montages are the most personal of presents and will bring a smile to the face of just about anyone!

Just send us your pics, call us on 01420 562208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -and the job is done - we would love to hear from you!

www.collagecompany.co.uk

PS. Why not follow us on Pinterest?!! www.pinterest.com/emmycollageco and on Twitter @CollageCompany 

MAY 2014

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Waking up this morning on Anzac Day to see the moving images on the news of Prince William and Katherine attending a pre-dawn ceremony to commemorate Anzac in Australia, got me thinking about the incredible bravery of all the troops who fought in the Great War and particularly about those who enlisted from what was then the British Empire, many of whom were from Australia and New Zealand.

On this one hundred year anniversary of the First World War, our lives today seem a million miles from what those young men and their families experienced. What must it have been like for them - most of whom would never have travelled overseas before - to join up to British Forces, be transported to the other side of the globe away from family and familiarity and fight for a King and Country who must have seemed a far-distant concept?b2ap3_thumbnail_images-1.jpg

 

 They were then launched into the disastrous Dardanelles campaign, with the main landing taking place at Gallipoli, one of the worst failures of the war and the scene of some of the most terrible losses. On just the first day of the campaign, over 900 Australian troops were lost. After eight months of savage fighting and huge casualties (on both sides) from both the battles and disease, the campaign ended in failure and the invasion force was withdrawn to Egypt.

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Having spent a happy afternoon setting up my new Pinterest account (more of what this is about in a moment for those of you saying “what on earth is Pinterest!”) I have been pondering on the whole phenomena of social media and the massive changes which have taken place in only a few short years.

How we communicate and, more importantly almost, what records we leave behind for future generations, have both changed so momentously and with such speed that is must represent one of the greatest social changes ever known to mankind.

For those of you still wondering what Pinterest actually is, I would say to go and have a look! (www.pinterest.com/emmycollageco ). It is like a global online picture pinboard which anybody can add to or view. You can find inspirations, quirkyness, ideas and much much more. The whole of life is there in pictures, from the weird and whacky to the practical and everything in between.  b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2014-04-16-at-16.30.12.pngBut this really did get me thinking (in a somewhat Luddite way!) of how will future historians and social chroniclers manage to research our lives today? From Roman times, it has been possible to search through letters, diaries, musings and art to delve into peoples’ lives and attitudes and build pictures of those who are long dead. Where will this information now be found? Will our blogs still be in the ether in a hundred years time? Who  will be still looking at Pinterest and what will it tell them in the year 2093?!

Whilst I feel that there may be a major issue for historical chroniclers, more importantly, what about our own personal histories - the stories of our families and our forebears? Our memories and heritage remain key to our identities and it is vital that these are preserved for the generations to come.

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How better to keep these family stories and memories alive than by reverting to a marriage  of the good old fashioned medium of print, with modern software which enables us to create digital photographic collages using photos old and new. These unique memories will then be there for your children and their children to enjoy for years to come.b2ap3_thumbnail_Nicola-RobinsonBlack-paint.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

The next time you would like those memories enshrined in a unique photo montage of your family story - just send us your pics, call us on 01420 562208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

www.collagecompany.co.uk

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April 2014

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Not many of you who don’t hail from this part of Hampshire will have heard of the Tichborne Dole, a charitable ceremony which dates back over 850 years to roughly the year 1150...

This week sees the anniversary of the Dole, one of those extraordinary customs from our rich and fascinating history which dates all the way back to the 12th Century. The ceremony has been held in our local village of Tichborne, near Alresford, Hampshire since about 1150 - which is really quite a long time and the story is an incredible mix of charitable deeds, meanness of spirit and black curses!

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On the occasion of the centenary of International Women’s Day (no, I didn't know about it before either!), I spent a happy hour dog walking this morning in the unaccustomed sunshine (hurray!) and pondering that old game of who to ask to that hypothetical dinner party - assuming, of course, that it is to be a woman only affair!

Given the parade of inspiring, and extraordinary women who have contributed so much to shaping the world that we now live in, it was always going to be a difficult choice. Probably another dog walk on another day would throw up a whole different list of subjects with me thinking, “oh no, how could I have forgotten her!”

For what it is worth , here are my current eight - an eclectic mix if ever I saw one! But boy, what a great dinner party it would be!

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